Tag: Missions

Throwback To a Selfie

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We travel a lot on our mission path! This is one of our favorite selfie shots that Tim 2 took a few years ago on one of our journeys. We were on the country road going through an eucalyptus lined areas. We were on a trip to the Cangahua church located in the country side. Cangahua is one of the oldest rural parishes in the Cayambe canton. In the southwest of the parish of Cangahua is the inactive Pambamarca volcano, in whose wasteland, pucarás (military, municipal and religious stuctures) were built, possibly by the Caranqui Indians or by the Incas. Every 29th and 30th of June the celebrations of the Sun or Inti Raymi is celebrated in this area.

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With much love,

The Downings

Together Tuesday: Paul & Kattia Jones

One of the privileges of being a missionary is that we get to work alongside of so many dedicated people. The Jones family serves Christ in nearby Bolivia. We remember them speaking at the Capital Hill church of God in Oklahoma City when we were students at Mid-America Christian University. They have always inspired us as they serve Christ with passion.

Paul and Kattia serve alongside the national church through biblical and ministerial training of lay church leaders.

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Paul does regular itinerant preaching and evangelism at weekend camp meetings, known as juntas that take place on the date of the churches’ anniversaries.
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Kattia works with the women’s groups, teaching conferences both locally and nationally. And she supports the youth in youth camps and conferences; and also ministering to children through puppets and other visual aids.

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B3168EC3-8725-424B-A581-92ABC0AFB4EFThis lovely family is currently on home assignment. Please join us in prayer for them as we know they must be missing Bolivia about now. Please ask our Heavenly Father to provide all of their needs.

Together we can pray and make a difference!AE4CC7DA-43B8-4EB7-BAB4-3FE9CA162129 The Downings

Esperanza’s Artsy Smartsy Photo

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We are proud of Esperanza she is becoming a fantastic photographer. She was standing on a church balcony when she decided to pour a litttle water on the railing and take this reflection photo. She has an excellent artistic eye! Now if only we could afford a good camera for her, the sky would be her limit.

With much love,

The Downings

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