Christian Mission to the Orient

P.O. Box 2363, Joplin, Mo 64803

October  2015 Report
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MAXIMIZE your 2015 tax deductions and MAXIMIZE your 2016 outreach for God's Kingdom!

Your year-end donation will help train more young people like Ms. Da (see her testimony below) for leadership and service in God's Kingdom.  Thank you for your partnership thr oughout 2015!  Because of you, leaders are being equipped, churches being planted, and communities being led by Biblical leaders.  Hearts are turning toward the Lord.  When God's people work together, amazing things happen!

Christian Mission to the Orient is a registered 501(c) 3 non-profit charity. That means your donations are 100% tax deductible. Making a year-end contribution to CMO is a great way to MAXIMIZE your 2015 tax  deductions!

"I didn't want to be here...I am Thankful God brought me here"
1st year student Da (front) & roommates.
First year student Da has not had much to be thankful for during her life. Her mother was very sick, alone, and pregnant. The mother's illness had a negative impact on Da's health that she has struggled with all her life.  Shortly after Da was born her mother made her way from Bangkok to Chaing Mai where she found  a home in a shelter run by a foundation. At age 6, Da's mother died from her illness. Da has lived her whole life in the shelter.

Fast forward about 18 years and Da is getting ready to graduate from high school and is thinking of college. She was looking forward to leaving the shelter and going to a college far away and experience a new life. Her sponsor had other plans. Not wanting Da to go far away to a place where she would not have a Christian influence in her young life, the sponsor found out about Lanna Theological Center, just a few miles away. Here is where the sponsor was willing to send Da.

Da enrolled at LTC this past September but was not happy about coming. "My first day was a big disappointment to me when my sponsor brought me here. I did not want to be so close to the shelter where I grew up". At first Da's face was closed. But after a few weeks we began to notice a smile beginning to appear; she began to open up and participate in class and group activities. At the end
Da (3rd from right) & classmates perform a rap song they composed as part of a group assignment for "How to Study the Bible" class. 
of three weeks she gave this testimony:

"I didn't want to be here because it was so close to my  home.  And at first  I thought the school was too small.  The buildings were too small.  How
could this be a school?  But, now that I have been here, I have changed my mind.  First, I see that there is a lot of love here.  The faculty love the students and care about how they are doing and wants them to grow spiritually.  Secondly, I see that there is equality here.  All students are treated with the same level of respect and concern.  I feel valued and special.  I have not always felt that way in other educational settings (because of my
 illness).    Third, I see that there is a deep concern for God and for his
 Kingdom.    That is exciting to me. So, I am Thankful God brought me to LTC" 

Don't Forget!
There are many other young people like Da who are looking for a place that will accept them unconditionally, help them grow spiritually, and prepare them for service in the Kingdom of God. Lanna Theological Center is that place. Your year-end contribution  is a great way to MAXIMIZE your 2016 outreach  for Christ in South East Asia.
To count for the 2015 tax year, all mail must be post-marked by December 31st, 2015. Online donations must be submitted by 11:59 PM on December 31st.

If you would like to send a check, mail it to:
Christian Mission to the Orient
PO Box 2363
Joplin, MO 64802

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We are grateful for your continued support in helping prepare Christian leaders in Southeast Asia.  You may click here for a Print version of this newsletter.   




The CMO Team 
Carmen Filbeck
Ken & Kathy Filbeck
David & Sharon Filbeck