Welcome, APSDA

Praise God! The Asia Pacific Sign Language Development Association (APSDA) is now a reality. Deaf leaders from 12 countries met to form the organization. Each one is involved in a translation project or is trying to get one started, and we were able to get representation from all but one of the major organizations doing Sign Language Bible Translation here. We reveled in the unity we were able to share despite the diversity of our approaches. Seven were chosen to serve on a board of directors, again with a broad representation of areas, organizations, and approaches to translation. They decided to keep the office in Japan for the first two years while exploring other possibilities.

Thanks for praying for the visa situations. Though one country was touch and go, at the last minute, permission came through, and their representative came on an overnight flight. We were sad that Mongolia wasn’t able to come for other reasons, but were thankful for the good representation we did have.

Please keep praying for next week’s Translation Consultant Development workshop. Pray for me, too, as I work to prepare for teaching on translation theory and discourse analysis. Lots of work still to do.

Pictures at: http://peripateticconsultant.wordpress.com/

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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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2 Responses to Welcome, APSDA

  1. Great News! Love reading about unity in the midst of diversity through Jesus:)

  2. Lois Broughton says:

    Waving hands and big smiles from all of us here on the team!!! Go Asia!!

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