Catching up

Thanks for praying. I’ve had a couple days to catch up on deskwork (and sleep!) and am sensing some equilibrium after the exciting but exhausting events of the past month. Just in time—next Sunday I will be flying to Malaysia with Pastor Matsumoto to serve as his interpreter and also participate as possible in a workshop on Scripture Engagement. As our board chair and the first and most aggressive user of our Bible translation, Pastor Matsumoto is the ideal person to focus on this needed component in our translation efforts. Our goal is not just getting the word into the language of the Japanese Deaf, it is the Living Word in a living Deaf community. Pray also for the Deaf attendees from Brazil, Costa Rica, Finland, Kenya, and the U.S.


We will continue this week with the comprehensions checks of Matthew. Pastor Hori will be joining us for the third week in a row. It is exciting to see him grow in skill, leadership, vision. But overnight travel has always been hard for him, and he has been doing a lot of it lately. Pray for his health and stamina. Pray also for our new worker, Ms. Yano. She is doing a great job, and this, her first comprehension check, as been a great learning experience for her. Pray that God will open her heart to Jesus as she goes deep into his message in Matthew.

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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