Anne is a medical missionary to the Bushnegro people on the Cottica River in Suriname, South America. Anne had the privilege of being the oldest child of missionary parents John and Bettie Dreisbach. She was born in the United States but went to Africa when she was just a few months old. Her parents' testimony had a huge impact on Anne's life, and they imparted to her early on that their mission was to win souls to Jesus Christ. When she was six years old, she went to a boarding school for missionary children. While in her first year there, she recognized her own need of salvation and confessed her sins, believed in Jesus Christ, and accepted Him as her personal Savior. Shortly after her conversion, God called her into full-time Christian service.
After spending seven years at boarding schools in Nigeria and three years in public schools in the United States, Anne completed her last two years of high school at Bob Jones Academy. The two years at BJA were important years of spiritual growth for Anne; they confirmed her calling to full-time Christian service and set her feet on the Lord's path for her life. The following fall she entered nurses training to fulfill her heart's desire to be a missionary nurse. She graduated from the Greenville General Hospital School of Nursing in 1969 and went on to graduate from Bob Jones University with a B.S. degree in Medical Missions in 1972. Because of her interest in obstetrics, Anne entered the Queen Mother's Hospital in Glasgow, Scotland, to study midwifery. She graduated with a degree in midwifery in 1973. Throughout her college years, Anne went on several foreign mission trips to Chad, Central Africa, Mexico, Scotland, and France.
In 1976, Anne went to the Niger Republic of West Africa with Project Compassion where she ministered to as many as 400 Muslim people a day through a medical clinic ministry. After the Lord closed the door in Niger in June of 1980, Anne sought the Lord's guidance for her next step. The Lord graciously led her to Suriname, South America.
She still serves there in a small Bushnegro village that can be reached only by river. She conducts medical river clinics with about 1900 registered patients. Not only does she practice general medicine, but she also has delivered 300 babies, pulled hundreds of teeth, and sutured an unknown number of injuries as well as offered veterinary services to different types of wounded animals.
Her burden has always been to help provide some relief from physical suffering as well as deliverance from eternal suffering through sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with her patients. She is affectionately known as "Sister Anne" to the Bushnegro people.
In addition to medical work, the Lord has allowed Anne to help other missionaries in the area of language development programs in the Republic of the Congo, Cameroon, and Equatorial Guinea. She also has taught village medicine to other missionaries in Suriname, Congo, Cameroon, and Papua New Guinea. Her passion is for missions and is characterized by one of her favorite verses Psalm 69:6, "Let not them that wait on thee, O Lord God of Hosts, be ashamed for my sake: let not those that seek thee be confounded for my sake, O God of Israel."
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