Enjoy these stories in this year's Christmas Voices Newsletter. You can see some areas you can be of help on the last page.
All of our Adopt-A-Student Sponsors should have received a picture of their student and a personal prayer request in the mail. As I read over the student prayer requests, I can’t help but think of the turmoil that is going on in some of the homes of our sponsored students.
We have one family that has had their home burn down recently and are living with other family members while they try to maintain a sense of normalcy. We have students asking for focus with their academic studies, due to chaos in the home. Some students are asking our Lord to make sure the rent is paid and the money not spent on addictions. We have students asking for prayer for the multitude of health concerns with mom, dad, brothers and sisters.
In the 14th chapter of the Book of John, Jesus tells us “Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me.” The message I take during home visits, is that our Lord is sovereign over all of our life troubles. Regardless of what the world throws at us, He promises never to leave or forsake us.
Please join with us for the many prayer requests from our students and to God be all the Glory!!
Watch the Transformed Lives video on Adult Education.
We remember those that have fought for our freedoms. We are blessed to be able to Worship our God openly and boldly. Many of our daily guests have served in the military and have even served in one of the many conflicts that Canada has participated in. We thank these individuals for serving to protect our freedom and the freedom of others.
I was teaching a class at Charis Centre recently on Genesis 18:13-14, focusing on the verse where God asks Abraham “Is anything too hard for me?” I was delighted when one of the ladies said “I got it!!” That got me thinking, Is anything too hard for the Lord? And do I get it?
The aforementioned question reveals much about the Lord and what He can do. No habit that we are trying to break is too hard for Him. No miracles we want to see happen are too hard for God. But we all must believe that God is with us; He is standing by us ready to make the impossible possible, for our good!
Many of us dream of becoming successful and changing the world. We want to make the world a better place for all. However, obstructions can come our way and shatter our dreams, confusing us, making us lose hope, thinking we can’t achieve those things and that life is not worth living.
Next time you think about throwing in the towel, remember there is nothing too hard for the Lord. You can say “I got it!!” and keep moving, keep praying and focusing on God. He will do wonders in your journey of life just, as the Lord did for Abraham and Sarah!
Being a native person in Canada can make it very difficult to desire to enter a program that uses a Christian approach to healing from addictions. The word Christian can conjure up memories of residential school abuses, both personally and generationally.
Andy, a first nations resident here at UGM, was able to move past those potential hindrances and come into the program, because he saw the work of Jesus in another aboriginal man at UGM. Both of these fellows have been able to see past some of the hurts and abuses of the past and focus on Jesus only. By doing this, our first nations brothers are experiencing the blessings that focusing on Jesus can bring, much like the disciples did in Matthew 17:5 where they saw ‘no man but Jesus only’.
May we all ask Jesus to help us keep our focus on Him.
The children who attend the after school program here at the Family Life Centre are encouraged to memorize Bible verses. To spur them on, they are awarded a prize if they succeed in learning five verses. Hopefully, a Bible verse memorized will resonate within the child and become a seed planted on the way to finding the truth of Jesus.
Five doesn’t sound like a big number, but for most of the kids, memorizing five verses is a monumental achievement. A lot of the kids require some special one-on-one time going through the verse over and over; taking it in chunks and then putting it all together. But knowing what the verse means is more important than just rambling off a series of words, so I also go over the significance of the verse.
One time, a little girl told me she knew a Bible verse. When I asked her to tell it to me, she proudly uttered the shortest verse in the Bible; John 11:35 “Jesus wept.”. But she put it in her own words and said, “God cried.” I had to tell her that the essence of what she said was correct, but that there is a subtle difference. And I did tell her I was happy she acknowledged Jesus to be God. My conclusion is that the kids are definitely a work in progress; just like all of us.
What a powerful movie!
We had the pleasure of hosting a pre-released screening on the movie on Wednesday.
Please help us impact those around us by seeing this movie.
It is only in theaters for one week, from Friday, October 20, 2017 to Thursday October 26, 2017.
TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE ACROSS CANADA!
Locations and theatres, from BC to NF, for opening weekend are now confirmed!
(Manitoba Locations: Winnipeg, Winkler and Brandon)
SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME is based on the New York Times best-seller and recounts the inspiring true story of the bond between a successful businessman with a broken marriage and an emotionally scarred homeless man with sensitivity beyond circumstances.
Don't miss your opportunity to see this amazing film (with an award-winning cast) in theatres!
A new academic year has started to unfold with enrollment and lessons happening everyday. We are excited for what the Lord will do in the midst of us. Primarily, salvation of souls and strengthening the believer!
We are offering Bible Doctrine in the evenings on Monday and Wednesday, at 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm. If you know someone interested, send them to us! Call 204-586-1416.
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Union Gospel Mission!
We want to praise the Lord for all that He has blessed us with. Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers who help with a servant heart! We couldn't do what we do at the Mission if it wasn't for all your hard work!
For a recap of today's big event:
Thank you for all your support of Union Gospel Mission. Please keep us in your prayers, as well as each of the least, the last and the lost whom we serve each day!
"If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored, if you remove unrighteousness far from your tent." Job 22:23
We’ve been having great Ladies bible studies at the Family Life Centre! The women are bringing in such wonderful praise reports about how the Lord is moving on their behalf. They are getting the homes they been wanting, their children back from CFS, healings, favour with their EIA workers, etc. But most of all, peace, love, joy and all the fruits of the spirit are coming into their lives. So many have not had peaceful homes, but now are experiencing that. Now that they have surrendered their lives to the Lord, their lives are so much better. God surely wants the best for his children!
A lady dropped into the bible study who I haven’t seen for sometime. Her children were picked up by Child & Family Services. She was heart-broken and didn’t know where to turn for comfort. She said she is all alone in her house and it is too quiet without her children. She didn’t know what to do, as her children filled up her time. She was sitting there lonely and The Lord impressed upon her heart to come back to bible studies at the Family Life Centre. She told us her story and we prayed and encouraged her. As she continues to attend the women’s group, she is able to get her mind off her situation and back onto God. She is also realizing that as she turns back to Him, God will turn things for the good in her life. She is now able to smile and enjoy her time with the other ladies. She is excited to get into the Bible and even took homework home to study.
It’s amazing what Jesus can do with a heart that is surrendered to Him!
You are invited to a pre-release movie premier of "Same Kind of Different as Me" hosted by Union Gospel Mission. This movie is based on an incredible true story that inspired millions.
To watch the movie trailer, go to www.samekindofdifferentasmemovie.com.
There will be a brief presentation before and after the movie, where various individuals will be sharing testimonies and why Union Gospel Mission is important to them. The event will wrap up with a free will offering and a challenge from our Executive Director, Frank Ulrich.
When? Wednesday, October 18th for 2 showings: 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm.
Space is limited and the evening show is filling up quickly. Contact us for up to 4 complimentary tickets to share the work of Union Gospel Mission with others. Call 204-943-9904 ext. 226.
A person who attends our drop-in ministry 3 days a week shared with me a disturbing dream she had about her son. It left her feeling unsure about his physical and spiritual condition. She asked me if I would try to find him, as she had not spoken with him for about seven years due to a variety of circumstances. We prayed that God would help us find him and that God would minister to him physically and spiritually.
All I had to go on was the name of the establishment that he worked for. In moving forward in faith trusting in God we were able to find her son and also discovered that he was doing quite well. His circumstances had improved greatly over the seven years of no communication. God answered this lady’s prayer and started her on the path of reconciliation with her son by initiating that desire for reconnection within her via a dream.
God wants to reconnect with us as well. Maybe we have strayed from communication with Him, but he is always reaching out to us, trying to bring us back into communing with Him. The ultimate example of this was when He became a human being and came to this earth to seek and save those who were lost. He is still on the mission of reconnecting with us. At Union Gospel Mission, we let our patrons know that God is still looking to reconnect with them. He has made that possible by sending His Son to take the penalty for sin we deserve, freeing us to walk under His blessing.
If you ask any student, they will tell you that summer is officially over due to the fact that they are back in school. Many fun times happened over summer vacation, but now is time to get back to the reality of the academic school year. Please join us to pray for all students to focus on their academics and allow Jesus to be His word as a lamp to their feet and a light to their path.
Our prayer is that every student and family member makes Jesus Christ their personal Saviour! We pray that doors who were normally closed, will be opened for visits and build relationships in order for the Gospel to be presented. We pray that through trial and tribulation there is victory through Jesus Christ. We pray that all family members ask Jesus to show them the way, the truth and the life. We pray that shackles of dysfunction and addictions fall from the ones that are held captive in their own bodies. We pray that the Hand of God works mightily through the 2017-2018 school year. Please pray with us!
Various staff, volunteers and residents rely on our elevator here at 320 Princess throughout the day. Whether it’s bringing the continual flow of food and clothing donations down stairs to put away, bringing up the food that goes into making over 100,000 meals a year, moving the thousands of pieces of clothing we give away to people yearly, or medical issues that require elevator use, our elevator is a very important part of the overall Operations here at the Mission. Unfortunately, as elevators age, more and more maintenance and upkeep are required.
We are at a point where our elevator needs a large number of capital improvements. Would you please pray and consider helping towards those improvements. I would be happy to discuss further details, should the Lord place on your hearts the desire to help the Mission in this vital area of our Operations Department, but above all, please pray for this need to be met.
It wasn’t the warmest day in August, but 13 ladies and 3 staff headed for Bird’s Hill Park for a day at the beach.
We built a fire for warmth and to cook our hotdogs. One seasoned camping staff got sticks out of the bush and sharpened one end to use for roasting the hotdogs. Leisurely we ate the camp food provided. A few ladies stayed by the fire and kept it going throughout the afternoon. Most meandered down to the beach to check out the sand and water; a sand castle complete with moat was built. A few brave souls even took a refreshing dip in the water. It was a time of eating, resting, reading, playing and relaxing that was enjoyed by all.
How thankful we are for the privilege to deviate from our regular schedule and get away from the city to enjoy God’s creation, becoming refreshed and rejuvenated.
On August 17th the men in the addictions recovery program at Union Gospel Mission went on a field trip to the Mennonite Heritage Museum in Steinbach. Being able to leave the concrete jungle of the city is always nice to do every now and then to enjoy the outdoors of God’s creation. In this case, not only were the men in the program able to enjoy the outdoors, they were able to receive a tour of the museum and learn the history of people who relied on their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ to get through the hardships of life.
The tour of the Mennonite museum consisted of a tour of the farm and the animals there as well as a tour of the buildings at the museum. These buildings were replicas of the buildings people lived and worked in about 100 years ago. Life on the prairies back then was not easy, especially when you were trying to establish a community that focused on living for Christ instead of the violent way of life around them.
What stood out for many in our group was how the people relied on their faith in the God of the Bible to get through their hardships. The work days were hard and lasted from sunrise until well past sunset. The work was often dangerous and people died from accidents and illnesses like the common cold that could turn into pneumonia. People lost loved ones in these deaths including children. They never turned their backs on God, but found hope in Jesus that could not be found anywhere else. This was an encouragement for the men in the recovery program. We can overcome great stress and pain in our lives with the peace and hope that is found only in Jesus. The writer of Psalm 42 knew this kind of hope and wrote in verse 11, “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise Him, my salvation and my God.” That kind of hope is found only in Jesus.
A little girl at Kid’s Club asked me if there really is such a thing as heaven. I love questions like that! It tells me the person is thinking of spiritual things, and it allows me a great opportunity to teach some Biblical truth. Naturally, I assured her there was indeed a heaven, and I know it exists because the Bible clearly talks about it and even shows us the way to get there; through belief in Jesus Christ.
That question led me to teach for the next week or so about topics relating to this very subject. I explained the best I could that Jesus claims to be the truth. Because Jesus is reliable, when he talks about heaven, eternal life, and how to obtain these important things, then we can actually trust in Him. I explain, and then I pray, because I can’t talk anyone into believing. That is the work of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, “Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” John 18:37.
Nobody likes to think of the fall weather approaching, let alone winter. We’ve been having an amazingly warm summer, but alas fall and winter are quickly approaching. What does this mean for Union Gospel Mission? Well, we are planning ahead and getting geared up to provide warmer clothing for the fall and winter to the people we serve.
Perhaps this is a good time to have a quick look in your closets and drawers to see if you have any summer clothing you would like bless the people of our city with, while there are still some great days of summer left. Or, maybe you have some fall or winter clothing you would like to help us give to those who otherwise would be unable to afford it over the upcoming months?
Please give Bobby a call at 204-943-9904 Ext. 227, to discuss how you can help us help those in need. I’ll even arrange FREE pick up if needed! Or you can drop of clothing at 320 Princess St, or in any of UGM's Toss Boxes located throughout Manitoba.
Gimli Bible Camp has an Urgent prayer request for Cooks for the summer, as well as a speaker.
The Camp Directors have been really scrambling for a cook and a speaker for Aug 13-18.
2 other cooks cancelled, so now they have NO cooks for the rest of the summer!
Please PRAY for these needs to be filled and please SPREAD THE WORD!
During our weekday lunch meal program which we serve to our street guests, I’m given the opportunity to speak with some of our patrons and hear their stories. One such patron I will call Jake, shared with me one lunch time the things that were going on in his life and how God was using Union Gospel Mission to be of assistance to him. He shared with me how the difficulties in his previous living arrangement had escalated to the point where he was left on the street and homeless. He shared what a difficult struggle this had been for him, but he also shared what a great difference Union Gospel Mission had made in this tough segment of his journey through life.
He said that coming to Union Gospel Mission not only provided him with food to eat and clothing to wear, but it also provided him with a place of safety where he could hear and receive comfort from the Word of God. His previous choices had lead him into some traumatic encounters, but God was using the ensuing wilderness experience to bring comfort to his heart and soul and to gain some hope.
Hosea 2:14-15 tells how God will allow us to enter into a wilderness experience, where He will speak words of comfort to us so that there, in that place of comfort, we will gain some hope. Our daily chapel services at UGM enable people like Jake to hear and receive spiritual hope, along with the replenishing meals that are provided. Jake was grateful that Union Gospel Mission, in partnership with its supporters, was able to supply both of those for him during his wilderness experience.
The 2016-2017 school has ended and we were very pleased to see 5 sponsored students graduate grade 12 this past June at Faith Academy. Congratulations to Patrick, Shaylin, Kaeziah, Akeel and Tiana! We pray that they may sense God’s will in their lives as they seek His guidance for their future.
We ask that you join us in prayer for all of our sponsored students and their families during the summer months. We pray that all students continue to keep our Lord Jesus within arm’s reach of the cross while away visiting relatives on Reserves, or any other places that they may be venturing to. It is easy to veer off the path of righteousness with so many distractions around us.
Would you like to be a part of what we see God doing through Christian education and the Adopt-A-Student Program? Would you consider giving a less fortunate inner-city child a blessing? The rewards are eternal! For $600 a year or $50 a month, you can play a vital role in this valuable ministry!
There are many challenges in ministering to women who are struggling with addictions. Along with the challenges is joy in knowing that we are being obedient to what God has called us to. From time to time, we are blessed to be given words of encouragement from program participants.
This week, a former resident wrote us to let us know that she is doing well and that although the program was difficult times, it gave her new strength. She was thankful for the positive changes in her own life and in the life of her family.
“Oh, that you would choose life; that you and your children might live!” Deut. 30:19
Pray for the low-income families with children and youth in Winnipeg. Over 1,000 campers are already registered! Pray that the Lord will lead more to the Family Life Centre to register for one week of FREE Bible Camp. Also that the Lord’s Word will be engrained in their hearts forever!
Education is large in God’s plan for his children. While challenges arise and new goals are set, it remains true that Education is God’s idea and it starts with learning God’s Word! At Faith Learning Centre we have not lost focus of that.
The 2017 academic year came to the end and we are so happy to have students graduating! We are grateful to the Lord, primarily for his unfailing love, for our staff for their dedicated efforts, as well as the managers throughout UGM for helping us in many ways.
Pray for us for favour before the Department of Education to keep us here. We are relevant to a community that need skills to prepare for employment, but more importantly to change their lives through Jesus Christ!
We need your prayers to launch us into the 2017/2018 academic year! More students need to come and experience a caring Christian environment. We are ready to enroll new students, so visit our website, or contact us at 204-586-1416! You can visit us also and learn more about our program.
Together we will see great things happening in 2018. May the Lord Bless you!!!
A new resident came into the New Life in Christ Program, desiring to deal with the underlying issues that he felt often drove him to addictions for the false comfort that it offers. Listening in class to how the Israelites continually turned away from God and experienced disastrous consequences as a result, he became more determined to address the issues that drove him back to his addictions again and again. As his sobriety continued from being in the safety of the UGM recovery program, some of these underlying issues began to emerge. The lies that he believed about himself which were rooted in circumstances beyond his control as a child started to come out.
Through prayer he was able to begin applying the scripture verses to some of these beliefs and began receiving victory. Rather than feeling alone and abandoned he was able to receive the truth from Hebrews 13:5 that Jesus was with him and that he would be okay. Rather than believing he was a mistake because of the circumstances of his birth, through prayer God begin to minister to him the truth from Psalm 139:114 that he was fearfully and wonderfully made.
These important truths from scripture have helped him respond in a healthier way to some of life’s events which used to trigger him to desire to medicate his painful emotions with drugs and alcohol. Due to his perseverance thus far, this resident has been able to experience the goodness of God and move towards a healthier and more spiritually centered sobriety. Thank God for a Christ centered, spiritual program like UGM where God’s healing can occur.
The kids who come to the after school program at Family Life Centre are for the most part resistant to hearing the Gospel message. This is not surprising when you consider that people in general are resistant to the Gospel. In fact, the only people who are open to the message are those touched by the Holy Spirit.
So when a child says something to indicate some of what has been taught is filtering in, it is quite joyful. One little girl has said, “Jesus loves us and He wants us to love Him back.” The same little girl when asked after the Bible lesson if there are any questions or comments always puts her hand up and says, “Jesus died on the cross for us.” This annoys a few kids who tell her she doesn’t have to say that every time. Of course, I stick up for her, and tell everyone I love hearing that, and I could listen to it all day long. The last time it happened, I said if everyone would say that, then there would be a prize for everyone. Guess what? There was refusal to admit that Jesus did indeed die on the cross for us. It's not surprising when you consider most kids are resistant to the teachings of the Bible.
Please pray that the Holy Spirit opens up the hearts of these little ones!
Faith Learning Centre is quickly approaching the end of the school year. We are making preparations for our next graduation. There will be a special ceremony for the graduates on June 30, at 4:00pm, at 320 Princess Street.
Please pray that more students register for the upcoming school year. Pray also to see more students complete their schooling while participating in our program and graduate from high school.
Praise be to Jesus for His faithfulness!
Bring a group for a few hours or even a full day! We have several different service opportunities for your care group, youth group, Church or Christian School. Check out the Volunteer Opportunities to see different ways your group can serve with us.
Summer time is a great time to come out, as the programs for each ministry keep going year round. The need never stops and help is always needed and appreciated. Even if your whole group isn't able to come out, a handful of volunteers can help so much!
You can also fill out the Volunteer Application with your group info and areas you are interested in.
We look forward to hearing from you!
We need your help! The grass is growing and so are the weeds. We are looking for a few gardeners and landscapers to help us this summer to maintain the lawns and gardens for our guests who enjoy sitting in the sun or shade on our lawn.
This is a great way to show Christ's Love through your love for Gardening and Mowing!
“God is our refuge and strength” Psalm 46:1
It is so heartwarming to hear when the Ladies say they are loved and feel safe at the Family Life Centre on Pritchard Avenue, where we minister to the families mainly in the North End. There is such a lack of love and safety in this world today, especially in the area where the Family Life Centre is located. One such lady said that this week on Ladies Day as she was picking up her food bag. She just loved the clothing she had picked out for herself and her children. She said, “I’ve gone to so many centres and churches in the city and this is one of the two places I love going to, because you people are so good to us and I feel safe. She had such a big beaming smile on her face.
I’ve noticed her coming more often to our Ladies Day which goes on every Wednesday from 9:30 – 1:30. Fifty to sixty women show up and we have fellowship and coffee, worship and praise, a bible study, a chapel speaker, a beautiful lunch, and then the women are given opportunity to shop in our clothing room for clothing for themselves and their children as well as other household items. Then they also get a bag of food to take home. Childcare is provided for the women, so they can really hear the Word of God that is presented, uninterrupted.
We always give thanks for the opportunity to be the Lord’s servants to the families in the North End!
The other day I prayed for a man in his 30’s. What was the matter? He just lost his job! His boss fired him. Why? Because he didn’t show up for work on a few occasions and he kept making excuses. But what’s the main reason for him not showing up for work? Drinking! He calls in sick during the time that he should be working, so that he can go to the bar to drink, binge and do other things, until his sin found him out. After being fired, this man feels upset, ashamed and bad. Alcohol abuse isn’t gain, but pain!!!
The Bible says, “Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has contentions? Who has complaints? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes? Those who linger long at the wine, those who go in search of mixed wine. Do not look on the wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it swirls around smoothly; at the last it bites like a serpent, and stings like a viper. Your eyes will see strange things, and your heart will utter perverse things” (Proverbs 23:29-33).
I continue to pray for this man that was fired from work, as he’s now facing the consequences of his poor choices! I pray that this pain would lead him to freedom in Christ! Would you kindly help pray for him? I also pray that we would ALL allow God’s Word, which is so true, to continue to transform us in Christ! Amen!
Our Lord is so wonderful and faithful! The children have a new play structure and it’s bringing great joy to their little hearts. I want to thank everyone that was involved in making this prayer request come to pass.
What a blessing it is to hear the laughter and sounds of the little ones having fun. For a few moments each day, these inner-city children are able to forget about their academic studies. They are able to forget the struggles and dysfunction of their lives at home. At recess time, these children can focus on being kids!
Some of these children see more hardship by the time they are eight, than most adults do in a lifetime. I thank God that these little ones have a special place in our Lord’s heart. There is something very special that pulls at the strings of my heart when I can hear and see the sounds of the playground.
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.
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??
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!!
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?
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.
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!
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.”
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!
Lindell Page, Chairman
Board of Directors
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!!
“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.
“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 107:4-7Directly 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
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!
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.
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!
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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