SIL-UND Week Two

The large skies are blue and green grass is everywhere.  Ducklings following their mother in the coulee and bunny rabbits nibbling grass are a nice change from the mean Tokyo crows strewing garbage around our streets. Yes, were acclimating to the culture and surroundings—though the cafeteria serves chicken fried beef (?) and rarely do we see an Asian face in town.    


We do appreciate your prayers.  Mark is taking a full load and enjoying every bit of it.  The professors are wonderful and have gone quite out of their way allowing him to make adjustments which make the studies applicable to his work.  He also works with the Japan ViBi team at nights via IM chat and web cam to continue the Genesis translation there. Right now they are working on the 4th draft of Genesis 36-42. They will be starting the meaning check on Monday, make revisions based on their findings for the next week or so, and hope to have the recording done by early July.  


Last week Mark became sick and were thankful for the clinic here which saw him promptly.  Hes feeling better now.  Please pray as there are so many opportunities to be had here this summer with a larger than usual Deaf group participating in classes this session.  He had hoped to make this his last summer at SIL, but needs to carry a very full load to do so.


Annas health is much better this summer and shes enjoying classes more.  She had hoped to do some research (an ethnography relating to siblings of disabled persons) with a group Daniel had been involved with while here in 2002.  However that doesnt seem to be working out.   This is quite disappointing as her graduation date hinges on this being done.  Her neck is less painful, and she is faithful to do the stretches.


Mary Esther plays go-fer at the office 20 hours a week and is participating in a Second Language Acquisition (Mandarin) class.  Shell probably down-size to auditing the course to allow her more time to work on the wheelchair project.  The TA for her class is a lady who has lived overseas in Asia and theyve enjoyed comparing notes on culture and language learning.


Our email via the university network still has many kinks to be worked out.  Today Mary Esther received over 130 emails which have been hiding out somewhere.  Hopefully, those of you on the non-yahoogroups list will be getting this post too–we think we have everything up and running. At any rate, if you need to get a hold of us and we dont seem to be answering, please feel free to call our room at (701) 777-5756 or our cell phone at (408) 821-9240.

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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