Category Archives: The Shift

The Shift hits #1 and MaryAnne hits TV!

The Founder and President of NightShift now has another title to add to her portfolio – bestselling author! MaryAnne Connor’s transformative memoir, The Shift, hit #1 on Amazon upon its release in e-book form in September. Since then the book has climbed onto a total of 15 Amazon Top 100 Bestseller lists. The Shift continues to hold its bestselling position, spreading its inspirational message for the first time on an international level, since the paperback first released in 2012.

The Shift is the true story of how MaryAnne, a successful businesswoman, left everything to follow the call of God and change the lives of thousands. It includes the earliest days of what would become NightShift Street Ministries – an urban mission that cares for and loves on the homeless, addicted, mentally ill and hurting in Whalley. Undergirding the remarkable story is a message of relying on and hearing from God to do seemingly impossible things.

“I’m really hoping readers will get the message of love, hope and purpose,” MaryAnne says of her book. “And they’ll be inspired to take a step forward into doing something out of the ordinary, and have their faith in God increased.”

Earlier this month, MaryAnne appeared on Canadian Christian TV show 100 Huntley Street, where she shared about the beginnings of NightShift, the call of God on all of us to help others, and about The Shift.

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NightShift is a multi-denominational not-for-profit that provides outreach services 365 nights per year, basic nursing, a women’s extreme weather shelter, healing and wellness programs, and counselling. Combined with the power of prayer and faith in God, NightShift is working to lift those seeking escape from the streets into purposeful lives.

The Shift can be found on numerous Amazon Top 100 Bestseller lists such as Christian Leadership and Christian Stewardship.

Unmasking the Truth – 14 April 2014

Location: Sheraton Guildford Vancouver, Surrey, BC
Date: Monday, 14th April (6-10 pm)

Unmasking the Truth speakers Cynthia Mac Kelita KamalIt was an amazing evening: 300 beautiful women gathering together, hearts melting with masks removed…Authenticity, vulnerability and healing. Lies exposed and truth reveal with a whole lot of love in the room!

Thank you, Papa, that there is beauty beyond our pain. Thank you, Ingrid, for coordinating such a great event. Thank you to all the JoyTV and all the sponsors, supporters and vendors. And last but certainly not least, thank you Kamal, Kelita and Cynthia for joining with me to encourage, inspire and empower us women! You Rock!

Here’s a link for more photos from this year’s event. Stay tuned for next year’s event planned for April 13th, 2015.

Peace on the Boulevard

Our media has recently been full of news stories reporting rampant murders, gang shootings, knife attacks, robberies, suicides, domestic violence and sexual assaults, on and around King George Boulevard, where NightShift serves. When Terror pushes its way into our homes and neighbourhoods it makes everyone pay. It creates a tsunami that smashes over innocent victims, their families and the surrounding community, leaving agony and heartache in its wake.

The perpetrator is Evil. A Bully. “It comes to steal and kill and destroy.” (John 10:10)

It threatens our well-being and floods our hearts with fear. It forces us to scan our terrain when we venture outside or keeps us cocooned inside to protect our safety.

Our shouts for justice fill the air. Our accusations take aim at police and city officials demanding law and order. But sadly our well-intentioned pleas can’t reverse the injustice or extradite the wickedness.

But our actions can. Individually and collectively we can made a difference. God has given us the power to retaliate against this bully by using the opposite spirit – Love.

“God didn’t give us a spirit that makes us weak and fearful. He gave us a spirit that gives us power and love…” (2 Timothy 1:7)

Love ‘shifts’ the atmosphere. It touches hearts. It soothes pain. It brings peace to chaos.

Not long ago, I witnessed this Love in action.

An elderly man, undoubtedly struggling with life, lay on the grass in a deep slumber just steps away from where I had parked by car. As I slid into my driver’s seat, my eyes caught a woman shuffling along the sidewalk pushing a shopping cart. She stopped unexpectedly, reached into her meagre bag, and silently bent over the snoring gentleman, and ever so gently balanced a muffin on a bag lying next to him! He was as oblivious to her presence as she was to mine. I could almost feel her heart smile.

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I was so impacted by this Love in action; I had to capture it in a photograph. As I drove away, I pondered to myself what the world would be like if everyone performed one small act of loving kindness, such as this, to a stranger every day. It would conquer evil. It would eliminate fear. It would usher peace back into our communities.

“Love is patient. Love is kind. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres. Love never fails.”
(1 Corinthians 13)

Love wins out – all of the time! Our actions can force back the powers of evil. Love can enforce lasting change. What are we waiting for?

Marvin Hunt’s Christmas Open House – 17 December 2013

At Marvin Hunt's Christmas Open House, Raman with Mac

picture courtesy Ingrid Roeske Good

Location: Surrey-Panorama Constituency Office, 120 – 5455 152nd Street
Date: Tuesday, 17 December, 2013 (3-6 pm)

We were so blessed that NightShift was the charity of choice for donations at MLA Marvin Hunt’s Christmas Open House next week.

Here is one of the younger volunteers, Raman, who received a copy of The Shift for her donation.

Papa’s kiss

Some days I am downright discouraged. Tired, overwhelmed and cranky. Days when I’m not even happy hanging out with myself. Yesterday was one of those days.

I admit this to Papa this morning, as if He didn’t know already, and ask Him if we could do a ‘do over’. Would He forgive me, encourage and bless me in some way today? He is most gracious, forgives, envelopes me with His Love, dusts me off and sends me out for yet another day’s assignment.

Ready for the shift? I’m sitting at our board table a few hours later when I hear the front door open. No-one is manning the front desk so I step into our reception area and encounter one of our street friends, who is having a day just like mine was yesterday.

“How you doing?” I ask gently. With tears welling up in his eyes, he responds, “I’m having a really bad day. I feel like no-one cares and everyone has abandoned me.” My heart breaks. This is a familiar feeling. I remain silent and listen. He continues, “I was walking past your NightShift door and thought if I could just come in and sit for a second, I could have a cry and no-one would see me.”

Sigh.

I invite him to sit with me. I have nothing to offer other than my listening ear. My heart understands. As he readies to leave, I reach for his hands and together we bow our heads in prayer. I ask Papa to comfort him, surround him with Love, to encourage and bless him. I ask Him for a Papa kiss!

I return to my desk and lose myself in the busyness of my morning. Two hours later, my friend reappears.

“Nothing like this has ever happened to me in my whole life! God heard me. He cares!”

He explains that after our prayer together, he walked up the road and ventured into the BC Lions training field, where the team was practicing. As he leaned against the fence to watch, he spied Wally Buono, BC Lions General Manager, standing a short distance away. My friend is thrilled – apparently he’s a HUGE football fan and has been following Wally’s career over the years.

God nudged. Wally responded. Not only did Wally speak to my friend, he called over three of my friend’s favourite players off the field to meet him.

sunsetGod cared. Wally cared! That’s a Papa kiss.

Papa answered a prayer this morning. He knew exactly what my friend needed. And He knew exactly what I needed.

Papa, thank you for the ‘shift’ – thank you for the ‘kiss’.

And Wally, thank you for caring!

Book tour launch at Angel Christian Supplies

I was so impacted by the people – old and now new friends – who dropped by Angel Christian Supplies to support the launch of the ‘Buy a Book – Donate a Book’ campaign, as we kicked off the official book tour on Saturday. It was overwhelming and somewhat surreal to be signing the book that not so long ago was just a thought percolating in my heart.

Our Mobile Library aboard the Care Bus has been greatly enhanced due to the generous donations from those who visited the store on Saturday and Pacific Academy students, Cloverdale Library, Surrey Libraries and all of our wonderful family and friends!

A special thank you to Serena Taylor and staff at Angel Christian Supplies for hosting the event.

It is true. Papa does so much more than we could ever imagine or hope for, Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” (Ephesians 3:20)

Photos courtesy Ingrid Roeske Good