“These people at UGM believe in me, just like Christ believes in me.” – Men’s Addictions Program Resident
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6
Recently I had the privilege of visiting the Faith Academy campuses to help take student pictures. These pictures are given to donors so they can put a face to their adopted student. They also include a prayer request from each child.
It was heartwarming to see the children, but seeing the grade five students brought a tear to my eye. This is their first year outside of the Pritchard campus. The two multi-grade classrooms tucked away on Pritchard Avenue seem somewhat secluded. I frequently walk the halls, so I have grown to know each child personally. From time to time, I’ve had the privilege of entering their classrooms to encourage and pray for them. Seeing some of these students for the first time since last school year brought back memories. I was encouraged to see how each student has matured physically, and more importantly matured spiritually.
I am thankful to all our sponsors that pray for each student they adopt. The Christian School Program gives some of these students the fighting chance of becoming successful after graduation, if they graduate at all. Scripture tells us that children have a very special place in the heart of our Lord (Matthew 19:14). I’m grateful that the Faith Academy administration has the same vision of ministering to the less fortunate that Union Gospel Mission has had for the last 28 years. Part of the blessing for these students is receiving something that they normally couldn’t receive—a private school education!
A special thank you to all who are part of this invaluable ministry, and a great big thank you Jesus!
We have the following opportunities at Union Gospel Mission:
Charis Centre Casual Supervisor
We are looking for a Supervisor at the UGM Women's Charis Centre for a variety of shifts. (Casual - Evenings, Overnights, and Weekends)
For a list of responsibilities and qualifications, click on Charis Centre Supervisor.
We are looking for a casual van driver to do food & clothing pick-ups in Winnipeg and surrounding areas (casual days, evenings and weekends).
If interested in either of these opportunities, click here for the application form.
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Just two hours can change a life. Come to our 320 Princess St location to sort and organize donations for the homeless and low income people in the inner city of Winnipeg. Make a difference right here at Union Gospel Mission!
Items we are currently in need of:
- Toilet paper
- Garbage bags size 30x38
- Men's & women's personal hygiene items (shampoo, razors, deoderant, ext.)
- Feminine Hygiene
For further list, click on current needs.
Donations of any items can be dropped off at 320 Princess St.
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” – Ephesians 6:12
As we provide Christ-centered programs to the addicted and poor men, women and children in Manitoba, we are well aware of the spiritual realm around us. For example, a volunteer named Dennis recently shared that while meeting with a woman through our street ministry, she told him she was picking at the ends of her fingers because there were worms coming out of them. Dennis offered to pray for this lady, to which the individual said that he was going to have to pray to Satan as he has his angels around her. Dennis informed this dear soul that God is more powerful than the devil, and that she can be freed from his control.
Further along in Ephesians 6, we’re told to put on the whole armor of God including truth, righteousness, the gospel, faith, salvation, the Word of God, and prayer. I’m so thankful that throughout each of our seven ministries we know that we have victory in Jesus. Jesus has won the battle over sin, addiction and death.
Please remember to pray for the Mission as we’re in the trenches where people’s eternal destinies are at stake!
A very practical way that you can help us here at Union Gospel Mission is by donating items that we are in need of.
From food & clothing needs, to personal items and cleaning essentials, you can find a list of these, as well as urgent items needed by clicking on Current Needs.
I came into the world through a pregnant mom that was drunk and on drugs. She got into a fight and was put into a coma and I was born by emergency c-section one month premature. I’ve had a lot of loss in my life. My older sibling died, and later my youngest sibling died of crib death. Once I was about 8 years old, I started to take care of my 2 younger siblings and protected them. I learned how to fight and protect. Things changed later on. I drank, did drugs and took advantage of women.
A few months ago, I met someone while getting a coffee. He told me about UGM and wanted to take me to a chapel service. It took me awhile for me to agree to go with him, but on Oct 23rd, Marcel brought me to UGM to attend a chapel service. I agreed to go to detox. It felt like my room was a jail cell. It was really wanting to leave, but Marcel kept encouraging me, telling me I could do this! I was playing scrabble with some guys in detox, and the letters to my first three words were Heaven, Clean and Love. That was blew my mind. I later came into the men’s program at UGM and made a decision to follow Christ.
- 1 Cor 15:33: Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”
- Prov 15:12,13: Mockers resent correction, so they avoid the wise. A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.
Looking for groups of 2 to 15 people to help with the soup line ministry.
Duties would include helping the cook in the kitchen, dining room set-up & clean-up, greeting guests, as well as other projects that are needed, depending on the size of your group.
Start time would be about 6:00 or 6:30pm, and serving till 9:00pm.
For a list of upcoming dates we have available, along with other volunteer opportunities click on Group Opportunities.
I want to thank the UGM family for coming around me. I started at a young age doing drugs and alcohol. It was my first time in jail when I started to feel the holy spirit prompting me to hope for a new life. I finally made a choice to follow Christ and to recover from my addiction. While in Detox, a UGM Chaplain came to talk to me. I promised I’d come to UGM after my time in Detox, but I didn’t keep my word. It was about a month later when I decided it was time to come into the program. I’m so glad I did. These are my favorite verses:
- John 3:16: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life."
- Eph 5:15 “So be careful how you live. Don't live like fools, but like those who are wise.”
There are a few opportunities to volunteer at the Charis Centre, with the Union Gospel Mission's women's addiction recovery program.
Areas with need:
Reception: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday
Child Care (while mom's are in classes): Monday Morning, tuesday morning & Thursday afternoon.
Kitchen Help: Monday to Sunday
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.
- 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.
- "There are two things that I learned: faithfulness and awareness. I think in every aspect of life, but especially in a Christian's walk with the Lord, faithfulness to the cause of Christ." - Christian School Graduate
- "Jesus means a future to me and a hope for my kids." - Family Ministry Mom
- "After receiving counsel and then praying, I am now reading my Bible and my boss has given me my job back." - Street Ministry Guest
- "The favorite thing that I learned, is that Jesus died on the cross for my sin." - Children & Youth Ministy After School Participant
- "Within a week I wanted to leave because it was religion based. But I stuck it out and I accepted Jesus!" - Adult Education Student
- "I have been fighting addictions for most of my life. I have tried every rehab and always failed. But when I went to Union Gospel Mission's Charis Centre, God saved my life." - Women's Addictions Program Participant
- "I am not the guy that I hate; I am the guy that I love, just as Christ loved me." - Men's Addictions Program Graduate
“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
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).
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;
- Saturday December 22nd
1pm to 5pm
5pm to 9pm
- Sunday December 23rd
1pm to 5pm
5pm to 9pm
- Monday December 24th
8am to 1pm
1pm to 5pm
- Tuesday December 25th
We are looking to two groups to help prepare Christmas Dinner for our residents in our two recovery programs.
- One group would arrive between 11:00am and noon and prepare dinner for Men in our Men’s New Life in Christ Addiction Program
- One group would arrive between 11:00am and noon and prepare dinner for the Women (& children) in our Women’s HEART Addiction Recovery Program
- Wednesday December 26th
1pm to 4pm
6pm to 9pm
- Thursday December 27th
8am to 1pm
1pm to 5pm
5pm to 9pm
- Friday December 28th
1pm to 5pm
Saturday December 29th
- 1pm to 5pm
5pm to 9pm
- Sunday December 30th
1pm to 5pm
5pm to 9pm
- Monday December 31st
8am to 1pm
1pm to 5pm
- Wednesday January 2nd
8am to 1pm
1pm to 5pm
Thursday January 3rd
- 8am to 1pm
1pm to 5pm
5pm to 9pm
- Friday January 4th
1pm to 5pm
5pm to 9pm
- Saturday January 5th
1pm to 5pm
5pm to 9pm
- Sunday January 6th
1pm to 5pm
5pm to 9pm
We are looking for donations of food items for our Christmas dinner on January 1st:
- frozen mixed veggies
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.
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Other ways of giving on Giving Tuesday:
- Volunteer at the Soup Line
- Donate winter clothing
- Donate Christmas Gifts for men & women
- Help pick up food and clothing donations
- Volunteer in the drop-in
- Pray - Pray - Pray!
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:
- 250 gifts for men
- 100 gifts for women
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.
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