Thanks so much for praying. The first week training Deaf translation consultants went well. The Japanese Deaf team did most of the up-front work, with support from the “Lecturers”, Harry and me.
On the weekend, I got to go to Ganghwa and preach at a Deaf church there. It was a challenge I wasn’t sure I was up to. (Looking back, I’m sure I wasn’t, but God’s grace was more than enough.) Since Japanese Sign Language shares a fair number of words in common with Korean Sign Language, it worked out pretty well between what I knew and acting things out. I preached from Matthew 6:9-14, using the Japanese Sign Language translation. Most of the signs were similar enough that people were able to follow.
While I was in Ganghwa, I got this post from the retreat center:
Last night (Saturday night), we took Pastor Minamida to an emergency room due to his stomach problem and fever. He started feeling bad on Friday night, but thought it was due to being tired. At the hospital, he stayed for a while getting IV (I don’t know the content), and got some medicine. This morning, he could have some light meal, but wasn’t feeling well enough to go to Church, so rested whole day in his room.
Just now, I met him but he’s still not recovered. Please pray that he will be strengthened and be recovered. Being in a foreign country may add some stress to him while he rests, please also pray that he can get enough rest. And also for his family back in Japan as they probably are worried about his situation.
(He is feeling somewhat better, but not completely, so keep praying.)