Over the years since taking the ground as the church, saints between Grand Rapids, MI, and the South Bend, IN area, comprising approximately 60 to 70 saints have been coming together regularly for meetings, and also blending with the churches in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, and the Chicago area. In 2013, through much fellowship and prayer, the saints living in the Grand Rapids area began to meet as the church in Grand Rapids. Now with a smaller number of saints, there is the burden to have an increase in the Kalamazoo area, and also to continue supporting the Lord’s move in the South Bend, IN area.
Through the GTCA gospel trip in 2017 there were a number of contacts made on the campus at Western Michigan University, and in the community, with a small number remaining in contact. There is a continuing burden to labor in the community of the Kalamazoo area to produce remaining fruit.
The City of Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo is located in Southwest Michigan between Chicago (145 mi) and Detroit (140 mi). Grand Rapids is 1 hour north (50 mi) and South Bend, IN is 1.25 hours (73 mi) south of Kalamazoo.
The Kalamazoo area is home to several global and national companies, along with the presence of major companies in the pharmaceutical, medical sciences and engineering industry. Companies in the Kalamazoo area include Stryker Corporation, Pfizer, Zoetis, Eaton, Parker Hannifin, Kalsec, and others. Western Michigan University opened a new School of Medicine, Homer Stryker School of Medicine, in 2014 in collaboration with Kalamazoo’s two teaching hospitals, Bronson Methodist and Borgess.
Kalamazoo Public Schools offer a unique scholarship program called the “Kalamazoo Promise.” The program provides resident graduates of the Kalamazoo Public Schools with up to 100 percent of their tuition and mandatory fees for four years at Michigan’s public and now some private universities and community colleges. Some of the universities eligible for the scholarship include Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo College, Michigan State University, and University of Michigan. For more information see City-Data Profile and Official City Website.
Population – 75,984
There has also been a continuing labor on the campus of Western Michigan University, and more recently with Kalamazoo College. About 4 to 6 saints are coordinating together to care for students that have come from other localities, and to contact seeking students.
Grand Rapids, MI: 65 miles
Ann Arbor, MI: 100 miles
Farmington, IN: 127 miles
Chicago, IL: 155 miles