The Buyse family has deep roots in Congo. The son of missionaries, Tim grew up living in remote areas of the country. His parents, Paul and Katherine “Kathy” Louco Buyse, lived and worked there from 1952-1989. Their mission work ranged from evangelism and mentoring of pastors; to working with women; to building churches, schools, and dispensaries; to developing a much needed clinic and mobile optometry ministry that improved sight for thousands of people.
Cindy also has connections to Congo. Her aunt and uncle were missionaries there at the same time as Tim’s family. Cindy’s cousin was Tim’s best friend, having grown up together in the mission field.
The Buyse Family Scholarship Fund grew out of their love for the people of Congo and their desire to continue their family legacy in the country. In 2019, the Buyses created the fund in honor of Tim’s mother, Kathy. Kathy’s heart was for Congolese women – she became a facilitator, teacher, and encourager of the “Women of the Good News” movement that brought Congolese women together in solidarity, service, and faith. Kathy was loved her entire life for her warm welcome, gracious hospitality, and embracing love to whomever came to their doorstep.
The Buyses believe that education is the vehicle for change in Congo. All gifts given through their scholarship fund directly benefit students at UCBC.
“Every time I visit, I believe in [Congo Initiative] more. I’ve met the people. I’ve talked to them in their language. I’ve spent time with UCBC’s students and graduates. I’ve seen for myself what is happening. It’s exciting and I have real hope and confidence that CI and UCBC are making a difference. Congo is deeply embedded in my system. I think it’s fair to say that I “feel” Africa. I’ve been given much, and I want to be able to give back.”
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