Kuyf, Wilhelmina (1901-1967)
Wilhelmina Kuyf, missionary and mission administrator, was born in 1901 in Antwerp, Belgium, of Dutch parents who immigrated to Pennsylvania. At age 12 she joined the First Mennonite Church (General Conference Mennonite) at Philadelphia. She studied at Bluffton College (AB, 1935), and Hartford Theological Seminary. Her career in mission spanned the era of change in the China mission program from before to after World War II. In her career she participated in the full range of opportunities available for service among Mennonites.
Kuyf was sent to China in 1936 by the Board of Foreign Missions (GCM). There she served in Daming (Taming), Hebei (Hopei) Province, in evangelism and public health. She was interned by the Japanese in Taming on 8 December 1941, and repatriated on the Gripsholm in June 1942. From 1944 to 1948 she worked for the Mennonite Central Committee, serving temporarily in Akron, PA and Calcutta, India, finally reaching China, where she worked in the relief program in Henan (Honan) Province. From 1948 to 1951 Kuyf again served as a missionary, this time working with students in Sichuan Province. She was administrative assistant in the office of the Board of Foreign Missions (General Conference Mennonite) at Newton, Kansas, 1951-1963. She died 6 March 1967 in Newton, KS.
Unrau, Ruth. Encircled: Stories of Mennonite Women Newton, KS: Faith and Life, 1986: 261-273.
"Former Missionary to China Called by Death at Bethel Home." Mennonite Weekly Review (9 March 1967): 3.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, p. 501. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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