Tribute to Phyllis Tring

A summary of Phyllis’ service with BMMF, later Interserve, kindly provided by Jeanette Short MBE

  • 1961-1971: Teacher of English at a high school in South Asia. 

  • 1972: served on staff at an independent Higher Education College for women in a different South Asian country. Phyllis was the only BMMF missionary working in the college until towards the end of her time there; she worked there until 1979, when she was advised to return to the UK due to civil unrest in the country in 1980. 

  • 1981: Phyllis moved to a college in the Arab World, and then to a different school for girls where she remained from 1982 until 1985 to train teachers of the youngest children – most of whom were untrained. 

  • 1986-1987: Phyllis worked as a TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) consultant mainly in the Middle East. This involved travelling and writing resources for TESL teachers.  

  • 1988: Phyllis joined the Interserve International Council and Administration as “Information Officer/TESL Consultant” until the end of her time with Interserve/BMMF.

  • 1992: recorded in the Interserve archives as the year of “completion of service overseas.” 

It is believed that Phyllis has been Interserve’s longest overseas-serving Partner in the 20th Century.