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Stop right there!   It’s spring time and often this time of year, many people are cleaning out their garages and closets, etc.  I was at the landfill this past weekend and it’s amazing how much “STUFF” people just throw away.  Do you know that here at Union Gospel Mission, we can make use of a wide variety of items that you may be thinking of TOSSING into the trash. 

Please “STOP” before throwing things out.  There may be others that would be able to use it.

Give Bobby a call at 204-943-9904 (ext. 227) to let you know if we can make use of what you have. Then we can get it into the hands of those in need.

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Barometer of the Soul


Bedrooms... Most of us have or share one. At Charis Centre we have a lot of them! 

What if that room was a barometer of our souls?  What would someone find if they cleaned out our rooms today? Come with me into this room…. 

Upon entering, we see footpaths lead into the room.  There is clean and dirty laundry blended throughout the floor. Cups, dishes and garbage grace the dresser, drawers, garbage can, closet, and bed.  A bible placed on the dresser is now buried under bills.  Upon closer inspection we see the closet is bulging with plastic bags and full hangers.  Two bags of shoes, a bag of purses, several bags of stinking garbage.  The sock and junk drawers are filled with things thrown in helter-skelter.  Books, music, snacks and secret things are cleverly stashed.

Every morning we walk out of that room looking put together; clothing, makeup and hair all done to perfection. The stink of garbage overpowered by perfume… we hope.  A smile and witty conversation often flows from our lips.

Until one day someone enters our room without permission.  If only we had known we'd have clean up some.  Shoved things under the bed, or in plastic bags and shut the closet door.  Anything so that it looked semi presentable, or like we were “getting to it”.  After all “others aren't really affected by how I live.  It only affects me and I’m not bothered.”  “It's all under control.”  “Anyway, it’s not ALWAYS like this.  I’ve been busy.”  “It’s none of your business….”   

Now this may look like your room or you may think; “I only have “little” issues.” Or “I keep an immaculate room”.  But is there junk internally? Ask yourself honestly:  What is God asking me to deal with today? 

What does that half-full moldy cup of coffee on the dresser represent in my life? 

Does my soul stink with rotten garbage from the past? 

How long will I make excuses rather than deal with issues at hand? 

What “secret things” do I have stashed away that God wants uncover? 

Why am I not allowing God to open that plastic bag under the bed? 

Am I allowing the unnecessary (Or embarrassing) things distract me from spending time with God?   

Have you discovered what your bedroom barometer says about you??

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It Pays to be Honest


The Bible says in Philippians 4:6-7 "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

            One of our residents recently was experiencing a difficulty which was trying to rob him of his peace of mind.  It seemed that a certain agency that he was dealing with was making the mistake of giving him too much money.  This was causing our resident grief because he knew that one day he would be asked to return the over-payment. The resident no longer wanted to keep the money and try to get away with it.  However, he was struggling with the self-discipline that would be required to avoid spending the money.  He wanted to have the issue straightened out to avoid being put in the place of temptation and then paying for it later.

            Try as he might, he could not connect with the proper authorities in order to make things right. His concern was mounting over the money he would have to return.  Finally his concern boiled over and we decided to both pray that the Lord would intervene.  Miraculously, within the next week, the agency contacted the resident, apologized for the mix up, took full responsibility for what had occurred and allowed him to keep the overpayment as a recompense for the distress they had caused him.

            It pays to be honest and it pays to pray!!

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Children at Family Life Centre


     In the parable of the sower, Jesus talks about four different responses to the Gospel; which are all dependent on the condition of the heart.  The heart of a child is more open to the Word than is an adult’s, but that is providing the child is actually exposed to Bible teaching.

     It’s obvious that for the most part, talking about Jesus Christ just doesn’t happen in the homes of the kids who come to the Family Life Centre.  The “soil” is troubled.  So, with patience and perseverance, our mighty Saviour is introduced into their lives.  This is our goal.  It’s been said that ministry happens best in the context of relationships.  That is very true!  So, an effort is made to let the children know they are cared for and loved.  In honesty, they are cared for; but at times there is a small degree of difficulty in the “loving” part.  But love does prevail and earnest prayer is a constant.

     The work of the Holy Spirit is to change hearts.  The timeline for this is not known to us.  What we know is that it’s our responsibility to spread the seeds of Truth into soil overrun with apathy and doubt. It’s also our responsibility to pray about it.  To pray, pray and even pray some more.  It’s a privilege and joy to do the work of the Lord at Union Gospel Mission.  Can you please pray for each of the kids who come to the Family Life Centre?

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Family Ministry - Camp


Summer is approaching quickly, which means it’s almost time for summer Bible camp. Through this ministry 1000’s of children have come to know our Lord in a personal way since the inception the program.  Last year alone, 1362 children experienced a week of Bible camp, and 430 made decisions for Jesus Christ! 

The camp program offers an ideal environment to conquer new challenges and grow. Children are continually observing the world around them and searching for heroes. Through one of the 13 Bible camps we work with, and our commitment to the less fortunate children of Winnipeg, we can help introduce them to the ultimate superhero and Saviour of the world, Jesus Christ

Do you know a child from a low income family in Winnipeg who would benefit from a week at Bible camp?  If you do, please tell their parents about our camp sponsorship program.  We want to send as many children as possible to one week of Bible camp who would not be able to afford it on their own.

Please call 204-586-7790 ext. 301 to learn more about the application process.

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Street Ministry Story

 
   Cory has been coming to the Overcomers meetings at Union Gospel Mission for several years now.  He started coming because he had been struggling with an addiction to cocaine and other drugs for years.  He has been struggling with low self-esteem for most of his life and felt that drugs and alcohol as well as going from one girl to the next was the best way to combat that struggle.  But he soon found that he had an even bigger problem when he became addicted, especially to the drugs.  His life soon fell apart and he became a very angry young man. 

    One day he came to Union Gospel Mission for chapel and a meal, where heard the gospel message.  By God’s grace the Holy Spirit allowed him to finally understand the gospel message with his heart and not just his mind.  He started going to church and more chapel services at UGM.  He heard about the Overcomers meetings for those who want to overcome their addictions through the power of the gospel.   Soon thereafter, he accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior and turned his back on the drugs and wild lifestyle.  Today, Cory still comes to the Overcomers meetings at UGM and he is still focused on living for Christ.  May the Lord continue to give Cory peace along with many others who come to UGM for the glory of Christ!

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Easter Blessings!

Wow!  God is So Good!

So let's recap just what happened here today at the Street Ministry Easter Dinner.  

     - We had 60 volunteers.  
     - We had 316 guests.  
     - 76 of them had prayer requests.  
     - 54 people gave their lives to the Lord!

What a Mighty God we serve!

Blessings to your and your family this Easter!
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Incoming Executive Director - Frank Ulrich's Biography


I am very thankful and excited that God has provided me the opportunity to serve as the next Executive Director of Union Gospel Mission. 

I was blessed to have grown up in a strong Christian family that attended Rowandale Baptist Church, which I still attend with my wife and two teenage sons, Joel and Shane.  My faith in God has always been the central part of my life growing up, and still is now as I lead my own family.  Having been so blessed in my own childhood, I have always had a strong desire to help the less fortunate and to share my faith with others.  Many people in our communities have grown up with no father figure or if a Dad was around, the relationship with their children was not healthy and not conducive to a good upbringing and a sound foundation, upon which to build.  I want to be part of an organization that helps those who have not had the same opportunity as I have had, with Christ as a starting point in all of our Ministries and everything that we do.

I graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) Degree, majoring in Marketing and Business Administration.  I have worked in Sales, Customer Service and Human Resources. 

James 1:27:”Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

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New Executive Director Announcement

Last fall the Board accepted the resignation/retirement of Greg Stetski (effective April 30th) who has faithfully served the Mission for over 30 years, the last 13 as Executive Director.  We asked our many supporting churches and individuals to join us in prayer, seeking the Lord as to whom He wanted in leadership at Union Gospel Mission.  A search committee was formed and several individuals were considered for the position.

The Board of Directors of the Union Gospel Mission is pleased to announce the Missionary Appointment of Frank Ulrich as our incoming Executive Director.  We believe God has called him into this ministry and has guided the Board to recognize this.  He will assume full responsibilities on May 1, 2017.

Frank has served several years in non-profit charitable organizations in the areas of human resources and administration.  He has a deep desire to serve others and to share the Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ.  He is an active member of Rowandale Baptist Church in Winnipeg where he has ministered in many capacities, such as chairing the International Missions Committee, teaching Sunday School and serving as a youth leader.  He has been overseas in mission outreach.

We encourage you to help us welcome Frank to the ministry at Union Gospel Mission and trust that we can count on your continued support in prayer, finances and volunteer personnel.  We depend on the many churches like yours to reach out together in God’s love to the poor and needy. To God be the glory!  

In Christ,

 

 

Lindell Page, Chairman

Board of Directors

P.S.  If you would like to book Frank for an interview, please contact Jeff Gilfillan, Development Manger at 204-943-9904 ext.237 or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Enrollment - Christian School

The enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year is almost complete!!  Both classes at our Pritchard location are full once again.  Praise the Lord!

Please join with us in prayer for the new students and families entering the sponsorship program.  This can be a difficult time for both mom and child.  For some, it’s the first time they have been separated for any length of time.  I remember a couple of years ago when a mom had such a difficult time not being with her child, she must have called me 3 times the first day to make sure her child was adapting well to the new environment.  However, sadly, there is the other side as well, where mom can’t wait to have the child leave for the entire day. 

I thank all of our donors and pray warriors who make this ministry a reality.  Without the prayers and financial support, the Adopt-A-Student program does not exist.  For $50 a month or $600 a year, you too can be part of this incredible ministry, and bless a child for eternity!! 

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Mission Operations

  “He is not here, for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.”  Matthew 28:6 

Praise the Lord, Jesus has risen indeed.  Of course this awesome truth isn’t just something we think of and rejoice in once a year because it’s on the calendar, we should rejoice daily in our risen King.

This wonderful truth isn’t about bunny rabbits, chocolate and eggs.  It’s about Jesus Christ, God incarnate who came to earth and died for the sins of us all and rose again defeating Satan, death and the grave once and for all.  Our kitchen and cooks are already making preparations for our annual Easter Meal here at the Mission to be held on Saturday April 15th

Many people will join us that day hearing about our Saviour and enjoying a great meal together after the chapel service. We’re already seeing donations come in for this big meal as the Lord provides for it.

Just yesterday we picked up all the ham to feed up to 500 from a generous donor.  Food services is one of a number of areas making up “Operations” here at the Mission.  It’s always amazing to see the Lord bring in everything that’s needed, from our volunteers, staff and of course food.  If you would like to help us out with this upcoming meal please contact Rosanne at 204-943-9904 ext. 226.

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HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS DAY - March 16th!

“They wandered in the wilderness in a desolate way; They found no city to dwell in.  Hungry and thirsty, Their soul fainted in them.  Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, And He delivered them out of their distresses.  And He led them forth by the right way, That they might go to a city for a dwelling place.”  Psalm 107:4-7

Directly or indirectly, just about every community is affected by drug abuse and addiction.  A statistic I read recently is that at least two-thirds of people in drug abuse treatment centres say they were physically or sexually abused as children. This week Thursday is Human Trafficking Awareness Day in Manitoba.  We at UGM Women’s Addictions Recovery Program (Charis Centre) are thankful for the opportunity to share about the hope of freedom and healing that can be found in God. 

Pray for healing for those whose lives have been so deeply wounded, and be encouraged with Jesus’ words in Mark 10:27  “Looking at them, Jesus said, "With people it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God."” 

Two staff from Charis Centre talk about our ministry on CHVN this week.  Check out the dates/times that’s playing on CHVN https://www.chvnradio.com 

Another ministry with information on Human Trafficking Awareness Day is Inner City Women’s Ministry.  Check their website for more information at http://www.icwmi.org  

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Addictions

One of our recent residents came to us from jail.  I first heard about him through his girlfriend who was involved with a maternity home I am connected with.  While visiting with the lady, she informed me that the father of her unborn baby was in jail.  I decided to make connections with this man through a friend of mine who is a chaplain in the jail where he was incarcerated. 

A visit was arranged and I was able to speak on several occasions with him in the chapel.  He then decided that he would like to come to UGM upon his release, so he could get a good foundation on Christian living in order to help move his life in a better direction.  

He is doing just that and he has asked if I would marry him and the mother of his child in the summer.  People don’t come to Union Gospel Mission because their lives are perfect, however we do our best to help them begin moving in the right direction.  We are trying to do this with this man.  

Please pray for all who will remain open to the Lord’s intervention.  God will meet us no matter where we are.  Lord help us to be willing to do that for people as well!

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Foolishness?

I recently noticed that some of our regular children that attend our children’s programming and drop-in have not been around lately.  I made some inquires around the neighbourhood.  This is code for talking to the kids on the streets, because they know what’s going on in the area.  My heart was saddened to find out that the family consisting of 5 siblings are in Child and Family Service's custody.

This is not unusual to hear that CFS has intervened into homes in the neighbourhood.  Many times over we have a very short time with children and it’s with the utmost importance that we share the gospel with these kids.

1 Corthinans 1:18 says “For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”  Far too many people of the inner-city think that believing in Jesus is nothing more than foolish people believing in foolish things.

Children by the hundreds are being put into foster care.  Parents are sinking deeper into the miry pit.  We at the Family Life Centre have both hands on the plow.  Onward Christian soldier we will march.  We will march right into the heart of every child that the Lord sends our way.

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New School Items!

We have been blessed with 9 brand new book shelves for UGM's Christian Education Centre through a government grant.  This was a need that our school had for a while and now that need has been met.  Thank you Jesus!  Two of our students, Wayne and Jason, assembled them all.  Thank you both!
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Family Ministries

The Lord is near to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.  Psalm 34:18 

On February 7th, some of UGM staff including Gilbert Plante, Family Life Centre Manager and Greg Stetski, Executive Director, attended a funeral for Cassidy’s mom who had passed away.  Cassidy is a lady who regularly attends our bible studies and Ladies Day at the Family Life Centre.  

When we first met her over 6 years ago, Cassidy felt helpless, hopeless and was homeless with nowhere to turn.  She accepted Jesus as her Saviour and her life was changed.  She graduated from our 12 month Women’s Addiction program at the Charis Centre.  She also graduated from Grade 12 at the Faith Learning Centre and now is involved at the Family Life Centre.  She has been sober and clean for quite a while and she is doing really well in her own home.  She accomplished many other things that she set her heart on doing with help from UGM and the Lord.  Cassidy loves to help out at the Centre whenever she can.  I am very pleased with how Cassidy’s life turned out.  

Thank you for praying for the ladies who come to the UGM Family Life Centre where they find safety, love and hope in the Lord!

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Street Ministry

Kevin started coming to the Union Gospel Mission chapel services and meals seven years ago.  That’s when he lost his job and life started getting rough for him.  He struggled with alcoholism and needed to find some peace in his life.  He found that peace when he came to UGM.  Kevin says that UGM has helped him enormously, as coming here not only allows him to get the meals he needs, but also reminds him that he is not alone. 

There are people at the Mission who care about him and most of all he says he is reminded that God cares about him.  Kevin finds the Mission to be an anchor in the storms of life pointing him to Christ.  Now Kevin knows the Bible better from the chapel services and he is also getting to know Jesus better. 

May the Lord continue to work in Kevin’s life and all those who come to Union Gospel Mission to get a break from the storms of life. 

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Christian School Program

It’s that time of year again where we start accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year.  I have already received numerous inquiries from individuals wanting to know how to get their child enrolled in our Adopt-A-Student program with Faith Academy.

This ministry is one of Union Gospel Missions preventative ministries.  When I say preventative, I’m talking about help breaking the cycle of generational poverty or the belief that welfare is an entitlement and some type of a rite of passage. We will not all have big bank accounts, for the Lord said in John 12:8 the poor will always be with us, however every man. woman and child has the opportunity to be spiritually rich.  Our vision for this ministry is students and entire families getting saved, and giving hope to people who believe there is no hope.  This can be achieved by building solid trusting relationships and loving those who are hard to love.

Would you consider adopting a student and the entire family into our Adopt-A-Student Program?  Will you join us in prayer for all of our sponsored families?  For $50 a month or $600 a year you too can be personally involved in this valuable ministry.  To God be all the glory!!

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Operations of UGM

Ephesians 3:16-19

16 that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 and to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of God.

The world of Operations at UGM is always a busy yet rewarding one to be overseeing.  The first quarter of the New Year has been no exception.  We are transitioning one of many parts of Operations, our Compassion Warehouse, back here to 320 Princess.

It involves a lot of coordinating and preparation.  We’ve been busy making room and shuffling things around to accommodate the clothing and various items that will be sure to quickly fill the “Empty Space” we’ve created. 

The Lord has reminded me as I’ve been looking at this “Empty Space”,  of how He made preparations long before this world, let alone you and I, were even created! 

Plans to empty the space of our lives where sin resides, thru the blood shed on Calvary, in order that He may come fill the “Empty Space” left behind with the fullness of Himself. 

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Women's Addiction Program

You just never know what’s coming around the next corner.  That’s kind of what I felt like in one of my Christianity Explored classes. 

We had started the classes and during the 2nd or 3rd class one of the new girls commented how excited she was to see how the story of Jesus would end.  No one had ever made a comment like that before.  It was great to see her excitement and to see how she would deal with Jesus in her own personal life. 

It was very affirming for me that regardless of what happened during her stay at the Charis Centre, she got a taste of Jesus Christ.  Something she would never forget.

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New Life in Christ

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