Category: Throwback Thursday

Throwback To Kenosha

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In this throwback we are reminded of how little our kids were when we began fundraising. Esperanza is now a young women and Elias is in first grade. It feels like this visit to Kenosha was a lifetime away!

With love,

The Downings

Friend, our time in Ecuador has offered us so many unique and wonderful experiences. On of our favorite daily experiences here is the gastronomy of Ecuador. We invite you to explore our culture with us one bite at a time! Click here to find great Ecuadorian recipes. 

Throwback To A Bad Day In Georgia?

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Four years ago today we had a blessing disguised as a bad day. Along the highway in Georgia we had a blowout. As we limped into a service station we had a second blowout. When we checked the other tires we found radials showing. We had traveled so much seeking support for our mission that we wore out our tires! Our bad day was actually a blessing as we ended up with new tires to continue on our mission path! 

With love,

The Downings

Throwback To A Cultural Experience In Cost Rica

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Our kids enjoyed learning about Costa Rican history when we studied Spanish for a year in preparation for our Ecuadorian ministry. This photo was taken during the celebration of Costa Rica’s only historic military victory. 

According to Wikipedia:

“Juan Santamaría (August 29, 1831 – April 12, 1856) was a drummer in the Costa Rican army, officially recognized as the national hero of his country. A national holiday in Costa Rica, Juan Santamaría Day, is held every April 11 to commemorate his death.

Santamaría was born in the city of Alajuela When U.S. filibuster William Walker overthrew the government of Nicaragua in 1856 and attempted to conquer the other nations in Central America, including Costa Rica, in order to form a private slave-holding empire, Costa Rican president Juan Rafael Mora Porras called upon the general population to take up arms and march north to Nicaragua to fight against the foreign invader. This started the Filibuster War. Santamaría, a poor laborer and the illegitimate son of a single mother joined the army as a drummer boy. The troops nicknamed him “el erizo” (“the sea urchin”) on account of his spiked hair.

After routing a small contingent of Walker’s soldiers at Santa Rosa, Guanacaste, the Costa Rican troops continued marching north and reached the city of Rivas, Nicaragua, on April 8, 1856. The battle that ensued is known as the Second Battle of Rivas. Combat was fierce and the Costa Ricans were not able to drive Walker’s men out of a hostel near the town center from which they commanded an advantageous firing position.

According to the traditional account, on April 11, Salvadoran General José María Cañas suggested that one of the soldiers advance towards the hostel with a torch and set it on fire. Some soldiers tried and failed, but finally Santamaría volunteered on the condition that, in the event of his death, someone would look after his mother. He then advanced and was mortally wounded by enemy fire. Before expiring he succeeded, however, in setting fire to the hostel, thus contributing decisively to the Costa Rican victory at Rivas.”

Santamaría was 15 years old at the time. His day is celebrated with groups of people marching through the streets with torches.

With love, 63FD3F5F-59F5-47F8-99DC-764B4713BBF4The Downings

Throwback To A Pregnant Missionary

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We certainly had a different birthing experience in Ecuador. Many indigenous women give birth standing up. They hold on to a scarf draped over the rafters in their home which allows them to dar la luz (give birth) in a standing position. This way of giving birth causes the mother less pain and more safety during the process. It also causes a more rapid birth and much less stress on the baby. No pain medicine is given so rapid births are sought after. Angelita was very brave to leave her own culture and customs and embrace the Ecuadorian way. 

With much love,

The Downings

Throwback To A New Skill

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When we moved to Ecuador we stayed at the Seminary until we found a good house to rent. During our time there we naturally needed to laundry some of our clothes. Since we did not have a washing machine at that time we taught the boys a new skill. 

With much love,

The Downings

Did you know every Monday we post a new Cultural Insight podcast? We invite you to click here and explore Ecuador’s Culture with us! 

Throwback To A Good Meal

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To celebrate our first Christmas in Ecuador we slow roasted a suckling pig. We stuffed the pig with mangoes and apples, salted it and cooked it for a day. We served it with homemade macaroni and cheese, sweet cooked carrots, green beans, and grilled potatoes with gravy. Unfortunately everyone except Timothy came down with the flu before dinner. Despite his best effort, Timothy couldn’t eat the whole thing!

With love,

The Downings

Have you heard our Cultural Insight about food? If not click here!

Throwback To An Old Truck

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When we left for the mission field we had to sell or store our possessions. We try not to let our possessions possess us, but to be honest there is a special place in our hearts for the old International Harvester pickup. We don’t miss the Hard Knock motorcycle pictured in the back of the truck.

With much love,

The Downings

Throwback To Hillside Ave.

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If you look carefully you can see a young Ezequiel singing next to sister Ruby during choir practice. This is a wonderful memory from our time serving the Hillside Ave. Church of God in Springfield, Ohio. We look forward to visiting our friends during the Central District camp meeting this Summer!

With love,AE4CC7DA-43B8-4EB7-BAB4-3FE9CA162129The Downings

Throwback To A Good Date

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Our lives were quite different when we studied Spanish in Costa Rica we had daily dates after classes. We would sometimes stop by the local coffee shop and enjoy a milkshake before we returned home to study. Other times we would try to walk off the unfortunate effects of too many milkshakes at a local park. During our year in language school we lead a life focused on Spanish and family. In that way Costa Rica was a blessing for us. Today our lives are more hectic with ministry but we still take time for family, and even the occasional date. 

With love,

The Downings