Costa Rica and Columbia

Praise for amazing results from the United Bible Society workgroup meetings in Costa Rica. The depth and quality of the work done by the Deaf participants who arrived five days before the official meetings started resulted in unequivocal support for Sign Language translation around the world on the part of the UBS translation consultants charged with bringing a report to the whole UBS community. Perhaps more important even than that, though, was the commitment on the part of the Deaf participants to work together to improve their own projects and support other projects around the world. We’re thankful to see momentum building as we approach this “new frontier in Bible Translation.”


Praise God also for a great few days in Columbia. Though I’m eager to get back to Japan, I wish our time here could have been longer too. Pastor Matsumoto did an amazing job encouraging a group of Columbian Deaf church leaders, and then preaching/teaching from a newly translated Columbian Sign Language Bible text. We were able to encourage the translation project here, and also take back some great ideas for our work in Japan.


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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