Michigan Detroit Mission

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The Church

The mission covers a variety of demographics. In Detroit, there are a few small branches that consist of recent converts from the city. The church implants strong members into these branches who live outside of the city. Bloomfield Hills has been well established with the church for many years. The wards are large and the members are strong. There are many Southern Baptists, Community of Christ (RLDS Church) members, and a few non-denominational churches. In Detroit, it’s easy to talk and teach anyone. They are willing to listen, but it is hard to get commitments out of the people. Converts struggle unless they have a strong support from the members. If that support is there, the converts readily embrace the gospel. The more poor cities are more willing to commit, but it’s more difficult to get ahold of them.


American food, but in Detroit you are very likely to experience Southern food, like collard greens, fried chicken, and chitlin (boiled pig intestine) with hot sauce poured over it. Also has concentrations of cultural foods such as Indian, Greek, Polish, and Chinese.


Missionaries serving in Detroit and the inner city will be on bikes. It is probable that during inclimate weather, missionaries will take a bus. The rest of the mission area will have cars.


People will respect the missionaries, but missionaries will see many different ways of life. It is rare for missionaries to be targets of muggers etc. Bikes have also gotten stolen in the past, but that is also rare. Lock up the bike and it will be fine. As with many cities, certain areas should be avoided after dark.


People are very laidback. Many people out of jobs and live off social security. Lots of porch sitting which makes it easy to stop by and see people in their homes. . Hockey is very popular as well as Baseball and Football watching (Hockey: Redwings; Baseball: Tigers; Football: Lions)

Local Lingo

Slang is used often used. Lots of casual ghetto lingo. Used phrases like “what up doe?”, “how you been?”,”I be fiddin to go to the corner store”, it’s been a hot minute since I’ve been there.”

Essential Equipment

Slang is used often used. Lots of casual ghetto lingo. Used phrases like “what up doe?”, “how you been?”,”I be fiddin to go to the corner store”, it’s been a hot minute since I’ve been there.”

Additional Info

Mailing and shipping is easy and convenient. Letters and packages can either be sent to the mission home directly or to the apartment address provided.

Metro Detroit (surrounding areas of Detroit) is much nicer and a much different culture than actual Detroit.

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United States
President Nolan D. Gerber

33505 State St Ste 101
Farmington MI 48335
United States

around 800,000 residents
Baptist, Lutheran, Jehovah's Witness, Catholic
It’s really humid all year round. During the winter, it snows a lot. It’s usually around below zero, but with the humidity it feels colder. The summer gets to about 105 degrees, but with humidity it feel like 115 degrees. It usually rains only during the months of March and April.
Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Ann Arbor, Flint



What items were hard to get or not available?

There isn’t a problem getting anything.

What did you eat the most of?

“We would eat fast food in between appointments. We made a lot of sandwiches. Members would make nice dinners like spaghetti or casseroles.”

What is the craziest thing you ate?


Cooked baby octopus.

What was most surprising about the culture

“The family unit is often broken up in Detroit. The government has had many problems and scandals, so the people don’t trust it. This also affects personal motivation. Many people don’t have jobs and many kids drop out of school. People are stuck in a rut, but don’t have the motivation to make changes.”

“How Liberal the people are. Many agnostic people and fence sitters when it comes to belief and faith in God.”

What advice would you give to someone going to this Mission?

“Be prepared to love the people because they are going to have a lot of problems that they don’t even realize. Love them regardless and be willing to push them through their difficult lifestyle.”

“Be open and accepting of all the unique people you will meet. Try and refrain from falsely judging people because of their circumstances.”

What do you wish you had known before you served?

“I wish I had known how much the Lord runs the work. He brings people to the church and missionaries must trust and do whatever He says to do.”