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Gene Anderson: Trailblazer to Tedim / Anderson, Donna Faye / Paperback / LSI

945-7070 L


About the Book 

This book reveals Gene Anderson, a Spirit-led champion, as he related to people through God’s perspective. Genuine and approachable—with determination and incredible mental and physical tenacity—he unreservedly embraced both awesome adventures and heartbreaking difficulties with zeal and grace.

During the 1952 year-end meeting of the Burma Seventh-day Adventist Union in Rangoon, the chairman stated, “We have had workers in lower Burma for years, but never have we sent anyone to upper Burma.” He continued with a question, “Is there someone here who feels a burden to take our message to this remote region?”

Gene immediately rose to his feet. “I am willing to go,” he said, “if this meets with the committee’s approval, and if the Lord wills it.” Sitting beside Gene was Elder Robert Pierson, division president, who responded to him, “Brother Anderson, you have before you the greatest challenge open to anyone in the Southern Asia Division today!”

Some have described Gene Anderson as fatherless, homeless, and penniless in his foundational years. Outwardly, this seemed to be an accurate analysis, but it did not recognize the character qualities of this remarkable man. Instead of being bound by his early misfortunes, he consistently followed the promptings of the Holy Spirit and sought the wisdom of godly mentors. His daily appointments with God were the source of his strength for each day’s work.

We think of missionaries as superheroes—spiritual giants. Their stories inspire us to rise higher. Gene Anderson—Trailblazer to Tedim draws us into the Andersons’ incredibly challenging life as pioneers in Burma. At the same time, Donna Faye reveals their personal and home life, reminding us that missionaries are ordinary people with an extraordinary God who just might use us too for the frontiers of unreached people groups that still remain. —Scott Griswold, former missionary to Cambodia and Thailand, and currently directs Reach the World Next Door with ASAP Ministries

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About the Author 

Donna Anderson

Donna Faye Anderson currently resides in California with her husband David. They have shared many adventures, including unforgettable trips all over North America and several international journeys.

During her junior year at PUC, Donna Faye and her roommate were accepted as student missionaries to the Seventh-day Adventist Mission Academy in Koror, Palau—a Micronesian island in the South Pacific. This experience provided a great opportunity for her to grow spiritually and to share Jesus’ love with her students, twelve of whom decided to be baptized during the school year.

Her favorite Bible verse is Romans 8:38–39: “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (NKJV).

Donna Faye spent the first year of her retirement writing this book. It brought back many heartwarming memories, along with tears and laughter. She can hardly wait to see Gene and Lois when Jesus comes and tell them she wrote a book about them!


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  1. Enjoyable! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Sep 2023

    TEACH Services received the following review:
    “Reading about the success of your family over several generations has been enjoyable for me! I am more than impressed by your comprehensive and meticulous research. I also enjoyed reading about Ellen G. White’s ministry to the family. You have my congratulations and gratitude! Gene and Lois strike me as each having been born with much more than the usual vitality, creativity, and loyalty to each other, the denomination and to God! They were amazing!”
    ~ David Larson, California

  2. I can sense God’s presence throughout the book. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st May 2023

    TEACH Services received the following review:
    “I am thoroughly enjoying reading the book about the Andersons. I like the picture on the cover and the soft feel of it as I hold it in my hands. The reading of it is so smooth; it flows well. It is written so personal, I feel like I am with them. Thank you, Donna, for writing this beautiful story about a precious family. I can sense God’s presence throughout the book.”
    ~Eula Barber, California

  3. Really riveting reading! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 24th Apr 2023

    “I finished reading the book about Gene and Lois and their mission to Burma. Really riveting reading! I enjoyed it very much, especially when I could relate to some of the characters in the book. Lois must have kept some good journals for you to draw from since the word pictures you paint are astonishing. I felt like I was right there. It’s so sad that they couldn’t have stayed in the Chin Hills longer, but they accomplished a lot in a short time. Thanks for writing the book Donna.”
    ~ Julie McGhee, California

  4. Story Is So Inspiring 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 3rd Apr 2023

    TEACH Services received the following review:
    "I just finished your book and wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed it! I hadn’t meant to start it right away because I was in the middle of reading another book, but after reading the first few pages, I couldn’t put it down. I wish there was more to read!

    The story is so inspiring and you did such an amazing job bringing it to life on the pages. I knew Dave grew up in a missionary family, but I did not know the whole story. I am just so impressed by it all. Great job!”
    ~Peter Garcilazo, California

  5. I was spellbound through the whole book! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th Mar 2023

    I was spellbound through the whole book! I could feel the emotions expressed and my heart was right there with them!

    I was so disappointed that after all the waiting, planning and building, even digging a well by hand, the Andersons were in the Chin Hills only a short time before having to leave. I felt like they had been cheated. I was thrilled that nearly 50 years later, they had the opportunity to visit the thriving mission compound in Tedim.

    How fascinating this book has been from start to finish! Imagine piecing all this information together to make it so interesting! I was amazed by the Appendix narrative of Gene’s Adventist ancestry that began in Petaluma. Gene and Lois must have felt it a privilege to serve in the place of Gene’s ancestors, the place where Elders Loughborough and Bourdeau set up the first evangelistic tent on the West coast! Thank you, Donna Faye and David, for all the love that you have put into this very special bit of Adventist history!
    ~Patricia Cochran, Washington

  6. Will appeal to many and bring a blessing. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 8th Feb 2023

    TEACH Services received the following review:
    "My hearty congratulations on publishing Gene Anderson:Trailblazer to Tedim. It’s obvious to me that you spent a lot of time in researching the material and organizing it into a coherent narrative that is well told. You write well.

    Only those who have published a book know the effort it takes to bring it to a
    successful conclusion. Well done! I salute you! This book, I think, will appeal
    to many and bring a blessing. I hope it sells like hot cakes!"
    ~Elder William Johnsson, California

  7. The book ended too soon! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 8th Feb 2023

    TEACH Services received the following review:
    "I recently read the book Gene Anderson:Trailblazer to Tedim by Donna Faye Anderson. In it she tells the story of her father-in-law and his family during their years as missionaries. After setting the background by telling the story of the early lives of both Gene and his wife Lois, the story concentrates on their time in Burma, in the Chin Hills of Tedim. She details some of the joys and challenges of mission service in the early part of the 1950s, and the work that they did to bring the Seventh-day Adventist message to an unentered area, while raising three energetic boys. Their time there was cut short (after less than two years), but during that brief period they had established a solid foundation for furthering the work and made many life-long friendships. My only regret is that the book ended too soon! The rest of their story is skimmed over in a short epilogue. There could easily be a sequel or two!"
    ~Ginny Frost, Oregon

  8. I could hardly put the book down! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Jan 2023

    TEACH Services received the following review:
    Gene Anderson: Trailblazer to Tedim is a monumental recounting of a Providence-inspired-and-directed establishment of a hugely successful Seventh-day Adventist mission headquarters in northern Burma. The narrative is so detailed, colorful, smooth-flowing and edge-of-the-seat producing. Readers will feel as though they are actually participating in each event or conversation. I could hardly put the book down until I had read it from cover to cover!

    Above all, the numerous instances of God’s miraculous control of outcomes is frankly stunning. A worthwhile read indeed!
    ~ Don Joyce, California

  9. Completed the book with the greatest interest and delight 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Jan 2023

    TEACH Services received the following review:
    “I have just now completed the book with the greatest interest and delight, feeling so blessed to have known your family. And now to also know their awe-inspiring life of mission service in more detail is truly remarkable. The details in the book are amazing and speak to Lois keeping a very accurate and detailed diary! The amount of work put into gathering, organizing and writing the story is, I’m sure, monumental and most admirable! Your folks would be very pleased to know their story is in print for many others to read, enjoy and be inspired. Thank you for your efforts. I have been truly blessed!” ~Carol Campbell, Tennessee

  10. Thank you very much for the inspiration! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Jan 2023

    TEACH Services received the following review:
    “Bravo! Das Sehr Gut! I’ve just finished your excellent story of Gene and Lois. What a couple, family, story—well-written!
    You gave me a look at how the Andersons dealt with life on God’s terms. May Numbers 6:24-26 be for you. Thank you very much for the inspiration!"
    ~ Tom Buske, North Carolina

  11. What a treasure you created! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Jan 2023

    TEACH Services received the following review:
    “What a treasure you created by writing Gene Anderson:Trailblazer to Tedim. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading it! I wondered if Lois’s letters were preserved and am delighted that you have them in your collection. It was a tradition at our house to read together a letter from Lois on Friday evenings. This provided a special family time. The stories of family interaction and emotions were especially dear to me. They brought smiles, inspiration and yes, a few tears. Thank you so much for your dedication in producing this book. It is a gift to us all."
    ~ Donna Morris, Florida

  12. I will cherish this book! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Jan 2023

    TEACH Services received the following review:
    “I will cherish this book! It is really so special to have this important part of our family history captured and written down.
    I loved seeing photos that were completely new to me. And, it warmed my heart to hear Grandma’s voice in the various quotes you took from her journals. Grandpa and Grandma led a truly incredible life!”
    ~ Madeline Anderson, California

  13. Enjoyed every page 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Jan 2023

    TEACH received the following review:
    "I enjoyed every page of this book. I could hardly put it down. The descriptions were so good I could visualize each scene. I was especially blessed with the Anderson's trust in God.”
    ~ Glenda Rauch, California

  14. I could hardly put the book down! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Jan 2023

    TEACH Services received the following review:
    “I could hardly put the book down! I finished it in two evenings. My parents, sisters and I made the trip to Tidim to visit the Andersons. I remember my dad saying, “That trip to Tedim was the absolute pinnacle of my career and life!”

    After I read the book, I was going to send it to my sister Bonnie, but decided I had to save it for a keepsake. So I ordered one for her. Bonnie’s words after reading the book: “Not only is it an inspiring story, but it is a piece of our history as well!”
    ~ Sharon Richardson Westcott, Oregon

  15. Highly recommend it 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Jan 2023

    TEACH Services received the following review:
    “Since I was a young girl, I’ve always loved books—especially true stories of adventure, courage and faith. Gene and Lois Anderson were special people who fearlessly pioneered the SDA work in Tedim, Burma in the early 1950’s. This book transported me there and I loved seeing how they coped with many hardships, yet were successful in sharing the gospel with the people they came to love in that faraway place. They did all this while raising their young family of boys.

    It was heartwarming and captivated my imagination to picture them loving, teaching, healing, and baptizing the people there.
    There are more than 7,500 Seventh-day Adventists in that part of Burma now as a result of the work they pioneered so long ago. They embodied the very essence of true religion as described in James 1:27. It will inspire you to go on more daring exploits for God. It is a powerful witness to the goodness and faithfulness of our loving Father in heaven who was with them every step of the way. I was blessed by reading this book and highly recommend it.”
    ~ Rosalie Pollett, Tennessee

  16. No ordinary book! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Jan 2023

    TEACH Services received the following review:
    “This is no ordinary book. The author’s labor of love shines through the narrative of her husband’s family sharing the gospel to the people of Burma. I found even the chapter titles to be encouraging with spiritual import, such as, “When You Walk with God, Blessings Abound,” “When God Intervenes, Divine Appointments Happen.” and my favorite, “When You Have Love, You Have Enough.” Photographs and detailed word pictures pull you right into each story. Every adventure, danger, miracle, challenge, or glimpse into the heart of their family life, reveals their courage, sacrifice and adaptability as they ministered with their faith and God’s love. It was hard to stop reading this truly inspiring book.”
    ~ Gayle Dick, Oregon,

  17. Truly uplifting 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Jan 2023

    TEACH Services received the following review:
    “Looking for a truly uplifting read? A true story of compassion at adventure? YOU HAVE FOUND IT! The courageous Anderson family, led by Gene, enjoyed the adventures and faced the challenges of taking help, love and the gospel to upper Burma.”
    ~ Steve Miller, California

  18. Inspirational! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Nov 2022

    TEACH Services received the following review:
    The book, Gene Anderson—Trailblazer to Tedim, is an inspiration! Following God’s leading, Gene Anderson, his wife Lois, and their children exemplified faith and courage as they traveled far from their home to do the Lord’s work. What a pleasure to get to know the Andersons and the people they touched for the Lord in the Chin Hills! Readers will find themselves looking forward to witnessing the day when Christ returns to re-unite these long-time friends!

    Thank you, Donna Faye, for sharing the family’s legacy of devotion and life-long friendships!
    —Lynal Ingham, Associate Superintendent of Education Northern California Conference

  19. Brings to Life Mission Experiences 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Nov 2022

    TEACH Services received the following review:
    Donna Faye Anderson chronicles the life of her father-in-law, Gene Anderson, and his family with emphasis on both the challenges and the deep satisfaction of establishing a Seventh-day Adventist presence in the Chin Hills, which was known for its many adherents to animism.

    After establishing a mission center in the community of Tedim, the Andersons’ stay in the Chin Hills was cut short when government officials instituted a policy requiring local leadership for religious institutions. Nonetheless, the Seventh-day Adventist work in the region flourished and continues to this day with many Sabbath-keeping Christians populating the area of the Chin Hills.

    The book brings to life with descriptive word pictures of mission experiences, including many stories of answered prayers. Readers discover the means God used to introduce the villagers to the biblical doctrine of the seventh-day Sabbath. It is also fascinating to see how the Lord used Pastor Anderson, who was experienced in pastoral work and teaching, to provide much needed medical attention to the native people.

    Donna Faye adds delight to her account of the mission work with many anecdotes of the Anderson family life, including Gene’s wife, Lois, and their boys, David, Leslie, and Daniel. While this book focuses on Pastor Anderson’s role, it is even more an account of God’s marvelous leading and His use of a faithful missionary family to bring the everlasting gospel to the precious people of northern Burma.
    —Paul Hawks, retired pastor of the Ukiah Seventh-day Adventist church

  20. Beautiful Story 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Nov 2022

    TEACH Services received the following review:
    This is a beautiful story of a family who loved Jesus. Gene and Lois were true pioneers to the people of the Chin Hills. Their trust in God is an inspiration to all of us.
    —Barbara Morrison, former missionary to Hong Kong

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