Tag: our mission path

Episode 17: Smelting

 

Have Asians rejected Christ? Not really. In most cases they have rejected only the trappings of Western culture that have fastened themselves onto the Gospel.

-K.P. Yohannan, Revolution in World Missions

The work of missionaries is particularly essential to the Church. Not simply becuase every Christian is commanded into missions through the great commission in some way but becuase of the inheritant smelting of the Gospel message as it travels into new cultures. We who are missionaries can not afford to give a Gospel wrapped up in our home culture no matter how wonderful our home culture might be. We dare not give even aspects of our home culture in place of the Gospel or perhaps more commonly in addition to the Gospel. It is impartive that we separate the trappings of our culture and deliver only the pure Gospel of Jesus Christ. Only His message contain the Words of Life!

The words of Christ reach people in every culture, they even fundamentally change cultures but only when we give the words of Christ unwrapped from the message of our culture.

Friend, if you are a believer in Christ you are a believer because you heard the words of Christ. Let us carefully read the Bible and consistently breathe the Words of life into our lost and dying world!

May we do the hard work of objectivity looking at the Gospel and then at our culture and follow the Gospel when the two diverge. May we give Jesus only!

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

How To Listen To Our Podcast

This post was born out of a bit of wisdom shared by our friends at Boldly Went.

We really like their Adventure Podcast, we encourage you to click here and check them out!

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.

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Where to find Our Mission Path podcast 

  1. Through ourmissionpath.com
  2. By finding one of our podcast platforms.

Through ourmissionpath.com

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!

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Here is a snapshot of our front page do you see the follow button?
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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Use A Free Podcast App

Our Mission Path is also available on these platforms.

Apple Podcasts

Spotify:

Radio Public:

Anchor.fm

Google Podcasts

Breaker

Castbox

Pocket Cast

Stitcher

 

Getting started with a podcast app is pretty simple:

  1. Select your preferred podcast platform and down load it to your computer or device.
  2. Search for Our Mission Path or click on the link above that corresponds with your app.
  3. Follow the steps that are unique to your preferred app to start listening. Your preferred app will walk you through with simple instructions. Make sure to click subscribe!

Devices and apps

Choosing a way to listen to a podcast is really a personal preference.

We recommend listening on our website.

We love connecting with you through ourmissionpath.com!

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!

Start Listening

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:

Other Good Podcasts

Here is a list of podcasts we enjoy. We tend to binge listen as we travel here in Ecuador.

  • Unobscured is a history deep dive with Aaron Mahnke. The first season was about the Salem witch trials and was excellent.
  • Missionary Talks with David Peach no longer produces new content but the 85 episode series demystify Missionaries as normal people trying to follow God’s will.
  • We sometimes agree sometimes disagree but Frank Viola always makes us think!
  • The Bible Answer Man is a great thought-provoking question and answer podcast.
  • Something is off with Andrew Heaton politics minus bile plus jokes.
  • The Moth is a collection of short stories told by people of all walks of life. It is a great place to hear stories from people who are not like you.
  • Missionary on fire is a collection of 32 missionary interviews.
  • Imagine Thru The Bible with J. Vernon McGee with less southern accent and more caffeine, that is Levi Lusko. We love his verse by verse approach to Bible teaching.
  • For Adventure seekers and outdoor types our friends at Boldly Went are the best.

With much love,7297BF43-744F-46DD-AC7B-5867E3285812 The Downings

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.

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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