Lots happening this week!

Today and tomorrow are special meetings at church.  The topic is worship and Atsuko Suzuki, a musician with an understanding of contextualization (as well as a personal friend), is the speaker.  Her insightful questions about Deaf music and poetry encourage us greatly and we anticipate her presentations to impact how worship will be done at Deaf church. She will be staying with us so we’ll have a chance to get in some extra fellowship going to and from church (about a 2 hour drive each way.)  Pray for her and the interpreters (Mark and Mrs. Minamida) these next 2 days.
The wheelchairs scheduled to go to the Philippines next month have hit a snag with transportation issues.  Please pray for wisdom and strength. Pray for God’s direction on how to proceed and for a solution to a difficult relationship. With only one attending, the ladies Bible study took a huge detour yesterday on the topic of evil spirits and divination. Fear and superstition are alive and well in this country.  Women regularly turn on their TV first thing in the morning to learn from their horoscope what color to wear that day, and how to arrange the furniture in the room eg: place something yellow in front of the window.   Pray for preparation for next weeks class, we battle not against flesh and blood.
With Pastor and Mrs. Minamida, we will be meeting on Friday with the young couple engaged to be married next month.  Issues abound.  Again pray for wisdom and the right words at the right time.
Yesterday’s practice session for the Genesis 1-15 recording was encouraging.  There are four more practice sessions before recording. We are thankful for the progress made and anticipating a good final product.  With studio lights in place and the backdrop scheduled to be hung Tuesday, it feels like it will happen!  Mary Esther has an MK school board meeting during the recording time so won’t be doing wardrobe, make-up and hair.  Ms. Mizuochi, who also helped with the meaning check, will be caring for this. 
Church Planters Institute is November 8-11, there is still much preparation needing to be done on presentations and materials for a new training track on mercy ministries.  Pray for strength.
On the personal side: a huge praise.  The Asian pear harvest is over in our neighborhood as of two days ago.  This means the automated shot-gun sounds which pop and blast at 10 minute intervals from dawn to dusk to keep birds away from the fruit have been silenced until the season begins again next July!  We are very thankful for the break from that noise.  I had tried to be spiritual about it-use the sounds as reminders to pray for certain friends, but didn’t always feel very spiritual when awoken at 4:30 AM

About Mark and Mary Esther Penner

Mark works as an adviser and resource to a Japanese Sign Language Bible translation project that plays a key role in the worldwide sign language Bible translation movement. Mary Esther founded a non-profit organization that partners with local communities and organizations to collect, refurbish and send wheelchairs throughout Asia.
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