Missionary to speak at Tryon United Methodist Church June 20

Published 10:21 am Friday, June 17, 2011

Clara Biswas, born in Bangladesh and currently serving in Cambodia, will share her experiences Monday, June 20 at 7 p.m. at Tryon United Methodist Church. The public is invited to attend.

Clara Biswas, missionary to Cambodia. (photo submitted)

Biswas, a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, serves as a community worker in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She works with the ‘poorest of the poor’ in slum areas and garbage dumps to facilitate their move to relocation and rehabilitation centers.

Prior to her commissioning as a GBGM missionary, Biswas worked in Bangladesh for the Food for the Hungry International (FHI), a Christian service group based in the United States. As the community development area manager, she served the poor, lower caste and the oppressed by supervising, managing and monitoring education and development programs from 1983-98. Biswas also served as the program director of the Christian student center at Sendai City in Japan. She emphasized issues of justice, development, international understanding, worship and equality from a Christian perspective.

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Born in Barisal, Bangladesh, Biswas holds a BA degree in social science and a diploma in rural leadership and development from the Asian Rural Institute in Tochigi-Ken, Japan. She is a member of the Church of Bangladesh. She speaks English, Bengali, Hindi and Japanese.

Tryon United Methodist Church is located at 195 New Market Road, near the Pine Crest Inn. For more information, call the church at 828-859-9218.

– article submitted by Nancy Hiley