Tag: Ministry Story

Ministry Story: An Invitation To Visit

 

Visiting the mission that you support does a world of good, both for you and for your brethren. Today’s podcast comes with an invitation so make sure you listen to the whole episode!

 

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Ministry Story: Traditions & Eternal Value

Sometimes we are guilty of throwing away tradition in favor of all things new. Other times we elevate our traditions way beyond their value. It can easily seem like some traditions become idols.

Can we hold our traditions and still offer something of eternal value? Absolutely, today’s ministry story is about a church that is doing just that. Click play to be introduced to the Mount of Olives congregation. A Church of God located in the foothills of the Cayambe volcano.

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

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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Happy Easter, E485775C-AFF2-40F9-B51B-573DD3A6D020The Downings

Ministry Story: Celebrate

April is a month of celebration! Adelena turns two this month, the Santa Clara and El Carmen churches celebrate their Aniversarios and Resurrection Sunday is here! Today’s podcast speaks of celebration.

 

With much love, 1CD38D2B-A6B2-4EFB-AFD7-7812C81D5BCEthe Downings

Ministry Story: No Earthly Pastor

 

F99AD287-8C6E-4178-A551-70863CAE3CB8What do you do if you your church has no pastor? Well if you are in Quevedo you continue in ministry because every Christian is called to follow Christ. For some time now the Quevedo church has been operating without a pastor. How does that work? Well Christ is the head of the church and he gives us each a part of his mission. 

He weaves each believer into the beautiful tapestry of the church. So much so that human leadership of church is somewhat over rated.  

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Under the leadership of Christ and through the power of the Holy Spirit the Quevedo Church is reaching out to the community around them and inviting whosoever will to become followers of Christ. This week they ministered to over 50 kids in their neighborhood!

They are truly living the prayer found in Hebrews chapter 13. 

Now may the God of peace who by the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead the great shepherd of the sheep, our Lord Jesus Christ, equip you with every good thing to do his will, working in us what is pleasing before him through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever.

-Heb 13:20-21

With much love, AE4CC7DA-43B8-4EB7-BAB4-3FE9CA162129The Downings

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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

Ministry Story: Heavy Hearts

We eagerly await the day when all things are made new! Today’s ministry story happened during the first year of our ministry here. We invite you to journey with us through this difficult ministry encounter. Be prepared to be touched by this sad story.

 

With much love, ff7ede2e-fa12-4cbb-9c20-5456d1070373The 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!