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Faithful Giving Spreads the Gospel

Major Bryan (’02) and Rochelle Anderson
Accent Summer 2018 Magazine

Major Bryan (’02) and Rochelle Anderson credit his MNU experience with a life-changing turnaround. His parents, Dr. Dennis and Linda Anderson give to MNU monthly so that others can have that transformational experience. 

Linda Anderson’s first encounter with MidAmerica was in 1968. That was the year the college welcomed its first class. That was also the year that Linda, a freshman, left her hometown of Des Moines, Iowa, to attend the fledgling school and experience for herself what folks in her church had been talking about. She found an accepting community, established on Christian principles, with godly professors. And while she decided not to continue her college career, Linda never stopped caring about this special place where students can earn a degree and learn lessons for a lifetime. 

Back home, Linda met and married Dennis Anderson at Des Moines Eastside Church of the Nazarene. Dennis was in the military—the Army for three years, then the Navy for 34 years—so they moved often. Dennis completed medical school and became a physician, while Linda worked in medical administration. They were blessed with two sons. With each move, they looked for Nazarene churches to attend and through those churches they stayed informed about Nazarene higher education. 

“I stayed connected to MidAmerica,” Linda says. “I liked seeing what was being presented to the young people in all the Nazarene colleges.”

When their son, Bryan, completed his stint with the Marines and began looking for colleges, Dennis suggested MidAmerica. 

Not only did MNU have the criminal justice major Bryan was interested in, but also it offered him what Dennis calls a second chance. 

“Bryan didn’t take high school too seriously,” Den¬nis says, chuckling. “What I love about MNU is that they give everybody a chance. When he got that ac¬ceptance letter I told him, ‘here’s your chance.’”

Bryan took full advantage of that opportunity. Not only did he complete his degree, but also, he met and married a local girl, and according to his par¬ents, he matured personally and spiritually.

Bryan returned to the military, this time as an Army officer, and is happily working in the field he loves. 

“He’s been in the Army 15 years now,” Linda says. “He loves what he’s doing.”

Major Bryan Anderson (’02), his wife Rochelle and their three boys, live overseas where he is sta¬tioned. They are active in a non-denominational church and both teach Bible studies. 

“I had a life-changing experience while I attended MNU,” Bryan says. “When God gets ahold of you, he really gets ahold of you. I also attribute that to a praying mom.”

Linda and Dennis give all the credit to God’s plan, part of which included MNU. That transformational experience in their son, and their hope that it will do the same for others, is a big reason why the Ander¬sons are faithful donors. 

“If you want a spiritual awakening or if you are just looking for direction, go and experience it [at MNU],” Dennis says. “We give because it is a gift God has given us. We want students to be grateful to God, not to us.”

Linda adds her philosophy that their gifts can have far-reaching effects. 

“Because of what we give, students are able to go out and tell others about God,” Linda says. “They’ll meet people we’ll never meet, so it’s like it ex¬plodes (spreading the Gospel). We never know who these students will reach and who those people will reach. And that’s our goal, to reach others with the Gospel.” 

Dr. Dennis and Linda Anderson have faithfully given to MNU monthly since 2011.

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