Peter Buch, who currently is working as parish priest at a Danish church near Copenhagen, and Kirsten Buch, who currently is working as a sacristan also near Copenhagen, will both teach at the Nyakato Theological College in Mwanza by Lake Victoria in Tanzania.
The Nyakato Theological College is run by Danmission’s new partner in Tanzania, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania – East of Lake Victoria Diocese (ELCT-ELVD). There is a lack of priests in the area, and with the deployment of the couple, Danmission and our partner want to raise the level of education, and have the Nyakato Theological College recognized and approved to teach future priests on the so-called “Diploma Level”.
Peter is the son of missionary Børge Buch, who worked as a missionary doctor for almost 20 years in Tanzania, and Peter himself lived in Tanzania as a child. The Buch couple has not visited Tanzania since 1998, when they vacationed in Tanzania. They look very much forward to re-visiting Tanzania again, and getting to know Tanzania even better.
“We are at the point in life where we have adult children, but don’t have grand children. When Danmission informed us about two vacant teacher posts at the Nyakato College, we felt a calling and decided to take a new step in to God’s world. This new task we can carry out with the experience we have, particularly in the field of teaching”, says Peter Buch.
Peter Buch’s primary task will be to teach in ”practical theology”, while Kirsten Buch will teach in Greek, and in addition take an advisor role at the Nyakato College in the field of economy and accounting.
”We are going to meet new people. People who share the same love of the same God as we do. The future in Tanzania looks very different than it does for an individual living in Denmark materially speaking, but spiritually speaking there are many similarities”, says Peter Buch.
The Buch couple has strong connections to Danmission. Peter Buch for a number of years was chair of the China Group in Danmission, was previously chair of Danmission’s Copenhagen Board and is currently member of the Copenhagen Board.
Kirsten Buch has in the past worked as priest on the island Bornholm as well as in Copenhagen. Since 2008, Kirsten has been employed by Nathanaels Kirke (church), where she primarily takes care of administration and accounting.
Peter Buch, who in the past worked as parish priest on Bornholm, for the last 17 years has been parish priest on Amager outside Copenhagen. For a short while Peter lived in Egypt, where he studied the relations between Christian and Muslims. Likewise, Peter in the past lived in Hong Kong with the purpose to collect knowledge about Chinese philosophy, and to find inspiration from it.