Stories

God is transforming lives in mission and we would like to share these stories of transformation with you. Read about God's work in the stories from our missionaries and short term mission teams.

There are very few Japanese who enjoy being the kumi-cho. In fact, more people regard this position as a burden than a delight. But for MB Mission church planter Laurence Hiebert, the role of kumi-cho, or community leader, has enabled him to make many connections and build friendships with countless neighbours in his cluster of houses in Toyota City, Japan. God is using these friendships to break up the hard soil in the hearts of the Japanese and plant seeds of truth.

Read more: Mr. Hori

It started out as a simple longing for pizza. Wheat and dairy: two products that most of us consume every single day, multiple times a day, even. But for one member of Trever and Joan Godard’s prayer team in Guadalajara, Mexico, pizza was on her forbidden foods list, its ingredients causing severe allergic reactions to her system.

Read more: Faith that Builds

A lady in South Thailand sits on the sits on the sidewalk reading palms for a living. Her belief in the supernatural is characterized by superstitions, numbers, and dates. The notion of a personal God stands in stark contrast to her impersonal and inconsistent religion. But when God orchestrated a divine encounter with missionary Kevin Klassen, she learned that she could take a drink from the streams of living water and be satisfied.

Read more: Palm Reader

Phil and Carol Bergen live in Burkina Faso, Africa where they are translating Scripture, training leaders and leading a church plant. Along with all this, they also lead Bible Studies. After her women's group finished one study, Carol decided to read through Matthew for the next study. Week two of the study focused on Matthew 2. This is where the story begins, in Carol's own words:

Read more: Awa's Dream

Depression. Just the word emits labouring sighs. In Japan, depression is widespread and suicide is horrifically common. Some 32,000 to 33,000 people commit suicide each year, 73% of whom are male. Laurence and Leona Hiebert, church planters in Japan, know many people experiencing this epidemic of hopelessness. A friend of theirs has four managers, two of which are in a mental hospital due to deep depression. One of Leona's ESL students shared how her husband witnessed a friend at his office trying to commit suicide at his desk.

Read more: Amazing Words

Two local teenaged boys joined a ten-day cross-cultural missions training program last year, hosted by Trever and Joan Godard at the Matthew Training Centre in Guadalajara, Mexico. The teenagers were looking for an adventure and a good time. They succeeded at both, though not in ways they initially imagined. God led them in a journey within their hearts, where all real adventures truly begin.

Read more: Transforming Success

John 4:25 The [Samaritan woman at the well] said to Him, "I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us." 26Jesus said to her, "I who speak to you am He." 28So the woman left her waterpot, and went into the city and said to the men, 29"Come, see a man who told me all the things that I have done; is this not the Christ?" 30They went out of the city, and were coming to Him.

Read more: He Knows Me

Phil and Carol Bergen are part of a holistic church planting team in Burkina Faso. They are in the process of translating and publishing Scriptures for the Nanerige, a West African Seufo people. They are also daily choosing to be disciples of Christ by how they love others - especially those easily unloved.

Read more: Thief Saved

"Have you ever noticed that sometimes when you ask God a question, His answer doesn't seem to match the initial inquiry? What does that tell you? Perhaps the things that we sometimes have the tendency to focus on aren't as important to God as we think!"

Read more: The Wisdom of God

Myomi had been hearing about God for 12 years, but nothing seemed to penetrate her heart. She listened, but her ears did not hear. Her eyes could not see and comprehend what God was doing in the lives of those around her.

Read more: Rest for the Weary