Category: Cultural Insight

Cultural Insight: Assumptions

 

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What statement would you think the driver of this truck is trying to make? What does your cultural context tell you? 

Now that you have in your mind what the photo above means listen to the podcast below to see if you are right.

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Cultural Insight: Pan de Yuca

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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 mission trip to Ecuador.  Pan de yuca, also known as Ecuadorian cheese bread is a treat the whole family can enjoy.  Seven out of seven Downings recommend.

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 stick of butter (room temperature)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 ½ cups yuca flour (starch)
  • 4 cups grated mozzarella cheese (white cheese)

Instructions

First.  Combine the yuca starch or flour, cheese, baking powder and salt in a large bowl and mix well.

Then.  Add the butter and eggs

Then.  Mix until small dough balls begin to form, if it’s too dry add 1-2 tbs of water or heavy whipping cream.

Then.  Lightly flour a work space and turn out the dough.  Knead the dough until it is smooth, even textured and not sticky.

Then.  Pre-heat the oven to 500 F.

Then.  Make small round shaped breads with the dough and place on a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Then.  Bake. Once the oven reaches 500F, turn on broiler, place the dough on the middle rack and bake until the breads are golden, (5-10) minutes.

Enjoy.  Best served warm.

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Cultural Insight: Rumicucho

 

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Pucara de Rumicucho sits on a hilltop nearly a mile north of the Equator.
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The tactical advantage of Rumicucho is clear. The best way to Quito is through the valley that this ancient fort overlooks.
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Addy and Daddy enjoying a day at Rumicucho. 

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Cultural Insight 7: 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 table of Christ is always expanding!

In this cultural insight we explore the difference between North American cuisine and that of Ecuador. We just scratch the surface of this topic but we are willing to do the in-depth research to dive deeper on an upcoming episode!

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Esperanza loves eating Cuy!
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We enjoy many great pastries and fruit! 
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Some beloved Sisters preparing a church meal.

 

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Mote sucio, corn and mango juice, a perfect meal!

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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 of Church remains constant across borders our experience changes drastically. In today’s Cultural Insight we explore some of the differences between the North American church and the church in Ecuador from our perspective.

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Cultural Insight 5: 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 the player below for a short sharable insight into what is going on in Ecuador.

 

 

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Cultural Insight 4: 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 to hire a woman to work at our hotdog stand.” In Ecuador employers can hire based on sex, color or any other criteria they choose.

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Cultural Insight 3: 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 player below for this week’s Cultural Insight!

 

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