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Together Tuesday: Sending Well Part Three

When I was with you and was in need, I was not a burden to anyone, for the brothers who came from Macedonia fully supplied my needs. I kept myself from being a burden to you in any way, and will continue to do so.

2 Corinthians 11:9

Where God lays on our heart we must go. If we cannot go we must give! Today’s podcast continues the series about sending missionaries in the best way possible. If you haven’t heard part one click here, or part two click here.

With much love, 6EF7E090-4274-4931-9223-67A638494696The Downings

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Cultural Insight: Kapak Urku

Folklore is an important part of understanding the historical underpinnings and thought processes of a culture. In today’s podcast we share the story of Kapak Urku, Mama Tungurahua and Taita Chimborazo. What cultural insight can you glean from the story?

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Do you know that every Wednesday we post a ministry story? Click here to catch up with us on our mission path!

Who Is The Founder Of The Church?

Who founded the Church? To answer this question we consider an excerpt from the book THE CHURCH OF GOD, WHAT IT IS AND WHAT IT IS NOT by D.S. Warner.

We are told that Abraham “looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” Heb. 11:10 And in the next chapter, the apostle Paul says to the converted Hebrews, “But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.” 12:22-24

That city—“whose builder and maker is God”—we have come unto in the gospel dispensation, and it is “the church of the first- born.” Christ, who was “God… manifest in the flesh,” 1 Tim. 3:16 is the founder, builder, and maker of the church. “For this man [Christ Jesus] was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house. For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.” Heb. 3:3-4 “Feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.” Acts 20:28 “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church… holy and without blemish.” Eph. 5:25-27 “Upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matt. 16:18

With much love,6EF7E090-4274-4931-9223-67A638494696 The Downings

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Chicha De Piña

Spiced pineapple drink

Serves 8-10 people

Chicha de piña is a spiced pineapple drink made by simmering the pineapple skins and core with spices and hard brown sugar.  Seven out of seven members of the Downing family recommend this simple drink.

Ingredients

  • Assorted spices: cinnamon sticks, allspice peppers, cloves, anise
  • The skins and core of 1 pineapple, well washed
  • ¾ lb of panela (unrefined sugar) or brown sugar, whole or in chunks – more or less to taste
  • 10-12 cups of water

Instructions

First.  Combine all of the ingredients in large saucepan or pot

Then.  Bring to a boil and simmer partially covered for at about an hour, stirring occasionally.

Enjoy.  You can drink it immediately or let it rest refrigerated to allow the spices and pineapple flavor to concentrate.

With love, 1CD38D2B-A6B2-4EFB-AFD7-7812C81D5BCEThe Downings

If you enjoyed this recipe podcast we encourage you to click here and check out this one!

Throwback To A New Skill

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When we moved to Ecuador we stayed at the Seminary until we found a good house to rent. During our time there we naturally needed to laundry some of our clothes. Since we did not have a washing machine at that time we taught the boys a new skill. 

With much love,

The Downings

Did you know every Monday we post a new Cultural Insight podcast? We invite you to click here and explore Ecuador’s Culture with us! 

Ministry Story: Holy Week

What do old Roman military funeral rituals and people in purple robes and pointed hats have to do with Easter? Listen to today’s Ministry Story and find out!B6A131F7-7A42-45D8-B469-55A4B183D483

 

 

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Click here if you want to learn more about Catholic Syncretism!

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Together Tuesday: Sending Well Part Two

You will do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God. For they went out for the sake of the Name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles. Therefore we ought to support such men, so that we may be fellow workers with the truth.

-3 John 6-8

What kind of support do missionaries need? How can we send missionaries well? Last week we spoke about moral support  (we invite you to click here to listen or share last week’s podcast).

This week we discuss logistical support. What are some of the small things you can do to support your missionary in this way? We have big and small answers to that question.

Finally, brethren, pray for us that the word of the Lord will spread rapidly and be glorified, just as it did also with you.

-1 Thes 3:1

With much love,6EF7E090-4274-4931-9223-67A638494696 The Downings

Cultural Insight: Syncretism

What do the Inca, the Conquistadores, the cult of Pachamama and Mariolatry have in common? Find out by listening to today’s Cultural Insight podcast.

 

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Rumicucho is one of the “high places” the Conquistadors destroyed.

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What is the church? Click here to find out!

What Is The Church?

The Bible clearly names the Church “the body of Christ.” A broken, divided body is a body that needs help but a united body is one that can offer help to those who are lost and dying in this sin-sick world! Click play on the podcast below to learn more.

Excerpt from THE CHURCH OF GOD, WHAT IT IS AND WHAT IT IS NOT by D.S. Warner.

The words church and churches occur in the New Testament 112 times, translated from the Greek word ekklesia, which would have been more correctly rendered “congregation.” Thus we would have read, “the congregation of God,” “the congregation of the firstborn,” Heb. 12:23 etc., denoting its divine Founder and Owner. And, “the congregation that was at Antioch,” Acts 13:1 “the congrega- tion of God which is at Corinth,” 1 Cor. 1:2; 2 Cor. 1:1 “the congregations of Asia,” 1 Cor. 16:19 “the congregations of Galatia,” v.1; Gal. 1:2 etc., denoting the different geographical locations of the congregations of God. But whether we use the word church, as in common use, or con- gregation, the more correct appellation, we should only attach such meaning to it as agrees with the Word of God. To use a Bible word out of its biblical meaning is perverting the Bible.
What then is the Bible definition of the church?
Answer: “And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is his body, the full- ness of him that filleth all in all.” Eph. 1:22-23 “And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.” Col. 1:18 “Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church.” v.24

The church is the body of Christ. And being the body of Christ, it necessarily includes all His members. Therefore to call an earthly building the church is ridiculous, and to call an organized division the church is subverting the truth. No sect contains all the body of Christ, therefore, no sect is the church of God. Then as honest men, who expect to be judged by the Word of God, let us never call anything the church but the body of Christ; that is, all the saved, either universally, or in any given locality.

With much love,1CD38D2B-A6B2-4EFB-AFD7-7812C81D5BCE The Downings

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Fanesca (Ecuadorian Easter Soup)

A while back we spoke about understanding Culture through language (you can listen to that podcast by clicking here). Today we invite you to begin understanding Ecuador through food. Today’s podcast begins a Saturday series called “Cooking With The Downings.” Each Saturday you will be invited to experience a different Ecuadorian recipe and join us as we explore the gastronomy of our beloved Ecuador.

Today’s episode of Cooking With The Downings is a bit work intensive but it is worth it to get a taste of Easter on the Equator. Fanesca is a popular soup served during Easter celebrations. To listen to our thoughts about it click play on the podcast below.

 

Fanesca (Ecuadorian Easter Soup) Recipe.

Serves: 25 people

This recipe serves a lot of people because Easter Soup is made for a very special occasion.  It is made for the traditional family get together’s held on Easter Sunday.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs dried salt cod
  • 12 ½ cups of milk
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 6 cups of diced fresh zucchini
  • 1 small butternut squash
  • 2 ½ cups of shredded cabbage
  • 4 cups of cooked and peeled fava beans
  • 4 cups of cooked corn kernels
  • 3 cups of cooked peas
  • 2 cups of cooked lima beans
  • 2 cups of cooked cannellini beans
  • 2 cups of peeled lupini beans
  • 2 cups of tender cooked rice
  • 8 tbs butter
  • 1 ½ tsp of achiote
  • 1 diced white onion
  • 1 diced red onion
  • 10 crushed garlic cloves
  • 1 tbs of ground cumin
  • 1 tbs of dry oregano
  • 1 tsp of ground pepper
  • 2 cups of roasted peanuts
  • 12 oz of cream cheese
  • 1 cup of feta cheese
  • ½ bunch of finely chopped cilantro
  • Avocado slices
  • Queso fresco
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

First.  Soak the salt cod in water for 24 hours, changing the water every 6-8 hours, at the end cut the cod into medium-sized pieces.

Then.  Barely cover the diced butternut squash and zucchini and cook until tender, drain the water and place them in a blender and make a puree.

Then.  Boil the shredded cabbage for 3 minutes, drain and add the cabbage to the squash puree.

Then.  In a large pot, Heat the butter over medium heat to make a flavor base for the soup, add the achiote, onions, garlic, cumin, pepper and oregano and cook until the onions are tender.

Then.  Add the cooked rice to the flavor base and mash it with a potato masher to make a thick puree.

Then.  Mix in the squash and cabbage puree.

Then.  Add 4 cups of milk and the fava beans, green peas, corn, lima beans and cannellini beans, stir and simmer for 15 minutes, stir frequently and avoid the mixture from sticking to the bottom of the pot.

At The Same Time.  Bring 6 cups of milk to boil, add the cod, and boil for 10 minutes.

Then.  Add the milk and cod to the soup.

Then.  Blend 2 cups of milk with the roasted peanuts, and pour into the soup, cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.

Then.  10 minutes before serving, add the lupini beans, the heavy cream and the cheeses, stir to help the cheeses dissolve.  Add chopped cilantro and stir well.

Enjoy.  Serve with sliced avocado and traditional Ecuadorian side dishes.  

Are you thinking of attempting this recipe? We would love to read your comments about your experience.

With much love, 5D25BBA3-9B30-40D8-B7E0-9ADF863B022CThe Dowings

Did you like this podcast? If so, click here for a less intense recipe for Pan de Yuca!