Milaca Alliance Church plans a summer road trip to ‘The Soo’

For the first time next June, Milaca Alliance Church will be taking a road trip to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. It won’t be a typical, care-free summer vacation, though.
An expected fifteen church members plan to pile into a large van on June 28, 2015, to depart from Milaca Alliance Church at 5:00 a.m. for a mission trip. The group should arrive in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, about 13 hours later.
Their destination sits on the boarder of the United States and Canada on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It is a small, close-knit community that was built around the Great Lakes shipping industry. There is a great sense of town pride in “The Soo.”
Even so, unemployment remains a significant issue. More than 20 percent of the population lives below the poverty line, according to Alliance Church Associate Pastor Kyle Kohl.
The group will begin their ministry work in “The Soo,” where they will serve the elderly, facilitate children’s programs and partner with local social service organizations.
Milaca Alliance Church will be working with YouthWorks in an effort to provide a life-changing Christ-centered mission trip to serve God’s multidenominational church, as stated on the YouthWorks web site.
“We are going to be doing things to help build unity in the body,” Kohl said during a Dec. 11 informational meeting about the trip.
According to the 2010 Census, there were 5,995 households in Sault Ste. Marie, of which 28 percent had children under the age of 18 living in them. One in five of those homes with children were single parent households. Just over 17 percent of the population in Sault Ste. Marie is Native American, according to the 2010 Census.
YouthWorks often helps out at a local farm while on mission trips to the Michigan location. Evening activities may include hearing from a spokesman for local Native American tribes about the various tribes’ culture and history in the area.
The projects that the Alliance group will partake in next year have yet to be determined. Last year, other churches that traveled to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, participated in labor intensive projects at a local farm and assisted a thrift store that supports local Habitat for Humanity.
“We know that every community, the ones we visit and the ones we come from, have both strengths and struggles. By entering a different town or city, we get an inside view of another context where Jesus is at work. Alongside the real needs we’ve seen groups meet, the people and places we serve have also poured back into church groups. This mutual giving makes mission trips much more than simple service projects. It changes perspectives, shapes passions and alters pursuits. It opens our eyes to the incredible possibilities God has put in front of us,” Kohl said during the Dec. 11 mission trip meeting.
The groups trip will also include an activity day where Alliance Church members will take a three hour cruise along 40 miles of Rocks National Lakeshore on the Great Lakes. The total cost of the trip will be around $425 per person attending, which includes gas, hotel stay, the cruise, food, a T-shirt and payment to YouthWorks.
In the months leading up to the June 28 through July 3, 2015 mission trip, Alliance Church will host various fund raisers to help fund the trip. Some of these include: A church wide garage sale, Heggies Pizza sale, calendar and butter braid sale, and a Sweetheart Corral theme Valentine’s Day Dinner on Feb. 14, 2015, for the youth couples.
For more information about Milaca Alliance Church located at 12543 Minnesota 23, Milaca, visit www.milacaalliancechurch.org.