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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by Terry on April 19, 2019

Jesus after the resurrection

Cross Picture

On Sunday we will celebrate 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 when he engaged two men who were talking about the 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

In believing in his resurrection, we see Jesus as not merely a prophet or a great teacher but as God in person.  He said at various times that he was the great “I AM” As doubting Thomas said after putting his fingers into the wounds on Jesus’ hands and on Jesus’ side exclaimed, “My Lord and my God”   His death and the giving up of his spirit was voluntary, contrary to what is taught in Mormon theology where they say that life was taken from him as if he didn’t have control over his own death.  He voluntarily gave up his life for us.

Jose receives Easter basket from SOR

At SOR Mission we continue to show the power of the resurrection by helping those in need with a hand up in life.

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

I welcome you to put your trust in Jesus our Messiah, Jehovah God and the Creator of the Universe. This is the work of SOR Mission.

Happy Easter

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Many of you who follow SOR Mission’s outreach to those with minimum resources will be excited to know that we have started the project and have laid blocks so that the wood portion that will be started this weekend will not be exposed to the soil and to invading termites.

Yesica’s mother Maria earns what little she makes by selling tortillas out of her house and so without a home offered at no interest and costing only for the materials she will be able to have a new 400 square home.

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The Discipline of Giving

by Terry on January 24, 2019

Each of us needs to consider the importance of being generous and sharing what we ourselves take in through our work. Research has shown us that those with success with their finances are known to be generous. There are those who stuff their world’s riches in a mattress but live a miserable life. Jesus tells us in Matthew 16:26, that what good will it be for you & I to gain the whole world, yet forfeit our own soul and the reason God placed us here on Planet Earth? Only in discovering this can we truly live an abundant life. At SOR Mission we attempt to connect God’s resources with the human need that we see so evident in Central America

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