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Together Tuesday: Children of Promise

How can you help end human trafficking? One powerful way is to give a child hope by becoming a Children of Promise sponsor.

First listen to this!

Now click here to visit the Children of Promise website!

Together we can make a difference!

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Chifles

Chifles (Fried green banana/plantain chips)

Chifles are also known as mariquitas, chicharitas, platanutres, platanitos or plataninas, are thin fried green plantain banana chips.  This is a common snack in Ecuador. Seven out of seven Downings recommend this treat.

 

 

Ingredients

  • Peanut oil for frying
  • Green bananas or green plantains
  • Salt
  • Optional: Hot pepper, garlic cloves or cilantro for additional flavor variations

Instructions

First.  Peel the green bananas or green plantains.

Then.  Slice the bananas or plantains.  Slice them as thin rounds or thin diagonal ovals.

Then.  Heat the oil, either in a deep sauté pan or fryer, to between 375 F – 400 F, there should be enough oil to fully cover the bananas or plantains.

Then.  Add the bananas or plantains to the hot oil; be careful not to overcrowd to keep them from sticking together.

Then.  Fry until the chips get a golden color.

Then.  Remove the chips from the oil and drain on paper towels.

Then.  Sprinkle with salt.

Enjoy.  Serve either warm or cold.

With love, C47AEA7E-E7FD-42F2-9652-93969FBCCB5AThe Downings

Episode 31: Blessings

God did not shower such great blessing on this nation for the Christians to live in extravagance, in self-indulgence, and in spiritual weakness.

-K.P. Yohannan, Revolution in World Missions

 

God Blesses his people in various ways. He blesses each believer with spiritual gifts which empowers every member of the Body of Christ to serve in an important and unique way. He blesses each further with talents and experiences that help build the comunity of believers. He blesses some with poverty and a strong dependence upon him which is chronicled by the many daily miracles experienced by the poor. To those who are blessed with poverty “give us this day our daily bread” is not simply a wonderful prayer, it is a necessary dependence. God blesses others with wealth. He blesses them with wealth not so that they may live in opulence while others starve but so that they can be a conduit of his blessing to others. It is not bad to be blessed with wealth. But any blessing not shared tends to hinder the work of God and harm the one who is blessed. 

Every blessing of God can be miss used. For those of us who have been blessed with so much it should be unthinkable to live in extravagance, Self indulgence and worse yet spiritual weakness.

May we be the people who use the blessings that God has bestowed on us for His glory. May we pour out our blessings as a drink offering to our Lord and Savior.

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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

Cultural Insight: The Virgen Of El Quinche

Why does Ecuador need missionaries? This legend of La Raina Del El Quinche will give you some insight into the matter!

 

 

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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.

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Together Tuesday: Sending Well Part Five

It is a blessing to hear a friendly voice or read a warm greeting in a foreign land. One simple way that you can support your missionary is through communicating with them regularly.  Click play on the podcast below to find out how.

 

 

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Episode 29: World Vision

Lack of world vision in any Christian produces a “pea-sized Christianity.”

-David Bryant

 

Followers of Christ are commissioned into His ongoing mission. Jesus came to seek and save the lost, we are called to seek the lost and introduce them to the One who will save them. This divine mission doesn’t end at the edge of our personal relationships. This mission extends past those places in which we are comfortable. The mission even takes us through territory that makes us very uncomfortable. Christ’s mission even includes far away people with different cultures. 

You and I know the Truth and have been set free because of it. It would be cruel not to passionately and personally ensure that the salvation message is heard in all spheres of witness. 

May we be the generation that embraces the importance of Christ’s ongoing mission. May our hearts ache with the weight of our commission.

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