Moving on

While Mark was in the U.S. for the funeral, and Pastor Minamida, our translator, was in China, work continued unabated at ViBi. Ms. Yano, our new translation helper was on the webcam almost daily with Pastor Hori. He would explain what the passage meant, and she would sign it. Working together, they recorded Matthew 11-25, and edited all the best takes of chapters 11-20 together into a seamless first draft. Praise God for these wonderful additions to our team, and pray the we fill find the funding to continue working with them.


While you’re praying for funding, here’s another prayer opportunity. September 9-12 we’re partnering together with SIL to host a meeting of representatives from the various Sign Language Bible Translation groups and donor groups operating in Asia. Our aim is to come up with a comprehensive plan for the region that will include funding for the various projects, including ours. The window of opportunity is a small one, and we need to work fast. Pray that the many details and schedules of the people we hope will attend will come together. 


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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