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Cultural Insight: World’s End?

What if I told you that there is a building in Quito that if finished would cause Armageddon? Just click play for details!


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Who Are The Members Of The Church?

If, as we have seen, salvation is the process of entering the church, it follows that no one is in the church who does not have salvation. The church is one “family in heaven and earth,” Eph. 3:15 named from the Father. This family is “the household of God.” 2:19
Therefore it follows that only the sons of God, such as are born of the Spirit, are in the church. And we are told that “He that committeth sin is of the devil,” and “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin…. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil” 1 John 3:8-10—namely, in the fact that children of the devil commit sin, and the children of God do not. The holy apostle repeats the fact with emphasis: “We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.” 5:18
There are no sinners in the church. But all sects are more or less filled with sinners. Hence, no sect is the church of God.

-D.S. Warner

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Grilled CornWith Cilantro Queso Fresco Sauce

Grilled corn with cilantro queso fresco sauce

Grilled corn with a cilantro queso fresco sauce is a common treat in Ecuador.  Seven out of Seven Downings recommend this delicious fair.


  • For the cilantro cheese sauce (makes about 1 ½ cups of sauce)
  • 1 egg
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • ¾ cup sunflower oil (don’t use olive oil because it  will overpower the sauce)
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 6 oz queso fresco, crumbled
  • Grilled corn: 1-2 ears of corn per person
  • Butter or oil for rubbing, add some chopped fresh cilantro for extra flavor


Cilantro queso fresco sauce:

First.  Combine the egg, the crushed garlic, the cilantro, a dash of salt, and ¼ cup of the oil in a blender and blend until the ingredients are pureed

Then.  Continue blending and add the remaining oil until the mayonnaise sauce starts to thicken

Then.  Add the crumbled queso fresco and lime juice, blend until you have smooth sauce

Then.  Add salt to taste

Pre-boil corn & grill method:

Pre-boil for 2-3 minutes, then rub with butter or oil and grill for 10-15 minutes, turning every 3-4 minutes

Wrap corn in foil grilling method:

Remove the husks and silk from the corn, rub with oil or butter

Wrap each ear of corn in foil and grill for 15-20 minutes, turning every 5 minutes

Using gloves, carefully remove the foil and grill for 3-5 minutes if you want that crispy charred finish

Corn grilled with husks on:

Remove a few of the outer husks and open the husks (without removing them), remove the corn silks and then close the husks

Soak in cold water for a couple of hours before grilling

Grill with husks for 15-20 minutes, turning corn every 5 minutes

Using gloves, remove or pull back the husk, and grill for 3-5 minutes if you want that crispy charred finish

Then.  Baste the grilled corn with the Cilantro queso fresco sauce.

Enjoy.  Serve warm.  

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Episode 33: Entrusted

If it be the duty of all men to believe the Gospel… then it be the duty of those who are entrusted with the Gospel to endeavor to make it known among all nations.

-William Carey


Responsibility. You and I have a great responsibility to make the good news the gospel of Jesus Christ known throughout the world. We see this responsibility written large in the scripture. We see the great commission prodding us to go into all the world to evangelize to teach or make disciples and to baptize believers. We see the invitation of Christ to be part of his ministry not in a certain time or a certain place but throughout all time in all places. 

None will enter into the kingdom of God without first believing in Jesus Christ. How then can they believe unless they first hear? How can they hear without someone telling them the good news? How can someone tell unless they are sent? 

May we understand the duty that all people have to believe the gospel. May we more powerfully understand the duty that we have to make it known to the nations.

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Throwback To A Happy Girl

Our youngest daughter is always happy! She is a blessing for our family. She is also our anchor. When we found out that we were going to have another child we were full of joy. When we found out that she would automatically be an Ecuadorian citizen because she would be born on Ecuadorian soil we were intrigued. When we found out that we would have permanent residency in Ecuador through her we were amazed. God certainly has made our paths straight! 

Would you like to explore some Ecuadorian recipes? Then click here! Trying Ecuadorian food is such a good way to join us along our mission path! 

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Together Tuesday: Roma Lee Courvisier School

We love supporting good ministries! The ministry of Ken and Maria Biron are among the best ministries that we are aware of.

Click here to visit Ken and Maria’s website. 


Latin American Children’s Fund (LACF) was established as a not-for-profit organization in 1991 with the sole purpose of leading Latin America children and their families to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.  Through this child-sponsorship program, churches, individuals, and foundations in the United States are providing financial support for the Christian education and spiritual training of impoverished children in Peru.

American Ken Biron, and his Peruvian wife, Maria, worked in the capital city of Lima for a number of years.  In 1996, the Birons responded to God’s call to establish a Christian school in Reque, Peru, a small coastal town approximately 500 miles north of Lima.  Five acres of barren, desert-like land were acquired and construction of the school began.  Short-term mission teams (known as workcamps) from churches, organizations, and schools in the United States are building the school one classroom at a time.  The needs often exceed the resources, but God’s faithfulness is always near.

With countless hours of volunteer labor, thousands of donated dollars, and an abundance of God’s blessings, the Roma Lee Courvisier School (RLC) opened in 1998 with two classes of excited children.  Those children – now adults – are taking leadership roles in the communities where they live.   One student, Angela, is now a teacher in the pre-Kindergarten class.  Read her interview with Ken on our “Get Inspired” page.

The school is named in honor of Roma Lee Courvisier, a missionary to Peru and other Central and South American countries who has inspired many to enter the mission fields.

Children are admitted to the RLC School at age three and progress through the preschool, elementary, and high school levels.  The goal is to add 20-30 new students each year.  Teachers have a deep love for El Señor (The Lord) that they share with the children along with academic instruction.

The Roma Lee Courvisier School provides the Christian education these children need to walk out of the world of poverty, malnutrition, unemployment and spiritual darkness.  LACF is helping them realize their full potential and empowering them to become tomorrow’s leaders for the world and for God’s Kingdom.

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Cultural Insight: Time

Is it odd that people who live with Eternity in mind care so much about time? Today’s cultural insight explores the Ecuadorian concept of time.


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Who Takes Members Into The Church?

In today’s podcast we explore who takes members into the Church.


“And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.” Acts 2:46-47

“But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.” 1 Cor. 12:18

“For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.” v.13

Here, the setting of the members into the body, or adding to the church, is ascribed to God, to Christ, and to the Spirit. Of course, they are one, the triune God.

But God never takes men into a sect. Therefore no sect is His church.

-D.S. Warner

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