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Summer's Over - Christian School

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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!

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Elevator Issues

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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. 

Bobby Coombs, Operations Manager.  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 204-943-9904 ext. 227.

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Beach Day - Women's Program

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.

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Steinbach Museum

            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. 

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Children's Program

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. 

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Check your Closets

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.

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Urgent Prayer and Help Needed!

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! 

UGM sends 20 to 30 children on average to Gimli Bible Camp each week during the summer through our sponsorship program.  If you or someone you know can fill these needs, please contact the camp director, Don Roe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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Provisions - Street Ministry

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.

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Christian School

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!

 

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Challenges in 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

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Pray

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! 

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End of the School Year

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!!!

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Men's Program

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.

 

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Children & Youth Ministry

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!

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Graduates

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!

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Group Volunteer Opportunities

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!

To book your group to serve at UGM, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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!

 

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Calling All Gardeners

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! 

 

Contact Rosanne at (204) 943-9904 ext. 226 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of you'd like to help out in this way.

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Safety - Family Ministries

“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!

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Alcohol Abuse: Not Gain, But Pain!

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!

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New Play Structure

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.

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New Life in Christ

  • 2017 - 98 Decisions
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Upcoming Events

Altona Banquet
Fri Oct 06 @ 6:30PM - 08:30PM
Winnipeg Banquet - NOON
Sat Oct 14 @12:00PM - 02:00PM
Winnipeg Banquet - Evening
Sat Oct 14 @ 6:30PM - 08:30PM
Same Kind of Different as Me – Red Carpet Event
Wed Oct 18 @ 2:00PM - 05:00PM
Same Kind of Different as Me – Red Carpet Event
Wed Oct 18 @ 7:00PM - 09:30PM
Gladstone Gospel Concert & Dessert Night
Fri Oct 20 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Carmen Concert & Dessert Night
Sun Oct 29 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Uprising Youth Conference
Fri Nov 17 @ 7:00PM - 11:00PM
Uprising Youth Conference
Sat Nov 18 @ 8:30AM - 04:30PM

Praise & Prayer

  • Praise the Lord for His faithfulness and provision this past year as Union Gospel Mission’s fiscal budget year is coming to an end (on September 30th).   Thank you for supporting God through UGM!
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Prayer Warriors

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