Big Funding Increase

Praise God!! We just received word last week of long-term funding that will enable us to hire one new full-time worker. This is a huge answer to prayer, and we thank you for being a part. Pray for wisdom now as we make decisions soon as to who we should hire, and re-adjust our budget. Also, do keep praying. We still have one more request out that will be decided soon. It could, in the best case, enable us to hire a full team of six and finish translating the whole Bible in 10-12 years.


September 9, Sign Language translation leaders from across Asia will arrive in Japan. Our task is clear, to move as far as we can toward a comprehensive Sign Language translation plan for Asia, and then appoint a smaller group to finish the task and report back to the larger group. By March, we need to determine all the Sign Language translation needs in Asia and come up with a comprehensive plan for meeting those needs, including a budget to present to major donor organizations.  ViBi is partnering with SIL International Asia area, who is providing funding, know-how, and logistical support for these meetings. This is a major strategic opportunity that could provide a breakthrough in funding not just for Japan, but for Deaf people all across Asia, but it comes at a very busy time. Pray for us as we plan and prepare.


Praise God!  When pastor Minamida went overseas, it was to minister, but while there, he was ministered to in return. One of the workers there has used podiatry and massage to reach out to others, and was able to provide relief to Pastor Minamida for the arm/shoulder/neck condition that has been hampering him for so long. Pray for his continued healing. Maybe it’s not what Jesus had in mind when he said “it is more blessed to give than to receive”, but our outreach to Sign Language Bible translation in other countries seems consistently to benefit our own project.


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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