Ups and Downs

Praise God, Esther is recorded. Pray for our technician, Mr. Ogata, as he works on the DVD.

Opposition continues, though:
1) Mrs. Ogata is still hospitalized. They are running more tests to see if cancer is back in her liver and/or elsewhere.
2) The recording session left Uiko, our lead translator, depleted. She is struggling with the Gospel of John, and also still with the pain in her elbow.
3) Mr. Hori, translation coordinator, is struggling with constant ringing in one of his ears.

Regarding the funding crisis, ViBi was able to make payroll for August, but is now totally depleted. There is no money for September and October, and we don’t know when in November the funding will be arriving. Pray that God will raise up new funders in Japan to stand in the gap. And even more, funders who will get behind the project and see it to completion.

Pray also that we will find ways to engage the wider Deaf community with the Japanese Sign Language Bible. My feeling is that when a new generation of Deaf Christians rises up with a Bible in their own language to support them, many of the other issues we face will fall into place.


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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