Category: Thoughts along the way

Grown Out Of Love

Missionary zeal does not grow out of intellectual beliefs, nor out of theological arguments, but out of love. -Roland Allen The Apostle John was known as the “disciple whom Jesus loved” His Gospel account has been called the Gospel of love. In his first…

Cultural Insight: Abortion

On January 22, 1973, seven unelected officials made a decision that has resulted in the deaths of 61,678,839 innocent children in in the United States. Tragic for our nation! Yet, Jesus still offers healing and hope to all who seek him. Ecuador’s conservative abortion…

Syncretism

What do the Inca, the Conquistadores, the cult of Pachamama and Mariolatry have in common? Find out by listening to today’s Cultural Insight podcast.   Rumicucho is one of the “high places” the Conquistadors destroyed. with much love, the Downings What is the church? Click…

20/20 Vision Part 2…..Next Week

Hello friends, are you looking for the “20/20 Vision Part 2” post that was promised last week? Our apologies, we had an intense ministry week here in Ecuador and some technical difficulties we hope to have what you are looking for posted on Sunday…

Shrimp Stuffed Avocado

This recipe for shrimp stuffed avocado is made with ripe avocado filled with shrimp, red onion, radish, bell pepper, celery and cilantro mayonnaise. It is a delightful appetizer but we find it is filling enough to be counted as a meal! If you dislike…

Bound To Go

Unless I am sure I am doing more at home to send the gospel abroad than I can do abroad, I am bound to go. -A. B. Simpson In Matthew’s rendering of the Great Commission Jesus puts legs on the Great Commandment. Love of…

Water

The wellspring of the Gospel is powerful and freely flows into every culture. As you will find out on this episode of our mission path podcast living water speaks profoundly to the hearts of people with an Andean worldview. Just click on the audio…

20/20 Vision Part 1

John Piper once said, “Churches and Pastors need a great big vision of a great big God.” Fortunately we don’t have to search far for such a vision. We don’t need marketers to brainstorm our vision. We don’t need copywriters to make it slick…

Mango Ceviche

Mango ceviche We love mangos!  This simple mango ceviche recipe has brought us a fair amount of joy.  Seven out of seven Downings from youngest to oldest love this ceviche. To hear the recipe click the play button below.    Ingredients 1 tsp sugar…

Earnestly Involved

A congregation that is not deeply and earnestly involved in the worldwide proclamation of the gospel does not understand the nature of salvation. -Ted Engstrom   Every congregation Is called to be a world changer. Every Christian is called through the beautiful words of…

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