Growing and Changing

When I started Wheelchairs of Hope, there were just a few of us, but as more people got involved, we created a Board of Directors in 2006 and then registered as an NPO in Japan in 2008.  My goal was always to have the project entirely under Japanese leadership.  Since becoming an NPO the legal documentation has become increasingly more complex, as have the negotiations with various corporations we partner with.  The growing complexity and the provision of a Japanese business leader (Mr. Tani) on the board who is well equipped to handle administration and bureaucracy made this a good time to begin the transition to a new director to handle the project management and day to day logistics.  We’ve been working on the transition process since May, and as of December 31 I am no longer directing the project. I will continue to work closely with Mr. Tani until the end of this May.  Please pray for him.  He works for a major Japanese corporation and was president of one of their subsidiaries in Bangkok for many years.  I thank God for sending a wonderful Christian Japanese businessman to lead the project.  I am excited to have more time to invest in working with the volunteers and building community at Wheelchairs of Hope.

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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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