Friday, June 4, 2010

Grand Dedication for Mercy Canada

Not even the Vancouver rain could dampen the spirits of the multitudes that turned out for our Grand Dedication on the afternoon of Saturday, May 29th. What a great celebration we had as we cut the ribbon and marked this milestone moment!!!

Good things take time, but great things take more time… that seems to sum up the journey for Mercy to be established in the nation of Canada. John and Helen Burns, television co-hosts and founders of Relate Church in Surrey (Vancouver area), put their hands up over 7 years ago for Mercy to be established in Canada. (See John and Helen pictured with Nancy as they cut the ribbon on this new facility) The seven year waiting period involved taking their time to find the right piece of property, as well as opening the home debt free. The decision to take a longer period of time also involved the decision to take in more than 20 girls at a time rather than a much smaller number. Because John and Helen Burns made the decision to make room in their already busy lives to help even more people, others have come alongside to make it all possible. Those decisions and the desire to choose best over good all culminated this past weekend in a major time of thanksgiving and celebration.

I thought you might enjoy seeing some highlights from the weekend in Vancouver, including our Mercy Gala on Friday evening at The Vancouver Club.

When asked what the highlight of the weekend was for Nancy, she immediately stated it was when the 5 young Canadian women who have graduated from our US homes stood on the stage to share the joy of opening our first Canadian home.

People were so touched as they told of all they had to overcome, and are now in university preparing to be able to help others with the same problems they themselves have been through. It was such a great weekend!

After the Grand Dedication Celebration, Nancy then spoke at 3 different church services, one on Saturday evening and two Sunday, and the weekend culminated with a special meeting on Monday with our Mercy Ministries Canada staff. Hope you enjoy the still shots and slide show we have included.