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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Ya tenemos 10 niños en este barrio que están asistiendo a recibir una enseñanza de la Biblia y sé que pronto tendremos muchos más. Lo más bonito de trabajar con ellos es de ver cómo poco a poco por medio de nuestra presencia en este barrio la comunidad también empieza a cambiar.

Podrías leer el artículo completo si vaya a la página Español arriba.  ¡Bendiciones sobre tu día!  Bendiciones sobre tu día.

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It’s Christmas in Central America

by Terry on November 10, 2017

Christmas in Central America is around the corner seeing we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving like you do in the United States and Canada. It’s a favorite time of year for me because I highly value the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ who came to this world so that everyone who believes in Him can have eternal life plus they can have a life here full of value and purpose.

It’s  also a favorite time of year  because I can thank God for all the blessings received in my life throughout the year and I also can thank him for the opportunity that He’s given me to bless  those that he’s put in my path this past year.  I pray these mothers and children will come to know Him better and that they’ll have a closer walk with Jesus in 2018.

That’s why Christmas is a time to celebrate as we share gifts with those we love as well coming together to share family time and a common meal with those we love.  The gifts we give are an example of the great gift that God gave us by sending his son Jesus.

I invite you to click above on SOR Mission at work/justice to read the entire article about our Central American Christmas party.

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The Gecko and I – a story in real time from the tropics

 

Over the last few years we’ve had some gecko lizards passing through our home but unfortunately they never wanted to hang around for too long.  Maybe they felt my wife’s dislike of them seeing that she was born a city girl through and through.  However while living in Thailand some years ago and having so many geckos where I stayed up country I learned that they are considered good luck to have them in the house. They ate their weight in insects and their calls made the house a fun place to be listening to them call each other, “gek-ko, gek-ko.  You kind of got used to it.

Please click on Central America above to read entire article.  You will laugh at the conclusion.

 Proverbs 30:28: The (Gecko) lizard you may grasp with the hands, Yet it is in kings’ palaces.

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SOR Mission continues to be a blessing to others needing a hand up in life.  SOR Mission statement of purpose puts it so clearly,  “Seeds of Righteousness Mission exists to help enable Love and Justice  to meet under the Banner of Service to help connect human need with God’s Resources”.

Recently SOR Mission hosted our beneficiaries for our quarterly meeting for those having received micro development loans as well as those who are living in one of the houses that SOR helped finance through a 0% loan.

This last meeting we discussed as a group how we can improve our household finances by being more careful with how the money is being spent.  The group was encouraged to help their children with an adequate education so as to be able to find adequate work when they finish their studies.

Our VP of the committee spoke to the group from personal experiences concerning how to maintain a watch over their household finances as well as the business that he and his wife own.

The joy of the afternoon was the cake that they had prepared for the director of SOR Mission who wasn’t able to be present in country for his most recent birthday.  Times like these are such a blessing to those of us working in this area.

What a joy it is to serve others and to be a blessing to those that we serve.

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16

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Estas niñas me han mostrado un gran ejemplo de amor, inocencia y humildad. Esta semana pasada nos tocó ir al barrio a enseñar a los niños sobre la vida de Noé. Cuando llegamos pasamos a preguntar a la casa de estas hermosas niñas si iban a asistir. Una de ellas corrió a decirnos “Mamá nos está peinando y está alistando nuestra ropa para poder ir”. Estaba cayendo un aguacero terrible y había lodo por todo lado. ¿Quién iba a tomar tanto tiempo para prepararse y ponerse sus mejores ropas para ir a escuchar la historia de Noé?

Dios me habló y me enseñó que importante es estar siempre listos y usar nuestras mejores ropas cuando estamos en su presencia. ¿Y cuál es esa ropa que debemos usar en su presencia? La humildad, inocencia y transparencia delante de Él. Al vestirnos de éstas cualidades, estaremos listos para recibir todas esas bendiciones que él tiene preparadas para nosotros.

Creo que todos debemos aprender de estas niñas hermosas. Siempre listas y vestidas con sus mejores ropas para escuchar y aprender del Salvador.

                                           Pero Jesús dijo: “Dejen a los niños, y no les impidan que vengan a Mí, porque de los que son como éstos es el reino de los cielos.” Mateo 19:14

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The Simplicity of the Gospel of Jesus

by Terry on August 20, 2017

Recently I have been thinking about the simplicity of the gospel and what God had in mind for all of us when he sent Jesus Christ to be the solution to a complicated and stressful life.  In developed countries such as the USA, Canada and the United Kingdom we have, I believe,  complicated Christianity to where we’ve lost some of its basic tenets of the faith.  I won’t add a list here but the two passages of Scripture below speak so clearly as to what God requires and expects of us.  It doesn’t get much simpler that this.

Defend the weak and the fatherless;
    uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.
          Rescue the weak and the needy;
    deliver them from the hand of the wicked. Psalms 82:3-4

At SOR Mission through our Mercy and Justice ministries  we seek to do just that: We attempt to defend the weak and those without provision from a wage earner; those in need and so susceptible and without a voice.  What a joy it is to serve others.  So when we get stressed out g that its quite simple because he’s told us what’s the right thing to do.

                                                                             The Lord God has told us

what is right
    and what he demands:
“See that justice is done,
let mercy be your first concern,
    and humbly obey your God.” Micah 6:8

 

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Let’s Clean up our Lives

by Terry on June 16, 2017

Last week we were able to distribute 25 baskets to most of our beneficiaries to use as a means to reach out to a family in need with a basket of cleaning supplies.  We labeled it “Let’s clean up our lives” and inside the plastic bucket we included a New Testament of the Bible for the family to read about the life of Jesus. You can read the entirety of this posting at SOR Mission At Work/mercy. 

Proverbs 19:17 says, Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord,   and he will reward them for what they have done.”

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The other day in the Maternity Ward at the hospital I met for the first time a mother who in a few weeks will give birth to triplets. This was the first time I had a chance to share with a woman expecting triplets.  In the past I have had opportunities to share with a few mothers expecting twins but never triplets.

She told me she did not attend any church nor had any religious connections  so therefore  the motivational message I gave her was to seek a connection with God for herself and her triplets that would be depending on her in a few years for spiritual guidance.  What I shared was profound and I certainly know that the Holy Spirit was by my side inspiring me to find the words I needed to say to her.  You can finish this story by scrolling down at SOR Mission At Work to Justice and there you’ll find the article.

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

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