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The Elements

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The Family Life Centre is located in the heart of gangland Winnipeg in the midst of Satan’s stronghold.  The confusion and darkness can be overwhelming.  The neighbourhood is regulated by the sun.  Once the sun goes down, children are brought indoors, the blinds are shut and the doors are locked. 

The scientific community tells us that we need 4 basic elements to survive this world, water, air, food and light.  What does the Bible tells us about our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ? I am the living water, I am the breath of life, I am the bread of life, and I am the light of the world.  All the elements that we need to survive this world can be found in Jesus!

This is what we do at the Family Life Centre, we teach Jesus. The ladies coming to our programming may be thirsty for peace in their heart that surpasses all comprehension, and we will direct them to the well where they will never thirst again.  The children come in droves looking to fill their little bellies.  After physically feeding the children, they are taught to search for the food from the Holy Scriptures that will satisfy their soul. 

I can’t help but think about the passage out of the Book of Ezekiel where it reads (Ezekiel 37:3-4) And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live?  And I answered, O Lord God, thou knowest.  Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the Word of the Lord.  This is our answer to all the individuals that come through the front doors of the Family Life Centre, “Hear the Word of the Lord”

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The Greatest Love

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One morning I arrived at work, preparing to settle in for another day as Chaplain at Union Gospel Mission.  I was in my office for about ten minutes when John came to my door.  John has been on the street for about a year, after having lost everything due to a severe form of depression.  He was obviously having a rough morning, as there were tears in his eyes and he said he really needed to talk.  Mother’s Day is coming soon and his mother had died about five years ago.  Her death triggered his depression, so he had been living on the street off and on ever since then.  John was feeling very alone in life and wanted to feel loved again, as he was by his mother.  His mother is gone and he felt like her love had left him as well.  He thought things were hopeless and believed that he would never be loved like that again. 

I then began to explain to John how the love that God has shown us through His Son, Jesus, is the greatest love to ever exist.  Jesus Himself said in John 15:13 – 14, “Greater love has no one than this; to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.  You are my friends if you do what I command.”  Jesus laid down His life for us on the cross, so that we could know peace with our Father in heaven through Him.  And this love that we have in Jesus is always with us through the Holy Spirit, who Christ has given us if we give our lives to follow Him.  I told John that if he does that, then Jesus has promised that He will never leave him.  God promised us this in Hebrews 13:5 when He said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”  John felt peace in knowing that this is the greatest love, that this love in Christ will never leave him.

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Christian School Program

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Some of the children that attend our Pritchard Campus come from homes where so much is going on, that sometimes you need to take a moment and count your blessings.  Please pray for the teachers of this Faith Academy location on Pritchard!  Teaching academics is only one part of their job.  Teaching the children that come from homes filled with dysfunction and turmoil is not an easy task.  On any given day, some of the high maintenance students can have an outburst that will lead to kicking, screaming, punching and hitting.  At times a student is so out of control that I am called in to try and settle the student down. 

Ministering to these troubled students day after day has to be a gifting that can only come from our Lord.  I constantly pray for these teachers to have the courage, wisdom and perseverance to carry on.  As difficult as it is to minister to these little ones, we have to believe that life changing seeds are being planted.  We don’t know how long some of these students will remain in the sponsorship program; so it makes it so much more urgent that during the trying times, we continue to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Through Union Gospel Mission’s Adopt-A-Student program, we are bringing the little ones to Jesus.  You too can be part of this valuable ministry for $50 a month or $600 a year.  Please call Gilbert at 204.943.9904 ext. 306, and I will be happy to give you all the details.  To God be all the Glory!

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Adult Education

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Isaiah 33:6 – Wisdom and knowledge will be the stability of your times, and the strength of salvation; The fear of the Lord is His treasure. 

Faith Learning Centre is in the middle of Mid Term Evaluations.  Students are pursuing to earn senior credits and build up more credentials to graduate this year or next.  Students continue to learn about the Saviour and are advancing their knowledge and skills which will prepare them for employment.

Please, pray for the students to do well in all courses. Pray for us as well, for God to help us in all our challenges.

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Men's Recovery Program

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The year 2017 was a tough year for Jamie.  His alcoholism had taken over once again and he found himself living on the streets of Winnipeg.  Then, to make matters even worse,  while he was on the street he found out that his 11 year old son had died.  This news was too much for him and he fell deeper into depression and alcoholism.  Jamie found the pain of losing his son so unbearable that he tried to stay drunk in an attempt to numb the pain. 

By the end of 2017, Jamie knew that he could not continue to live on the street in an almost constant drunken state.  He also knew that he needed help to not only overcome his alcoholism, but do deal with the overwhelming grief that he was feeling.  Jamie had spent time in the men’s recovery program at Union Gospel Mission before and he knew that going back into the program at UGM was what he needed to do now. 

Jamie came back to UGM just before Christmas of 2017 and he has been finding more and more of the peace he was looking for in Jesus.  He has found the story of how King David handled the loss of his son in 2 Samuel chapter 12, to be helpful in moving forward with the loss of his own son.  Jamie has also found the community of brothers in Christ that he has at UGM to be very encouraging for him.  He is also finding in his grief that Jesus is fulfilling the promise He made in Matthew 5:4, to comfort those who mourn.  May the Lord continue to comfort and heal Jamie and bring glory to His Name by bringing people like Jamie from the bondage of addiction into the freedom of His salvation.

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Children & Youth

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     Encouragement is something that is always welcomed and appreciated.  Not long ago, I received encouragement from an unlikely source.  During Kid’s Club we always stop for a Bible lesson.  Not surprisingly, there are a few kids who are disruptive.  The other day, one of the more disruptive of these kids told me she often thinks of things that were said during our Bible time when she is trying to fall asleep at night. Another child affirmed that she has the same experience.  This encourages me!

     Thinking of the things of God in the quiet of one’s own thoughts is an important step towards a meaningful relationship with the Lord.  The Holy Spirit uses times like this to affirm truth, so that an individual can absorb and accept what is correct.  A child’s heart is fertile soil!  So it both encourages me that little ones are contemplating Bible truths, and it motivates me to pray all the more that these truths will effect real change in the lives of the children who attend the Kid’s Club drop-in.

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Easter Community Dinner

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What a fabulous day!  We had an great turn out today for our Easter Dinner. 

We were blessed with 50 volunteers to help prepare & serve today.  275 guests came and enjoyed a delicious ham dinner after hearing the Easter message.  There were 58 prayer requests that were prayed for by the prayer team, and 20 decisions to serve the Lord were made today.  Praise the Lord!

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Adult Education

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Semester 1 at Faith Learning Centre finished well!  There were 26 senior credits that the have students earned in different areas, such as English, Math, Science & Social Studies.  2 students came up for graduation and will be receiving a high school diploma.  The second semester has started and is soon advancing to the mid-point stage, with Mid-Terms around the corner happening in April! 

Keep praying for us, as we depend greatly on your prayers.  All glory to God!

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Christian School Program

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We recently had a parent remove their two children from the Christian School Program.  The teacher at one of the Faith Academy campuses had to make a call to Child and Family Services, due to the fact that the children were coming to school with no lunches and were complaining about not having food at home.  The children were concerned about the amount of drinking going on in the home and were worried about mom and dad.  This family struggles with alcohol and they make poor choices while under the influence.  

Upon CFS's entrance, there was enough evidence to apprehend the children.  It’s not that mom and dad don’t sincerely love their children, it’s the grip of addiction that seems to be greater at times.  The children were returned to dad a few days later and this is when he removed the children from the program.  I pleaded with dad not to remove the children from the program, that nothing was done with malicious intent, but by law the school is required to report all appearances of neglect.  My plea fell upon deaf ears and I was asked to remove myself from the home.

Please pray with us for the families of sponsored students, that their hearts are softened and through the work of the Holy Spirit, they receive Jesus as their personal Saviour.  Please pray that this particular family doesn’t fall through the cracks and the seeds that have been planted, take root and flourish.

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North End Family Ministry

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The North End has the largest Indigenous population in Western Canada.  This particular part of the city also has the highest child poverty level in the country.  The neighbourhood is rampant with drugs, prostitution and gang activity.  My vision for the Family Life Centre is people getting saved, marriages being restored, and give hope to people who believe there is no hope.  This can be achieved by building solid trusting relationships, and loving those who are hard to love.

My belief is all addictions are nothing more than filling an empty void in one’s life.  The challenge is filling that void with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!  Seeing many souls come through the front doors, I find that most people are open to the fact that they need more to life than what they have now.  Many communities in the city of Winnipeg try to push out the drug dealers, gangs and prostitution to other neighbourhoods.  The people of the North End don’t need to be pushed to different areas, they need Jesus!! 

Through fervent prayer I have been asking God to sweep through the North End creating a revival.  I pray that God does a major restoration in Winnipeg, and it would start in the most violent part of the city.  We need prayer for wisdom, patience, perseverance, protection and most of all, the mighty hand of God to be with us.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven (Matthew 5:16)

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Street Ministry - Peace in Mental Illness

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John has come to the Mission for years and has been on the street for most of his life.  He suffers from mental illness and often when I talk to him, his thoughts are all over the place.  He seems to have a hard time focusing on a particular train of thought for more than 30 seconds.  But there have been a few times when his mind is more calm than usual and in those moments, he wants to talk about the peace of Christ.  His eyes well up with tears as he talks about how there are times when he can feel God with him.  He usually thanks me for taking the time to talk to him in those moments and reminding him that Jesus loves him.

At those times, I am reminded that Jesus is still doing what He did two thousand years ago when He would take the time to talk to the outcasts in society and let them know that their Father in heaven loves them.  Just as Jesus was able to calm a raging storm while in a boat on the sea of Galilee with the disciples in Mark chapter four, He is able to be present in the midst of the storms in our lives today and say as he did in Mark 4:39, “Peace! Be still!”  Whatever storms may be raging in our lives, or as in John’s case, in our mind, when we call on Jesus He will calm that storm in a way that nothing and no one else can!

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Change

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Change. That word causes a lot of us to cringe.  We don’t necessarily like it.  It’s uncomfortable.  Unfamiliar.  Unknown.  When it happens it is no respecter of persons, it affects the little people like me, and those with greater responsibility, as well as those they serve.  However, something God has shown me in all of the change we are going through, is that it can strengthen a community or destroy it.  It has been so precious to see our ladies here at the Charis Center also learn alongside us.  As they see each staff member pitch in and serve as needed, watching as some of our leaders carry heavy loads, yet still display a joyful countenance.   

The other day in devotions, I had the opportunity to have a conversation with our ladies about this thing called “change”.  As we talked on the realities of why “I” don’t like change came home to each one.  How we like to think that we are in control and how change makes us feel like we’ve lost that fragile hold on our situations.  We spoke of how our fear of change is an indicator that we are striving to control our situations and not trusting God, trusting that He can use all things for His glory.  His perspective is so far above ours, and His heart and desire for us all is so much greater than anything we might see.  As we talked, the realty began to unfold that we are strengthened when we see God for who He is.  This is the beginning of trusting Him.  His perfect love casts out fear.  As different ladies added to the conversation, I too was challenged to see from His perspective and leave behind my own view to gain the single perspective, vision and goal of God Most High.          

I truly love working here with our team, which shall be growing in the near future and with that, bringing even more change.  As well, working with our residents.  These ladies continue to blow my mind with the pithy things God has been showing and teaching them, because nothing matters so much, as how much you are seeking and pursuing God with your whole heart.   For then you shall find Him,  and He is worth all of the change, the unknown, the uncomfortability, and the trust.  For the fact of the matter is, God’s got this!

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Operations - The Kitchen

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MATTHEW 14:18-21 

“Bring them here to me,” he said.  And He directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, He gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then He gave them to the disciples and the disciples gave them to the people.  They all ate and were satisfied and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.”

Jesus fed a whole lot of people with just a few fish and some bread.  He also had help distributing that food to the people.  Food Services is one of the branches of Operations here at Union Gospel Mission where we are providing for peoples physical nourishment. 

We are blessed to be able to provide hundreds of healthy and nutritious meals daily, thousands of meals a month!  Many are hearing the Gospel and making use of our services, but we could always use some extra hands helping out in the kitchen.  It’s a great way to help take what the Lord has given and share it with those who come through our doors.

If you have a couple hours available one morning a week, we could definitely use your help chopping up some meat or veggies, to help the cook prepare lunch.  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

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Winnipeg Film Festival

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If you did not have a chance to see this amazing film, there is another chance coming up on February 22nd, 23rd and 24th at the North Kildonan MB Church.  There is also a chance to have a Q&A with Frank Ulrich, Executive Director of Union Gospel Mission (Winnipeg) after the film.


For more details (location, cost and times) visit www.winnipegfilmfestival.com

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Struggles - Men's Addiction

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            Joe has struggled with addictions for most of his adult life.  He has tried to overcome the addiction time and time again, but something would happen every time to pull him back into the addiction to drugs and alcohol.  Joe finally reached a point in his life where he was so sick and tired of the way he was living, he decided to come to Union Gospel Mission and surrender everything to Jesus.  He says that he is tired of sitting at home, feeling like a zombie all day long, because of the drugs.  Joe realized that was barely living and that the next step would be the grave.  So, he came to UGM because he knew that a Christ-centered recovery program was the only hope for gaining victory over his addictions. 

            In Psalm 73:25 the psalmist writes this about God, “Whom have I in heaven but you?  And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.”  Only the Holy Spirit connecting our hearts to Jesus can make us have such a desire.  When God in His mercy satisfies our souls with all that He is for us in His Son Jesus, only then are we are set free from the bondage to drugs, alcohol or anything else in this world.  That is what Joe wants for himself now.  I pray that is what God will give to all those who come to UGM seeking freedom in Jesus!

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Start of a New Semester

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Faith Learning Centre has just launched the second semester of the academic year.  Registrations are coming in of new students who would like to attend our school.  We trust in the Lord that it will be a good semester and that souls will also come to Him. We need your prayers, especially for our program to remain as an outreach to this community.

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Children's Ministry

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    It warms my heart when a child asks sincere questions pertaining to the things of God.  A lot of queries are based upon false information and half-truths that they heard from friends and family members.  They also think Hollywood is an honest and accurate source.  So you can imagine how mixed up their minds can get.
 
    When answering questions, I like to start with, “The Bible says....”. This lets them know I am not answering out of my own thoughts, but rather from God’s Word.  In the event I get a question I am not sure how to answer, I intend to tell them plainly that I don’t know, but I will find out for them.  I have no problem telling kids, or anyone else, that I don’t know everything, but God does.  I thank Him for the Bible.  Everything we need to know about God while we live on this earth is contained in the Bible.
 
    2 Timothy 3:16 tells us plainly, “All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.”
 
    I allow the Bible to answer spiritual questions, and then afterwards I pray that they accept the truth and live by it.
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Women's Ministry

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The Women’s Ministry at the Family Life Centre continues to minister to the women from the North End and the women that come in from the First Nation Reserves.  The ministry has focused on discipleship, servanthood, dealing with everyday issues and learning to live the Christian life not on their own will power, but through the empowerment of God the Holy Spirit. 

On Ladies Day Wednesday morning, there is a time of fellowship, praise and worship and then a Bible study for 30 – 60 women.  The topics included salvation, foundational truths, women of the Bible and that Jesus gives purpose, satisfies and heals, and that Jesus was fully God and fully man.  There was also seasonal theme Bible study and music at Christmas and Easter.  After the Bible study, there is a time of prayer for the prayer requests handed in by the ladies.  This year we have also included praying for two First Nations Reserves each week. Also on Wednesdays, there is a chapel service where chapel speakers minister to the ladies on various biblical teachings prior to having a full lunch served by our dedicated group of volunteers. Worship and praise is often incorporated into the chapel time.  There is child care for under school-age children during the chapel service and the children join their mothers for the lunch.  

On Tuesday and Thursdays, there are smaller Bible studies which gives more time for discussion, questions and dealing with spiritual needs.  On Tuesdays last year, we taught on how Jesus prayed and many other aspects of prayer as well as we started studying the Book of Ephesians which reveals their “Identity in Christ” and how we as Christians ought to conduct ourselves. 

The ministry also provides practical needs such as food bags, clothing for women and children, personal and household products, including blankets.  Our prayer is to teach every soul that comes through the doors how to make Jesus head of their hearts and homes!!

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Street Ministry

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            Jeremy has been coming to the chapel services at Union Gospel Mission for several years now.  He is one of those people who despite a lot of hardships in his life, he always has a smile on his face and always ready for a good laugh.  You can see that life has been hard on Jeremy by the wrinkles around his eyes and the graying hair and beard that he has, even though he is just in his early fifties.

            One day I told Jeremy that I look forward to seeing him because he is one of those people whose demeanor helps to brighten your day.  I also asked him how he keeps in such a good mood and his response was very encouraging.  He said that the Lord revealed hope to him in Jesus through the sermons, food and clothing that he received at UGM.  He realized that there were people who actually cared for him.  Most importantly, he realized that God loved him and did not hate him, or just wanted to punish him every day.  Jeremy said that he realized that if God would send His only Son to die for him, then there must be greater hope than we can imagine in that.  Amen! 

            The apostle Paul said in Romans 5:5, “… hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”  May the Holy Spirit continue to show Jeremy and all of our chapel guests, the hope that is found only in Jesus.

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New Season - Christian School Program

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The first week of January in the year of our Lord 2018 is upon us, as well a new season.  The writer of Ecclesiastes 3 tells us that there is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every event under heaven.

This past 2 weeks has been the season of rest and rejuvenation for our Sponsored Students that are enrolled in our Christian School Program.  Some of our students were away visiting relatives on the reserve, while others have not left the North End.  Regardless of where the students may be, we pray that they are in arms reach of the cross.  We pray that parents make healthy and wise choices concerning all family members.  

Misery is no respecter of persons, and it seems to be more abundant in the inner-city where poverty is more prevalent.  As we walk into 2018 with our eyes wide open, I remind our students and family members what our Lord tells us through the prophet Isaiah “'Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you, surely I will help you.  Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”  

There are some song lyrics that say “down on my knees, I learned to stand”.  These are profound words that I pray penetrates all of our hearts.  A new season is upon us and to God be all the glory!!

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Recovery - Men's Program

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           George came to Union Gospel Mission in September, after struggling with drug and alcohol addiction for years.  His addictions combined with other troubles from his past led him to a life of crime and incarceration.  Last September, George knew he could no longer live the destructive life he was living and decided to give the men’s addiction recovery program at UGM a chance.  In doing so, he found a recovery program that is Christ-centered, where the focus is not just on the mind and the body but on the wounds of the soul that can only be healed by the Creator of our souls, Jesus. 

            George has been humbled by the years of giving in to his sinful nature and turning himself over to the addictions and dysfunction he struggled with for most of his life.  This humbling process allowed him to see the truth behind James 4:6, where it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”  George realized that he was not going to get recovery on his own or with just human help.  He needed to have his heart changed by the one true Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! 

            George is now in phase two of the three phase recovery program at UGM.  The love and forgiveness he has found in Christ has made all the difference for him, when it comes to his past and what Christ has in store for him in the future.  Praise God for the grace that comes through His humbling hands!

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Greatest Gift - Children's Program

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     I am constantly surprised at what children remember when it comes to the things of God.  A good many of the kids who attend the Family Life Centre drop-in program could recite John 3:16, but it hasn’t sunk in.  It just hasn’t become real to them at this point.  God gave his one and only Son, Jesus, to us.  But the kids haven’t received God’s greatest gift yet.  Jesus remains an unopened gift for them.  Some may know the contents of the gift, but that isn’t good enough.  Unless the kids take what God is offering and accept it, by believing and following Jesus, then this precious gift is considered as rejected.

     So many people claim they are Christians, yet have not shown any sign of a life that has changed.  How we live our lives is a sign that the gift God offers us has either been accepted or rejected.  I’m praying the kids who come to the kids drop-in will portray a changed life, because they have allowed Jesus to come into their hearts.  Please pray along with me! 

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Adult Education

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At Faith Learning Centre, through God’s love and faith, we have completed just over half of the academic semester.  Students are at the moment focusing on Mid-terms.

Continue to pray for us as a school.  Students need daily support to make it to school and to make it academically.  More importantly, they need to make it in their daily life.  Prayers are so much needed!

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Giving Tuesday - Meal a day

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Union Gospel Mission serves about 300 meals on an average day.  The cost of serving one hearty meal is only $1.99.

Can you help provide a meal for someone in need?  Click on our donation page and designate your gift to Meal-a-day.

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Christmas Voices Newsletter

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Enjoy these stories in this year's Christmas Voices Newsletter.  You can see some areas you can be of help on the last page.

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Adopt a Student

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All of our Adopt-A-Student Sponsors should have received a picture of their student and a personal prayer request in the mail. As I read over the student prayer requests, I can’t help but think of the turmoil that is going on in some of the homes of our sponsored students.  

We have one family that has had their home burn down recently and are living with other family members while they try to maintain a sense of normalcy.  We have students asking for focus with their academic studies, due to chaos in the home.  Some students are asking our Lord to make sure the rent is paid and the money not spent on addictions.  We have students asking for prayer for the multitude of health concerns with mom, dad, brothers and sisters.  

In the 14th chapter of the Book of John, Jesus tells us “Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me.”  The message I take during home visits, is that our Lord is sovereign over all of our life troubles.  Regardless of what the world throws at us, He promises never to leave or forsake us.

Please join with us for the many prayer requests from our students and to God be all the Glory!!

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Adult Education Video

Watch the Transformed Lives video on Adult Education.

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Remembrance Day

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We remember those that have fought for our freedoms.  We are blessed to be able to Worship our God openly and boldly.  Many of our daily guests have served in the military and have even served in one of the many conflicts that Canada has participated in.  We thank these individuals for serving to protect our freedom and the freedom of others.  

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I Got It!

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I was teaching a class at Charis Centre recently on Genesis 18:13-14, focusing on the verse where God asks Abraham “Is anything too hard for me?”  I was delighted when one of the ladies said “I got it!!”  That got me thinking, Is anything too hard for the Lord?  And do I get it?

The aforementioned question reveals much about the Lord and what He can do.  No habit that we are trying to break is too hard for Him.  No miracles we want to see happen are too hard for God.  But we all must believe that God is with us; He is standing by us ready to make the impossible possible, for our good!

Many of us dream of becoming successful and changing the world.  We want to make the world a better place for all.  However, obstructions can come our way and shatter our dreams, confusing us, making us lose hope, thinking we can’t achieve those things and that life is not worth living.

Next time you think about throwing in the towel, remember there is nothing too hard for the Lord.  You can say “I got it!!” and keep moving, keep praying and focusing on God.  He will do wonders in your journey of life just, as the Lord did for Abraham and Sarah!          

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Men's Addiction Program

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Being a native person in Canada can make it very difficult to desire to enter a program that uses a Christian approach to healing from addictions. The word Christian can conjure up memories of residential school abuses, both personally and generationally.

Andy, a first nations resident here at UGM, was able to move past those potential hindrances and come into the program, because he saw the work of Jesus in another aboriginal man at UGM.  Both of these fellows have been able to see past some of the hurts and abuses of the past and focus on Jesus only.  By doing this, our first nations brothers are experiencing the blessings that focusing on Jesus can bring, much like the disciples did in Matthew 17:5 where they saw ‘no man but Jesus only’.

May we all ask Jesus to help us keep our focus on Him.

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Children's Clubs

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The children who attend the after school program here at the Family Life Centre are encouraged to memorize Bible verses. To spur them on, they are awarded a prize if they succeed in learning five verses.  Hopefully, a Bible verse memorized will resonate within the child and become a seed planted on the way to finding the truth of Jesus.

Five doesn’t sound like a big number, but for most of the kids, memorizing five verses is a monumental achievement.  A lot of the kids require some special one-on-one time going through the verse over and over; taking it in chunks and then putting it all together.  But knowing what the verse means is more important than just rambling off a series of words, so I also go over the significance of the verse.

One time, a little girl told me she knew a Bible verse.  When I asked her to tell it to me, she proudly uttered the shortest verse in the Bible; John 11:35 “Jesus wept.”.  But she put it in her own words and said, “God cried.”  I had to tell her that the essence of what she said was correct, but that there is a subtle difference.  And I did tell her I was happy she acknowledged Jesus to be God.  My conclusion is that the kids are definitely a work in progress; just like all of us.

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Same Kind of Different as Me Movie

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What a powerful movie!

We had the pleasure of hosting a pre-released screening on the movie on Wednesday.

Please help us impact those around us by seeing this movie.

It is only in theaters for one week, from Friday, October 20, 2017 to Thursday October 26, 2017.

www.bemissionaware.ca

 

TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE ACROSS CANADA!

Locations and theatres, from BC to NF, for opening weekend are now confirmed!

(Manitoba Locations: Winnipeg, Winkler and Brandon)

SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME is based on the New York Times best-seller and recounts the inspiring true story of the bond between a successful businessman with a broken marriage and an emotionally scarred homeless man with sensitivity beyond circumstances.

Don't miss your opportunity to see this amazing film (with an award-winning cast) in theatres!

www.samekindofdifferentasmemovie.com

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Adult Education

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A new academic year has started to unfold with enrollment and lessons happening everyday.  We are excited for what the Lord will do in the midst of us. Primarily, salvation of souls and strengthening the believer!

We are offering Bible Doctrine in the evenings on Monday and Wednesday, at 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm. If you know someone interested, send them to us!  Call 204-586-1416.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Union Gospel Mission!

We want to praise the Lord for all that He has blessed us with.  Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers who help with a servant heart!  We couldn't do what we do at the Mission if it wasn't for all your hard work!

For a recap of today's big event:

  • Over 50 great volunteers
  • Over 250 guests
  • 24 prayer requests
  • 14 first time commitments or re-commitments accepting Jesus as the Saviour of their lives.  Praise God!

Thank you for all your support of Union Gospel Mission.  Please keep us in your prayers, as well as each of the least, the last and the lost whom we serve each day!

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Family Ministry - Surrender

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"If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored, if you remove unrighteousness far from your tent."  Job 22:23 

We’ve been having great Ladies bible studies at the Family Life Centre!  The women are bringing in such wonderful praise reports about how the Lord is moving on their behalf.  They are getting the homes they been wanting, their children back from CFS, healings, favour with their EIA workers, etc.  But most of all, peace, love, joy and all the fruits of the spirit are coming into their lives.  So many have not had peaceful homes, but now are experiencing that.  Now that they have surrendered their lives to the Lord, their lives are so much better.  God surely wants the best for his children! 

A lady dropped into the bible study who I haven’t seen for sometime.  Her children were picked up by Child & Family Services.  She was heart-broken and didn’t know where to turn for comfort.  She said she is all alone in her house and it is too quiet without her children.  She didn’t know what to do, as her children filled up her time.  She was sitting there lonely and The Lord impressed upon her heart to come back to bible studies at the Family Life Centre.  She told us her story and we prayed and encouraged her.  As she continues to attend the women’s group, she is able to get her mind off her situation and back onto God.  She is also realizing that as she turns back to Him, God will turn things for the good in her life.  She is now able to smile and enjoy her time with the other ladies.  She is excited to get into the Bible and even took homework home to study. 

It’s amazing what Jesus can do with a heart that is surrendered to Him!

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Movie Premier Invite

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You are invited to a pre-release movie premier of "Same Kind of Different as Me" hosted by Union Gospel Mission. This movie is based on an incredible true story that inspired millions.

To watch the movie trailer, go to www.samekindofdifferentasmemovie.com.

There will be a brief presentation before and after the movie, where various individuals will be sharing testimonies and why Union Gospel Mission is important to them.  The event will wrap up with a free will offering and a challenge from our Executive Director, Frank Ulrich.

When?  Wednesday, October 18th for 2 showings:  2:00 pm and 7:00 pm.

Space is limited and the evening show is filling up quickly.  Contact us for up to 4 complimentary tickets to share the work of Union Gospel Mission with others.  Call 204-943-9904 ext. 226.

 

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Street Ministry

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A person who attends our drop-in ministry 3 days a week shared with me a disturbing dream she had about her son.  It left her feeling unsure about his physical and spiritual condition.  She asked me if I would try to find him, as she had not spoken with him for about seven years due to a variety of circumstances. We prayed that God would help us find him and that God would minister to him physically and spiritually.

All I had to go on was the name of the establishment that he worked for.  In moving forward in faith trusting in God we were able to find her son and also discovered that he was doing quite well.  His circumstances had improved greatly over the seven years of no communication.  God answered this lady’s prayer and started her on the path of reconciliation with her son by initiating that desire for reconnection within her via a dream.  

God wants to reconnect with us as well.  Maybe we have strayed from communication with Him, but he is always reaching out to us, trying to bring us back into communing with Him.  The ultimate example of this was when He became a human being and came to this earth to seek and save those who were lost.  He is still on the mission of reconnecting with us.  At Union Gospel Mission, we let our patrons know that God is still looking to reconnect with them.  He has made that possible by sending His Son to take the penalty for sin we deserve, freeing us to walk under His blessing.

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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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New Life in Christ

  • 2018 - 22 Decisions
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Upcoming Events

Salt Church of Believers, Anola
Sun May 27 @10:30AM - 12:00PM
Abundant Life Church Fun Day
Sat Jun 09 @11:00AM - 02:00PM
Church at Pine Ridge - Quilt Show
Fri Sep 21 @10:00AM - 07:00PM
Church at Pine Ridge - Quilt Show
Sat Sep 22 @10:00AM - 04:00PM
UGM Gladstone Dessert Fundraiser
Sun Sep 30 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
UGM Altona Banquet
Fri Oct 05 @ 6:30PM -
UGM Community Thanksgiving Dinner
Sat Oct 06 @11:00AM - 01:00PM
UGM Winnipeg Banquet (Noon)
Sat Oct 13 @12:00PM - 02:00PM
UGM Winnipeg Banquet (Evening)
Sat Oct 13 @ 6:30PM -
UGM Niverville Dessert Fundraiser
Sun Oct 21 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM

Praise & Prayer

  • Praise the Lord for the many volunteer groups that have volunteered thousands of hours this spring.  We are truly blessed.  There are still opportunities for you and your group to get involved this summer.
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Prayer Warriors

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