Tag: Throwback Thursday

Throwback To A Breathtaking View

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We have the privilege of living and working in an extraordinary photogenic country. In this panoramic photo you can see part of the city of Quito nestled on the eastern slopes of the Pichincha Volcano. Archaeological evidence indicates that people have lived in this location since about 8000 BC. 

Love,

The Downing Family

Throwback To Kenosha

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In this throwback we are reminded of how little our kids were when we began fundraising. Esperanza is now a young women and Elias is in first grade. It feels like this visit to Kenosha was a lifetime away!

With love,

The Downings

Friend, our time in Ecuador has offered us so many unique and wonderful experiences. On of our favorite daily experiences here is the gastronomy of Ecuador. We invite you to explore our culture with us one bite at a time! Click here to find great Ecuadorian recipes. 

Throwback To A Bad Day In Georgia?

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Four years ago today we had a blessing disguised as a bad day. Along the highway in Georgia we had a blowout. As we limped into a service station we had a second blowout. When we checked the other tires we found radials showing. We had traveled so much seeking support for our mission that we wore out our tires! Our bad day was actually a blessing as we ended up with new tires to continue on our mission path! 

With love,

The Downings

Throwback To A New Skill

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When we moved to Ecuador we stayed at the Seminary until we found a good house to rent. During our time there we naturally needed to laundry some of our clothes. Since we did not have a washing machine at that time we taught the boys a new skill. 

With much love,

The Downings

Did you know every Monday we post a new Cultural Insight podcast? We invite you to click here and explore Ecuador’s Culture with us! 

Throwback To A Good Meal

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To celebrate our first Christmas in Ecuador we slow roasted a suckling pig. We stuffed the pig with mangoes and apples, salted it and cooked it for a day. We served it with homemade macaroni and cheese, sweet cooked carrots, green beans, and grilled potatoes with gravy. Unfortunately everyone except Timothy came down with the flu before dinner. Despite his best effort, Timothy couldn’t eat the whole thing!

With love,

The Downings

Have you heard our Cultural Insight about food? If not click here!

Throwback To An Old Truck

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When we left for the mission field we had to sell or store our possessions. We try not to let our possessions possess us, but to be honest there is a special place in our hearts for the old International Harvester pickup. We don’t miss the Hard Knock motorcycle pictured in the back of the truck.

With much love,

The Downings

Throwback To Hillside Ave.

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If you look carefully you can see a young Ezequiel singing next to sister Ruby during choir practice. This is a wonderful memory from our time serving the Hillside Ave. Church of God in Springfield, Ohio. We look forward to visiting our friends during the Central District camp meeting this Summer!

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

Throwback To A Good Date

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Our lives were quite different when we studied Spanish in Costa Rica we had daily dates after classes. We would sometimes stop by the local coffee shop and enjoy a milkshake before we returned home to study. Other times we would try to walk off the unfortunate effects of too many milkshakes at a local park. During our year in language school we lead a life focused on Spanish and family. In that way Costa Rica was a blessing for us. Today our lives are more hectic with ministry but we still take time for family, and even the occasional date. 

With love,

The Downings

Throwback Thursday: Sojourners

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A rather young looking Downing family waiting to be let into the Sojourn Academy for thier first day of classes. Sojourn was the school that Tim, Esperanza, Ezequiel, and Elias attended during our year of Spanish studies in Costa Rica. 

Have you you listened to our podcast yet? If not, click here! 

Blessings,

The Downings