Audrey Neureuter, one of NZCMS' longest serving Mission Partners and an honorary life member, passed away peacefully on Sunday. The funeral will be held this Friday, 11am at St John's Woolston. The following is a short reflection about Audrey written by Jonathan Carson.
I first met Audrey as a child living in Pakistan when I was 9. She had just arrived in Karachi in 1956 and came to stay with us for a few days before moving further North. I remember her as someone who laughed a lot and who got on famously with my mother. Years later I joined Audrey in Karachi in 1974 with my young family. By this time she was well established in her Sunday School Publications ministry. She had brought together a team of young men with plenty of talent but who needed a guiding hand. The passing years had not diminished her enjoyment of life and ready humour. She was very highly regarded by the people she worked with and especially the children that she visited in the slums to take her Sunday School programmes to.
However I was engaged in a different programme, so only occasionally got to see her in action. We did see much more of her in the church we both went to where we joined in worship, prayer and Bible studies. In the early 1980’s a renewal movement swept through some of the churches in Karachi and we shared with Audrey in the meetings, seminars and retreats that came out of that movement.
She was diligent and faithful, kind and generous, positive and cheerful. No matter how involved she was in Sunday School Publications and curriculum development, Audrey never lost sight of the fact that people were her primary focus. She left an abiding legacy in the lives of many, many people in Pakistan and New Zealand of self-giving love.
(Picture: Audrey teaching Sunday School many years ago.)