Category: Cultural Insight

Cultural Insight 6: Church

The Gospel message is the same in every epoch and in every culture. Our Christian experience flows from the Gospel but when our culture is added to the mix the two coalesce into a unique experience that we call church. Although our theological understanding…

El Guagua Auca

Folklore and legends are in important part of understanding a culture. Folklore sometimes communicates deep or difficult cultual reality. Listen to the legend of the Baby of Aura a see what you can learn about Ecuadorian culture. The folklore of the crying child is…

Cultural Insight: Kapak Urku

Folklore is an important part of understanding the historical underpinnings and thought processes of a culture. In today’s podcast we share the story of Kapak Urku, Mama Tungurahua and Taita Chimborazo. What cultural insight can you glean from the story? With love, The Downings…

Pan de Yuca

Pan de yuca or cheese bread (this recipe is taken from a forthcoming cookbook from Our Mission Path) Produces 20-25 small yuca breads Some food is attached to good memories.  This was a favorite of Timothy 2 when he discovered it on his first…

Eating Bugs

In the Sierra after the first rain of the rainy season you will see little holes in the ground. The holes are made by beetles coming up to the surface. When this happens people collect them early in the morning. Ecuadorians will eat the…

Cultural Insight: Until When….?

Today’s cultural insight comes in the form of a story. The legend of Father Almeida tells a story of sin and redemption. Just click play below to be regaled with local Ecuadorian  lore.   With love, The Downing Family Friend we need your support!…

Cultural Insight: Bull Taunt

In many cultures bull fighting is popular. Here is our cultural insight about this event in Ecuador.   With Love, The Downings  

Food

Have you ever considered how important food was in the ministry of Jesus? We see that the context of many of Christ’s interactions involved food. What does our Holy God incarnate have in common with sinners? Food. And the good news is that the…

Class

Why is the USA called the land of opportunity? Do you know the difference between a class based and classless society? This cultural insight podcast sheds some light on this subject.   What does the sign say in our featured photo? “We are looking…

Venezuela

As we witness the fall of yet another socialist country in real-time, what are the implications for Venezuela’s neighbors? How are Venezuelans treated in Ecuador? How can we pray? This Cultural insight is ripped right from the headlines. We invite you to click on…

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