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A Tribute to A. B. Simpson

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A cool mist blew across the city park of Cavendish, Prince Edward Island (PEI), as people joined together to honor an island son, Albert Benjamin Simpson. The hearts of the 250 people were bursting with excitement as they gathered for this historic event for the city, the Simpson family and The Christian and Missionary Alliance.

Rev. and Mrs. Robert Parkes purchased an abandoned cottage on PEI in 2004. Sharon Parkes noticed that the property next door was owned by a family named Simpson. Her curiosity and love for the writings of A. B. Simpson spurred her to meet the neighbors. A relationship began to form as the Parkeses visited the Simpsons and learned more about the homestead in which the C&MA founder had been born. The Parkeses contacted the U.S. C&MA National Office and offered assistance to anyone needing information regarding the homestead.

Life Impact Ministries (LIM) of the C&MA was developing The Alliance Heritage Tour and contacted the Parkes with the hope of visiting the homestead and the Simpson family. Over a period of several months, the Simpsons suggested that a memorial be placed to honor the work and passion of A. B. Simpson.

Joe Burchill, associate director for LIM, was privileged with coordinating the project and funding. Through generous donations from the Alliance Development Fund, the C&MA in Canada, the Gordon Timyan family and private donors from the United States, a pavilion that matches other memorials in the area was constructed. A bronze statue of Dr. Simpson, created by deceased C&MA missionary Mrs. Gordon Timyan, was dedicated on September 14, 2006.

Participants traveling on The Alliance Heritage Tour joined 26 members of the Simpson family, 15 local and Canadian national government dignitaries and 150 townsmen for the dedication of the memorial. Representing the Canadian C&MA was Rev. David Freeman, vice president/Advancement. Rev. Burchill represented the U.S. C&MA.

God’s plan for this event went beyond a memorial to Dr. Simpson. Seeds were planted on PEI for an Alliance church to open. Hearts responded to the message of Christ as our Savior, Sanctifier, Healer and Coming King. Numerous inquiries concerning the teachings of Dr. Simpson prompted the idea of a return tour to PEI to cele-brate how The Alliance is living the call together.

For more information concerning The Alliance Heritage Tour 2008 or The Simpson Memorial, please visit: www.lifeimpactcma.org.

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