The Distinctive Mark

“The concern for world evangelization is not something tacked on to a man’s personal Christianity, which he may take or leave as he chooses; it is rooted indefeasibly in the character of the God who has come to us in Christ Jesus. Thus it can never be the province of a few enthusiasts, a sideline or a specialty of those who happen to have a bent that way. It is the distinctive mark of being a Christian.”

Dr. James S. Stewart

To be counted as a follower of Jesus means that we must follow Him in every way. 

Jesus once called out to the crowd and said: “If anyone wants to become my follower, he must deny  himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me.” It is clear that we who claim the Name of Christ for salvation must also claim His mission. The mission of Christ always involves a passion for the lost that ends in their redemption, it always requires the cross! 

Our God is intrinsically a Missionary. His very character is clearly seen In John’s Gospel: “For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world should be saved through him.”

May we exude the very character of our God. May we daily pick up our cross and follow Christ in His mission to redeem the lost and dying world. 

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The Big Move

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The Perishing World

He said to them, The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.

Luke 10:2
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Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time.

Colossians 4:5
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And Just Like That, The Paro Is…

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Paro Nacional Video Update

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Repe Ljano (Ecuadorian Green Banana Soup)

Repe Ljano  (Ecuadorian Green Banana Soup)

serves: 8-10 people

Repe Ljano is a distinctive creamy soup made with green bananas, onions, garlic, milk, cheese and cilantro.  The ingredients do not seem to fit together but the end result is delicious! Seven out of Seven Downings recommend.    


10 peeled and diced green bananas 

1 diced white onion

2 tbs oil

2 crushed garlic cloves

½ cup of cheese: quesillo, a fresh farmer’s type cheese  (queso fresco)

8 cups of water

½ cup of milk 

1  finely chopped bunch of cilantro

Pinch of salt

Avocado slices


First.  Heat the oil in soup pot, make a flavor base for the soup by mixing the diced onion and crushed garlic, cook until the onions are soft.

Then.  Mix in 8 cups of water, bring to a boil.

Then.  Add the diced green banana in small portions, make sure that the water is boiling as you add each portions.

Then.  Cook over medium high heat, stir occasionally, until the bananas are soft.

Then.  Gently mash some of the bananas pieces to thicken the soup.

Then.  Crumble and add cheese to the soup.

Then.  Mix in cilantro, salt milk, 

Enjoy.  Remove from the heat and serve with slices of avocado.


Esperanza, Adelena, Angelita, Ezequiel, Timothy, Tim 2, Elias

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Paro Nacional Update June 23, 2022

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