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Throwback To a Boy And a Butterfly

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A few years ago our mission path took us to the butterfly sanctuary in the cloud forest of Mindo. Mindo is a convenient halfway point between Quito and our churches in Tonsupa. We enjoyed watching the kids try to get the butterflies to eat out of their hands. Elias is holding a butterfly with clear wings. He was so proud of himself.

We invite you to click here to learn more about our story. 

With sh much love,

The Downings

Ministry Story: Prayer

Have you ever thought about the powerful impact your prayers have? Prayer is the life line of the missionary. When you partner with us in prayer you are truly walking along side of us through thick and thin.

Will you join the prayer community that was spoken about in this podcast? Your prayers can have eternal impact! We invite you to partner with us in this important way! Just Click here to join our prayer vine.

With much love and prayers, 1D9AE994-DBCF-4306-B3B5-871C03069AB0The Downings

Together Tuesday: Paul & Kattia Jones

One of the privileges of being a missionary is that we get to work alongside of so many dedicated people. The Jones family serves Christ in nearby Bolivia. We remember them speaking at the Capital Hill church of God in Oklahoma City when we were students at Mid-America Christian University. They have always inspired us as they serve Christ with passion.

Paul and Kattia serve alongside the national church through biblical and ministerial training of lay church leaders.

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Paul does regular itinerant preaching and evangelism at weekend camp meetings, known as juntas that take place on the date of the churches’ anniversaries.
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Kattia works with the women’s groups, teaching conferences both locally and nationally. And she supports the youth in youth camps and conferences; and also ministering to children through puppets and other visual aids.

We invite you to click here to read more about this wonderful couple.

B3168EC3-8725-424B-A581-92ABC0AFB4EFThis lovely family is currently on home assignment. Please join us in prayer for them as we know they must be missing Bolivia about now. Please ask our Heavenly Father to provide all of their needs.

Together we can pray and make a difference!AE4CC7DA-43B8-4EB7-BAB4-3FE9CA162129 The Downings

Episode 19: Presence

No one, I am convinced, will follow Jesus very long without tribulation. It is His way of demonstrating His presence.

-K.P. Yohannan, Revolution in World Missions

We hear the words of Christ echo throughout the corridors of history:  “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” 

We follow the one who has all authority in heaven and Earth and who has promised that he is with us always! 

As we walk with Christ through the good and bad in life we walk with confidence that he is with us. In the good times we delight in his blessings, when tribulation defines our path we rest assured that his presence makes all things bearable. 

Although we constantly give thanks to him in the good times, we draw close to him during hardships of life. 

When we look forward in life we often see only confusion, a path not clear, full of terrifying obstacles. When we pause and look back we see exactly how Christ lead us through difficult situations in the past. Likewise, when we face tribulation, we can take courage that he has always made his presence known in the past and will certainly walk with us in every situation, even to the end of the age. 

May we be filled with a clear sense of His companionship today! May our tribulation be defined not by our suffering but by His presence. 

Have you heard our cultural insight about food? If not, click here!

with love,AE4CC7DA-43B8-4EB7-BAB4-3FE9CA162129 The Downings

Ministry Story: Cobblestone Less Traveled

We invite you on a journey into the countryside of Cayambe. We will have to leave the smooth road and the small Pueblos and use the cobblestone less traveled. Imagine, we drive along the bumpy road past the eucalyptus trees, and alongside a small rio. We encounter several large rose plantations every once in a while catching a glimpse of the beautiful plants with tall straight stems reaching up to the Equatorial sun. After a while we cross the rio and begin our ascent up a steep and winding road. We pass the ancient aqueduct build by the Incas and still in use today. We eventually we pass the tree line and see picturesque views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Our 4×4 finally claws its way over the crest of the mountain. In the valley that unfolds below we see a large church building, that is our destination.

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The views are always picturesque. 

 

It is breathtaking, as we step out of our vehicle, partly because the temperature is 20 degrees cooler on the mountain as compared to the valley. But perhaps the real reason is our breath has been stolen by the altitude. The Cangahua congregation that we were visiting worships at an elevation of 10,768 feet above sea level. To put it into perspective we are well above the tallest peak in the Appalachian mountains, Mount Mitchell which has an elevation of 6,684 feet.

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The church building is always a welcome sight!

 

We had been invited to an evangelistic outreach event held by the Mt. of Olives church in Cangahua, Ecuador.

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The church is always welcoming. 

 

Cangahua is the oldest rural district in the Cayambe canton. It is located in the wasteland between the inactive Pambamarca volcano, and the active Cayambe volcano. The church building sets nearly on the Equator. 636D324D-86F0-4E5E-84F3-4D635A32E3B6

Our brothers and sisters are serving Christ in a largely indigenous community with rural values. In the community there are also many who still celebrate the Sun or Inti Raymi. Each June 29 and 30th the Sun is celebrated in the city square. 

Pastor Luis and the church very much love the community and are brilliant lights for the Gospel among the 16,000 people within the church’s reach.

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Pastor Luis and his youngest daughter. 

 

The outreach service we were invited to began at 7:00 pm and ended at 1:15 am. It was full of great singing, powerful preaching and wonderful fellowship.

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We love hearing the ladies sing!

 

Pastor Luis is an excellent preacher and tought homiletics at our seminary but instead of preaching to the assembled crowd he invited a lady pastor from a sister congregation to give the message. She preached the best sermon over 1 John 4 that I have ever heard. 

 

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Our Sister Preaching, God is Love!

God is moving in Cangahua and has invited whomsoever will to believe in His Son and enter into eternal life!

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The harvest is plentiful!
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Breakfast the next day was coffee, bread, vegetables, potatoes, chicken, and Cuy! All very delicious. 

With much love,AE4CC7DA-43B8-4EB7-BAB4-3FE9CA162129 The Downings

Have you heard our ministry story about our visit to Santa Elena? If not, we invite you to click here! 

Together Tuesday: The Todds

Our friends and fellow missionaries Jonathan and Beth Todd serve Christ in Brazil. We love them, support them and believe in their ministry.  099ACC54-4662-4E41-8BF3-49D0EA4EE495

Here is what our friends wrote on Facebook recently: “We have our visas, we have our plane tickets, and we are returning to Brazil on February 25! As we are getting ready to fly out, we find ourselves in the position that we are in need of more financial partners so that we can continue to serve in Brazil.”

Would you prayerfully consider being a part of this ministry? If so, please follow this link  and learn more. 

Together we can make a difference!

With much love, The Downings