To Sendai and Back

Praise God with us for a great two days in Sendai. Pastor Matsumoto asked me (Mark) to help with the interpreting for the first Keswick Convention in Northerneastern Japan. Aside from the encouraging messages, it was great to touch base with Pastor Matsumoto, and to meet some new people involved in misistering with Deaf people. I "just happened" to be walking down the stairs with a young lady on her way home from the meetings. It turns out that she goes to church with a prominent sign language interpreter in the Sendai community who recently came to Christ, and has a Deaf friend who is seeking the truth. Pray for Hiroko, and for her Deaf friend.

One of the deep sorrows I still carry is knowing so many Deaf people in Sendai who have not been reached with the gospel. Moving from there 12 years ago with the work of evangelism still so unfinished was one of the most difficult times in my life. Learning that God has people in the community who are reaching out to my friends was a real comfort. 

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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