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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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Stop!

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 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 @12:00AM
Gladstone Gospel Concert & Dessert Night
Fri Oct 20 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Carmen Concert & Dessert Night
Sat Oct 21 @ 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

  • Pray for more groups to volunteer this summer.  This is a very slow period and we can always use a few more volunteers to lend a hand.
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Prayer Warriors

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