Cross Picture

On Easter Sunday we celebrated the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ as it had been foretold by the ancient Hebrew Prophets of the Scriptures.  Jesus was on the road to Emmaus after his resurrection that Sunday when he engaged two men who were talking about that days’ events.  They were surprised that he wasn’t aware of the days’ happening in Jerusalem, a city at that time of about 40,000 inhabitants.  Jesus said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.” Luke 24:25-27.  Read the full account of Jesus on the road to Emmaus here. 

Thomas putting finger in Jesus side by Caravaggio

On Easter Sunday Jesus entered a disciples home where they were meeting and spoke with the frightened group. The Apostle Thomas was not there however and had replied to his fellow disciples that he wouldn’t believe unless he could put his hands into Jesus’ wounds.

The Sunday following the resurrection the disciples were congregated behind locked doors in fear no doubt when Jesus was suddenly among them. Doubting Thomas was there as well. He went up to J3esus and after putting his fingers into the wounds on Jesus’ hands and on Jesus’ side exclaimed, “My Lord and my God   Thomas later on evangelized as far east as the country of India before his death as a martyr as a follower of Jesus Christ. It was his believing that gave him the fire to give up what he couldn’t keep to gain what he couldn’t lose.

Jose receives Easter basket from SOR

After the resurrection Jesus taught us that in as much as we help the least of these among us we are helping show the reality of the death and resurrection of Jesus the Messiah of God.

At SOR Mission we continue to show the power of the resurrection by helping those in need with a hand up in life. During the difficult time of covid-19 with so many people out of work and no food in the pantry, we are reaching out to our neighbors in Honduras where the government has shut down movement and work so that so many are literally going without food or medicine. Every $25 sent will purchase another Click for Corona Relief at our website: http://sormission.org or you can mail the Mission a check labeled Covid-19 or Honduras and it will be directed to the purchase of additional baskets of food for Honduras.

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What is freedom?

by Terry on July 6, 2020

The USA recently celebrated its 244th year of independence from Great Britain after fighting a revolutionary war with Englan. You might ask 100 people that and maybe a couple might know what’s true about one or both of those statistics. However, how that decision has affected them personally maybe 5 in a 100 might have something to share.

As a Christian freedom & independence are quite different. Jesus was asked before the Roman governor the question, What is truth?? (John 18). Earlier in other conversations with the Jewish community he stated in (John 8) that the truth would set you free (in other words, it would give you freedom and a sense of independence). Lastly in (John 10:10) Jesus stated very clearly that he is the way the truth and the life. No one can access Father Jehovah God (John 14:6) without Jesus.

Why is truth so essential?

If what we believe determines our mind set what I believe, if not truth, will lead me into error and a false world view. That’s why SOR Mission is determined to share truth to the poor and under privileged of this world. Jesus said in Luke 4:18 that the gospel was sent to the poor and not to the rich and arrogant who think money is their only power and that poverty is their problem and not theirs.

These are the wonderful people we work with to help give home and a brighter future for them and their children.

Continuing to help during times of Covid-19 where so many are out of work and do not access to a food pantry or a freezer because they are the poorest of the poor. Those Jesus came to tell the good news to. We are honoured to call them friends.

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How the poor think at times

by Terry on March 27, 2020

This family didn’t seem to unhappy because the roof doesn’t leak and they ate a meal that day

One day I ran into some friends at a local mall who also lived in Tegucigalpa where I was livging at the time. I invited them to have a coffee with me at an espresso shop in the mall. While there Edgar shared with me that  he had been having some difficult times lately due to lack of work and no extra other than little low paying jobs for an hour here and an hour there. Never enough to pay the the light bill had come and he wasn’t even sure how he was going to pay it .  Then with a bright smile he changed the subject by saying that his son was turning 5 the next day and that  they were at the mall to buy a birthday cake for them to take home to celebrate his 5th birthday..

I remember so well his response after I asked him, being a responsible gringo like I am, about the light bill and what would happen if they came to shut off this power if he didn’t pay by the deadline.  He looked at me with this funny smile on his face, like on what planet was I living, and replied,  “don’t forget that Juancito only turns 5 once and so why wouldn’t we celebrate it because I’m always going to have light bills to pay but only once can we celebrate Juancito turning 5 years old. I was silenced by his response. It reminded me afterwards of a passage of scripture that I had read earlier about Jesus at the home of Simon in Bethany, Israel.

“While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table. When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.” Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me” Matthew 26-11 He also answered those looking for a way out of being responsible by telling us in Luke 10:27 to “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind and to ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]

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What are treasures in heaven?

by Terry on February 5, 2020

Jesus warming the homeless at night in one of our cities

Have you ever wondered what the Bible is talking about when it tells us to not accumulate a ton of this world’s finest goods but rather waning us to be more concerned about sending it on up ahead?

It’s really not easy to deny oneself and live a life of modified self denial. Maybe you just don’t see why you need to dedicate your life to this principles of self discipline, giving to the poor that you know and also being that merciful person that your family needs you to be. In the end you’re the person who benefits. Luke 6:38 that says in part, give and it will be given back at the same amount that you gave. Wow, we can’t go wrong can we

Well let me share a few ideas that God has been bouncing around my head lately . I don’t want to you to think that God and I just hang out all the time, but in a sense we do as I quiet the din of my busy life and listen to his quiet voice that instructs me on living a simple, fulfilling, abundant life without the materialism of this world’s culture trying to make me a slave in thinking that my happiness is found in possessions from our physical world. The truth lies in sending your time and money to have God watch over it so that when the day comes that you check out from this life you’ll have something waiting for you in what we Christians call the Eternal Life

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The things I did in 2019 will be my traveling companions in 2020.  In the leap I won’t connect up automatically with a few new habits that I’d like to begin this year. 

  Why resolutions seldom work it seems.

What’s your new year resolution that you want to achieve?

About 80% of resolutions are never completed or made a habit during the present year they’re started and most attempts fail by around mid-February.  My friend at the gym mentioned that January/February are the busiest months of the year for the gym which happens to be the most common and popular resolution, that being losing some weight.  Next people want to also get in shape #2 also at the gym. Third choice is starting something new for me that helps me to be a better person followed by being more organized and lastly of the top five, learning  to save a few extra dollars each month for something desired. 

All of these new resolutions can certainly change us radically and can give us a better life style but many goals in life a met at the pathway of discipline.  Christianity is a walk of discipline.  Following Jesus has changed me completely and as a now mature believer I see how learning those disciplines changed my life radically. 

I am open to listen to your story and to see how you too can live it to the full.  As we call it, “the Abundant Life”

It could be a good year for the both of us!

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AND JUST WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR?

by Terry on October 26, 2019

The Parable of the Good Samaritan – Luke 10

2On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind ; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.”

“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

The rich young man didn’t see her as being his neighbor because he was blinded by the “ease” of his own happy world

He wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Thinking that Jesus wouldn’t include her in his world. Is she a part of your world?

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What do we do when we have enough?

by Terry on September 25, 2019

Some years ago it was reported that the multi millionaire industrial magnate John D. Rockefeller, who had founded Standard Oil Company after being asked how much more money he needed to have enough, had replied that he needed just a little bit more.

Rockefeller strongly believed that his purpose in life was to make as much money as possible and then use it wisely to improve the lot of mankind However what was not often reported was that he spent the last forty years of his life dedicated to philanthropy in the fields of education and health attempting to help his fellow man to live a better life.

What we at SOR Mission believe is that we all need to live simpler lives so that our simplicity will help enable us to have extra resources to help others who need a hand up in life. Such as a small business loan for a single mother, Doris, attempting to help her family who is living in poverty because of no fault of her own or Maria whose house was collapsing around her because what she made selling tortillas, her only income, was not enough to rebuild her small wood house in which she and her handicapped daughter lived. These ladies were helped because someone like you gave of their means to reach out to give a hand up to these ladies.

Our mission statement directs us to connect human need with God’s resources. You are God’s resource as without you reaching out to those in need, that need will never be met.

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Did you realize?

by Terry on August 31, 2019

Did you realize that a purchase of one of these delicious drinks on a every other day basis for a time could take a bit of change out of your pocket. Doing a voluntary fast for a needy family over a month period could help you donate $25 to SOR Mission that would help us in our ministry to the poor of Honduras. Just imagine.

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Take a rest on Labor Day weekend

by Terry on August 31, 2019

For those of us living in countries that are not considered “third world” a day of rest is quite possible even though statistics are showing that many Americans are not using all their vacation days in deference to working more to ensure more economic gain or possibly they not having adequate disposable income to spend on a holiday away from work.

My life journey has taken me from living moderately because I could not afford many “toys” to now living simply as possible so as to free myself to be able to give to others with greater need than my own. I guess that’s why I ended up being a missionary.

This is the path that Jesus suggested to his followers. Live simply so others can simply survive. Life isn’t easy for many.

Enjoy your Labor Day weekend !!!


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With nothing to do but sit and wait for something to happen

Summer greetings to you who live north of the equator and also the Tropic of Cancer. Today our thoughts go out to those we work with at SOR Mission. For those of you who are able to obtain the basics without much thought you don’t think twice about having enough to eat and a roof over your family’s.

Non issues can de be items like clean potable water, a place to your wash clothes other than a backyard stone to wash them on. Most of us don’t think twice about having enough to eat to maintain our own families. Most of us reading this don’t think twice about having to choose between buying a prescription drug for our health verses buying food for today. However, these are issues we face daily working with the poor of Central America. It’s what melts our butter so to speak!

“Whenever you possibly can, do good to those who need it. Never tell your neighbors to wait until tomorrow if you can help them now.” Proverbs 3:27-28

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