Izumi Church

While in northern Japan Mark spoke at a Sunday morning service.  Afterwards Mary Esther gave a Wheelchairs of Hope presentation/workshop. Both were well received—thanks for praying.

Having not used Japanese for almost 9 months, it was painful and humbling to hear myself.  Afterwards a lady came up and said “thank you for using simple Japanese so we could all understand.”  Interpreted that means “We both know your vocabulary and sentence structure was at a kindergarten level, but I want to say something to encourage you so you won’t feel you’ve lost face.”  The  Japanese are masters at making someone feel good about a “not so feel good” situation.  And it was a reminder that God continues to be willing to use those who are weak. 

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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