Tag: Ecuador

Roldos Goes Down To The River

 

Due to the nature of our ministry here we are invited to many special events in the life of the Church. From marriage celebrations, Church Anniversaries, Children’s programs and baptisms we are honored to walk along side our Ecuadorian brothers and sisters.

Recently we had the privilege of participating in the baptism celebration of the Roldos Church. The Roldos neighborhood is perched high on a hill in the northern part of Quito. The neighborhood is densely populated and there is no river flowing through it. So, the Church took a day and visited a river near Nanegalito in the jungle.

Our National President (of the Iglesia de Dios Reformada), Pastor Patricio officiated the baptisms.

498F3ADE-C354-4350-B1DF-39B398817464
Pastor Patricio preaching on a hill overlooking the river! His natural pulpit was beautiful to say the least.
AA1E2FBB-2127-4A94-A047-791A3773C663
Pastor Jorge and Pastor Patricio baptized, Timothy and Brother Mariano helped the candidates navigate the rocky walk from the shore to the Pastors.
C6F5EF57-5E24-406B-828B-44519348B6A5
The baptisms were beautiful!
F51A25A6-2665-49F6-8718-C79ABBDFCA2F
The public testimony of baptism is always pulchritudinous.
209F7FC8-D31C-46D7-A71E-A1FFF0336720
We always love seeing the joy baptism brings!
4DE5A360-C5A4-4481-A113-2AE1459298A0
After the Baptisms we cooled off in the river.
ECA00EC6-38A4-484D-97F6-995E5B1A6A08
Baptism celebrations are very festive in Ecuador. They usually last all day and include food, fun and fellowship. Often the congregation will swim after the baptisms.

 

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

Have you read about our mission yet? We invite you to click here to read all about it. 

Cultural Insight 2: Hot Culture, Cold Culture

Do you know the difference between a hot culture and a cold culture? We invite you to listen to this cultural insight to find out!

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

Friend we would love for you to click here and read about our mission!

 

Episode 12: The Chief End

Missions are the chief end of the Church… the chief end of the ministry ought to be to equip the Church for this. Each congregation is meant to be a training class.

-Andrew Murray

Our missionary effort is simply a reflection of Christ’s incarceration. His incarnation is a reflection of the Father’s love for our sin-sick world. Just as Christ was sent as a wounded healer so are we. Not only is each ministry to equip the Church for this heavenly commission but each of us have the privilege of becoming the incarnation of our Father’s love right where we live or wherever we travel! 

The most natural thing for a Christian to do is to be on mission for Christ. The most natural think for a Congregation to do is the equip each believer to be on this mission. 

The Scripture instructs us to “Go” and that powerful command is not modified in any way. We are not to ‘go’ if… if we are happy, if we are sad, if we are passionate, if we are rich, or poor, or “called or equipped, we are to Go, and as we are going we are to give the good news of Jesus Christ!

May we go without self-imposed limits and, may we go fully equipped by our local Churches! 

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

Have you read our story yet? If not we invite you to click here!

Throwback Thursday

Time seems to fly by, especially since we are having so much fun on our mission path! We can’t believe it but we have been traveling our mission path for over five years now! As you can imagine we have thousands of photos….and we are dying to share some of them with you! Our goal is to post a photo from somewhere along our mission path each Thursday of 2019. We will provide a short description for each and you can help us relive our amazing journey so far!

Here is our first throwback.

2F85B45D-7E30-4292-9979-3D7326F20413
We lived behind bars for a year in Costa Rica as we studied Spanish. This was a difficult time along our mission path. But as you can see Elias and Esperanza found ways to enjoy our short-term imprisonment! The bars and razor wire kept us safe at night because the school was in a dangerous neighborhood. How dangerous? One of our fellow students had to go back home after he was stabbed in front of his family at our local park. A man was also shot on the street right outside our house. Needless to say we are very happy to be in Ecuador where the only thing we truly worry about is the traffic and the occasional volcano!

 

We are glad you are walking with us along our mission path! 

 

With much love,

The Downings

A Children Of Promise Christmas

 

One of the ministries we are honored to be a part of is the Children of Promise sponsorship program. We help facilitate the relationship between our Children and their sponsors (padrinos). Currently that is over ninety relationships!

This year we celebrated Christmas with several churches and their Children of Promise. We wish we could have celebrated with all of our COP churches. We represented the padrinos at each celebration. What the kids wanted to say to their supporters, they said to us. It was an honor. We also gave greetings and presents on behalf of the padrinos.

One of the pure joys we experienced this Christmas was the reply to a simple question that we asked each child. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Each child, no matter their age had a goal that they were working toward! What happens when the same question is asked of a child not in our program? The results vary but most kids here do not have a plan, but most kids here don’t have a padrino who mentors and encourages them through their correspondence.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Are you already a padrino? Do you recognize your Child of Promise? Would you like to become a padrino? We invite you to click here for more information. Please make sure to select a child from Ecuador!

With much love,1D9AE994-DBCF-4306-B3B5-871C03069AB0 The Downings

We invite you to begin the new year in partnership with us! A small ongoing donation makes a huge difference in our lives and in the lives of those we serve! 

 

Cultural Insight 1:Up In Flames

5C2605A0-FA6B-4052-9F90-DD15080847E8
This is the scarecrow that we will be burning this New Year’s Eve. We of course know that only Christ makes all things new in our lives nonetheless we look forward to setting “El Año Veijo” alight with some of our Ecuadorian friends!

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

Friends one of the worries we would love to set ablaze this year is our budget! We need to raise 10% of our budget before September of 2019 in order to return to Ecuador from Home assignment on time. We need your help! If you have ever thought of partnering with our ministry now is the time! To learn more about how you can help please click here! 

Episode 11: Urgency

It should be clear that all these theologians believe in the same gospel; that the first priority of the church is to take the gospel to all men everywhere; that man’s eternal destiny is involved; and that the task of the church is an urgent one.

-David Hesselgrave

Urgency for the central truth and mission of the Church is the mark of a Christian who has adopted the same passions as our Lord. 

It seems that some are converted to Christ with this Continue reading “Episode 11: Urgency”

Christmas Reflection: Room

And Mary gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
~Doctor Luke, Luke 2:7

On the very first Christmas there was no room given to Christ. Unfortunately many today still seem to have no room for Jesus in their hearts. This is unfortunate because everyone has a hole in their heart that only Continue reading “Christmas Reflection: Room”

Christmas Devotions: Gifts

When the wise men saw the star they shouted joyfully. As they came into the house and saw the child with Mary his mother, they bowed down and worshiped him. They opened their treasure boxes and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
~The Apostle Matthew 2:10-11

The wise men brought Jesus gifts which were filled with meaning. They brought gold, a gift fit for a king. The gold was also very useful for the family as they fled to Egypt to save Jesus’ life. We may not have gold but we can make Christ the Continue reading “Christmas Devotions: Gifts”

Christmas Devotions: Going Home A Different Way

After being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, the wise men went back by another route to their own
country.
~The Apostle Matthew, Matthew 2:12

The wise men sought something beyond their experience. They had seen in the stars that God would send a King to the Jews. They struck out to seek this one that God sent. They did what was wise, they responded to the light that Continue reading “Christmas Devotions: Going Home A Different Way”