The Legacy of Allan Anderson

Mar 21, 2024 | All

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Allan Ander­son was a com­mit­ted sup­porter of NZCMS and an extraordin­ary entre­pren­eur. He was phil­an­thropic, future focused, vis­ion­ary and pas­sion­ate about putting his faith into action.

Allan led the NZCMS Branch in Whan­ganui for many years. In the early 1970s Allan and his wife Rose­mary met NZCMS Mission Part­ners Ian and Bronwyn Foster while they were vis­it­ing NZ. The Fosters served in Buhemba Rural Train­ing Centre in Musoma, located in the east shore of Lake Vic­toria, Tanzania.

Allan started sup­port­ing the min­istry in prac­tical ways, firstly through the pro­vi­sion of tools and equip­ment and fol­lowed by a much greater chal­lenge — trans­port­ing a herd of 61 cows from New Zealand to rural Tan­zania at the request of Pres­id­ent Julius Nyerere in 1974. Through a series of amazing con­nec­tions, com­mit­ted NZCMS sup­port­ers and Allan’s tenacity, a plane was found, funds were raised, and the cattle trav­elled to Musoma. 

Allan wrote about this venture, saying “This amazing episode teaches us what can be achieved when God’s people work together, when each and every one of us finds the essen­tial role we have to play in the mission work of the church.”

Sadly, Allan passed away in 2019. He and three other sup­port­ers set up a Trust in 1984 and planted pine trees. When this forestry invest­ment matures, a portion of the profits will be given to NZCMS. 

We cel­eb­rate Allan’s faith­ful­ness in prac­tic­ally sup­port­ing the work of global mission during his life­time, his endur­ing legacy and his vision to plant seeds (lit­er­ally through forestry!) for eternal impact.

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