About Audra

Alongside her husband and their four children, Audra Grace Shelby* served nine years as a Southern Baptist missionary in the Middle East. Audra began her life in missions as an infant, when her parents were appointed as career missionaries to South America. When her mother died tragically in childbirth at the end of the family's first overseas term, five-year-old Audra returned to the United States with her widowed father and her four siblings, the oldest of whom was 7. The family lived in their Alabama hometown until Audra's father remarried and the family continued missionary service to a new field: the Caribbean.


Audra met her husband, Kevin*, in Texas, where she served as a children's editor for religious curriculum. After the birth of their first child, Audra pursued her interests in graphic design and heirloom sewing, working out of her home as two more children joined the family. In Texas, Kevin and Audra answered God's call to Yemen, with their daughter Madison*, 7, and sons Jaden*, 5, and Jack,* 2, to be joined later by the birth of another son, Jacob*.


In Yemen, Audra spent treasured afternoons sharing the lives of Muslim women, reaching behind their veil to communicate God's love and message. When the needs of their growing children became difficult to meet in Yemen, Kevin and Audra transferred their service to Egypt, returning to the United States two years later. Passionate to communicate who God is in a way people understand, Audra utilizes opportunities to speak in conferences and churches, on radio broadcasts, and through her writing. Behind the Veils of Yemen is Audra's first book. Audra and Kevin celebrate 26 years of marriage and love school holidays, when their older children return from college and the family is reunited. The couple remains actively involved in global ministries and outreach, getting God's message to unreached peoples in the Middle East and around the world. Audra continues to enjoy fine needlework and knitting and to "play in the dirt" in her small flower and vegetable gardens.


*Names have been changed for security purposes.