Seeing the Needs of Others through simplicity

by Terry on November 11, 2018

In the west we often time confuse our “normal” lifestyles with those of other countries where access to capital and credit is somewhat to severely limited.  In these countries they live a very difficult, but howbeit a simple life revolving around having enough capital to fulfill the needs of the family.  We see this all the time in Honduras where nearly 50% are unemployed and living in or near poverty.  What can I do we ask?  I can’t fix their problems or solve the issues that led them or keep them in poverty or can I?

We in the west we need to rediscover the freedom that comes from simplicity.  Denying materialism a place in our lives and homes where we easily justify it because we work so hard and of course  we always need more and better things.  Don’t we?

In helping those challenged by poverty we can rediscover the joy that comes by voluntarily living on less so that others can merely have an access to the bare minimum of this world’s capital so that they can access medical care and food at the same time if needed,

Your help is needed now with our Click for St. Nick Christmas campaign in giving out baskets of food to those in great need, be it widows, those sick, single moms, elderly with no income, etc; those trying to make it in this world but not being able to to because of the injustice we see operating in our world.

Please help us no matter where you live and what lifestyle you might live; however  we do need your help now with the purchase of these baskets.  Go to Donate now and scroll down to Click for St. Nick and there you can purchase as many $40 baskets that you can afford at this time.

Thanks because in love so little can do so much for another family like your own.

Blessings!

 

 

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It’s Time for St. Nick once again

by Terry on November 10, 2018

So have you as yet clicked for St. Nick?  Have you wondered where in the world did that idea come from?  Well to clarify both questions, the first one is for you do do your part on your mouse of which  you may have a similar one.  The second one is for me to clarify where did I pick up that expression.

So when you click your mouse usually your clicking on something that you want to save, purchase, cut and paste, etc and in this case we’re hoping that you will click your mouse for our Saint Nick Christmas basket program.

So what are we doing this year with our baskets of Christmas joy to those not looking forward to much this         Christmas?  We’ll be packing them with food purchased wholesale in Honduras so as to maximize how much we can fit into the plastic bucket.  It includes what we consider a basic food basket with items that won’t spoil overnight as such and will also include some kitchen utensils and a New Testament of the Bible so as to read to the family the Christmas story of Jesus being born in Bethlehem.

We will pray for the home and the family asking God to bless them and to help them in the coming year to break the cycle of poverty by finding work or recovering from a sickness.  , In the case of the widows like 75 year old Mrs. Sofia shown here who without pension and help is eking out a living doing what she can and single mothers who are struggling so much, we pray that as God’s loving eyes are on the sparrows so also will they be on these people who God considers so important in the Kingdom.  Please help us if you can.  Go to Donate now and scroll down to Click for St. Nick and once there follow the prompts for making your online secure donation to help another family have a blessed Christmas.  Each basket costs us about $40 each.

 

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Our Click for St. Nick campaign is approaching

by Terry on October 31, 2018

Last December  Click for St. Nick was able to distribute 125 baskets of Christmas joy and hope to those needing a hand up at this  time of the year. We were able to help over 500 people, including adults and children with a basket of food, some kitchen utensils along with a New Testament of the Bible.

Each plastic tub included enough food for about 2 weeks for a family of four.  Each basket cost us, buying wholesale, about $40/basket.

Please consider helping us this year as we now start  in earnest our campaign of Click for St. Nick to help those needing a hand up in life.

We at SOR Mission make a special attempt to help those who are widows, single moms who are struggling, people fighting sickness or family disaster from a death of the wage earner or sickness or unemployment.  Your help goes a long ways in helping these needy families.

Above you can click on the Donate now and scroll down to Click for St. Nick where you can help us to bless families.  Each $40 you donate buys one basket.  $400 would purchase 10 baskets helping approximately 10 families of 4 members each.

Thanks for helping

 

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Happy Father’s Day

by Terry on June 17, 2018

Today, Sunday, June 17th is Father’s Day in the USA as well as Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica and Great Britain. Here in Honduras it’s celebrated on March 19th which is also Saint Joseph’s Day.

This day owes its beginning to a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd (Feb 18, 1882 – March 22, 1978), who in 1909,  while living in Spokane, WA, USA.  Sonora Smart Dodd tried to establish an official equivalent to Mother’s Day for male parents. Washington State celebrated the nation’s first statewide Father’s Day on July 19, 1910.
It’s a day to visit our fathers or to recollect some thoughts and memories about our fathers.  Please go to our Today page where I have written an article in more depth about the day and my feelings concerning my earthly father and what I was able to learn from him.  By reading today’s post on Today you might just find some  encouragement for a  better Father’s Day.  Blessings to you!

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It started with faith and a backhoe

by Terry on June 5, 2018

Today was our first day with some serious backhoe work in starting our next house project with a family in need of affordable and adequate housing here in Honduras.

We needed to use a backhoe to get the project started because of the slope of the lot being somewhat excessive.  This extra work with the backhoe will add an additional 10% cost to the project.  To some of you it doesn’t seem like much but to a family living on a limited budget in Central America its a lot.

We could use help with getting this project back on track.  Read more by going to SOR At Work and scroll down to Construction.  Thanks

Psalms 127:1 says, “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.

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Millard Fuller, founder of Habitat for Humanity, once said that they didn’t give out handouts to families challenged by life’s struggles  but rather handup’s.  Over the years that stuck with me and that too is our “action statement” of what we do here at SOR Mission.  Combining that with our mission statement which is an “action statement” of our purpose, which is to connect human need with God’s resources.  

This coming week we’ll be putting our actions to work with the building of a house for Eva and her husband and family.  We’re putting love to work under the banner of service to help this family.  How do we do it?  Click here  or go to SOR At Work  to be taken to the construction page to see a few pictures and a few more comments about this project.  We use local labour and donations from readers like you to help us with these project.

                                                    “Sow righteousness for yourselves,
                                                          reap the fruit of unfailing love,
                                                    and break up your unplowed ground;
                                                 for it is time to seek the Lord…”  Hosea 10:12

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So Why do we worry?

by Terry on May 22, 2018

Jesus in his sermon on the mount tells us not to worry about this life of ours.  What we’ll eat, wear, drive or drink.  Is it possible to live such a life?  His conclusion in Matthew 6:34 is “Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own!

Have you found that there have been days that it would appear to be going ok but yet there’s still this nagging from within that your GPS is not leading you where you really want to end up ?

For many Americans and Canadians, it would appear that spending is one way they attempt to make themselves more secure so they don’t have to worry about tomorrow.  However it doesn’t work that way!

Jesus said that he will never leave us or forsake us and therefore wants us to seek first his “kingdom” and living life right and all these “things” that we need will somehow be provided at the proper time.

At SOR Mission we attempt to help those without a well functioning GPS system to see that placing their trust and faith in Jesus Christ their life will begin to make more sense.  Seeking first his kingdom to us at SOR Mission means seeking justice and mercy for those without access to credit and those needing a hand up in like.  Its our calling and what we do best.  Please help us to continue this high calling of treating our neighbor as we too want to be treated.

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
                                                                 And what does the Lord require of you?
                                                                         To act justly and to love mercy
                                                                     and to walk humbly with your GodMicah 6:8

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Let your light shine before your friends

by Terry on May 20, 2018

In reading the Scriptures I see where we’re called to humbly do our acts of helping others without fanfare and announcements about our acts of charity but at the same time we’re called to let our light shine to those around us like our friends and work associates so that they may see our good deeds and praise our Father in heaven.  Ultimately we want that at SOR Mission our acts of mercy and justice are done so as to give our Heavenly Father the praise and glory.

Our next project will do this very thing as we begin another house for a family without access to credit in Honduras.  We’ll keep you up to date through our emails.  If you’re not signed up, please leave a message and we’ll gladly add you to our list.  Your name and email address will never be shared with anyone else.

“Be sure you do not do good things in front of others just to be seen by them. If you do, you have no reward from your Father in heaven.” Matthew 6:1-4

 

 

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Christmas 2017 Wish List(click here)

Many of us have heard that song sung or have thought of this phrase from time to time.  You can click here to hear a 1940’s rendition of this well know melody.  Maybe as a child you  have wished upon a star for something that you wanted or needed.  Many of us did.

Today we at SOR Mission we are wishing upon a star and that star is you!  Your generosity in donating will make you a star in the eyes of God who has repeatedly said that giving to the poor pleases him and as such he would keep poverty from your door.  You can donate on line here or by going to Contact Us on the selection bar above to obtain other ways to donate to the Mission.

The needs of those we serve are many and we as a mission to the poor and needy ask you to open your hearts and click with your credit card to help us help others.  Go above to Today to read our Wish List for Christmas 2017 or click here.

 

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Happy Poinsettia Greetings from the Tropics

by Terry on December 7, 2017

We send beautiful Poinsettia Greetings from Central America where this  native plant flourished long before Christianity and Europeans came to the Western Hemisphere. One Indigenous group, the Aztecs, found it blooming in the tropical highlands of southern Mexico during the very short days of winter and named it “Cuetlaxochitl.” The indigenous peoples of the Isthmus did not consider it as a decorative plant seeing it grew to up to 10 feet tall. But many of these groups used it for other practical purposes such as a dye and its sap as a cure for fever. I too have seen it growing upwards of 3-4 meters in height in Northern Thailand.

This beautiful Poinsettia plant would have remained only a Central American regional plant had not Joel Roberts Poinsett been appointed as the first United States Ambassador to Mexico by then president James Madison back in the 1820’s.

Mr. Poinsett was a self taught botanist who obviously loved plants and while on assignment as the Ambassador to Mexico he became enchanted by the beautiful red leaves of the Poinsettia plant. Later on he sent some specimens back to the US and hence we now all can enjoy the beauty of this plant around the Christmas season. The poinsettia plant took on the name of Mr. Poinsett who was the one who first introduced it to English speaking North Americans.

As a missionary in Central America I have often wondered how the Poinsettia plant named so in English became known in Spanish as “Pascua de Navidad In English the word came from paschal, Hebrew meaning The Passover (hence paschal lamb) or Easter.. Over time in Latin America the word “Pascua” became associated in a general sense with most major Catholic holy days including Easter and thus the Poinsettia which only turned red at Christmas became known as the Pascua de la Navidad. Hence today we use the word La Pascua de Navidad for this beautiful plant.

You can read more of what we do at Christmas and how we are inspired to help those with less opportunity through our Click for St. Nick program on this site.

Feliz Pascua from Central America!

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