Pursued and Loved by a Good God

Posted by Union Gospel Mission Sep 27, 2018 2:36:56 PM

Matt Lewis has worked with the guests at the Men’s Shelter a little more than a year – first as a resident advisor and now as day desk supervisor. His passion to share God’s love with people who are broken and hopeless is evident in every way, including his answers to our questions about his area of UGM's ministry.

Editor’s note: We decided to switch up our usual Q+A format by putting Matt’s last answer first. We believe his heart shines brightest there and helps explain his passion both for his ministry at UGM and in the whole of his life.


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UGM Camp: Faith Like a Child

Posted by Union Gospel Mission Jul 22, 2018 7:32:00 AM

By Christa Inouye, Youth Outreach

How much can an 8-year-old understand about the kingdom of God? Sometimes, people become discouraged in children’s ministry, wondering if anything is actually making a difference. Are conversations about God only for adults?

Jesus seems to answer that question pretty clearly: “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” (Matthew 19:14). Often, God surprises us with how directly He speaks to the hearts of children.

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What the Kids in Juvenile Detention Want to Know

Posted by Union Gospel Mission May 10, 2018 1:53:31 PM

Christa serves in the Juvenile Detention ministry for UGM Youth Outreach. Here, she reflects on her experiences with these young people.

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The Problem with Self-Improvement

Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Apr 19, 2018 4:26:17 PM

I am highly susceptible to self-improvement plans, especially those that lay out steps to success: Do these 5 things and you will be a better wife, mother, employee, friend, Christian. I desperately want someone to show me the way to be the best me I can be.

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Homeless and Fatherless

Posted by Union Gospel Mission Mar 27, 2018 2:32:08 PM

As a regular volunteer at the Crisis Shelter, Ron noticed a pattern in many of the homeless women and children he served: Dad wasn’t in the picture. In many cases, the father had been abusive or just disappeared. Ron decided something had to be done to restore families to be what God meant them to be. 

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Get to Know Sonny Westbrook, UGM's Pastor

Posted by Union Gospel Mission Mar 21, 2018 9:01:30 AM

As Director of Ministries, Sonny Westbrook oversees all of UGM’s programs serving the poor and homeless. But you could also just call him our pastor. Staff, volunteers, and residents alike, we are all blessed by Sonny’s example, his caring heart and his gentle manner of shepherding people toward Christ-likeness.

Because of his deep roots in the Inland Northwest, there are few places around here where folks don’t know Sonny – but maybe you haven’t heard his story. In this Q+A, he tells about his personal history, what makes his heart happy, and how God led him into ministry among the poor.

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The Love of the Father

Posted by James Bishop Mar 14, 2018 2:03:54 PM

It’s a long road learning that you’re loved by God, who calls himself our Father, especially if you’ve never known your real father. That journey has been painful, tearful, and wonderful for me, and I’m grateful that my Father in heaven is walking it with me.

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A New Way to Look at Repentance

Posted by Hannah Christensen, UGM Web Specialist Mar 7, 2018 2:33:29 PM

Repentance. What do you think of when you hear that word?

For me, that word has always had a negative connotation. Repentance means I have done something that God said I shouldn’t (or not done something I should have done), and because God is holy and hates sin, I must confess my wrongdoing, turn away from it, and turn back to God.

I once wrote a paper for a Biblical Counseling class where I expounded the Scriptural passages that speak of repentance and discussed the true meaning of the Greek and Hebrew words for repentance. But 12 pages later, I was still missing the point. For me, repentance was a legalistic requirement, a commandment laid down by a holy God that I as a Christian was expected to obey.

Only recently did I realize there is a different way of looking at repentance. Rather than focusing on what I have to give up, I can choose to look instead at all that I have to gain by turning from my sin back to God: an intimate relationship with the King of the Universe.

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UGM Camp: The Gospel Sinks In

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Sep 2, 2017 8:52:00 AM

In our last blog post from UGM Camp 2017, we’re reminded of one of the key ingredients for many of the life transformations we see at UGM: time. Healing deep emotional wounds, changing entrenched patterns of thinking, victory of truth over constantly repeated lies: In almost every case, these transformative processes take time.  Zarine’s changed heart is no less of a miracle because God is changing it slowly.  He is faithful to finish what he starts!

“God began doing a good work in you, and I am sure he will continue it until it is finished when Jesus Christ comes again.” – Philippians 1:6, NCV


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The Gospel: The Heart of Trauma Recovery

Posted by Lynn Yount, Staff Writer Jul 13, 2017 10:02:25 AM

We talked about trauma recovery and why it’s important for people like Jocelyne in July’s Mission News.

On one hand, it’s complicated: family relationships, genetics, personality and life history are so different from person to person. Though we can identify broad patterns in people under similar circumstances, their day-to-day needs and struggles vary widely.

On the other hand, it’s simple: Hurting people hurt other people, and only the Gospel brings the healing that breaks that cycle.

How does God see people who are suffering the effects of abuse and other trauma?

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