Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Author and Speaker Anne Jackson Visits Nashville Home

Our Nashville team was honored to have author, speaker, and social change activist, Anne Jackson, as our guest speaker on Monday. Growing up the daughter of a pastor, Anne experienced firsthand the stress and struggle church leaders sometimes face, which led her to write the book Mad Church Disease – Overcoming the Burnout Epidemic. Anne travels all over the world telling stories of hope about church health, addiction and overcoming, confession, and God’s heart for the poor. As a Nashville native and supporter of Mercy Ministries, she wanted to stop by and spend time encouraging our girls and staff.

Anne shared openly and vulnerably with the girls her own story of overcoming addiction as a result of the pain of past sexual abuse. Because Anne has overcome so much in her life and is very honest about her struggles, she was quick to tell the girls that secrets keep us paralyzed and confession is the beginning of transformation and healing. She encouraged the residents to use wisdom and stay away from the things that trigger addiction.



We would like to thank Anne for her support and love for Mercy Ministries! Here is what a few of the residents had to say about her visit:

Shelby said, “Anne really helped me see that I don’t have to be ashamed of what I have done in my past. I know that God has made me a brand new creation.”

Meagan said, “It was so moving to hear her testimony and the transformation God has done and continues doing in her life. She helped me realize that shame causes a fear of rejection which leads to complacency in my life.”

Phoebe said, “Her story was very powerful. I’m praying for the strength to be open and honest with a safe accountability partner because I don’t want my mistakes and fears to paralyze me. The Lord has already forgiven me!”

If you would like to know more about Anne Jackson, visit her website at www.flowerdust.com.