Chapel Provider: Rob Lento and His Song

On the first Wednesday of every month, you’ll find Rob Lento singing at the Union Gospel Mission chapel service as part of His Song. The men’s singing ensemble has been singing at the Mission
 since 1999.

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Celebrate Recovery

featured in the April 2012 newsletter

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How We Help Our Veterans

Soldiers risk their lives to preserve our freedom. They witness tragedy. They leave their families for months at a time. They drive their bodies and minds to the brink. They learn to mask their emotions, to show no pain, to live with deprivation. And sometimes it’s all too much.

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Restore My Soul

All of the people interviewed for this article described lives of profound desperation. They were in mortal danger – not from starvation or exposure – but from self-loathing and shame.

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The Message of Hope

“You have made us for Yourself so that our hearts are restless until they rest in You” – Saint Augustine.

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Pictures of Beauty

Are you familiar with the game Jenga? It’s a tall tower of blocks where each player attempts to remove one single block without toppling the tower. Of course, eventually the weakened structure crashes. In Robin Paneiro’s small group at the UGM Crisis Shelter, the leader said Jenga was a picture of what had happened to the women’s lives. Rather than building solidly block upon block, holes had been created through abuse and neglect until the structure of their lives simply could not hold. Everything came crashing down. The leader then asked Robin and the other women to draw a picture of what a whole, restored life would look like for them. Robin drew a slightly lopsided heart. She colored outside the lines because she wanted to remind herself that it wasn’t about being perfect. A strong vine, representing the presence of Christ in her life, wrapped securely around the heart and flowers were beginning to bloom. Because, Robin said, life can be beautiful again.

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Chapel Provider Greg Beumer

With his gray ponytail, vest, faded jeans and mellow personality, it’s not difficult to believe that Greg Beumer was a hippy in San Francisco during the sixties. Forty years ago, God got ahold of his life through a woman who brought food without judgment to Greg and his starving musician buddies, and for over 30 years, he’s been performing a similar service at the Union Gospel Mission. Only Greg brings music instead of food. With his low, Johnny Cash-like voice, he presents a clear gospel message through song, and when he speaks, his compassion resonates. After singing, Greg often takes the microphone out into the crowd to hear what God is doing in people’s lives and prays with them. Asked why he keeps coming, Greg replied, “I just can’t not do it…It’s a blessing.”

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Standing Together in Coeur d'Alene

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