Friends, please enjoy this video about the calling God has placed on our lives!
With love from Ecuador, The Downings
Friends, please enjoy this video about the calling God has placed on our lives!
With love from Ecuador, The Downings
Today’s Ministry story explores the question: Where does missionary work occur? Just click play on the audio file to find out!
Love, The Downings
Each year the Ecuadorian Church offers intensive classes through our Seminary program. These classes have been very beneficial for the leadership of our churches. Each intensive course has given the Eucadorian Church to hear from excellent Professors from all over the world.
We are excited to announce our Professors for intensive week!
We are happy to announce that the Newells will be co-teaching the class ChristianEducation! The Newells are uniquely suited to teach this topic as their education and ministry have prepared them to speak into the life of the Ecuadorian Church.
Dr. Bonnie is a Teacher in the Middletown School district in Middletown, Ohio. Dr. Eric serves as a Hospital Chaplain.
The Downing family has been honored to sit under the teaching of both Eric and Bonnie when they served as pastors at the Breiel Blvd Chruch of God.
Cada año, la Iglesia Ecuatoriana ofrece clases intensivas a través de nuestro programa de Seminarios. Estas clases han sido muy beneficiosas para el liderazgo de nuestras iglesias. Cada curso intensivo le ha dado a la Iglesia Eucadorian escuchar a excelentes Profesores de todo el mundo.
¡Este año nos complace anunciarles a nuestros Profesores de la semana intisiva!
¡Estamos felices de anunciar que Newells estará co-enseñando la clase de Educación Cristiana! Los Newell son idóneos para enseñar este tema, ya que su educación y su ministerio los han llevado a hablar sobre la vida de la Iglesia ecuatoriana.
La Dra. Bonnie es maestra en el distrito escolar de Middletown en Middletown, Ohio. El Dr. Eric sirve como capellán de hospital.
La familia Downing tuvo el honor de establecer bajo las enseñanzas del Dr. Newells cuando servían como ministros en Breiel Blvd Iglesia de Dios.
El Rvdo. Jorge nació en San Salvador, El Salvador. Él y su esposa, Zoila, han sido pastores de la Iglesia de Dios Shalom en Filadelfia, Pensilvania, durante los últimos 16 años.
Desde su iglesia local se han estado preparando y enviando ministros para abrir
nuevos trabajos en otras ciudades de EE. UU. y también a nivel internacional. ¡Incluyendo algunas iglesias cerca de Cuenca, Ecuador! Él traerá consigo a siete estudiantes de Estados Unidos y Honduras. El pastor Palacios enseñará a nuestros pastores sobre el desarrollo del liderazgo.
El Rvdo. Palacios también se ha desempeñado como Director General del Concilio Hispano de la Iglesia de Dios.
Nuestros consultores regionales para América Latina, Jason y Abby, son responsables de dirigir el trabajo de los misioneros y proyectos de Estrategia Global en América Latina y de trabajar en asociación con el liderazgo del CIID (Confraternidad Interamericana de la Iglesia de Dios), el cuerpo de líderes de a través de la Iglesia de Dios.
Nos sentimos honrados de recibir la enseñanza de Abby sobre lo que la Biblia enseña acerca de la sexualidad.
¡Este año estamos muy contentos de incluir Profesores elegidos de la cantidad de nuestra Iglesia Ecuatoriana!
Nuestros Profesores locales enseñarán Herminutica, Homilética, Creencias de la Iglesia de Dios, Ética Cristiana, Cómo Evangelizar, El Hijo de Dios en el Evangelio de Juan.
Dos cambios emocionantes también están ocurriendo este año. Tendremos clases en un campamento cristiano en Some, un pequeño pueblo cerca de la iglesia de Tonsupa. ¡Este cambio de sede ha generado mucho entusiasmo para la semana de este año! Esperamos más de cuarenta estudiantes este año.
También estamos ofreciendo más clases de las que pudimos en el pasado. Podemos ofrecerles a nuestros estudiantes una opción entre dos clases cada hora. Esto les da a nuestros estudiantes la propiedad sobre su curso de estudio.
Estamos intentando grandes cosas este año y nos complace anunciar que todo va a salir bien. Dios nos ha bendecido ricamente este año a través de muchas donaciones a nuestro fondo del Seminario. Todavía necesitamos algunos fondos. ¿Considerarías dar a este digno ministerio? ¡Necesitamos tu ayuda!
Aquí le mostramos cómo ayudar: Por favor, tómese un momento para visitar nuestra página de donaciones (haga clic aquí) y haga una donación de cualquier tamaño. Luego agradece tomarse un momento para compartir esta publicación con un amigo, pastor o comité de misiones que pueda estar interesado en apoyar este ministerio. Juntos podemos hacer una gran diferencia en las vidas de nuestros Hermanos y Hermanas en Ecuador.
One Question we often have the opportunity to answer is: “Why do you feel like you need to go to Ecuador, isn’t there enough to do here?” Variations of this question is commonly asked of Pastors in transition and missionaries alike. In fact, this is the very first question we received when we resigned from pastoral ministry at the Hillside Ave. Church of God.
Different missionaries we know view this question with varying degrees of seriousness. Having received a fresh and clear call to missionary service, It is easy to feel offended by this question. It is also difficult to give a good answer because the underlying feeling of the question is often one of pain. It could be asked: “Why are you abandoning us, don’t you love us?” When a question springs forth from a place of hurt it is impossible to give a satisfying answer.
We view the question with reverence. It is perhaps the one issue that we have struggled with most in hearing our call to missionary service. The answer to the question is of course there is enough to do here. We live in a sin-sick and dying world and our country and communities are certainly in need of Christ. More and more we see our home in need of missionaries. So why are we going there when we could be staying here? For us it is simple. We are confident we have heard clearly the call of Christ to go to Ecuador. How can we be sure? We have trained ourselves to hear God’s still small voice. One way is through the devotional practice of Lectio Divina (Sacred Reading). A few years ago Timothy wrote a book over this devotional practice (you can get it by clicking here) and we have used that devotional pattern to train our ears to hear though the formational reading of God’s Word. We have also found that God speaks clearly to us through our prayer time. On significant issues like our missionary calling to Ecuador He usually speaks the same word to us individuality. It is quite a thrill when we discover that God’s direction has been given to us simultaneously yet separately.
For us, having heard the voice of our Lord we will go. But the struggle is real. What about the lost and dying left at home? It weighs heavy on us, but it helps when we see the churches who sacrificially give to enable us to go, step up to reach the people who are desperately in need at home.
Here is a glimpse into what the Breiel Boulevard Church of God is doing for the Amanda section of Middletwon, Ohio. This video was recently played before a worship service that outlined in vivid detail what Breiel can do to love its neighbors.
It is comforting to know that Churches like Breiel are sending missionaries both at home and abroad!
There is enough to do here, and we are so glad that there are people called here just as we are called to Ecuador!
In His Grip,
(If you would like to partner with us prayerfully and financially would you please call Debbie Taylor at 1-800-848-2464 or click here to donate online. We are currently at 96% of our living link budget and we need you to partner with us today!)
We are blessed to be speaking tonight to a group of women in Southwest, Ohio. This particular group of ladies hold a special place in our hearts. This group is the Christian Women Connection of which our Grandmother Ruth Downing was an active member and our Mom Darlene Downing is an active member. We have been blessed to speak with a few CWC groups over the last year. We have always enjoyed the warm hospitality and strong partnership that these groups have offered us.
As Timothy grew up he was very familiar with the Women of the Church of God (the precursor to the Christian Women Connection). Both his mother Darlene and Grandmother Ruth served faithfully in the organization. One of Timothy’s earliest WCG memories is of an accident that totaled the family’s International Scout. The accident occurred on an icy road as his mother was driving to a WCG bazaar with some homemade Christmas ornaments. She was selling the ornaments to help fund the ongoing missionary support that the group had pledged. Although the Scout was totaled, the family was bruised and some of the ornaments broken; the remaining ornaments were delivered to the bazaar later that same day. The ornaments were not the only thing delivered that day. A lesson on the importance of missions was delivered to young Timothy. In his own words, Timothy reflects: “Despite what we were going through Mom made sure to get the remaining ornaments to the bazaar because they were part of something bigger than us, they were part of the WCG’s missionary sending effort.” This lesson lives on as we teach our kids that we are part of something bigger than us, we are part of Christ’s ongoing missionary work to this lost and dying world.
In the end, Mom’s ornaments sold and she donated the funds to missions. The amount of money she donated doesn’t matter as much as the fact she was faithful and gave. In fact, what has been given to missions through Mom and Dad’s generosity over the years makes the money garnered by the ornaments seem insignificant. Insignificant, except that the lessons of that icy weekend live on in our family today. We sincerely hope that the mission path that lays before us will profoundly impact the entire world, but even if it doesn’t, even if very few people are blessed by it or if very few people even remember it after we have run the course, we know we are being faithful.
Will you help us be faithful to the Calling of Christ? We are willing to serve in Ecuador, but we can’t get there without your help. To partner with us please click here, to make a one time donation to us please click here. Thank you in advance for your support.
In His grip,
P.S. Currently we are looking for more people to speak with. If you are a part of CWC group, small group or Sunday School class and would like to have us come and speak with you please let us know. We are more than willing to visit with your group!
We are excited to be speaking at Timothy’s home church the Breiel Blvd Church of God this weekend. We will be continuing in a series called Encounters With Jesus. It is our honor to speak about Saul of Tarshish and his Jesus encounter. As Timothy was going through his previous work on the subject he found this sermon titled Paul Unvarnished which was delivered to the Hillside Ave. Church of God. To understand why we enjoyed our ministry to this fine group of Christians listen to the testimonies at the end of the sermon.
The direction of this weekend’s sermon is much different than the one delivered to Hillside. We will be examining how we receive the mission of Christ when we encounter Him. Services start at 10:45 and the Breiel Church is located at 2000 N. Breiel Blvd in Middletown, Ohio. If you are in the area we would love to see you there!
In His Grip,
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An early morning call awoke part of the Downing family last Sunday. It was one of those calls that you don’t really want to receive. It was Granny (Timothy’s mother) and she spoke in a very worried tone. “I need to take Grandpa to the hospital you need to get here as soon as possible.” The reason we needed to get there as soon as possible was that all of our boys (2 years old, 3 years old, and 13 years old) were visiting their Grandparents. As well as our boys behave (cough, cough) and as good as our boys are (total loss of composure) Granny had no interest in taking them to the ER with Grandpa. In the bleak midwinter darkness Timothy fumbled around getting dressed and finding his keys, he paused briefly at the door, looked out over the snowy landscape and threw the snow shovel in the back seat. What followed is best told in Timothy’s own words.
I raced to my kids who were by this time left alone at Granny and Grandpa’s house. My eldest had been awakened and informed that he needed to watch the other two until I arrived. The car’s engine was racing and my mind was turning just as fast. What if my Dad was in real trouble? How will my Mom deal with this? How will my kids deal with this? How will I deal with this? What if my younger sons are awake and crying, will my eldest son act wisely and maturely? What if that police officer I just passed wants to catch a speeder this Sunday morning?
I shaved a significant amount of time off of the hour it usually takes to get to Mom and Dad’s house. When I arrived I found a quiet serine house with three children sleeping in a common bed. As I gazed into the innocent sleeping faces of my sons I could not help but contrast their serenity with my inward turmoil. Undercutting the peace I found in the house was the uncertainty of my Dad’s situation. At that moment I decided to shield my kids form the maelstrom of emotion I was experiencing. I made a quick breakfast for the kids and woke them up so that they could get ready for church. We kept the schedule that they were expecting, only instead of Granny and Grandpa’s laid back approach the kids would have to deal with Daddy’s fast paced manner. We arrived at church in time for Sunday School, then we enjoyed worship.
After church we hurried back to Mom and Dad’s house just in time to meet them in the driveway. Of all the possible outcomes of Dad’s health scare the actual diagnosis was the best possible diagnosis. Nothing life threatening, just something uncomfortable and inconvenient.
Latter that day I decided to load up some fire wood before driving my kids home. I could not load much because I brought the family car. What happened next happened fast, almost like a slap-stick comedy. I slipped in the snow and busted my knees on the way to the car. Then I drove the car off of the driveway and into a tree. That was right before spraining my back by picking up too much firewood at once, crushing my fingers in the car door and cracking my head after falling down during my attempt to dig the car out of the snow bank that I had managed to lodge it in. All of this happened shortly before the excitement of a “controlled” slide down my parents steep snow covered driveway.
Then it began to rain (apparently the front end of a winter ice storm). As I drove home with all of the early morning drama and late afternoon slap-stick in my rear view mirror I noticed something else in my mirror…red and blue lights. Thankfully I received no ticked, just a friendly reminder to slow down on the icy roads.
The day defiantly took me to the depths of emotional uncertainty and irritation but over all it was a very good day. It was a good day because at the height of my concern (dare I say worry) over my father’s condition I heard my friend Rev. Wesley Duff give a sermon the helped me put my concern into perspective and eliminate my worry. It was a good day because even during the slap-stick phase of the day or the red and blue lights portion of the day the words of worship spoken by Rev. Dan Schaub echoed in my mind and the morning’s songs of worship provided for me the soundtrack that overcame the rest of the day.
It has always amazed me how a good dose of worship cures the ills of the day.
Of course, as uplifting, meaningful and healing as a worship service can be there is a different approach to the practice of worship that develops a particularly Christ-like demeanor. When we view our work and play as an act of worship we establish a lifestyle of worship which adds a deep sense of purpose to our life. Now even mundane tasks become infused with meaning because they are and act of worship. It is this kind of worship that we hope to instill in the lives of our kids.
May your worship shine before all people everywhere!
In His Grip,
Bonus missionary exercise: Our first year on the mission field will be spent at a language school geared to missionary families in Coasta Rica. There we will learn how to assimilate into a Latin American culture, and we will intensively study Spanish. We will have a radical change in our lifestyle, for the first time we will have no car and space at our apartment will be very limited. We have told the kids that each of them will need to fit everything necessary for life in one suitcase. Here is the exercise, look through your house, find what you think is necessary to live in Coasta Rica for a year. Now try to fit it all in one suitcase. Can you do it? Our kids can!
One of the greatest pleasures of parenthood is to see your children launch. As time passes they launch in increasingly significant ways. A few years ago our eldest son Timothy was privileged to tag along with his dad on a teaching trip to Ecuador. This year he is going on his first work camp. This short term mission trip will be with his grandparents and members of the Breiel Boulevard Church of God at the Roma Lee Courvisier School run by Ken Byron and the Latin American Children’s Fund. (You can check it out here: http://latinamericanchildrensfund.org). We are very proud of Timothy as he goes off on his own mission path!