Hang on for the ride!

The Short Version

·         Mark is back from a trip to Oregon. He leaves Sunday for Bangkok.

·         Mary Esther is in Kansas City caring for her 94 year old father. She leaves Sunday for Japan.


·         Great time with family

·         Good connections with supporters

·         Safety in travel


·         Standby flight for the return trip to Japan

·         Good work in Bangkok


More Details

The last few weeks have been a wild ride; thanks for praying. We took a trip to Oregon to follow up some support leads there. Much of our travel was standby, and God granted us favor with many people just to get us onto the various airplanes to get to where we were going. Coming over from Japan, it was one night in business class and the next on an airport bench sleeping on top of our carry-on bags. At one point, our checked luggage was in LA, our cell phone in San Jose, and we were in Atlanta airport, but thankfully all ended up in the same place.


In the middle of the trip, Mary Esther flew to Kansas City to take care of some things for her dad (turned 94 June 3!). Now, instead of returning to Japan with Mark, she’s there again for another couple of days tying up a few more loose end. Pray for her as she negotiates American traffic, not her favorite thing to do, and then flies back to Japan alone. The last leg is from Atlanta to Narita standby, so pray that the flight will stay open and she’ll get a good seat.


Mark had to get back to Japan on time to make the flight to Bangkok. He left Thursday and arrived Friday. Sunday he leaves for Bangkok, where the United Bible Societies are holding their Triennial Translation Workshop. Mark and Pastor Matsumoto will be participating in the Sign Languages Working Track. Pray that their work will help release interest in and  resources for Sign Language Bible translation throughout the world.


PS. To follow up on our last post, the board meeting and Genesis celebration were a real boost. The reporter you prayed for was able to come to part of the celebration, and is looking forward to more interaction later.

PSS. I Just realized we never sent a post telling you about our trip so you could pray. Please accept our apologies.


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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