“We wrestle not against flesh and blood . . .”

Hurray!! John chapters 1-10 were recorded in March, DVDs published early April, and were up on YouTube last week. Thank you for praying. It has been a long haul. Our small team has been hit by everything from a spouse’s cancer death to arm pain to debilitating vertigo, not to mention the constant strain of living on very low wages. But they kept going, and are now pressing ahead to finish John. Take a look at:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=GjGaluyyuiY#!

Pray especially for Hori, who is on medical leave for a month.

Keep praying for Uiko too, the lead translator and on-camera-presenter. It’s not just arm pain. She comes to our house on Thursdays for supper and Bible study, and shared these stories:
While walking down a shopping street with two friends, a fortune teller stationed at the side of the street came up and grabbed her and began yelling at her, pulling her away from her friends. The fortune teller had a “very strong hold on her arm” and threw salt on her to “purify” her. Her two friends came to her aid and when the fortune teller realized they were all Deaf, she wrote her message out on paper for them. “This lady is the devil, she is evil, do not believe her message, do not listen to what she tells you, keep away from her.”
All a rather unsettling experience for Uiko and this on the tail of something else. Deaf members belonging to a strong Buddhist sect have been spreading an ugly rumor about Uiko. Her family does not believe it, nor do her close friends. However many in the Deaf community are taken in by it, and the timing is most unfortunate as Uiko is the presenter for the Japanese Sign Language Bible translation of the Gospel of John. The woman who started the rumor told Uiko she would put an end to it if Uiko joined the Buddhist sect. Please pray for Uiko’s spiritual protection, and pray for the rumor to be dispelled.

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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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