Life has essentially stood still in Ecuador since the first COVID case was brought here from Europe. Since March travel has been restricted, the economy shut down, and freedom of worship ceased. In addition to the government imposed restrictions fear gripped the people. Images of dead bodies piled on the streets of the second largest city and horror stories coming from the socialized healthcare system stoked the fires of fear. In many ways the church was paralyzed by government edict and societal fear. But the Mount of Olives Church in Cangauha faced their fear because their message of salvation was too important to remain hidden away in “jars of clay.”
The Mount of Olives Church decided to visit every family in the six rural communities surrounding their church building during the pandemic. Their goal was simply to share the love, hope, and salvation of Jesus Christ during the COVID crisis. Because of their willingness to act counter culturally and show they care about their neighbors with a visit the church has grown during the COVID lockdown!
On Sunday, October, 25 our family was invited to a baptism service. Early in the morning Tim2 and I (Timothy) drove to the Mount of Olives Church building and gathered with the brethren. We then loaded up into several pickup trucks, two buses, and our family SUV and drove an hour further into the mountains to some thermal springs. We gathered at the banks of the Pissimbilla River and worshiped. Seventeen new believers were baptized as the Church sang Spanish and Quechua hymns to our gracious Lord.
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Throughout history the roar of the waters of baptism have called to those who are thirsty for salvation. When any of those who thirst come to Jesus and partake of the water he gives them, the Scripture says, they “will never thirst again.”
Friend, if you are reading our missionary update chances are that you have already tasted the “living water” that only Christ Jesus offers and experienced the roar of the waters of baptism. But, if you have not been saved from your sins we encourage you to heed the eternal call:
Timothy and Angelita Downing are your missionaries in Ecuador. After serving Christ in pastoral ministry for 15 years they followed God's calling into missionary service.
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