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The Miracle of Salvation

It is not unusual for a person to give her life to the Lord Jesus Christ.  It takes, however, someone who is willing to share the good news.  Sharing may take place in much the same way that we share the news.  God’s message to us is not to be kept to ourselves, but to be shared with others. 

This is the story that happened at the Faith Learning Centre Adult Education Centre two weeks ago. A person came in to inquire about our program, and upon finding that she was late to start senior courses, she inquired about the spiritual part of the school.  I told her about it, and also invited her to give her life to Jesus, and she did. It took her less than a semester to get established here, with a brighter future for her life.  Often times, students come here and learn everything they can about biology, mathematics, and so on, but never give their life to the Lord Jesus Christ.  Praise God that this woman listened to God’s calling.  

Please help us pray that all our students do the same and experience the miracle of salvation.

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Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

I was born in Africa.  I was sexually abused when I was a child from the age of 9-12.  I kept that all inside, never telling anyone.  I had a very negative opinion of women as the one who was abusing me was a women.  The devil took a foothold in my life.  My heart was empty.  I was lonely, bitter and angry.  I became an alcoholic in my teenage years, I was drunk 24/7.

My brother and I immigrated to Canada and we went to University in Winnipeg.  We sold drugs, owned a business and manipulated women‎.  We made a lot of money.  I switched from alcohol to cocaine and crack cocaine.  I had a brush with death because of an overdose.  

My heart was empty‎, so I tried to commit suicide by taking poison.  Once I took it, I changed my mind and called poison control.  I was admitted to the ER and they kept me in the psych ward for a week.  Once I got out, I was back at my old ways.  The second time, I doubled the amount of poison, and took sleeping pills to make sure it worked this time.  I was knocked out, but I did wake up.   I was mad at God because no matter how hard I tried, I would not die.

I have been in and out of jail.  The last time was 2014.  In November 2014 I was broke with $3 to my name, homeless and broken.  I graduated from another addiction program in the area after only 3 month where a counselor shared about Christ to me.  Then I planned to come into UGM.  I wanted to know more about God.

I was wanting my family back, that was my goal.   Today the Lord has given my children and ‎grandchildren back to me.  I have been able to forgive those who have abused and hurt me.  They no longer have control ‎over me.  God has been awesome! I no longer believe the lies of the devil.  I have been adopted by God and am fully his child.

Acts 2:38 -  Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.



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Future Garden


With the snow melted and spring weather arriving, we are now thinking of planting seeds!  Charis Centre is looking for the following type of seeds:  Peas, carrots, lettuce, seed potatoes, seed red onions. 

Can you Donate any of these seeds to bless the ladies in the addiction recovery program?  


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Toss Box in Morris


If you are in the Morris area, you can drop off your clothing donations at

Emmanuel Baptist Church on 162 Railroad Ave. W., Morris MB.

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Jesus Desired to Help!

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. 
– 1 Timothy 6:10 

“I’m just in a mess, Israel!  Could you believe that out of the $2500 I had to my name a while ago?  I’m now only left with $10!  My rent is overdue.  I don’t even know what to tell my landlord this time.  I’m sure he’ll kick me out,” the man in his thirties shamefully and remorsefully admitted.  The man had gambled all of his money away.  After he confided in me, I thanked him for sharing. I counseled him, prayed with him, and encouraged him to stay in touch. 

A few days later, a woman came to see me in the office, but seeing that I was busy with someone else at the moment, she left me a letter and left.  Here is an excerpt from her letter.  “Dear Israel, something evil is happening to me.  Every time I get paid, I keep doing the same old mistake.  I step into the bar; one drink, and one game.  On and on it goes, and at the end, NO money!  My fridge is empty again!  I’m sick.  Pray for me.” 

My heart went out for this dear woman after reading her two paged letter.  We prayed for her.  Sadly, some of our street guests gamble each time they receive money.  In hopes of winning while gambling, they shut out all thoughts of responsibility and consequences.  After playing and losing, shame kicks in and they stand in our soup line again.  Gambling addiction can cause debt, ruin family relationships, and even lead to suicide.  Praise God for those who admit that they have this problem and open up to us about it so that they may receive help.  Jesus can free anyone from any addiction.

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Advancement Testimony

Another advancement in the Men's Addiction Program!  Praise the Lord!  This is the testimony he shared.

I was asked to give my testimony to advance to the next phase of the program.  ‎What I am learning now is to respect authority.  I had a problem with that for a long time.  I’m starting to listen to my Chaplains and to what God is telling me.

This is my second time at Union Gospel Mission in the program.  The first time here, I thought I was doing good enough after 7 or 8 months.  My welfare worker even said I was here long enough and should be good enough to leave.   But now we know what happened with that decision.  I am trying to make better decisions now.

I have been an addict since 12 years old‎.  That is over half my life.  ‎I have tried to quit meth on my own, and that never worked.  I have tried other programs in the area, but they were missing something.  I visited UGM for the noon Chapel & Meal program‎ and I was asked by a chaplain if I wanted to come back in to the program as there was a room available.  I was admitted into the program 2 days later. 

I struggle in my ‎faith, but not with my faith.  I believe in God, but I still struggle.

Lamentations ‎3:1-25  It has been a difficult road ‎for me, but I am glad that it is God who disciplines and corrects me.  My hope is in Him not in me or man.

Thank you God for giving me ‎a Savior!  Thank you Jesus for taking that weight from me!  Thank you the Holy Spirit for you guidance and wisdom!

Psalm 103 - Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.  Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits- who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

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Praise God

Praise the Lord!  Over 300 guest were served through our Easter Community Meal, over 80 prayer requests were received and OVER 50 INDIVIDUALS made commitments or re-commitments to follow Christ as their Lord and Saviour.  Please pray that they continue to seek the Lord and grow in their relationship with Him!

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Youth Concert Tonight!

Join UGM at Winnipeg Evangelical Free ‎Church tonight at 7:00pm!

Flood the Stone and Bold as Lions will be performing at this concert.  Admission is FREE!  Doors open at 6:00pm.

If you are at the concert, #UGMWinnipeg or #MissionAware on Instagram. 

Come by and visit Union Gospel Mission's booth at the event.

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Free Camp!

There are 1500 spots available for one week of camp, free of charge, at one of 11 Manitoba Bible Camps!

Visit our website page, for information, or Contact us at 204-586-7790 ext. 301.

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Got MILK??

We have an urgent need for milk.  Very little has come in and we could really use your help!

You can drop off your donation of milk cartons at 320 Princess St at any time during the day or evening.

Small donations can help in a big way!
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Advancement Testimony

It's a blessings to hear testimonies of men in the addiction recovery program as they share what God has done to change their lives.  This resident advanced to the second phase of the program, and this is what he shared:

I am so good at speaking in public, I do not know where to start. I made a decision for the Lord when I was 24.  I accepted because He is real.

I was spiritually attacked after this decision.  Things got really rough.  I started depending on my addictions for comfort instead of the Lord‎.   I have been in and out of the program several times.  As the Lord renewed my mind, I have been slowly healing.  Now I have been depending ‎on Jesus and God's plan instead of my plan.

I am no longer in a hurry to have everything fixed‎.  When I walk down the street I am singing praises to God.  I look to praise Jesus in every situation.  I know I’m not perfect, but God is working in my life.

Thank you to everyone here, especially my chaplains.   I am so thankful for UGM and allowing me to be here.  I know I am here because God wants me here. 

- Col 3:23 - Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.

- 1 Peter 3:9 - Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.

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Prayer Request

Please pray for more hearts to be changed through our 7 ministries.  May the Lord be glorified through His faithful servants!

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Urgent Need

We have an urgent need for a few fans.  While we are blessed with this beautiful warm weather, a few rooms of our buildings are quite warm.  Can you donate a fan or 2?

Donations can be brought to 320 Princess St.
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God is Good!

Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Psalm 136:1

Anger and anger issues!  Every day in Manitoba, people go to jail due to crimes and offences related to anger.  How do I know?  My past experience ministering in some of our jails!

Here at the Mission, we minister daily to persons struggling with anger and other issues. One day, one of those said to me, “I’m angry that I often get angry!”

Another told me at another time, “I’m angry that the ‘system’ no longer pays for my anger pills!”  I think I knew why, but I still asked him, “What’s their reason for that?”  And he yelled, “They said it’s about time I own up and work on my anger!”

Praise God for a guy like Dale whom I’ve known for years through our chapel services.  One day he came to me and asked if we could help him by accepting him into our recovery program to deal with his addictions, anger, etc.  He said “I’m tired of the old life and struggles….” I said, “YES!”  You see, Dale realized his need to: (1) be more accountable, (2) seek further spiritual support.

While with us, he took his recovery in Christ seriously.  He finally found his needs met in Christ during seven months at the Mission.  He was sober and clean, which was a big deal, if you knew where he came from.  While in recovery, he encouraged his friends to come to UGM and get help.  Today, two of those friends are in our men’s recovery program!

We gladly helped Dale to secure clean and dry accommodations with some supplies.  He now volunteers elsewhere, giving back to the community.  Please pray that he remains in Christ!  God is good!

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Since I gave my heart to the Lord, my heath has improved both physically and spiritually.  Since giving my ‎whole heart to the Lord my prayers are being answered both now and some in the future.

I now have improved communication with my family including my children.  I have been working with CFS ‎to have visitation with my children and am working towards having custody.  UGM has helped in my recovery and getting my life on track.

Philippians 4:13 - I can do all this through him who gives me strength.



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Praise the Lord for spring weather.  Many of our guests are enjoying the warm weather sitting on our grass.  Thank God for a safe place to rest.

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Only 8 more to reach 500 likes on Facebook! 

Invite your friends to Like and Follow Union Gospel Mission Winnipeg!

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Kayla's Story

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

It is no small feat for anyone to complete a recovery program, but Kayla did just that and graduated on January 3rd from the Heart Program.  For Kayla, it has not been an easy journey - ongoing health issues, chronic pain and the added burden of Charis Centre regulations.  I have enjoyed her sense of humour and her good nature, but what I love most is she loves Jesus.

Kayla had been taken to Sunday School by her dad many years ago where the seeds were planted. Kayla’s first trip to Charis in 2015 allowed her to attend Alpha at a local church and it was there she accepted Christ as her Savior.  The culmination came as we celebrated her grad.

Kayla is committed to her faith journey and she shares it with others. She has embraced different goals and a new plan for her future, which includes parenting her two beautiful daughters.

During this past year, there were battles to be endured and sometimes things looked bleak.  We should not be shocked nor amazed that God answers prayer.

People ask, “What is your success rate?” Like beauty, success is defined by the beholder.  Here would be my answer. Success at Charis Centre is getting up each morning and attending devotions and classes.  It is also completing homework, going to Church, doing ministry assignments, following rules and all the while adhering to the directives of CFS or Probation Services.  All of these plus more importantly, seeking to follow Jesus.  With that definition, Kayla is indeed a success!!

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New Toss Box Locations

Donating clothing to Union Gospel Mission just keeps getting easier!  There are 3 more locations that you can drop off your donations.

- Winnipeg Evangelical Free Church on 500 Lagimodiere Blvd in Winnipeg

- Lowe Farm Bergthaler Mennonite Church on 15 1st St in Lowe Farm

- Emmanuel Baptist Church on 162 Railroad Ave W in Morris

For the full map of locations, visit
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Transformed Lives

Watch this short video of lives being transformed through Union Gospel Mission.
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New Life in Christ

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Upcoming Events

Praise & Prayer

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Prayer Warriors

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