Posted on February 25, 2010
As a ministry, our mission is to serve “the least of these”, to give people second chances and to provide hope and love to the people in our community.
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me… Matthew 25:35
That community comprises the friends we serve on the streets, the volunteers who courageously step forward and the donors who generously provide the means to nourish, keep warm and uplift the souls of everyone involved in NightShift. We rely entirely on the goodwill of the people who embrace our mission statement and give so selflessly of themselves in any way they can. When we announced our Mission Possible intention to do the impossible, we did so in the knowledge that God provides the opportunities and always provides for our needs! Our move to a new location had presented itself and within a few days we a wonderful team came together to plan and implement, gather material and monetary donations, and make the journey with us. As the weeks went by the challenges became greater. Unforeseen building hurdles, unexpected shifts of fate, unlooked-for surprises, yet the team moved on relentlessly. Even when the budget threatened to undo us, we pushed on with prayers and God continued to provide for our needs through the amazing hearts in our community. Take Denis. He lives on the streets and is one of our dearest friends. When he heard of our plight he set his own Mission Possible goal: to pick up pennies discarded on the streets and donate every one of them to NightShift. When Denis came in to my office with a jarful of pennies, I cried. “Every little helps,” he repeated the words back at me that we had shared so many times. How precious is this to our Father? Like the poor widow in Luke 21:2 – Jesus saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “I tell you truth,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave out their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”
Denis’ jar contained an astonishing $9.91. Now we’re on a 10^3 mission, that is, to multiply every penny a thousand-fold. And we need to do so by this weekend – the weekend of our move. Generous donations build brick-on-brick the foundations of our ministry. With every donation to our “10 to the power of 3” fundraiser, your brick will be added to our wall. Please visit our website to donate via PayPal or call us with your pledge. Don’t let Denis’ pennies be the only ones from heaven.
MaryAnne Connor President/Founder NightShift Street Ministries