John 3:16 Sponsored

Praise God!  Many have prayed, many have given, and Sponsor-a-Verse ( is indeed helping people connect with the translation project. Yesterday, we learned of the gift that sponsored the 95th verse. This means that all of chapter one, all of chapter two, and all the way through verse 19 of chapter three have been sponsored. John 3:16, the verse that prompted the website, has now been sponsored. So far $11,400 has come in, 11% of the total cost of translating the gospel of John. Thank you so much!

Ironically, last week, while the funding was coming in (we just hadn’t heard about it yet), Uiko, our lead translator, spent three hours  re-wrestling with . . . John 3:16. After the comprehension check, she was trying to figure out a way to sign it so it wouldn’t look like the verse was comparing God’s love for Jesus with God’s love for the world. Pray for her. She is really feeling the pressure as this week she’ll be doing final recording of a couple of the easier chapters. It is such a key book, and she feel so inadequate to the task. Please pray for her.


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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