One of four cardboard displays in the Archives. Each panel consists of photos taken by Ruth and Myrtle during their three-month trip across Canada and the U.S.
For a little over a decade (1945-55), Ruth and Myrtle Steckley served the Brethren in Christ Church in its home mission program in Welland, Houghton, and Toronto in Ontario. They became known for their enthusiastic commitment to the church and frequently were featured at General Conference because, as Anna Ruth Sider Osborne put it in her biography of the sisters, “they were among the best speakers the Home Mission Board could bring forward in their programs” (“The Steckley Sisters: An Exciting, Productive Ministry,” Brethren in Christ History and Life, 26, no.2 (August 2003), 3-23).
In 1954, the Canadian sisters made a trip to western Canada and across the U.S., often speaking in churches, camp meetings, and conferences. Excerpts of their report, published in the missions insert “Look on the Fields” in the June 7, 1954 issue of the Evangelical Visitor, gives a brief glimpse into their ministry.
Steckley Sisters’ Itinerary Travelogue
Leaving Toronto February 28, we traveled 2,000 miles west to Saskatchewan, the cold weather and warm fellowship was indeed a great contrast. Continuing west to Vancouver, down the coast to Oregon, the Redwood Country Church is crowded to its capacity week after week. While standing on a high place overlooking San Francisco, we thought of the tender words of Jesus when He had said, “O, Jerusalem, Jerusalem.” Upland College presents an appeal to youth in preparation for Christian service. Navajo Mission, New Mexico (“the land of enchantment”). We spend an enjoyable day at Jabbok Bible School in Oklahoma. In Abilene, Kansas we visited the Eisenhower Home. It was our privilege to be at Des Moines, Iowa for the first service in the new church. The hustle and bustle of Chicago was a great contrast to the quiet countryside at Franklin Corners, Ill. It was pleasant to arrive at the E.V. Publishing House, Nappanee Ind., one morning when the staff had gathered for their devotions. In downtown Detroit the gospel is heralded forth each evening from God’s Love Mission. We spent one week in Ohio and enjoyed rich fellowship with the Brethren and Sisters there. Our stop in Kentucky was most enjoyable, to hear the Kentucky people sing was thrilling. The scenery in Virginia was beautiful, God is working there. We spent three weeks in Pennsylvania contacting many churches and mission points, also Messiah College, Messiah Home, Christian Light Press, M.C.C. offices and packing house. We enjoyed four days with the United Zion people. We arrived home May 10. We travelled 11,000 miles. Thank God for a safe journey and good health. We wish to thank all those who prayed for us. – Myrtle Steckley
Steckley sisters in front of a hogan near Navajo Mission.
Fixing a flat tire enroute to Virginia.
Jabbok Bible School, Oklahoma.