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Lisburn, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland


Launch of �The Testimony of a Whatnot� at Friends Meeting House

Front cover of the bookThe Ulster Friends Home Mission Committee will launch �The Testimony of a Whatnot�, the autobiography of their late Friend, Elizabeth F Pritchard (1906 -2002), at a �Launch Morning� in the Lisburn Friends Meeting House, Prospect House (in the grounds of Friends School) next Saturday morning (15th November) at 10.00 am to 12.30pm. At 11.00am there will be three short formal presentations about the book including a presentation about what�s going on in India today. It is hoped that a number of other organisations, like the Leprosy Mission and OM will attend as well as people from the Indian community and that the launch will provide an opportunity to raise money for flood relief in Bihar where Betty and Herbert spent so much of their lives together.

Known to all as Betty, she wrote 3 works of fiction during her life time (sadly all are out of print), many articles, and a series of Sunday School lessons; many were not only distributed in the UK and India, but also more widely, being translated into several other languages. She also wrote �For such a time� (Victory Press 1973), a history of the 75 years of the Regions Beyond Missionary Union (RBMU) from its establishment in 1898 by Henry Grattan Guinness and his wife Lucy.

Short description for ISBN
The autobiography of a Lancashire girl, born into Edwardian England, who answered the call to be a Christian Missionary in India; in a lifetime of 96 years she was to witness the turmoil and changes from British Raj to independence, and this largely viewed from a remote dispensary in poverty stricken Bihar. Her gift for writing conveys the nature of the times, a love of India, a selfless dedication to service, and a very deep faith; it is a story, which might make the reader query modern values.

For more info click on: then go short article entitled, �Happiness and hard work in India�.