In God’s dealings with Audrey Featherstone, an ordinary lady, we see how he can take a ‘nobody’ and use her for his glory and the extension of his kingdom. Gordon M. Guinness in his foreword to Elizabeth Pritchard’s work For such a time, speaking of the Regions Beyond Missionary Union (RBMU), Audrey’s mission, says, ‘Although there are great figures in the story, like Henry Grattan Guinness and F. B. Meyer, for the most part it is the account of what God had done with “ordinary” people, who dared to take Christ at his word and to follow him faithfully, whatever the consequences, in the power of his Spirit.’ Audrey is the first to admit that she is one of those ‘ordinary people’.
We need stories today of modern missionaries who are prepared to turn their backs on home, family, security, wealth and all that they count dear, in order to win lost souls for Christ — men and women who are ready to travel to the darkest parts of the earth to live with a people they love and, if necessary, to die among them. Audrey is a modern missionary whose heart is Congolese. Her story is a gripping narrative. Her dramatic conversion, her experiences during the Second World War at the time of the London bombings, her adventures on the way to Congo and her twenty-five years’ service in that nation, which included the perils of Independence and the Simba rebellion, make captivating reading. We all love an adventure story and that is what we have in Audrey’s life — danger, excitement, romance, fear, heartbreak and so much more.