A tribute to Allan by Brian Carrell
Allan Anderson, for over 45 years a key lay CMS member in the Whanganui area, died on the morning of October 22. His funeral was held at Christ Church Whanganui this Friday morning, October 25.
Allan was an absolutely vital figure in arranging (and, in his case, accompanying) the airlift in Easter 1975 of sixty two dairy cattle to Tanzania, a project promoted and organised by NZCMS while largely funded by the Tanzanian and New Zealand Governments. Buhemba, under the oversight of CMS missionary Ian Foster, was the main destination of this herd, but one bull also went to George Hart at Hombolo. This was an astounding and unprecedented achievement for such a small mission society in those days.
Allan led the lay committee which made this airlift possible. He, with other Christian farmers, inspired the voluntary donation of first class cattle by a number of dairy farmers across the South and North Islands. To achieve such a major airlift they navigated the complicated arrangements for assembling these cattle in Christchurch and Auckland, and negotiated the charter of a Qantas 747 cargo airliner. Allan then saw the gifted cattle safely through to their destinations in Tanzania, half the globe away.
Allan and his wife (the Rev.) Rosemary Anderson have been continuing and committed members of NZCMS since that momentous time. One of their last actions together was to attend the episcopal ordination of CMS National Director Steve Maina in Nelson some weeks ago.
We salute Allan as a faithful servant of Christ, and extend our arms of love and gratitude to Rosemary and their family.