Both Extremes

Thank you for praying.  The meetings went really well. By God’s grace, in just three days, we were able to build a strong platform of trust and respect between the Deaf people leading the Sign Language Bible Translation movement in Asia and a team of hearing Americans there to help write a comprehensive plan that will reflect Deaf realities and speak loudly and clearly to hearing funders and other support people. What a huge encouragement that was. At one point, Pastor Matsumoto, chairing the meeting, just held up his arm to show us his goose-bumps. We are so thankful for people who share the vision for strong Deaf-led Bible translation projects. The long-term picture is looking better and better.

The final evening, we also had a ViBi (Japanese Sign Language Bible translation project only) leadership team meeting. While the big picture looks better, day-to-day, things are really tough. Last quarter, we had to delay paychecks 5 days; this quarter, as of the meeting, they were still unable to pay all the salaries. The projection was a 10 day wait. As our balance on hand continues to drop, this is projected only to get worse. This was very painful to hear. Its bad enough that salaries are abysmally low, now they aren’t even being paid on time. What a contrast. Pray for mercy; pray that God will intervene.

Finances are just one pressure. Time is another. God knows hard our leaders are working–pastoring churches, translating, and building networks to reach Asia. Any one of those jobs is more than enough for each of them.  We have another translator in the pipeline to take some of the pressure off . . . but what can we promise him when things are already so tight? Again, pray for mercy on us, that God will break open the storehouses of heaven. Not because we deserve it, but just because we ask

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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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One Response to Both Extremes

  1. Hello there, My name is Qatiah Fisher and i feel strongly led to ask if you guys need another hand with whatever. I am majoring in sign language (and the fine arts) right now in school. I am in 11th grade and Home-schooled,(and self teaching myself Japanese), please, If there is any way I could ever be of any help whatsoever, in praying for ya’ or even going over there myself, I just want to help you in your mission. (I felt God call me to Japan just this past summer, I have tested the spirits and all.) Please If anything opens up or anything at all happens please, don’t hesitate to Email, or facebook me!

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