Clara Biswas and Street Children Ministryin Cambodia

Clara M. Biswas

 clarabiswas@online.com.kh

Click this link to hear Clara talk about her work

"I flew 9000 miles to thank you face to face…

Watch and listen as Clara, in her own words here at TUMC in 2015, talks about the extreme poverty and heartbreak of 500 orphaned children. You will be uplifted and encouraged as she shares how donations help develop these children into young leaders with a love of Jesus Christ."“

The love and compassion of Jesus Christ shown through God’s people is one of the major ways of combatting the hate, prejudice, and paranoia that has ramped up in this country and in other countries around the world.   One of those ways to show love and compassion is in helping those less fortunate than us.  The goal is to let them know there is a God that cares for them and wants His best for them, and what better way to do that than to start with the children!  Supporting Clara’s ministry can provide not only education, food, clothing, and a more sanitary place for them to live, it can also provide hope and encouragement for a better future for these children as well as their families.  Love is the answer!  Let’s make this the best year for Clara’s kids and show the love of Christ through our generous donations."

By nurturing and loving 500 children in the Phnom Penh area, Clara is bringing the love of Jesus Christ to those whose lives are unimaginable to us. From the dump site where children sift through garbage to find food to the resettlement area where children receive no education, to the two orphanages she visits regularly, Clara creates hope in the hopeless. The mission is to provide a better quality of life for street children by creating educational opportunities through classes, field trips, scholarships, and access to vocational job training, supplying for nutritional needs that might not be met, teaching about God's love for them, and creating fellowship opportunities. The goals and objectives are: 1. To hold weekly Sunday School programs in each community throughout the year, culminating in special Easter and Christmas programs. 2. To provide weekly computer, music, art, and basic education classes for students in each community throughout the year. 3. To send older students, who will not continue higher education, to vocational job training run by local NGOs.4. To donate new school uniforms every few years, or as needed.5. To provide $100 each month for the CLCA orphanage to provide a balanced diet for the children.

You can help with Clara’s street children ministry project by adding donations to the project, as well as continuing our covenant relationship support. Many church members who heard Clara speak about the project would like to donate to this very worthy cause. Individual donations can be made to the church and designated “Street Children Ministry.” They will then be sent to the specific GBGM Advance number for this project.You are invited to support Clara for another year with your pledge. It takes at least 42 people giving $60 per year or $5 each month to support Clara’s ministry.  If you would like to be a part of this ministry please call the church office (828) 859-9218

2017 MISSIONARY PLEDGE FORM - CLARA BISWAS

Thank you to all who have supported our UMC missionary, Clara Biswas, throughout last year and have already begun supporting her for this year. Your prayers and gifts have enabled her to serve “the least of these,” the large number of children and families who live in the city dump outside Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Our Church Council has reaffirmed our commitment to a covenant relationship of financial support for Clara’s work in the amount of $2500. You are invited to support Clara with your pledge.

 

Clara M. Biswas

Street Children Ministry

 General Board of Global Ministries - UMC

CAMBODIA

clarabiswas@online.com.kh

 Mission

To provide a better quality of life for street children by creating educational opportunities through classes, field trips, scholarships, and access to vocational job training, supplying for nutritional needs that might not be met, teaching about God's love for them, and creating fellowship opportunities.

 You are invited to support Clara with your pledge. It takes at least 42 people giving $60 per year or $5 each month to support Clara’s ministry.  If you would like to be a part of this ministry please fill out the Missionary Support slip, and place it into the collection plate or drop it off at the church office.

 

2017 MISSIONARY PLEDGE FORM - CLARA BISWAS

Thank you to all who have supported our UMC missionary, Clara Biswas, throughout last year and have already begun supporting her for this year.  Your prayers and gifts have enabled her to serve “the least of these,” the large number of children and families who live in the city dump outside Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  Our Church Council has reaffirmed our commitment to a covenant relationship of financial support for Clara’s work in the amount of $2500. You are invited to support Clara with your pledge.

 

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Thank you for your prayerful support of this ministry.  The Mission Outreach Committee

Mission

To provide a better quality of life for street children by creating educational opportunities through classes, field trips, scholarships, and access to vocational job training, supplying for nutritional needs that might not be met, teaching about God's love for them, and creating fellowship opportunities.

 

What do Mother's Day and Clara's Kids have in common? 

Children, of course!  For every child there is a mother...somewhere.  In America we are celebrating our mother's through Mother's Day but for these street children there isn't a mother to celebrate or even to remember.  Since 2001, the Street Children Ministry has been working in Cambodian slums near the Tonie Bassac River and surrounding communities living of the Dumpsite.  These ministry education programs give these children intellectual opportunities like higher education and job training.  By helping to fund a well-balanced diet for children in the orphanages and by providing water filters in each community the ministries' support program helps to promote healthy nutrition for the street children.   

The Street Children's Ministry's goal is to share the Gospel and love of God by funding education, vocational skills, and providing health care to the sick and undernourished.  All of this is made possible through, in a unique part, by TUMC each year.  Sunday School is a weekly opportunity to share the love of Jesus through songs, crafts and teaching for these children to identify that only through His love for us are we truly able to show love for others.  Their annual Christmas is the biggest event of the year for them and the community.   

In order to further broaden our mission commitment here at TUMC we're choosing to provide funding for Clara Biswas and the Cambodian Street Children's upcoming holiday and every-day programs in lieu of shoe-boxes which are also available throughout our area. When you're thinking of Christmas please remember Clara's Kids in your prayers and gifting.  In order for their program to happen they need our help for the many necessary items for a Christmas program.  All of us can make a difference in these children's lives.  WE can show them the love of Christ is with them over the many, many miles. Summer Fun has begun and some of us have already begun to anticipate the holidays.

Clara M. Biswas

Street Children Ministry

 

 Here are some of our member's comments about Clara's ministry:

What a blessing it is for us to have an ongoing relationship with Clara Biswas.  I am so thankful to have spent time with Clara during her two visits to our church.

Several things have impressed me about Clara's ministry in Cambodia with the children and families there. First, there was not a ministry there at all when Clara arrived. She began helping the kids around the Phnom Penh garbage dump and then expanded her ministry to include their families, kids from two different orphanages, then families affected by aids, and then families in different surrounding villages. Clara has the God given ability to envision her ministry at different levels and then to work with other partnerships to help it become a reality. I see her as a gospel entrepreneur; a developer whose business is bringing help and the good news of Jesus to those in need.

Secondly, her ministry with the kids is not just an in and out bandaid approach but instead she builds an ongoing relationship with the kids that occurs over their years growing up and then incorporates the older kids in the ministry as well. Thirdly, she not only teaches the kids about Jesus but also prepares them for higher schooling and even helps them with job skills as they get older - all to enable them to be more successful in school and in their work life.

"Many of our congregation have met and heard Clara when she was with us about this time last year.  I wonder if we fully understand why the children of Cambodia need Clara.  1999 was the first year of peace that Cambodia had known after 30 years of war.  The government has taken the country back and apparently is a very corrupt government.  Even though the people own their land, they have no proof of ownership because the government has destroyed that evidence.  The people have been thrown off their land and their homes burned.  Any jobs that are available pay very little, so there is little chance for good nutrition or education. Nearly half of the children are malnourished and one in eight dies before they reach age five. They have no access to healthcare and clean drinking water. Most of the wells are contaminated since they have no sewage system in place. The children therefore have little choice but to go to the streets and look through the garbage for things that they might sell. This puts them at great risk for human trafficking. Many of these children are sold into this slavery as young as age six.Now you can see why the children of Cambodia need Clara Biswas. With her help, these children have access to healthcare, and an education. They learn about Christ and what it means to have love and a caring attitude. The only hope for this country is for the street children of today to grow into healthy, fair minded, Christian adults."“Clara Biswas is helping the Street Children of Cambodia!!  We need to help Clara Biswas!!”We are thankful for any and every donation towards Clara's ministry.  Donations can be made to TUMC designated "Street Children Ministry and will be sent to the specific GBGM Advance number for this project.

Finally, Clara is able to expose the kids to the world of opportunity outside their community and villages. As we all know from people's work in our most struggling communities, when kids see what is possible, even for them, it re-programs their desires and expectations in life enabling them to strive for and achieve so much more.

 In Clara Biswas, we have a proven ministry of effectiveness in reaching people in a different and difficult part of the world in a way that increases their chances of overcoming the limitations of their circumstances. Her special programing at Christmas and Easter is a large part of the means through which the gospel is presented and learned and through which the kids’ horizons are so greatly expanded. Although we still need $556 toward Clara's support covenant by year's end, I hope we can provide additional funds for the children's programs at this time so they will be on hand in order for her to plan an amazing Christmas for the kids.  Twenty people giving $25 would provide an additional $500 for these vital programs.   Pastor Phil

We have partnered several years through the Methodist Global Ministries program with missionary Clara Biswas and her Street Children Ministry in Phom Penh, Cambodia area.  By nurturing and loving 500+ children in 4 community areas, Clara is bringing the love of Jesus to those whose lives are unimaginable to us.  Our country’s recent tragedies awaken in us His true love and compassion that we hopefully can extend to our neighbors overseas.

Here is just one of Clara's Kids Stories:

Van Tharo is a boy who is 8 years old; he lives in a one bedroom house in the Beung Kok community with his grandparents.  Tharo's parents were divorced when he was one year old and they now have other families of their own, so Tharo lives with his grandparents.  There are no jobs in his community so people do odd jobs and sell recyclables for their food and housing.  When Tharo has time he helps his grandparents collect the recyclables and wash other people's dishes.

The local church he attends through the help of the GBGM-UMC is providing scholarships to a group of children from this church like Tharo.  Through his scholarship Tharo is learning English, computers, art and music classes and most important the love of Jesus Christ.  He has a real chance to better himself, seek higher education and perhaps one day return to his community to help other children like himself.  This is what Clara's ministry is all about.  To heal, nurture and educate the small child into a whole compassionate adult.