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Celebrating Allan Anderson

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.

4 thoughts on “Celebrating Allan Anderson

  1. Praise the Lord for Allan’s fellowship in NZCMS. We were in Tanzania at the time of the shipment, and remember it well.

  2. Thank you for this news
    I remember very well that airlift of the cattle it was good to be reminded who was responsible.
    Aotearoa is indeed very blessed to have CMS as part of the spread of the good news of Jesus Christ.

    1. I remember Allan well from Wellington League of Youth house parties in the late 1950’s. His dry laconic sense of humour used to have us in stitches:). Well done, good and faithful servant! Enter into the joy of our Lord.

      In passing, greetings also to Florence who made the previous post.

      Peter Hallinan

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