Pray for our Women’s Addiction Program at the Charis Centre. There are many more women who are struggling with addictions. Pray that God will get a hold of their hearts and that they will seek His help through the Charis Centre.
The Mission is currently very short on meat, particularly ground beef. Any donations of meat products would be greatly appreciated!
Businesses or individuals can give us a call at 204-943-9904. Donations can be brought to 320 Princess St.
Can you help us by donating some items that we use on a regular basis?
Any donations, big or small, can help focus more funds toward our ministry programs, rather than purchasing supplies. Some of these items are:
Volunteers needed to help distribute 4,000 Adult Education Brochures to the North End and Point Douglas Area of Winnipeg.
On Monday August 14, 2017, times to choose from:
A gentleman in the men's addiction recovery program shared his testimony as he advanced from phase 1 to phase 2.
I was born in Winnipeg to parents that where alcoholics. My older brother and I were bounced from foster home to foster home. The police took me and my brother away to a residential school. I will always remember that day. Eventually they took me to a foster home where the father was an alcoholic. I had to re-live that all over again. One day my father and uncle thought they would have fun and they got me drunk when I was 9 years old. I was stumbling all over and even passed out.
I went through many treatment centres, as assigned by the courts. It was either treatment or jail, so I chose treatment. But I never really worked on getting better, I only wanted to stay out of jail. One day I was walking by UGM and saw another aboriginal man walking tall, and I could tell he was sober. I asked him how he had done it. He told me to check out Union Gospel Mission. I talked with the staff, went through detox and then came in to the program.
Something has happened to me here. I have been touched by the Lord. Just recently I was praying and this feeling went through me and I knew that everything would be all right. So I keep praying and praying. I had lost my language, my youth, and my future. Now I’m working on learning my language again, and trying to get though the pain from my past.
Psalm 25:15-17 - My eyes are ever on the LORD, for only he will release my feet from the snare. Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. Relieve the troubles of my heart and free me from my anguish.
Praise the Lord for the great turn out at the Family Life Centre Community Outreach BBQ & free garage sale in June. Fifteen individuals made a decision to follow Jesus as their Lord and Saviour!
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We have a few opportunities to volunteer in the Street Ministry. If you would like to help in the kitchen, sort donated clothing, greet guests in the drop-in, or help in the food bank, we could use your help!
Come and stay over on a Friday night to volunteer and take a tour of all 7 major ministries in UGM’s 4 locations.
Men stay at 320 Princess St. and women stay at the Charis Centre. Some groups might also stay together at the Family Life Centre. We can facilitate groups of up to 12 men and/or 12 women.
Volunteer on Friday evening at 320 Princes & stay over night. Breakfast and lunch on Saturday are included, along with the tour of each location.
Come and see how Union Gospel Mission helps the least, the last and the lost through seven major ministries.
We are thankful for the many groups that came through this past spring. It is amazing at how much work got done with their help!
The sad thing is that more work still needs to be done as the need does not ever go away. Would you consider bringing a group to Union Gospel Mission this summer?
Perhaps you do not have each of your youth available during the summer months, but even a small group of about 4 or 5 could get a lot accomplished for the Lord.
There are food staples that are needed on a regular basis. Can you help in any way by donating food, or funds to purchase food needed each week. The cost to provide one meal for our Street Ministry is only $1.99. (over 2000 meals are served each week)
Current food needs:
Milk, eggs and meat (bacon, sausage, hamburger, chicken, beef, fish and pork)
But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one. –2 Thessalonians 3:3
There have been many changes in the dynamics of the children attending the drop in at Family Life Centre. For a while now, we have had a consistent group of children attending who always seem to want to cause trouble. Recently, the kids of the neighbourhood told us that a group of five siblings went into CFS care. These were the children who caused most of the problems when they came to Faith Learning Centre. We were aware of their unstable home life, and it was clear that the children were trying hard to improve their behaviour when they were here, probably due to the consistent love they found when they came here. It is always sad when children go into CFS care, and it can be really discouraging.
However, God is so good and faithful. While we miss these children dearly, God has sent us children who are eager to learn more about Him. I’ve been greatly encouraged by children who want to help read a Bible story and I cannot help but smile when all of the children want to have a turn praying. It is a beautiful reminder of how God never loses sight of us. Children are coming back to FLC every day and they are excited to play games and have snack, but more importantly, they are excited to learn about God’s wonderful plan for their lives.
Please continue to pray for the children of the North End and their families. Pray for children who are in CFS care, that they will remember God in this difficult time. Pray that families can have stability for their children. Pray that God will continue to send the children here and that they will continue to desire to learn more about Him. Pray that each child knows how much they are loved by us, but more importantly, by God.
A gentleman in the New Life Recovery Program was led to share this testimony. He started with singing Amazing Grace.
It was only by God's grace that I am alive. I was blind but now I can see.
This is the hardest recovery I have been through. That is because I am finally paying attention to what is being taught in classes. I am trying to stay focused on God and not myself. He is greater than I am.
Psalm 23 was read. "The Lord is my Shepherd". Anyone that has used drugs or alcohol needs a Shepherd. My addictions dragged me away from the Bible and God. It is so easy to be distracted. I used to work very hard, 80 or 90 hours a week so I could have money for drugs. The day after payday, I was broke.
God continues to forgive. I continued to separate myself from God, yet He continued to wait on me. He is the crutch that I need, not the other crutches like drugs, alcohol and women that I looked for.
I am so thankful that UGM encourages me to go to Church as part of the program. Even if I do not see the LIGHT, He is there and His Word is true. He is always there.
Please pray that God will continue the work He has begun in the life of this resident.
In April we were honoured to partner with Winkler Maranatha Fellowship for our UGM Spring Dessert Fundraising Event. We enjoyed great music from a variety of Gospel Groups and received an update from Frank Ulrich, Executive Director.
This event happens every Spring (usually in the month of April). We are thankful for Churches like Maranatha Fellowship who partner with us faithfully year after year.
Do you have a passion for Union Gospel Mission and want to help us raise funds and new friends? Give us a call at 204-943-9904 ext.237
All canned food items are needed, but these items are needed specifically:
On Saturday, June 24th UGM Family Life Centre served a BBQ lunch and had a give away of clothing, toys and household items for the families in the North End.
A group from the Believers Southern Baptist Church in Wichita Kansas came out for the week and helped serve and minister to those that came out for the event.
- 350 people attended
- 750 hot dogs were served and 700 bags of popcorn were given out
- 15 people made a decision for the Lord (Praise the Lord!)
- 75 horseshoes were given away
- 25 volunteers graciously helped throughout the day
Dive in for one night, a few days, a week, or even longer, of inner city ministry. You will live in a private room for the length of your stay and experience God working in the lives of those we serve. You will join the men or women in our recovery programs for meals.
You can volunteer in one or more areas of ministry, according to your interests. For a list of some volunteer ideas, check out Volunteer Opportunities.
Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Jesus Christ. –Phillipians 1:6.
This morning, a woman came in looking dishevelled, and it was evident that she had been through a real rough patch. A few years ago this woman graduated from our twelve month women’s addiction program, and things were going well for her. She had attended our Ladies’ Wednesday Day at the Family Life Centre. She had accepted the Lord in her life, and really worshipped Him. But later, due to some poor choices, she relapsed. Her life went upside down again. She knows the Word, and she has a faith, but her addiction continues to hold a grip on her life.
She is now enrolled in a program for single parents where she receives help in obtaining life skills, training and education, so that she can get a job to take care of her family; she has two children. She has so much potential, but sometimes she makes unwise choices. In this work, we serve the ladies, show them the hope they can have, and celebrate their small victories.
We blessed her with food, blankets, sheets, and household and personal products so she could furnish her new apartment. More importantly, though, she felt the love of Jesus from the staff here at the Centre and she asked for prayer. We prayed, and she was on her way again. We will continue to lift her up in our prayers. She expressed renewed interest in coming to our Ladies’ Day on Wednesdays because at her program, she gets some Wednesdays off. Our prayer for her is that she follows through and gets back into true fellowship with Christ Jesus.
Thank you for all of your prayers and support to the Family Life Centre, so we can continue to be a beacon of light to the North End Community.
What a great evening in Glenboro, MB! In early May, the Glenboro Gospel Chapel hosted a Pot-luck with a Purpose. They filled a cargo trailer full of clothes and took a love offering of over $2,000 for Union Gospel Mission. We enjoyed a night of Country Gospel Music, an update from a UGM representative, great food and wonderful fellowship.
We are so grateful for the many ways our faithful Churches support Union Gospel Mission. If you are hosting an event to help support Union Gospel Mission and would like a UGM representative to share stories of God changing lives, give us a call at 204-943-9904 ext. 237!
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