Family Breakdown: Restoring a Damaged Masterpiece

Posted by Union Gospel Mission Nov 14, 2018 4:43:09 PM

By Sonny Westbrook, Director of Ministries

All of God’s ways are perfect.  One of His ways for life on planet Earth was to create the family unit. 

As we see in the Scriptures, the original family by His design consisted of a man named Adam with his wife named Eve. Prior to creating Eve, He declared that it is not good for man to be alone. And then He undertook to create the  first woman and, as it were, He performed the first marriage ceremony.  We see all this revealed in Genesis, chapters 1 and 2

Further, God planned that the man and the woman would be given a role in releasing God’s reproductive powers and would be enabled by Him to “be fruitful and multiply and to fill the earth.”  So by Genesis 4, we see the beginnings of this as we are introduced to the  first of Adam and Eve’s offspring, two sons named Cain and Abel. This was all by God’s design and made possible by His coactive involvement in creating the human family.

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Elizabeth: Conformity vs. Transformation

Posted by Lynn Yount, Staff Writer Dec 2, 2016 12:50:29 PM

If you hang around UGM for any time at all, you’ll hear talk of the difference between “checking the boxes” and pursuing real life change. Even when you’re checking the boxes for all the right reasons – like a mom trying to get her children back - it’s not sustainable. Transformation doesn’t start with outward behavior. It starts with heart change.

Elizabeth grew up learning more about rules than about love. Rules, however, did not equal order and stability.

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It Started at UGM Camp

Posted by Merrily Brast, Staff Writer May 13, 2016 4:31:14 PM

As a young kid, Zola lived with her mom, homeless in Compton, surrounded by an environment of drugs and prostitution.

“I remember one time, because we never really had a steady home, she got this huge box…And she gave me a Sharpie, we were on the road, and she was like, ‘Draw your house.’ So I remember sleeping in that box,” described Zola.

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Keeping good company

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Jan 22, 2016 1:36:01 PM

By Lynn Swanbom Yount, UGM Volunteer

“It was hard for me to stay here because I didn't really like staying indoors … What made me really stay here was the fellowship with the people and how everybody cares for everybody.” – Charlie Guthrie, UGM LIFE Recovery Program graduate

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What I Know

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Dec 11, 2015 12:13:25 PM

Editor's note: This month, Phil Altmeyer is celebrating 30 years at the helm of the Union Gospel Mission. During his tenure, the organization has grown from two homeless shelters with eight employees to a multi-outreach ministry with four shelters, three long-term recovery programs, two thrift stores, an automotive enterprise, a summer camping ministry for underprivileged youth and over 150 employees.

His strong belief is that real life change is possible for every person, and through his leadership, the ministry has added all the resources necessary to make that change possible. 

You can discern his heart for the poor and homeless in the following article which first appeared in the December 2009 issue of Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living.  It's been updated for accuracy. 

By Phil Altmeyer, UGM Executive Director

No matter how many layers have to be peeled away, every man, every woman, is worth understanding. If you look at a newly minted 2016 penny side by side with a penny from 1978 you just found under the backseat of your car, you will probably be drawn to the shiny one, but which one has more value?

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Reunited: Mother and Daughter Recover Together

Posted by Merrily Brast, Staff Writer Apr 22, 2015 5:10:00 PM

“I felt like she chose the alcohol over me.”

Nicki Willis spent much of her life watching her mom, Darlene, sink into alcoholism.

“I didn’t talk to her for almost a year. I felt like she wasn’t my mom anymore. It’s heartbreaking to know that my mom chose the alcohol over me.”

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Encouragement Empowers

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Jan 29, 2015 9:39:00 AM

By Phil Altmeyer, Executive Director

“When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.” (Luke 12:48b, New Living Translation)

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Christmas Shopping that Helps the Homeless

Posted by Merrily Brast, Staff Writer Dec 5, 2014 2:51:00 PM

By Merrily Brast, Staff Writer

“Try it on! Try it on!” As each of 20 cousins, aunts, and uncles from Tiffany Riddle’s family opened their gifts for Christmas, they were urged to model their new belongings and reveled in the money saved while buying those gifts.

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UGM Core Values: A Balanced Life

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Oct 7, 2014 12:31:00 PM

Bootcamp, Veggies and a Balanced Life

By Jessica Morgan, UGM Lead Graphic Designer

As a mother of three small children who works outside the home 40 hours a week, the Balanced Life Core Value stands out to me like a scary question from a disapproving teacher peering over her spectacles. “Is YOOOUR life balanced? Are you neglecting your marriage? Your mental health? Your middle child? Your time with Jeeeesus? Hmmm?”  Well, yes. Probably all of those.

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