I spent this evening in Flint, Michigan. If Detroit is the epicenter of the economic implosion, Flint is the heart of it. Flint has rates of unemployment that put most areas of the country to shame and unlike other places waiting for a comeback, for Flint there is not a "comeback" coming. The industry is gone and nothing has replaced it and as near as anyone can tell, nothing is ever going to replace it. It is too far off the beaten track in a hostile business climate.
I find it ironic that "champion of the working man" Michael Moore has moved his offices from Manhattan to Michigan, but not to his depressed hometown Flint which would love to have his offices and his film festival. Oh no, he moved to the tony resort town of Traverse City. Wouldn't want his left coast pseudo-populist celebrity friends to have to actually see poor people, hopeless people. Far easier and cleaner to cry about the poor from the safety and comfort of ritzy resorts and Hollywood mansions.
If there is a place crying out for Christ, it is Flint. I would love to see some missionaries who want to go overseas go to Flint instead and preach Christ as the only source of true hope in an otherwise seemingly hopeless situation.