School Teachers Needed in a "Key" Mission Field
Rolland W. Fritz
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
The Lord's church Mich., is composed of support me here as at Sault Ste. Marie, eleven Christians called out from among about 18,000 people from this town and from among around 10,000 from Kincheloe Air Force Base, 2 5 Miles away. It is the only faithful congregation in all of Michigan's upper peninsula. We own our building and property and five faithful congregations full time evangelist.
Being the city at which the International Bridge is located, nearly all North and South traffic to and from Canada through Michigan, passes through Sault Ste. Marie, putting us in a very important and strategic position inasmuch as location is concerned.
Up to this time, we are the only congregation within 300 miles that I know of, fighting the great digression in the Lord's church.
Because of the above reasons, it is absolutely imperative that this work continue and grow. However, nineteen members have left here in the past year and a half. Five left because of the stand which the majority took against institutionalism and 14 others, with their families, moved to other states leaving us small and struggling. This great exodus is because most of this church has been composed of Air Force personnel in time past.
Brethren, this is a key spot both as a mission field and as a strategic point to combat institutionalism in upper Michigan and lower Canada. This fight has been successfully carried on thus far, but we now desperately need more laborers here who are willing and ready to sacrifice the comforts of larger, more stable congregations and easier work, for the cause of Christ. We know there are those who would do so, but since Sault Ste. Marie is not an industrial town--though it could be, with the locks connecting Lake Superior with Lake Huron and hence with the other great lakes--it is difficult to persuade people to move in to assist with this work. However, for the past few years, the public school system here has been in need of teachers. At this time there are five vacancies (some of them for women), and possibly more, in this teaching system from Kindergarten through High School. There may also be positions at Michigan Technological University, which is also located here in this city.
Employment might be found in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada, which is a town of 40,000 just across the international bridge, possibly at Algoma Steel Co. of Canada. Many civilian workers are also working at Kincheloe Air Force Base, twenty-five miles from here. There is talk of opening this tourist town up to industry and it is becoming a year around tourist area, giving rise to the possibility of many more small businesses and all that goes with the above. Many possibilities are in the future for employment, but of these, one of the most immediate at this time would probably be school teachers who know what the Lord meant when he said, "GO"; who have caught the spirit and are willing to move to this "KEY" mission area to help with this work.
The brethren here join with my family and me in prayers for the Lord to send forth laborers into this vineyard. We are hoping and praying that you, or someone you might help us contact, should feel this call to service and answer, Lord, "here am I; send me."
Truth Magazine IX: 11, p. 6