Monday, December 14, 2009

Pastors John and Helen Burns Visit Nashville Home

John and Helen are the Senior Pastors at Relate Church in Surrey, Canada. They travel globally ministering and encouraging at churches and conferences, but one of their favorite places to visit is Mercy Ministries. In fact, John and Helen have led the charge in bringing Mercy Ministries to Canada and have been instrumental in the development of the first home in Vancouver, which is scheduled to open in 2010.


Our residents and staff are always incredibly moved by John and Helen’s passion for relationships and their Godly wisdom on what makes men and women unique and how men and women can rightly relate to one another. Today, John and Helen have been married for 35 years and together they shared the remarkable story of their restored marriage.


We are so grateful to John and Helen for taking time to visit and minister to our girls and for being available to answer some really tough questions about forgiveness and what it means to learn from our pasts so we can have victory in future relationships.


In addition to speaking to our girls and staff, John and Helen were excited to get to attend our Merry Mercy Christmas Benefit on Thursday evening to get some ideas for future Mercy Canada events!!


Here is what some of the residents had to say in response their time with the Burns’:

Mariah said, “You can’t have a relationship with someone you don’t understand. Relationships are challenges. God created women to be relationship geniuses, to be beautiful and to be connectors while men were created to be focused, to be competitive and to be heroes.”

Kaite said, “My future is about relationships. The beginning of anything is to understand and by learning to delight in people’s differences, I can have meaningful and Godly relationships.”

Tealina said, “God didn’t send a rulebook, he sent a relationship. We were meant to have relationship with Jesus.”

To learn more about John and Helen Burns or Relate Church, visit their website at