Anneli Dotson grew up in Finland and, afterward, extended her nursing studies to include counseling, community outreach, and education. Her teachers encouraged her to live and work among them, but she longed to help the sick and carry the gospel to others. Fortunately, her parents understood her desire to become a missionary and supported her decision to go, first, to Africa and, later, to other parts of the world.
Anneli lives in an apartment in Anniston and spends even her retirement years sharing her testimony about why and how God called her to mission work. She spoke a couple of weeks ago at Fairview Heights-Northside Baptist Church in Anniston. Anneli, who will soon be 89 years old, has spoken at several churches since settling in Anniston close to where she and her late husband retired. His name was Clyde; and he, too, was a missionary.