Coming and Going

Thanks for praying for Pastor Matsumoto and me as we travelled to Scotland to attend the Forum of Bible Agencies International (FOBAI) meeting which is attended by various translation leaders. Pastor Matsumoto went to represent the sign language Bible translation projects in Asia and to have a Deaf presence at the meetings.  I went to interpret for him. We came away with a much better picture of FOBAI, its history, how it operates, and how we might fit in. Matsumoto was also able to learn much from listening to top level Bible translation leaders discuss their common concerns.  He enjoyed reconnecting with UBS and Wycliffe leaders he had met in 2009, and meeting new people as well.

Interpreting for him between English and Japanese Sign Language for hours at a time, with a lunch meeting added one of the days was exhausting, and I marveled that he could understand anything at the end of the day when I could hardly think, much less interpret well. We thank God that we were able to attend, for growing interest in Sign Language Bible translation, and for your prayers that made it worthwhile. Pray that funding will increase dramatically, and that Deaf people throughout the world will soon have a Bible in their own language.

Next week Tuesday I head to Bangkok for a workshop on comprehensive planning. Pray for good connections, lots of learning, and lots of progress on developing the comprehensive plan for Sign Language Bible translation projects throughout Asia. (The comprehensive plan is a key component in seeking major funding for translation work.)

We recorded a 3rd draft of Philemon today and are ready for the first comprehension check. Matthew 20-28 is being reworked after input from the comprehension checks.

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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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