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A ten year old boy looked at me and stated proudly, “I’m a walking Bible.” To this I encouraged him and replied, “You sure are amazing when it comes to memorizing Bible verses. Keep up the good work!” Now, the boy doesn’t have the entire Bible memorized, but for a child that age living in the most unsavory area of Winnipeg’s North End, the amount of Bible knowledge he has within him is very good. This comes from years of attending Bible based summer camps that UGM sponsors. It also comes from his constant attendance at the Family Life Centre’s after school program which teaches the Gospel at every session.
It demonstrates that people can be reached and taught about Christ no matter where they live and what their circumstances may be. This young boy says he has accepted Jesus as his savior. That is so, so beautiful to hear. Let’s not slack off in presenting the Gospel to the lost people of Winnipeg, no matter where they may reside, or how old they are.
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” –Romans 10:17
In January, 2021, the UGM Family Life Centre discovered that the government restrictions still allow Addictions Recovery Support Groups to meet. So, we have been meeting Tuesdays and Thursdays in our facility to walk alongside women who want to be free from their addictions. What a wonderful opportunity to connect with those struggling in this time of isolation and anxiety.
The Lord Jesus Christ came to set people free from any type of enslavement. Luke 4:18 – “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free." Praise His Name!
Please pray that God’s Word would take root in the heart of each lady who attends.
Marc is one of our residents who has been at UGM since the fall of 2020. He started to battle for recovery from his addictions in 1997. It was in prison where he heard someone’s story of beating their addiction and he saw hope for himself.
Marc first entered the program at UGM in 1999. Recovery was very difficult for him and he relapsed and re-entered the program several times. In 2000 he prayed to find salvation in Christ. “I prayed to have Jesus in my heart, but I never pursued him after. Slowly the worldly desires choked me out.”
In 2006 Marc fully surrendered his heart to Christ. In 2007 Marc started volunteering with the Mission and was a staff member from 2008-2015. Things were going great, but he was lazy in his relationship with God. “I was satisfied with milk when I should have been consuming solid food, the 'meat and potatoes'.” Slowly he began to make compromises until his eventual drug relapse.
In 2019 Marc received the tragic news that he had inoperable stage four cancer. He always kept his spirits up reminding himself that he was in God’s hands. His doctor was later happy to tell Marc that his cancer was over 90% cleared up. He has no more symptoms and credits God with his victory over cancer.
Marc is looking forward to going back to work. He hopes to be able to use his story of God’s work in his life to help other addicts in the future by running Bible-based recovery meetings. Please pray for perseverance for Marc as he strives to do the Lord’s will with his life.
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Dear Prayer Warriors,
Please intercede for Billy. Billy lies in a coma and is on life support. He lost a lot of blood through an internal bleeding ulcer. He has drug abuse issues. The hospital has added ‘COVID patient’ to his chart. There is a suggestion of brain damage if and when he wakes up.
Billy is one of 3 surviving brothers of 5. Life has been tough, real tough. One of Billy’s surviving brothers is Marcel. Marcel is also our brother in Christ since 2015. He is a man who shines Jesus, a man who loves Jesus and a man who is deeply concerned for Billy’s eternal destiny. A man who desperately wants to be at Billy’s bedside right now, but who is forbidden by COVID protocols.
Can we join with Marcel and plead the Lord for Billy’s salvation and for his healing? No human barriers, no human protocols, no wicked plans of the enemy can get in the way of Jesus.
Please pray….and if feel led, send us a note that we can share with Marcel. We share Marcels pain right now, but we share also in the hope that Billy will be reached for Christ, for an eternal home with our Lord.
Thank you, God bless!
UGM's Community Easter Dinner will be on Saturday, April 3rd. We are looking for 20 volunteers to help:
- 10 volunteers from 9:30am to 12:30pm
- 10 volunteers from 10:30am to 2:00pm