Wednesday May 25
It’s obvious that a lot was happening while I was gone. Yano finished a couple more drafts of Philemon, getting them all ready for Pastor Matsumoto to copy as the on-camera signer. Pastor Minamida finished the next round of Matthew 21-28 revisions all the way to chapter 27.
Today, though, is a big first. I’m watching as Yano and Yamada (in Tokyo) work with Matsumoto and Hori (in Yamagata) via webcam. Matsumoto is taking his first stab at signing her last draft of Philemon, and it is going well. Watching Matsumoto sign, Yano is coming up with ideas to improve on her draft. Everyone here watching says it’s a go. So round one appears to be a success. We can soon say with confidence that it is possible for one person to translate and another to copy their signs.
Friday May 27
It’s official. Matsumoto has successfully copied Yano’s clear and careful translation of Philemon. After Matsumoto was finished practicing on Wednesday, she added some final touches to her translation to make it easier for him to sign. These she edited into the official draft, and today, we recorded Matsumoto watching her final draft and copying it. Next Tuesday, we’ll do a comprehension check to see how well it is understood. Excitement is high as we celebrate this new milestone.