yvonnedowns What a joy to partner with Abundant Life Ranch for #servefresno! This awesome team helped prepare the grounds for upcoming horse camps! In a few weeks homeless teens will have the opportunity to ride a horse, eat yummy food, and hear who Jesus is! God has used @betzb4 and @abundantliferanch to minister deeply to @juju_bee14. We are grateful for your love and sacrifice Doug and Betsy. 3d
  •   aimj05 so neat! Betsy was in my Bible study group a few years ago...she is a gem! 3d
  •   nina_baker_ 3d
  •   happylifehappycat Awesome photo!! P.s. High fives to cute girl holding the content chicken!!! 3d

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yvonnedowns The JOY! Mom and Daughter. Friends. Time cherished. Rich conversation. Tea & Coffee. Tears & Laughter. God's Grace and Redemption spoken to each other. Listened. Grappled. Savoring Time. The LORD has given me a gift in you, Ashlyn. O how I love you! 4w

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yvonnedowns L O V E. My heart swells with adoration when I gaze on this picture, (not because I think we are way too close to burning trees since a little fire brand left a mark on John's shirt ;-)) but because of the man in this picture who has served me and our kids every day for over 22 years. B Downs, you love Jesus, family, and adventure. Thank you for willingly giving up empty nesting to love and receive our two newest sons to know our Covenant God's grace more and more! I can't imagine walking this journey of life with anyone but you! (Brian, I know there are way too many "complicated" words for your dreamer to bear in this little post, but if you actually made it to this far, hear this...I love you more than I can describe!) Thanks to @nina_baker_ we have this picture. Thanks for spending your naptime watching fire training with us. Best four hours of your life, no doubt. 4w

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yvonnedowns I delight in them. I delight in my Covenant God. Stephen and John are holding my journal opened to the entry from January 21, 2014 when the Lord specifically impressed them on my heart to possibly adopt them, to follow Him to walk on the waters of faith, half a step at a time (@katecasaday). There was nothing concrete where we stepped. Each step was into the unseen, unknown, the mystery. With each step the LORD revealed Himself to be trustworthy. I knew from the beginning that this journey was not that Stephen and John would come home to us, though my heart is completely overjoyed Jesus had this in the plan, but that we would BELIEVE God Himself...His Person...His Character.
The Lord has etched this in my heart over the last three years: God Most High gives us specific circumstances so we will KNOW and BELIEVE HIM specifically. To know Him IS eternal life!

I just want to know Him with my entire being and worship Him with absolute purity and believe Him with greater faith for the impossible. That is the longing of my soul. My heart is thrilled that I get to know Him more through the gift of our two newest sons. GLORY!
2mon
  •   oldmcdonaldswife Your testimony and perspective is contagious. This journey and story is sooo much bigger than it already has been and that is the really good stuff, what's to come, the unknown!!! It gives me goosebumps to imagine how much MORE there is to come in experiencing God! Blessings to you all Friend! xoxo 2mon
  •   kwill220 This is the kind of faith the Lord is calling me to have too and it's exciting! I'm looking forward to the day that I can also have a picture of when those steps of faith turn into His promise revealed in a tangible way! Thank you for sharing :-) 2mon
  •   nicoledlarson So BEAUTIFUL!. Thank you for sharing your journey of faith with us♡ 2mon
  •   cmpkori I'm not sure their joy could radiate any louder through those beautiful smiles! 2mon
  •   humenbek We are just studying Isaiah 43 now! "You are my witnesses," declares the LORD, "and my servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor shall there be any after me. Isaiah 43:10 2mon
  •   __superjonahh I miss you guys 2mon
  •   yvonnedowns @__superjonahh the boys say, "thank you so much and we love you." We miss you, too! 2mon
  •   julieranee God is Awesome! 2mon

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yvonnedowns This is a picture of the LORD's beautiful grace...So undeserving of the gift of more children! We would like to introduce you to the newest Downs boys--@ffdowns and my SONS and precious BROTHERS of Ashlyn Downs, Kylen Downs, and @juju_bee14 --Stephen and John, we welcome you with hearts that are overflowing!!! We know Jesus more intimately because of you! (@wanderingwithmary , thank you for your friendship and for capturing moments together as family near the Nile River. We treasure and love you!) 2mon
  •   megancmills Oh my goodness 2mon
  •   pvmal My heart is overwhelmed with the beauty of this picture!!! Absolutely breathtaking what the Lord has done in the span of a year! Love you. Love them. Love Him! 2mon
  •   anaprilday Beautiful 2mon
  •   littlejaspers Pure Joy. 2mon
  •   hspence09 My heart is overflowing with joy for you guys! What precious gifts! 2mon
  •   mandykotman Love this! So happy for you!! 2mon
  •   michellelalonzo This picture radiates LOVE. The Lord has blessed you, indeed, my friend. "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." James 1:17 2mon
  •   karleymase So rad! 2mon

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yvonnedowns One day soon we will get to share these precious boys' magnetic smiles and chocolate eyes with you. O the love and grace and tenderness of our Father that He would allow us to be family. @ffdowns your sacrificial love for each of us causes me to know the Gospel of Jesus more. 2mon
  •   oldmcdonaldswife Oh @yvonnedowns this gives me goosebumps and makes me extra thankful our paths finally crossed. I do keep praying for y'all and this process and can't wait for our "date"! 2mon
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  •   yvonnedowns @oldmcdonaldswife Yes!!! Thank you so much. The beauty and sweetness of unity in Jesus leaves me awestruck. I have thought of our date more than once! 2mon

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yvonnedowns Our sons had over 300 jiggers just a year and a half ago. Today they have #zerojiggers. We are grateful from the depths of who we are for @solehope who literally gave hope to these two precious boys!

HOPE: the desire for something good with the expectation of obtaining it.

They knew HOPELESSNESS...a life with jiggers, which can lead to secondary infections and death.

They had their jiggers removed and began to heal...HOPED REALIZED.

HOPED FULFILLED...jigger free and can run and play without any pain...and the gift God has given us that we are family now! Beyond anything good I could begin to imagine...such grace!
@ashercollie , @drucollie , @elisabethmichal , @ashleyredburn, what you do matters!!!! God has used you to change the trajectory of our whole family's lives.
3mon
  •   ashleyredburn You're so precious. It's our honor and I am humbled to be a small part of Gods plan in loving other people in Jesus' name! 3mon

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yvonnedowns The LORD is using @solehope to care for many precious people, created in the very image of God, in ways that surpass eradicating jiggers. These two gals, Getu and Joy, are staying at Outreach House for different reasons other than jiggers. @ashercollie and @drucollie, I am grateful for you and how you display Jesus' compassion and grace and give a place for people to heal from a variety of painful things, whether physical or emotional!
Our sons want to go to Sole Hope every day to play fútbol with their new friends who, last week had jiggers and experienced pain with each step, but today ran around free from pain!
3mon
  •   jjcarli Those sweet smiles3mon
  •   nina_baker_ Sweet sweet Getu.Squeeze her for me. 3mon
  •   ashercollie I love this!!! And I love that your boys want to to go there!!! 3mon

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yvonnedowns My loves. Joy overflowing. Unspeakable goodness. Family. Jinja. 3mon

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yvonnedowns How I love this little one. Cool Lake Victoria water felt for the first time. Heart overflowing. 4mon

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yvonnedowns God has uniquely designed you with strengths so that when others are with you they catch a glimpse of God and desire to know Him more! How has the Creator made YOU? Are you trying to be like someone else or have you fully embraced how God has made you for His glory? What if we knew how to see what personality part someone was in, in a moment, and enter in with them there to show grace? Brian and I are excited to share Your Unique Design with the Joshua Wildness Institute Students at Hume Lake! #imagebearers #bestdreamerever@ffdowns 6mon

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yvonnedowns My view. Gemma, I love you. God created you for His renown. Grateful for quiet moments together. 8mon

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yvonnedowns As I sit in the boys' room, wonderment fills my soul with awe of the LORD and His ways. Jesus Christ amazes me. I never could have imagined what He had in store for the Downs family! My heart aches for the two in Africa to come home. #longingforthosewhowalkinreddirt 8mon
  •   meghanalanis Love seeing "the boys' room" You are preparing a room for their arrival!! 8mon
  •   nina_baker_ You don't hashtag much but when you do it makes my nose sting. I love it. 8mon
  •   yvonnedowns @meghanalanis I sat in there just letting it sink in :-). Love you, friend. 8mon
  •   yvonnedowns @ninanicole23 I love when your nose stings. I couldn't help it. Red dirt and the people are near and dear to us. 8mon
  •   nina_baker_ Uh huh:-) 8mon
  •   littlejaspers This is pure bliss. Praying for you and the boys as you wait. 8mon

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yvonnedowns Our youngest daughter. Graduation Day. Julianne style. You have taught me much in your high school career! Through you, Julianne Joryn Downs, the Lord has taught me about beauty in scars, His Presence, Power, and grace as I've never known it before. I love that He moves mountains of the soul and He has increased my faith through suffering in the last three years. He enables joy in the midst of pain...just a few things I've learned because of you! How Jesus has birthed passion for horses in you so that you might magnify His name with everything you put your hands to is breathtaking! You are beautiful! I really think you just might be valedictorian of Clovis Online High School! I think riding a horse and having a cowboy party was way better than walking with a cap and gown for you! Love you more than you know! 10mon

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yvonnedowns Work day 10mon

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yvonnedowns Celebrating JuJu's 18th birthday belated with life friends in Pismo! We love exactly how God created you! 1y
  •   nina_baker_ Please have some Splash chowder for me with a shrimp topper, a dash of Tabasco and a slice of grilled sour dough bread. 1y
  •   heather_kane_ what @ninanicole23 said! Extra bread for me. 1y
  •   ashboley Or have a Brads veggie wrap for me sans cheese ;) 1y
  •   ffdowns Just take the samples... They're free. If you get really hungry, swing by a Costco. 1y
  •   littlejaspers Hi girls! 1y

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yvonnedowns Rejoicing that the LORD provided rain today and my mind jumped instantly to Deuteronomy! Am I soaking in God's Living Word to me today? Lord, give my heart the same craving for spiritual rain as you have for the physical rain we have so desperately needed! May I thirst for You and drink from You, the Giver of Living Water! 1y

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yvonnedowns O the Name...Lord, Grace me with faith to believe YOU! 1y

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yvonnedowns A part of my heart is left in #Uganda. What a privilege to team up with @sole_hope as they work towards #zerojiggers. Lillian helped me learn how to remove these tiny bugs that embed themselves into skin and lay eggs which lead to secondary infections and sometimes death. A key to this is education so that each person can be jigger free and walk without pain! It is possible to eradicate jiggers from all of Uganda! My heart was hurting as I caused these children pain, knowing that this pain could lead to their healing. 1y
  •   yvonnedowns Lillian is sitting to the right of me. It was a joy to serve with Ugandans and learn the how tos from them! Our Ugandan friends are dear to my heart! 1y
  •   richellerr Prayers to you and the team..and those precious faces & feet!! Love u! 1y
  •   yvonnedowns @richellerr Thank you! Love you! 1y
  •   littlejaspers What a precious work. 1y
  •   letlovegrow Yes, such a privilege. 1y

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yvonnedowns My firstborn with a friend from Wakisi. Grateful to be in Uganda with her! 1y

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