Tag: Missions

Throwback To a Visit To Cuenca

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Early along our mission path Timothy, Patricio and Irma visited the Church of God near Cuenca. This is a happy picture of Pastor Patricio and Irma. Timothy has fond memories of this trip. Patricio and Irma must have been so frustrated with Timothy’s horrible Spanish! He is better now but those early days were troublesome.

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With much love,

The Downings

 

Together Tuesday: The Todds

Our friends and fellow missionaries Jonathan and Beth Todd serve Christ in Brazil. We love them, support them and believe in their ministry.  099ACC54-4662-4E41-8BF3-49D0EA4EE495

Here is what our friends wrote on Facebook recently: “We have our visas, we have our plane tickets, and we are returning to Brazil on February 25! As we are getting ready to fly out, we find ourselves in the position that we are in need of more financial partners so that we can continue to serve in Brazil.”

Would you prayerfully consider being a part of this ministry? If so, please follow this link  and learn more. 

Together we can make a difference!

With much love, The Downings

 

Cultural Insight: Rumicucho

 

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Pucara de Rumicucho sits on a hilltop nearly a mile north of the Equator.
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The tactical advantage of Rumicucho is clear. The best way to Quito is through the valley that this ancient fort overlooks.
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Addy and Daddy enjoying a day at Rumicucho. 

With much love,C7277E17-6D98-457E-AFCC-1E3289BD0CA8 The Downings

Reach, Teach, Baptize

This photo was taken during a baptism service that the Zabala church held in Pacto. It was animated by our daughter Esperanza.

Jesus said to his disciples, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

With much love,

The Downings

 

Episode 18: Realizations

 

Most Christians would like to send their recruits to Bible college for five years. I would like to send them to hell for five minutes. That would do more than anything else to prepare them for a lifetime of compassionate ministry. -William Booth

There are three very important realizations that each follower of Christ has. The first is when we realize just who we are in contrast to our Holy God. This is when we realize our sinfulness and desperate need for Salvation. We usually have this realization just before we become Christians. The second realization is the ghastly reality that there is a Hell and the natural human condition leads us there. At this realization we are usually driven to make sure our friends and family know of Christ’s salvation. The third realization is that we are called to do something about the horrible reality that multitudes of people step out of this lost and dying world each day without seeking salvation from the consequences of their sin. These multitudes have no hope. They will spend Eternity in Hell. 

The hope that each Christian experiences when we begin following is the very same hope that we are to proclaim to the world! Every Christian is called to make known the Good News! Every Christian can take motivation from the ghastly reality of Hell, the sad destiny of mankind and the hope that only the Words of Jesus can offer! 

May we be quick to realize that the very hope that we hold dear is the only hope for the multitudes of lost and dying souls. May we be even quicker to share the hope that we have! 

With much love, C7277E17-6D98-457E-AFCC-1E3289BD0CA8The Downings

Throwback To a Last Time

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We fondly remember the last time that we saw Uncle Logan and Aunt Hazel. During our time of transition from language training in Coastal Rica to arriving in Ecuador we spent a month in the U.S. We ran around fundraising, gathering fresh documents that we would need for our residency in Ecuador, and purchasing a few items that are not available in Ecuador. We also had the opportunity to spend time with family and friends. We are grateful that Uncle Logan and Aunt Hazel made time to spend an afternoon with us. We did not know it at the time but this would be the last time we would see them on this side of Heaven. Both have passed away over the past three months. We regret that we could not physically attend the remembrance service for either, but we certainly mourned from afar. It has been said that a missionary leaves their family for a short time so that other people can be with their families for an Eternity. Eternity is the key. We know that we are all passing through this life. We should enjoy, help, love, and live life to the fullest but our hope goes beyond this life into Eternity. 

With much love,

The Downings

 

Ministry Story: Santa Elena

 

The rain was pounding on the windshield as our Toyota rolled to a stop. It was the kind of rain that gave promises of ending soon. If we had arrived a couple of minutes later we would have been able to walk into the home without getting soaked. We paused for a moment hoping the rain would cease but we were drawn to the faces filled with expectation crowding in the doorway. We opened the doors of the SUV and made a run for it. The sensation of cool rain alighting on our skin was drowned out by the wonderful smell of Pollo Seco cooking from inside the home.

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The home in which we worshiped.

When we entered the Santa Elena home we were quickly made comfortable and handed a delicious plate of food. We had a great time of fellowship as we discussed this new work that is nearly a year old. 

Last year the pastors of the Carapungo Church in Quito responded to a burden that they had for the people of Santa Elena, a small town near Nanegelito. They Evangelized the area and a lady opened her home so that the new group of believers could meet. The Carapungo Church sends their pastors every other Saturday to develop the work. From time to time the entire church goes for a special service. Each visit takes a day. They begin traveling at 8:00 in the morning and return to Quito at 8:00 in the evening. 

Pastor Orlando spoke in glowing terms of the growth and potential of this new work. After we shared a meal we walked the neighborhood and dreamt about reaching each family in the area and what it would take to build a permeate church building.

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This small lot with a building on it would only cost $2000 for the Church to purchase.

After our walk the church gathered to worship through song and the hearing the Word of God. Brother Orlando preached an excellent sermon and invited the new believers to be baptized. The Carapungo Church is planing a baptism service and they want the new work to be involved too.

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Worshiping with the Santa Elena Church plant.

The Church in Ecuador keeps growing under the leadership of the Holy Spirit! We are honored to walk alongside of our friends here and we are Joyful for your support! Your encouragement, prayers and donations keep us in Ecuador! Thank you for helping us stay on our mission path. 

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

Cultural Insight 7: Food

Have you ever considered how important food was in the ministry of Jesus? We see that the context of many of Christ’s interactions involved food. What does our Holy God incarnate have in common with sinners? Food. And the good news is that the table of Christ is always expanding!

In this cultural insight we explore the difference between North American cuisine and that of Ecuador. We just scratch the surface of this topic but we are willing to do the in-depth research to dive deeper on an upcoming episode!

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Esperanza loves eating Cuy!
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We enjoy many great pastries and fruit! 
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Some beloved Sisters preparing a church meal.

 

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Mote sucio, corn and mango juice, a perfect meal!

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Quito

 

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Quito is a significant city! We sometimes feel as if God’s words to Jonah were meant for us as well. “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.” -Jonah 3:2. We are called to give God’s message of salvation to Quito, Ecuador and everywhere People will listen.