2008 Year End Report

2008 Year End Report

Top 5 Highlights:


l  Non Profit Status registration completed with Japanese Government

l  Filipino pastors report of benefits to their ministries including decision for Christ

l  Japanese Church granting use of large storage area in Tokyo

l  Volunteers collected 142 chairs, held 20 cleaning days, sent 49 chairs

l  Christian TV talk-show aired the project



It continues to amaze me how God uses wheelchairs discarded here in Japan to bless others and further Kingdom work in Asia. 

This year several Japanese pastors worked to register Wheelchairs of Hope for official Japanese Non Profit Organization status. This has given the ministry here credibility in the community as we make contacts.    

This year volunteers collected 142 wheelchairs, conducted 20 cleaning/outreach days in four different cities, and sent 49 chairs to Thailand, the Philippines and Zimbabwe.  One of the highlights of the year was hearing from a national pastor in the Philippines. He delivered a wheelchair to a lady who had just been crippled by a motorcycle accident. He shared the message of God’s love with her, and then was able to pray with her to receive Jesus as her Lord and Savior.  

The biggest disappointment was not sending off the 20 foot container of wheelchairs to the church in China near the earthquake for them to use in outreach there.

However momentum is picking up as the project has been featured on Japanese Christian TV, on the Japan Campus Crusade Christmas CD, and at a large Christian Fall Fest.  

One big answer to prayer is the use of a 1,765 square foot storage area in downtown Tokyo.  Give praise with us for God’s amazing provision.

Please pray especially for the Japanese leadership. Also pray for an established church in northern Japan who wants to start a daughter church and use this as one of their ways to reach into the new community.  Pray for the neighborhood people coming to help clean chairs to come to know Jesus, especially pray for Mr. Hiraide, Mr. Watanabe and Mrs. Nishioka. Pray for the Christians attending cleaning days to be salt and light.  

Thank you for your prayers and support.

Mary Esther



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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