Recording John 11-21 Part 1

This week we are recording the second half of John, chapters 11-21. Here are some notes from the recording session:

Monday, September 2

Today was very moving as I saw John 11 emerging. It was hard work, with 67 “takes” for recording all of chapters 11 and 12, but the results were stunning. Seeing Uiko conveying in her language, Japanese Sign Language, the words of Jesus, and Martha, and Mary, and seeing the hope and the despair, seeing the crowd’s astonishment and the growing tension between Jesus and the religious leaders . . . and knowing all of the work that brought us to that point–it was a glorious moment.  Soon the whole Japanese Deaf community will have this available. Pray that we will find ways to effectively expose them to the glorious riches of Jesus.

Tuesday, September 3

1:30 Please pray for us. We finished John 13 this morning, but have been stuck on 14:1-14 since lunchtime and can’t seem to get past it.

2:30 Thanks for praying. It got worse before it got better, actually. Uiko’s eye started itching so badly that we almost called off the recording session and sent her to get it checked out. But she wanted to give it another try, and she made it. We just now finished recording chapter 14. Tomorrow we hope to record 15, 16, and 17, so do keep praying.

4:30  Hmm, this is starting to feel like the “good news, bad news” game. Uiko left for the day after finishing chapter 14, and on the way home went to an eye doctor. There she learned that the inside of her eyelid was all scratched up, and she shouldn’t wear the contacts “for a while.” Without the contacts, she can’t record. We’ll be meeting tomorrow to decide how to proceed. Pray for healing and wisdom.


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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