Please pray for the Mission finances as we enter the summer months. During this season, the donations of goods and finances slow down, but the needs continue.
"I have come to experience God’s love. I feel wanted and others see changes in my life 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." – Women’s HEART Recovery Program Resident (Charis Centre)
Volunteers are needed May 25th, from 9:00am to 12:30pm, to serve lunch to the street community. We could use 5-8 people to help with dining room set-up, serving, clean-up, dishes, and greeting guests.
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.” (Isaiah 61:1)
The above verse supports our mission statement, which is to provide Christ-centered programs to the addicted and poor men, women and children in Manitoba.
In all of our seven ministries, we clearly share with men, women, and children the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We believe, based on the above verse, that Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted and to free men and women from the bondage of addiction. Right now, there are approximately twenty men and twenty women in our two addiction recovery programs that we are closely working with to share with them this very fact, that Jesus loves them and through a personal relationship with Him, they can live a life free from addiction.
In our street ministry, every single day we preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and share with hundreds of brokenhearted people that Jesus loves them that they too can experience His presence in their lives and the hope of eternal salvation.
Volunteers are needed May 25th, from 9:00am to 12:30pm, to serve lunch to the street community. We could use 5-8 people to help with dining room set-up, serving, clean-up, dishes, and greeting guests.
Praise the Lord for the faithful giving at our spring events in Rosenort and Winkler. We were blessed by the participation and giving at these two events.
Jordan St. Cyr stopped by Union Gospel Mission for a tour and to take some footage for an upcoming video. Jordan’s latest song “In My Lifetime” can be heard on CHVN (95.1) Radio. We are looking forward to having Jordan perform at Union Gospel Mission’s Fall Banquet on Saturday October 13th at 6:30pm.
We are blessed in Manitoba to have such great local talent and it is a blessing that we are able to partner in supporting the work of Jesus Christ through Jordan’s Music and Union Gospel Mission.
If “salt of the earth” could describe a performer and his music, there is perhaps no more apt phrase for CCM artist and worship leader, Jordan St.Cyr. This 2017 Nashville Rising Star winner was born and raised on the Canadian prairies and is well versed in the ethic of hard work and the honest, down-to-earth values so often associated with life in the country. Faith, family and relationships are common threads throughout Jordan’s music as he continues to reach and inspire the next generation of believers.
For more on Jordan St. Cyr please visit the links below to listen to his latest single.
Jordan St. Cyr - https://www.jordanstcyr.com/
Pray for our Adult Education students who are studying hard for their upcoming exams in June. We are expecting several graduates this year.
John 8:12–Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.
The powers of darkness knock on our door at an early age. At times, I look at the children who frequent the Family Life Centre drop-in program and I fear the worst for them. How long will it be, if not already, before they are enticed into the horrors of the drug culture, or the lure of early sexual encounters? Are some of them living in toxic home environments that are impacting them in undesirable ways? Although these thoughts scare me, I know I can turn to our Almighty God for solace. According to 1 Peter 5:7, I can cast all my anxieties on Him. That is a relief!
There is something else I do, and I will continue to do. I tell the boys and girls who come to the drop-in about the hope found in Jesus Christ. I let them know there is a good and loving God who wants to have a real and lasting relationship with them through His one and only Son; who suffered excruciatingly for them and then died for every sin they ever committed or will commit. Their part is to accept this gift of incredible grace and then become a follower of Christ. It is not easy for them to understand or accept this. And that is where prayer comes in. I pray for the children, but I need help. Can you please put a few minutes aside whenever you can to pray passionately for these young souls?
For these children, there are worldly pressures that they must bear, mainly through their peers. And then there is the alternative of Jesus, which we know is the best choice. Romans 12:2 says it best: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is acceptable and perfect.”
The UGM Family Life Centre is looking for more help on Ladies Day Wednesdays!
There is an urgent need for Bible Teachers as well as Cooks to prepare the lunch. A few more ladies each week are also needed to help with serving, table leaders, etc.
If you are in the Winkler area, come and join us for the UGM Dessert Fundraiser on Sunday, May 6th at 7:00pm. It will be held at the Maranatha Christian Fellowship on 175 First St., Winkler, MB
Come to hear what God is doing at Union Gospel Mission from Frank Ulrich, Executive Director, with special music provided by Maranatha Christian Fellowship.
We hope to see you there!!
Isaiah 41:10 – Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Andrew came into the Union Gospel Mission Men’s Addiction Recovery Program a couple of years ago. He struggled with alcoholism for years, but when he came to UGM, he was finally so sick and tired of the life he was living that he decided he would try a program focused on recovery in Christ. Often, people have to reach rock bottom before they are willing to really try and overcome their addiction. Andrew surrendered his life to Christ soon after coming to UGM and he has not looked back since. The peace he has found in Jesus has satisfied his soul so much that he has no desire to go back to the old days of trying to handle the stresses of life with alcohol. Now he knows that he can get through stressful days with the Prince of Peace.
Andrew is having to walk with Jesus more closely now than ever before as he was recently diagnosed with stomach cancer. Like most people who receive this kind of diagnosis, Andrew was scared at first. But Andrew remembered Isaiah 41:10 where it says, “… fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Andrew says that remembering passages like that and being able to be with his brothers in Christ at UGM has been an anchor for him. Having his brothers in Christ come alongside him at this time, reminding him of the hope he has in Jesus is part of being in God’s family, the Church.
Andrew is following now what Jesus taught in Matthew 7:24-26, where He said that we need to build our lives on the solid foundation of His teachings and salvation. In doing so, when the storms of life come, the solid foundation of Jesus will hold strong.
Praise the Lord for the Men and Women in our Addiction Recovery Programs that are advancing through the various phases of their recovery. Lives are being changed day by day.
Two Men advanced this week alone. They are born again believers walking through life with Christ. They have seen how Jesus is the answer and now they can face challenges through His strength. They continue to need your prayers of protection as they learn to make the transition into life free from addiction.
Psalm 25:1-5 “In you, Lord my God, I put my trust. I trust in you; do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me. No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause. Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.”
Sports equipment for outings, such as:
- Alarm clocks
A youth group from Prairie Grove Fellowship in Lorette came for the Mission Aware service weekend. The guys stayed at 320 Princess and girls over at the Charis Centre.
They were such a wonderful group with willing hearts to tackle any job. They had Five Star hearts for serving Christ. They gave glory to God while doing all of their assigned tasks.
Tasks ranging from making pancakes, cleaning tables, washing floors, organizing walk-in cooler, cleaning our bus inside & out , raking the grass & sweeping the driving way, to sorting clothing, serving the soup line and many things in between.
It’s such a blessing to get a hard working group coming to serve and help in so many areas of the Mission.
Psalm 46:1 – God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
We have a small group of women who attend Bible studies on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Some of the women have come to Christ in a very radical and dramatic way. Sometimes, after years of attending the Bible studies, the scales on their eyes fall off and they receive Christ in their hearts and the Gospel becomes crystal clear. You can immediately notice the difference in their demeanour and the way they talk about their past and present life experiences. Those who have not been saved seem empty and without hope, but those who have been radically changed radiate a beam of hope and the love of Christ shines through them.
These new believers have a sense of urgency in their prayers and you can feel the emotion that overcomes them when they pray for their lost siblings, children, and other unsaved family members. Many of the women in the community come from homes of uncertainty and brokenness, but the Family Life Centre is a city of refuge where they come to be fed spiritual food that helps them get through the week. It is a privilege to open our doors to these women and to get to know them on a personal basis. We cry together, we rejoice together, but more importantly, we share Jesus together!
Please be in prayer for the women of the North End and their families. Pray that Christ is in the center of every detail of their lives, and He is their main focus as they go about their lives.
Praise God for all who were able to attend the Dessert Night in Rosenort. Pray for the upcoming event in Winkler in 2 weeks. May the Lord use the funds raised for His Glory.
Donations can be dropped off at 320 Princess St.
Looking for groups to come on a Saturday to help clean up the yard and parking lots in our 4 locations.
Contact email@example.com if you can gather a group to come and serve in this way.
Praise the Lord for all those attended and helped out with the Easter Street Meal. We had over 40 volunteers help serve almost 300 guests and over 20 people made a commitment or re-decision to follow Christ!
Reading glasses! All strengths welcome, but specifically needed in strengths of 2.0, 2.5 and 3.25.
We're looking for a couple of people that could help host volunteer groups. We truly value the hard working groups that come and serve in so many areas of the Mission! Some days we just might not have a host available to guide the group and insure supplies are readily available for the group to help.
Psalm 96:3 – Tell of His Glory among the nations, His wonderful deeds among all the peoples.
Our Lord uses unique and unconventional ways of getting His word out. A few months back, Sally and Jill were standing outside the Pritchard School, chatting about how their children are progressing academically and spiritually. Sally was doing most of the talking and she mentioned how her daughter is liking the new Sunday school program at their local assembly. Sally was very enthusiastic about how the Sunday school teachers are delivering the Gospel in a way that her five-year old can understand who Jesus is. Jill was very intrigued and asked if her and her daughter could tag along on a Sunday morning. The very next Sunday morning, both mothers and daughters met at the church and the children went off to Sunday school, and both mothers attended the morning service. The Pastor delivered a very powerful life changing message, and Jill was taking in every word that the preacher was sharing. After the message, the pastor gave an altar call, and to Sally’s surprise, Jill got up and walked to the front of the altar, and received Jesus Christ in her heart as Lord and Savior!
The beauty of our Sovereign Lord is that Sally, right from the beginning was witnessing to Jill and did not even realize it. I can boldly say that Jill, who has had a tough go at life, is now a member of our Kingdom family. Once again, this proves to me that we do not need to be trained theologians to share the Gospel, we need only to open our mouths and share what Jesus is doing in our lives. Isn’t it wonderful how the Lord orchestrates and achieves His Kingdom work? Sometimes we are oblivious to how we are achieving Kingdom work. To God be all the Glory!
Pray for those that have made a decision to follow Christ at Easter as the discipleship process starts. May they seek the Lord as they look to heal from there addictions and struggles.
After school kid’s club volunteers to help with games, lessons and snack from 3:30pm to 5:30pm.
Call Ron at the Family Life Centre: 204-586-7790 ext. 304
Consider the following questions. What if your dad abandoned your family when you were five-years old? What if your mom died when you were seven-years old? What if you were sent to live with relatives in another community and did not feel welcome at their home? What if you just never felt like you fit in at school? What if all you knew about Jesus was that He was on a crucifix on the wall?
What if, at 15 years of age, you were sent to high school outside your community and to a billeting home that felt strange? What if you got pregnant at 16 years of age, and your boyfriend and his family took the baby from you and kicked you out? What if there were domestic violence issues in all your ensuing relationships? What if CFS took your children because you invited the wrong person into your home? What if you became dependent on a substance and it took control of your life and you felt helpless to get your life back?
Who would you trust? How do you learn to trust? Learning to trust God when life has been so painful is a great challenge. Life experiences have taught us not to be vulnerable. They have taught us to try and control everything around us so we will not be hurt again. Letting go of the old way of doing life is frightening; it’s counter intuitive to what we know.
At Charis Centre, we are encouraged to trust God. Trust in God is grown little by little, day by day. The seed of trusting God is planted in faith in Jesus and nurtured by God’s Word, prayer, and hearing God’s Word taught. Trust grows through life experiences, through trying and failing and trying again and through the storms that assail us. Trusting God means obeying what He asks us to do. We embrace that God is good all the time and “in all things He works for the good of those who love Him.” (Romans 8:28 NIV)
Praise the Lord for you, our faithful supporters. Through your prayers and giving, we are able to continue the service of the Lord through Union Gospel Mission.
We need Bibles! Lot’s and lots of Bibles!
Donations can be dropped off at 320 Princess. If you know of a contact that would be able to continually provide free Bibles, please call Chaplain Mark at 204-943-9904 ext. 235.
When we go and minister to others, God will often minister to us through the very people he has called us to minister to. Sometimes this happens during and after the chapel services we have at Union Gospel Mission. This happened a few weeks ago when one of the speakers in our morning chapel service came to preach, even though he had just received some bad news about a long-time friend of his. His friend had just died and the grief was very fresh for him. He told those in the chapel service that he had considered canceling, but felt moved by the Lord to come and preach anyway.
Many of the street guests who come to our chapel services have lived a rough life and they are able to identify with grief in a way that cannot be found anywhere else. They were silent and listening attentively as this man shared his grief with them and the peace and hope that can only be found in Jesus at such times. He told them how his friend had accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior and how he was comforted in knowing because of that, he would see his friend again in heaven some day. He also talked about how he was holding onto the promise Jesus gave in Matthew 5:4, where He said, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” The chapel speaker was soon going to experience some of that comfort when the chapel service was over.
After the chapel service, the chapel guests go into the cafeteria to have a meal. Then we bring out two racks of bread for them. As the chapel speaker was talking with those getting their bread, the chapel guests told the speaker that they would be praying for him. A few chapel guests told of their own grief at the loss of a loved one and how they had found comfort in Jesus. When he left, the chapel speaker said that he had come to minister to the chapel guests, but they had ministered to him. This is why the Lord had moved this man to come and speak in the chapel, even though he was feeling such grief. Jesus was planning on fulfilling the promise of Matthew 5:4 through the very people the speaker had come to minister to himself.
Pray for a positive response from individuals and groups as we have connected with many through various churches and events throughout Spring.
The focus of Spring 2018 is Mission Aware. This initiative focuses on allowing you various opportunities to become more aware of what God is doing through the Seven Ministries at Union Gospel Mission.
These opportunities include: receiving a tour either as part of a group or as an individual, staying for a day or more, at either our men’s or women’s addiction recovery centres, and volunteering as an individual or as a group. Please check out https://www.gospelmission.ca/index.php/volunteer/mission-aware for more details.
We know from God’s Word that God wants us to love one another. By being willing to come to UGM to be made aware of the work we are involved in and by volunteering your time and energy and skills, you are showing the love of God to the people that we serve. Please prayerfully consider how you can become involved in Christ-centered programs for the addicted and impoverished men, women, and children of Manitoba.
This is my second time in the men's program. I have now been at UGM since December and I'm going to phase 2.
2 Sam 11:2-17, the story of David and Bathsheba. David failed God, but God forgave him. I have failed, and He God forgiven me. David lost his son, and I found out I lost my son after I had a relapsed last spring. I was running away, trying to find release from the grief. After a party on October 31st, I was beaten and ended up unconscious in ICU for a couple of days. After recovering, I got out and was still running from God. The Lord continued too call to me and I eventually came back to UGM. I recommitted my life to Christ at that time.
Now I am looking to the Lord, working through my grief, and focusing on my recovery. I’m so happy to be here. I have such peace when I get to my room in the evenings, I open my Bible, let God talk to me and I talk to Him. The Lord is continuing to renew my mind and my soul and He has not finished with me yet.
Are you free one afternoon a week? We're looking for volunteers to help out when our drop-in is open. We give out clothing, snack, showers and a listening ear to the people in the UGM community.
Praise the Lord for his continued faithfulness! The Lord is continuing to work in the lives of those whom we touch though your prayers.
We are looking for 25 seniors groups to commit to 1 morning or afternoon shift per month.
We can use a few people to help with the chapel & meal program (8:30am - 12:30pm, Mon.-Fri.), drop-in program (1:00pm - 4:30pm, Mon.-Fri.) or ladies day at the Family Life Centre (9:00am - 1:00pm, Wed.).
If you can send a small group from your church or bible study group, give us a shout!
Pray for the upcoming Easter Community Dinner on March 31st. We will serve approximately 300 guests who will receive an Easter message and a ham dinner. Pray we receive enough donations and volunteers to make this event a success.
Saturday, March 31st
Volunteers Needed: 9:30am to 12:30pm or 10:30am to 1:30pm
Greet, serve coffee, usher, serve meals, set up/clean up, prayer room.
Call Rosanne at 204-943-9904 ext. 226 to sign up.
Maintenance help is needed for some projects in our 4 locations. Our maintenance supervisor was injured doing service work in Texas and will be off for an extended time.
Invite your friends to LIKE us on Facebook at Union Gospel Mission Winnipeg !
If you are in Southern Manitoba by the Vita area, come on down on Sunday morning for a service and fish fry! This event is open to the public.
Vita Bible Church and Stuartburn Gospel Chapel will be providing the service at Vita Bible Church at 10:30 am on March 4, followed by a Fish Fry at the Ukrainian National Home of Vita Hall.
Carson Hoy will be a representative of Union Gospel Mission. A free will offering will be collected for the Mission.
For more information contact Vita Bible Church at 204-425-3081
Come out and see the Movie to raise awareness about human trafficking in Winnipeg and around the world.
Union Gospel Mission will have a booth at this event.7:00pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)Location Fort Richmond Baptist Church - 10 Radcliffe Rd, Winnipeg
Can you help by donating items we currently need? Donations can be dropped off at 320 Princess St.
We had the pleasure to host a group from Brandon for a Mission Aware trip, staying over night and serving in several areas of the Mission. We were blessed with their impression of their stay.
They commented "I just wanted to thank you for arranging for our team from Youth For Christ Brandon to come and help out for the weekend! We had a wonderful time, and we were so blessed by everyone we met. Audrey was a great hostess and took such good care of us at the Charis Center! It was also great to work with Lena at the Men's Center on Princess!"
We are looking to update our fitness room to bless the men's program. We would be needing a couple of good quality work out benches, barbells & dumbbells, as well as a stand for the weights.
If you have any of this equipment to donate, you can give Bobby a call at 204-943-9904 ext. 227.
If you would like to give a financial donation toward the purchase of this equipment, you can do so online on our secure website, or by cheque to Union Gospel Mission, designated to the men's fitness room.
If you missed the Missionfest Session – “Perspective Seven Ministries Under God” by Jeff Gilfillan, you can click on the following link and scroll down to the Audio Workshop for Room 2.
https://www.missionfestmanitoba.org/audiovideo.html (The Audio starts at about 1 minute 30 seconds in.)
A young boy, about 6 years old, came to see me at Mission Fest on that Saturday morning. He had seen the blue Mission bags and ask if he could have one. He was very pleased when I told him he sure could, and he ran off with his new treasure.
A little while later, this boy returned with a loonie and offered it to me. I told him that the bag was free and it was for him. He replied that he knew it was free, but he wanted to make a donation to the Mission.
I thanked him very much for his gift, a gift I will remember forever.
Ephesians 6:10-13: "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand."
God is good all the time! My life was mess, I almost lost everything; my house, my car, my wife, my daughter and even my own life. I struggled with suicidal thoughts. I was in a few treatment programs. My wife almost gave up on me.
The Lord kept knocking, and eventually I came here to UGM. The Lord is working in my life and I’m learning more and more here at UGM. I have been here for a few months and God has proven to be the great healer.
Looking for Chapel Service Speakers occasionally for the 11:30am service or the 7:30pm service. There are some casual and some monthly opportunities.
I have been here in the Men's Program a few times. People ask why I keep coming back. God keeps bringing me back and I keep trying. I keep trying because God loves me.
Thank you to the staff and guys in the program.
Psalm 119:33-34: "Teach me, LORD, the meaning of your statutes, and I will always keep them. Give me understanding, that I may observe Your law And keep it with all my heart."
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