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.

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

Life is full of surprises. Bob and Erika Sukkau, training leaders of the church planting team in Trujillo, Peru, are learning that first hand. This past fall, Bob found out he had a growth on his prostate. Needless to say, this was a frightening surprise. After scans, prayers and medical appaointments, the specialists believed it was a benign tumor, though one still necessary to remove.

Read more: Life Is Full Of Suprises

Trever Godard, MB Mission church planter in Guadalajara, Mexico, recently shared how he is learning about believing in who God is and what He is telling us to do to the point of obedient action:

Read more: Get Your Supplies Ready

“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: Wisdom of God

Sawadii Kha! My name is Khun Amphan.( Woman in light blue on the left.) I am 47 years old. A little over a year ago my husband and I became very sick. We went to the hospital and discovered that we both had AIDS. Shortly after we were diagnosed, my husband became very ill and died. I felt very sad and without hope. I didn’t want to live in this world anymore. I began to take street drugs in order to kill myself.

Read more: From Death to Life