Note: Helen Burns is head of the Mercy Ministries of Canada Board. She and her husband, John, initiated the vision of Mercy in Canada. Together, they also pastor Relate Church.
Dear Mercy family:
Several weeks ago, I walked into the Mercy House and I genuinely felt like I had just walked into a dream…I was overwhelmed at what had finally come to pass. What I had envisioned in my heart and mind and had seen in drawings and pictures had come to life. As I walked from room to room, tears filled my eyes and my heart was about to burst with awe and gratitude to God and an amazing company of people who had made this dream come to pass.
Each room has been beautifully decorated with a touch that will appeal to the heart of every young woman who walks through the doors…there is a peaceful tranquility that is expressed through the beauty of the natural surroundings as well as the house. It says, ‘welcome home.’ I heard a staff member who was working at the home say, “I can’t believe that I get to come and work in this beautiful home every day – I feel so blessed.” That thrilled my heart, as we want it to be a home that blesses all who enter it.
To every single person who has carried a part of the load to get us to this place, I say ‘thank you’ from the very depths of my being. The journey that has brought us this far has seemed l-o-n-g, but it has been sure. Every single step has brought us here…to this amazing time in the journey and history of Mercy Canada.
Ecclesiastes 5:3 (Amp) says, ‘For a dream comes with much business and painful effort’. I know we have been very busy and for a number of people, there has been much painful effort.
This Mercy journey has at times reminded me of my first pregnancy – at first the wonderful discovery that I was going to have a baby! O happy day!!!! Then came the stage of knowing I was pregnant, but nothing was showing. Then finally the day came where people could actually see that there was evidence that a baby was growing inside of me, and then a period of being extremely uncomfortable and it was keeping me up at night…. And then having go almost 3 weeks past my due date! And finally the day came to deliver my child and, well you know that isn’t the most fun part. (I remember at this stage, I asked my mother to please tell me the honest truth about what labour and delivery was actually going to be like. She answered me in the calmest voice ever, “Oh Helen, don’t worry at all – God put that baby in you, and He will get it out.”) And then the day came and my beautiful baby girl was born. Every moment of every day was worth it beyond my wildest dreams.
God put a dream in our hearts – and He got it out!
I feel like this has been a 7 year pregnancy and now the time has come…the home is stunning, the staff of Mercy is brilliant, the team of workers and laborers are exceptional, the community of churches, businesses and individuals that have made this possible are amazing. I am overwhelmed by what can happen when a company of people will gather themselves to a dream to build something that is bigger than themselves because they truly care about the broken heart and life of young women who have been waiting for this day, this time, this moment.
And now the true purpose of this worthy dream will be realized as the first young Mercy girl enters the door of the house that love built.
I thank you, they thank you….God thanks you.
With a grateful heart,
On behalf of the Mercy Ministries of Canada Board