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Cultural Insight: Time

Is it odd that people who live with Eternity in mind care so much about time? Today’s cultural insight explores the Ecuadorian concept of time.


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Throwback To a Last Time

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


Counting Time

Time can be measured in various ways.  At the time of writing this post our family has 34 more days in Costa Rica.  That is 816 hours or 48,960 minutes or as we like to measure it, five Sundays.  We are counting down the days.

Recently we have been counting days for another reason.  So far we have counted 14 weeks, or measured another way, one trimester!  We think it is time to announce we are counting the days until our due date in April.


One trimester counted in baby time is about the time the baby can suck on its thumb, can make facial expressions, and is about the size of a lemon.

One trimester measured in mommy time (Angelita time) is a difficult time.  She is still very ill with “morning sickness” that lasts all day.  Would you please spend some time in prayer for her today.  We are counting the time until she can enjoy this time of anticipation.



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Time Is Short! (Another Exciting Announcement)

Time is given us to use in view of eternity. -Ironside

Time has a way of slipping by unnoticed. We recently watched some old videos of our eldest children while we lived in Clovis, New Mexico.

It seemed to us like yesterday that we had a little boy and little girl.  They have grown so fast.

As we build our Living Link network of supporters we have noticed something else about time.  We don’t seem to have enough.  We have been fundraising for over one year and we have four months left until we are scheduled to move to South America.  Esperanza and the Ezequiel want to tell you what percentage of our budget we have already raised.

Yes, that is our little girl, now big, proudly proclaiming we have raised 65% of our budget. Will we raise the remaining portion before August?  Will we be able to leave on time (we can’t leave until we are fully funded)?  Time will reveal the answers, but God knows them already.  Will you join us in praying for favor as we travel to and through the following states in the next four months?   We will be in FL, MO, KS, AZ, LA, MS, GA, AR, TX, NM, OH, KY, TN, OK, MI, IL, IN, WI and perhaps more.  Please pray specifically that God will open the doors we need to walk through so be can leave on time.

Thank you and God bless,

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Our Long Goodbye

This holiday season has a different feel for us.  Behind the pleasant familiarity of the places we are visiting and the smiling faces of loved ones there lies a far off sense of loss.  If our funds are raised in time this will be the last holiday season that we will experience in familiar places while looking at familiar faces, at least for a while.  So, we eat a little slower, gaze a little longer and listen a little closer as we say our long goodbye.

We are grateful for all of the love our family and friends are bestowing on us.  We enjoy the time that they have chosen to give us.  Our prayer this season goes beyond our own experience to all who are keeping up on our mission path.  May you spend the time you need to over the holidays to make lasting memories.  May the hustle and bustle of the season not prevent you from enjoying the friends and family you are blessed with.

God Bless,
The Downings



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