Our first encounter with the Millers was when they spoke at the Newton Falls Church of God. We were serving the church at the time. The clarity of their calling stuck us as they spoke of their ministry in Bolivia.
We are honored to call them co-laborers for Christ!
Every Christian is either a missionary or an imposter. -Charles Spurgeon
Missionary. What do you think of when you hear the word missionary? Missions, primarily, is not about men and women giving their lives away for a moral or humanitarian cause. Rather, missions are primarily about the proclamation of a specific message with a specific content. We see this message written large in every sermon recorded in the book of Acts. The redemption of the world through the death and resurrection of our incarnate God, Jesus Christ.
If you tell someone of the love, salvation and redemption of Jesus Christ you are speaking missionary words. If you proclaim “God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son so that whosoever believes in Him shall not parish but Have everlasting life. God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world should be saved through him” you are proclaiming the missionary message.
But where should you proclaim your missionary message? Jesus actually gives us clear instructions as to where we are to be missionaries.
In Acts Chapter one Jesus tells his original disciples that they would be his witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the ends of the earth. In other words where they lived, where they were comfortable, across cultural lines and to the furthest parts of the earth.
We, His current disciples are called likewise. Although we tend to think of only the furthest parts of the earth as being the realm of missionaries, the truth is that all Christians are responsible for each area of witness. We must take care to witness in each of the realms that Christ sent His disciples.
May we loudly proclaim the missionary message to all whom we meet. May we go in person, and where we cannot go in person may we go in purse!
One more throwback: one of the training instructors that we sat under at H.E.A.R.T. use to set under Timothy’s teaching in North East Ohio when when he served as the Christian Education Pastor at the Newton Falls First Church of God! Small world!
We like their post about how to listen to podcasts so much that we have appropriated their well thought out structure so that we can clearly communicate about the wonderful world of podcasting. (Thanks Tim and Angel!)
We grew up listening to terrestrial radio which ment we were at the mercy of the stations’s program director and their preferences for content. The reality of today is that we can choose the content we prefer through podcasts. Yet, two out of three people do not know how to access this freedom of choice!
If you are already one of our valued listeners you know how to listen to podcasts. Before you move on to another post, we need your help! Will you share this post with someone you know that would benefit from a simple guide to podcast listening?
Our Mission Path Podcast
Our Mission Path podcast is broadcast every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. On Monday we focus on a cultural insight from our missionary work in Ecuador. Wednesday’s podcast is always focused on a ministry story. Each Friday we share a short missions focused thought from our mission path book……which is currently being written……and shared for free!
Our Mission Path is always free!
We work hard to keep our episodes short, smart and sharable!
Each episode focuses on a specific aspect of our missionary service in Ecuador.
Esperanza Downing is the producer, the broadcast is usually voiced by Timothy Downing.
You can listen to episodes for free directly from our website. If you don’t want to miss any of our updates we invite you to follow us. If you click follow us you will receive an email each time our website content is updated. The benefit of listening to us this way is that you get notified for all content updates not just our podcast broadcasts! How do you follow us? Just go to our home page click follow and give us your email address then you will recive an email each time we update!
When you are notified that a new podcast is available just follow the emailed link and click play on the audio player to hear our latest content! Here is a picture of a post with the audio player circled.
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When you listen through our website you get to see the photos and the occasional video that accompany our podcasts. You also have the opportunity to comment on our posts through our website. As a bonus, it is easy to share content from our website to your social media feeds. (We love it when you do that!)
If receiving emails each time our website is updated isn’t really your thing, we understand! If you have an Apple device, the Apple Podcast app is built-in so you already have it! If you are into Android devices you can easily download Google Podcasts by searching the Google Play store. When you open your podcast app just search for Our Mission Path and you will find us!
The episodes of Our Mission Path are not serial so you can start listening with any that strakes your fancy. Here are some suggestions to get started:
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.
After Herod had died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt saying, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who were seeking the child’s life are dead.”
~Angel of the Lord, Matthew 2:19-20
A wise man once said, “God’s Word tends to outlive its pallbearers.” A true work of God will outlive all its enemies. God was determined to provide a way to bring lost and hurting people into Continue reading “Christmas Devotions: Egypt”→
World missions was on God’s mind from the beginning. -Dave Davidson
God seeks a dwelling place among the creation that He has made in His Own image. Although with horror we read about the walk of God and mankind being shattered by sin in the early pages of Scripture, we read of God’s missionary nature revealed throughout the remainder of sacred writ. The great hope of the Scripture is that what was once shattered in the garden is resurrected in the city of God. This redemption is achieved not through our seeking but through God’s, not through our power, but His, not by our actions, but by His. The redemption of the world has been heavy on His mind from the very beginning.
May we all join in the mission that was before time and will be achieved in a new Heaven and new Earth!
I go out as a missionary not that I may follow the dictates of common sense, but that I may obey the command of Christ.
Answering the call of love has nothing to do with common sense or self preservation. Promises flow easily from pulpits these days. “Come God has a wonderful plan for your life, a plan to prosper you.” The message is easy to listen to and enticing. It is seductively sweet like honey. But what happens when the bee stings, when we run headlong into suffering? Is there healing in the empty promise of the preacher? Our hopes are better served if we turn to the Word of God for guidance, for healing, for resolve. The psalmist calls out “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, lean not on your own understanding. In all of your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” Let us build our faith on the sure foundation of trust in our Lord, and let us grow in faith by acknowledging Him. Only then will we be free from our own understanding and safe from the false expectations of the prosperity preacher.
May the safe dictates of common sense never interfere with the dangerous thrill of obeying the command of Christ!
Living as missionaries in Ecuador, we often forget that what may be a common experience for us now might be somewhat of an adventure for you. With that in mind we want to share with you our weekend experiences. This weekend we began our concerted effort to visit all of our churches located outside of the city of Quito. To visit each church will require a little bit of travel, and we hope to be able to share quite a few interesting photos.
The first non-Quito church we choose to visit as a family was the one that Timothy knew the way to. Most churches on our visit list are in places unknown to us.
Part one: Where we stayed
In the future we hope to be able to visit the Cangahua congregation without first staying overnight in a hotel. With a two month old baby and the lack of sleep that she brings we decided it was safer to stay near the church than to try to travel early in the morning in order to make the morning service.
We stayed in one of the oldest buildings in Ecuador, a place called Guachala.
Part two: Where we worshiped
The Cangahua Church of God is located high above the pueblo of Cangahua on Mt. Cayambe. Part of our family had visited before but this was the first time that both Angelita and Adelena were able to attend with the family. Face time with each church is very important because although we meet with each pastor at the monthly pastors’ meeting we have yet to meet over half of our Children of Promise participants (please click on the link to learn more about this part of our ministry).
Part three: A treat for the kids
On our way home we stopped at a public park in the city of Cayambe. We try to involve our children in as much of what we do as possible. We also try to avail ourselves of any opportunity to pour into the lives of our kids.
Thank you for taking this adventure with us! Regardless if you pray for us regularly, read and share our updates, or support us financially we are proud to be part of your life. And we are honored that you are part of our lives. We love serving Christ in Ecuador and we love that you are on the journey with us!
Home is such a powerful word. We so often connect it to where we grew up or the first place we lived on our own. Many missionaries struggle with the concept of “Home Assignment” because they have found a new home among the people they serve.
Think about where home is for you. Is it your childhood home? The place where you feel most comfortable? Is is among family and friends?
For us home is quickly becoming where we feel connected and loved. That is a long list of places and the list keeps growing. Most recently we have found another place to call home. We want to extend our gratitude to the Wauseon First Church of God for grafting us into their family! We feel at home with you.