“I hated God for all the things that had happened to me. God then got a hold of my heart!” – Children & Youth Ministry Camp Participant
Toss Box clothing bin locations now can be found in:
• Anola, La Broquerie, Lowe Farm, Mitchell, Morris, New Bothwell, Oakbank, Pine Ridge, Rosenort
• Selkirk, Ste Anne, Steinbach, Stuartburn, Teulon, Vita, Winnipeg, Stonewall
Clean out your closet and donate clothing & shoes to a UGM Toss Box nearest you.
For a map of Toss Boxes, visit www.tossbox.ca.
Pray for all of our guests, clients, students and program residents as they are all at various points in their walk with Christ.
- Knowledge of Microsoft Office
- Able to multitask
- Greet people pleasantly and cordially
- Focus on the tasks at hand
- Able to meet deadlines
- Effective communication, interpersonal relationship with staff and students
I have come to experience God’s love. I feel wanted in my life and others see the change as my faith grows. It’s the highest compliment when people say I look different. I look good. I tell them it’s because I love our Lord Jesus and we have a relationship. I’ve met a lot of beautiful people along this path I’ve chosen.
“Neither do I condemn you,” John 8:11
Our ladies’ Bible study was from John 8:1-11; the woman caught in adultery brought to Jesus. She was publicly shamed for her actions by religious leaders. We discussed the motives of the religious leaders. They didn’t care about the woman. To them she was a worthless piece of trash. They were just using her to trap Jesus with a trick question and were hoping to build a case against Him.
In response, Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dirt with His finger. We don’t know what Jesus was wrote, but we do know that Jesus knew their motives and every shameful thing they’d ever done. We also know that after He said, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her,” the accusers walked away.
Then Jesus turned to the woman and said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go, and sin no more.”
Many of the women that come to Family Life Centre carry sin and shame that keeps them from believing that they’re worthy of forgiveness. We were able to share as a group about our shame and challenges in life, and that Christ died on the cross so we could be forgiven and set free.
Jesus loves and cares about you. Christ shed His blood so you could be in a relationship with God. Trust Jesus and accept the forgiveness of sins.
“There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,” Romans 8:1
- 8:30am - 1:30pm – kitchen help
- 10:00am - 1:30pm – dining room set-up/clean-up
- 9:00am - 2:00pm – dish room
The following opportunities are available for individuals or groups to volunteer for one time, once a week, once a month, or what ever you choose.
- 9:00am - 1:30pm, Monday through Friday (help prepare lunch for the community)
- 2:00pm - 5:30pm, Monday through Sunday (help prepare meals for soup-line and supper for men in recovery)
- 6:00pm - 9:00pm Monday through Sunday (help in preparing and serving at soup line, as well as clean up afterwards)
Morning or afternoon, Monday through Friday
Monday thru Friday, 7:00am - 3:00pm; Food and clothing pick-ups (times can be adjusted for regular clothing pick ups)
I am able to maintain sobriety, somewhat manage anxiety and pray every day. I have a routine now. I have learned to follow a schedule, learned patience, learned leisure activities for free time and learned about triggers. – Recovery Program Resident
I pray for the children who come to the Family Life Centre drop-in program. I pray especially for the kids who I know don’t have a good home life. That would be most of them. I feel bad for the kids who aren’t loved enough, who aren’t valued enough and who are neglected in so many ways. I feel a certain righteous indignation for kids that grow up with parents who are dependent on alcohol or drugs. Often their kids don’t receive enough food because the household money is spent on feeding an addiction. I feel the same indignation for kids who are subjected to violence from their parents.
As bad as things may be now for these children, the Family Life Centre offers hope—the hope found in Christ Jesus. We offer a safe place where they can just be carefree kids at play. We also offer them an alternative to the negative life choices so many adults in this area have embraced. The kids who come here are prayed for, taught the Gospel and loved. If these little ones welcome Jesus into their hearts, it will change their lives. Real change only arrives through belief and commitment to Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 4:22-24 expresses this very change: “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.“
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Here are a few of the lives that have been changed at Union Gospel Mission.
“I wanted to continue on with my old ways, but after hearing the Word this morning, I knew I had to seek spiritual help.” – Street (Community) Ministry Guest
“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; andthe government will be upon His shoulders. And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6 (NKJV)
Jesus truly is the reason for the season. He is our hope in this world and our free gift of salvation. Thank you Jesus!
Without Jesus coming into our world, Union Gospel Mission would not exist. Jesus is, in fact, embedded into our mission statement. Our mission is to provide Christ-centred programs to the addicted and poor men, women and children in Manitoba. In all seven of our ministries, Jesus is the focal point.
At Christmas, many people gather with family and friends to celebrate that Jesus came into the world. But this time of the year is hard for the people we’re working with, as they find themselves without healthy relationships with loved ones. Please pray that God would comfort them and, most importantly, that they would invite Jesus into their hearts.
Praise God! As of December this year, over 530 people have invited Jesus into their hearts or recommitted their lives to Jesus through the ministries of Union Gospel Mission. Our prayer is that Jesus would fill your hearts and minds in a very real way as you celebrate Jesus’ birth this Christmas.
I’ve had a lot of changes; positive ones. I asked God to guide me on my decision to stay in the program or not (because I was going to leave after the 30 Days) but He told me to stay. BEST decision ever! I’ve never felt so content in my life. Everything is slowly coming together. I’m becoming a better person and I’m more aware of myself now. – Charis Centre Women’s Recovery Program Resident
Pray for our clients and guests. Many are struggling daily with their addictions and this is clouding their judgement as they seek help. Pray the love of Christ will break through any barriers.
Peter came to the drop-in for about a year. He was quiet and kept to himself for the most part. Then he started to help with cleaning up little messes in the drop-in. He would give those serving in the drop-in more of a smile and say, “God bless you”. One day he asked if he could stick around and help clean up the drop-in. I asked him why.
He said he finally got the point of all the sermons he’d heard in the chapel services and why we were serving others. He said that he’d found more and more of the peace of Christ at the Mission. He’d felt the love of Christ in how people served in the drop-in and in the meals after the chapel services. He was grateful we were here and grateful that he was introduced to Jesus through UGM. Helping in the drop-in was his way of saying “thank you” to the Mission and his way of sharing the love of Christ that he was finally experiencing.
Sometimes the Lord changes hearts in ways that are like the “gentle whisper” Elijah received from God in 1 Kings 19:12. God does not always reveal Himself in spectacular ways, but in humble ways through humble people like Peter.
1 Kings 19:12 – “After the earthquake came the fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper” (NIV).
I have been battling recovery for 5 years, it has been a long time. I am growing with God, 5 years is nothing compared to eternity with Christ. – New Life in Christ Men’s Addiction Recovery Program Resident
Praise the Lord for His faithful provision! We now have over 20 men and women in each of our programs and we will be close to full by Christmas.
Needed items for the men in the addiction recovery program:
Donations can be brought to 320 Princess St
Mario had spent years struggling with substance abuse. He’d lived on the streets periodically. He’d been living a rough life and was tired of this destructive path he’d been on most of his life. One day he reached the bottom and realized that he could not overcome the temptations of drugs, alcohol and other vices on his own. He knew he needed to surrender to a higher power to help him.
Mario heard about Union Gospel Mission and how UGM’s men’s recovery program focuses on surrendering everything to Christ and trusting Jesus for full recovery. Mario decided to come into the UGM recovery program. Mario has been in the program for months now and he has found that the more he surrenders to Christ, the more peace he has in his life. Mario wants more of that peace and as a result, more of Jesus.
Mario has found that what Jesus said to Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9 is true: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (NIV) Recognizing our weaknesses and letting Christ transform them for His glory brings peace and freedom beyond our imagination. Give your weaknesses to Him today.
We are looking for 31 volunteer groups to help us through the Christmas holidays. Many of our volunteers take time off over Christmas and to help give them a break from volunteering on a daily and weekly basis we need your help. Duties (depending on the size of the group) are, kitchen help, dish duty, dinning room set-up, sorting donations (clothing and dry goods), assisting with chapel (meet & greet), sweeping & mopping floors, and assisting with the afternoon drop-in program.
These groups can be a church home /care group, a youth group or a family. We have the following shifts;
UGM is a real blessing to us. Our kids get on the bus in the morning and I don’t worry about them till they come home because I know they are surrounded by Christians. – Adopt a Student Family
We are looking for donations of food items for our Christmas dinner on January 1st:
Food items can be dropped off at 320 Princess St.
You can also choose to make a financial donation toward the Christmas dinner for $1.99 per meal. Donate now by clicking on the link: http://gospelmission.ca/index.php/dsm
Hebrews 11:1 - “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
As we do devotions in our school, we encounter the need to teach our students more about faith. Perhaps the first time that some students hear the word “faith” is when they read our school name: Faith Learning Centre. Teaching them about faith and to have faith takes time. In previous years, once students have learned about faith, they’ve testified about what it does in their lives as they walk with Jesus.
We have new students in our school this year. We know it’s important to teach about faith, so we have taken the time to respond to the students’ curiosity. We pray and expect that the Holy Spirit will grow their learning and experiences in faith like a seed that is sown in the ground.
As a result, one student has given his life to the Lord and is excited! The same day, he called the people close to him and told them about his salvation experience. We’re happy that our students find salvation in our school. To God be the glory!
Pray for us. Pray that more students enroll in our school, that they learn and continue to grow in the Lord.
Thank you for all who participated in the Giving Tuesday Campaign. We raised $2,940, which means we can serve 1477 meals to the least, the last and the lost. Praise the Lord!
Pray for the finances this Christmas Season. Over 60% of Union Gospel Mission’s income is raised in the month of December.
Everyone can make an impact! Join us by giving your time, skills, voice, dollars and goods. Join us in sharing how you give back to your community.
Help us provide 5,000 meals by raising $10,000.
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Other ways of giving on Giving Tuesday:
We would like to give each of our guests at the UGM Christmas Dinner a gift. We have been blessed with enough gifts for children. We now need:
Some ideas for gift bags (or shoe boxes): razors • shaving cream • shampoo • socks • winter gloves/hat • tooth paste/brush • hair brush • deodorant • Bible • Christian book or CD. You can be creative with your gift bag, and not everything in this list needs to be in the bag.
Please label the gift bag with who it's for; a man or a woman.
Gifts can be dropped off at 320 Princess St. before December 15th.
Working in the field of addiction can be very disheartening at times. When we see “revolving door syndrome”, we sometimes feel like things are hopeless and that there is no light at the end of the tunnel. But God always brings hope when we need it. During my first four months at the Charis Centre, I have seen where God has blessed us! During all of the hustle and bustle that comes with settling into a new position, God has sent many celebrations our way. He has shown that He is here and walking alongside during the good times and the not-so-good times.
In July we had three women confirm their commitment to Christ through baptism. Staff and the residents from the Centre piled into our bus and headed to Birds Hill Beach. There we met staff from the Family Life Centre and many family, friends and church supporters to celebrate this event. Gilbert (the pastor at Family Life Centre) spoke and each of the ladies shared how God had changed their lives. Gilbert then led them to the water and baptized them. What a beautiful event!
At the same time as the baptism, we had another resident in the hospital bringing her beautiful baby into the world. Despite involvement from Child and Family Services, it was decided that she was doing well and she was able to bring baby home to the Charis Centre. Mom and her beautiful baby girl are thriving.
In July and September, two of our residents graduated from the HEART Program. That means they have completed one year and one month of the program and remained sober. That’s definitely something to celebrate! Staff who’ve worked with these ladies since coming to Charis Centre speak of the transformation that’s taken place. One of these ladies had her family reunified before graduation, and all of her children were there to share in her celebration.
The UGM Community Christmas Dinner is being held on January 1st for lunch. We need volunteers to help in a variety of areas to make this event special for our guests at 320 Princess St.
40 volunteers are needed to help prepare, greet, serve & pray & hand out gift bags. Choose from 9:30am to 12:30pm, or from 10:30am to 2:00pm.
Call Rosanne at 204-943-9904 to sign up.
Praise the Lord for You, our faithful supporters! Thank you for your prayers, volunteer hours and financial support of UGM which has enabled to us to continue sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ for 85 years.
The men in our recovery program have been learning to pray. They have been joining our staff and volunteers in prayer on a daily basis. Since God has been working mightily through each ministry of the Mission, the spiritual attacks against our clients and residents are increasing, so we ask that you join us in prayer.
Please pray for protection and peace that passes all understanding for all of our staff, volunteers, residents and clients as we share the love of Jesus and His power to seek and save the lost.
I have both sold and consumed cocaine for about 15 years of my life. I even tried to sell drugs up north, but every time we set out on the road, we would have car troubles. Now I can look back and see that it was a God thing. I tried treatment at Anchorage, but it was not working for me as I got easily distracted. At first when I came to UGM, I was just looking for a place to sleep. But God has got a hold of my heart, and I gave my life to the Lord. I am now studying and praying every day. I'm moving to the second phase of the program. - Men's Addiction Recovery Program Resident
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” – Matthew 6:33
As I work on preparing our next Prayer Warrior list, I notice that the police are again across the street at one of our sponsored student’s home. I frequently see the police there. I also hear the yelling coming from the house.
The dad suffers immensely from fibromyalgia and has spent a lot of time just trying to get out of bed. The mom has become tired of doing all the work of raising the family on a very small budget. Dad has turned to smoking marijuana to relieve his pain and mom insists that this is a terrible influence on the children. Dad does not hide the pot smoking because he sometimes can’t get out of bed due to the severe pain. I have regularly been in the house trying to encourage both mom and dad. Dad wants little to do with a God that would allow so much pain and mom agrees with him.
It’s hard to explain to the parents that it all goes back to the fall of man in the garden. I look for wisdom from my Heavenly Father to explain why bad things happen to good people. I explain that our Christian faith is based on belief. We believe that Jesus died on the cross for our sins. We believe in a God that we cannot see and a place called Heaven that we have never been to. Through all the pain, suffering and turmoil of their life, they are at least still open to me telling them about our Lord and Saviour. I constantly tell them there is hope and His name is Jesus!
Pray for the men & women that are seeking help with their addictions. Our programs are filling up as the cold weather sets in. May the Lord get a hold of their hearts while they work on recovery.
The Bible study classes on Tuesday mornings have helped me get closer to God. – Community Street Guest
Your Chirstmas Edition of the Voices from the Street is now available. Enjoy reading the amazing stories of lives being changed at Union Gospel Mission!
I started coming to the men's program about 5 years ago, battling with my addiction. 5 years seems to be a long time, but that’s nothing compared to eternity with Christ.
Since I came to UGM this last time, my chaplain has been my rock, and I am growing in God each day. Now I'm moving to phase 2. Thank you to the staff, volunteers & all the men in the program for all the support.
Philippians 4:6-7 says; “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.”
Praise the Lord for his faithfulness. The Union Gospel Mission Fall Events had over 1,400 supporters attend 6 events and over $125,000 was raised to help the Least, the Last and the Lost; and this amount will be matched by a generous donor!
The men in residence are leaving on a field trip on November 23rd. We will be needing volunteers to help in the morning to help serve the community lunch. Many hands makes light work. We need:
We have a ministry providing an emergency food bag to people in our community that are in sudden urgent need of food for their family. We are running low the items that are listed below. If you can help, please bring your donations to 320 Princess St.
Pray for all those who made decisions to follow Christ at our annual Street Community Thanksgiving Meal on Saturday, October 6th. Pray that they continue to seek the Lord in all areas of their life.
Union Gospel Mission is looking to hire a Case Manager at the Charis Centre.
This person would review applications and complete intakes for women entering the addiction program.
For a further list of responsibilities and qualifications, click on Charis Centre Case Manager .
Click here for the employment application form.
“ He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” – Revelation 21:4
Joseph lost his father ten years ago. His father had spent years in a chronic care facility after suffering a stroke. Joseph had done his best to look after his Dad and he thought he had more years left with him. Then one day he received the painful news by telephone: his Dad had passed away. This news sent Joseph into a downward spiral of depression and drug addiction that would last for years. Joseph found the grief over the loss of his Dad overwhelming. He didn’t have the help he needed to deal with that grief in a healthy way so he turned to drugs and isolation.
Last winter Joseph finally reached the bottom of his despair. He knew he needed help before he lost his own life. He heard about the Christ-centered men’s recovery program at Union Gospel Mission and decided he would give it a try. As a result, Joseph has finally found the peace and healing he never thought possible after suffering from so much grief and addiction. He found that Jesus was able to fulfill the promise made in Matthew 5:4 where He said, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Joseph also found that Jesus is indeed the God that the apostle Paul called the “God of all comfort,” in 2 Corinthians 1:3. In Jesus, Joseph has found a much better way to deal with his grief.
God has given us the process of grieving as the way to heal from the loss of loved ones. Grief is painful and unpredictable, but when we walk through that grief with Jesus, as we are supposed to, we are able to eventually find the peace we need. Jesus weeps with us as He did at Lazarus’ funeral in John 11:35. He gives the hope of no more mourning, found in Revelation 21:4. Praise God for the comforting peace that can be found in Jesus!
Praise the Lord for our faithful supporters! Your prayers, volunteer hours and financial support has enabled us to continue sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ for 85 years.
“I have experienced change in my life at Charis Centre in becoming more connected to God and to a couple of the girls. I was isolating myself before, to the point of not even leaving my house for weeks at a time. Now I am able to go out among people and enjoy listening to and talking with others.
I feel closer to God and am learning a lot about how my old thinking and beliefs have shaped me. Those things are becoming new as I grow in faith and continue to surrender my life to God.” – Charis Centre Resident
The Men's Recovery Program is looking for class supplies. We are looking for notebooks and pens for the residents to use in their class & study times.
Donations can be dropped off at 320 Princess St.
This position would review applications and complete intakes for women entering the addiction program.
Since 1977 I have been struggling with addictions. I was introduced to Christ in the 90’s, but eventually fell back into addictions. 5 months ago my son had taken his life, and my niece had taken her life a couple months ago, all because of addictions. That is why I came to UGM. I need to be patient as I continue to seek the Lord for strength in recovery, now in phase 2 of the program.
Philippians 1:6: “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
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