Catching Up

Thanks for praying. Its been a wild ride. Uiko managed to finish the recording session with a contact lens in only one eye. She was squinting a lot off-camera, but never when recording. She was also seeing double with the lens in, so spent a lot of time at home memorizing what she was going to sign the next day. It’s hard to see how much it costs her to be this committed. Thank you for praying.

From there it was straight into work on training consultants for Sign Language Bible translation in Asia and the Pacific. Two sign languages and two spoken languages for three days kept us all hopping, but it was also exciting to hear of the many good things happening throughout the region. Pray especially right now for Pastor Matsumoto and Yuki, who are in a Southeast Asian country training two people, one from the Philippines and one from Thailand, who are teaching local people how to do Bible translation.

As the gospel of John is now recorded, and the crew is working hard on post-production, we have one more prayer request:

With all the offerings from Japan and the U.S. added up, we have only 10 verses left to sponsor the entire Gospel of John! Your prayers and financial support have helped make it possible!  Thank you!

Thirteen months ago, ViBi (the Japanese Sign Language translation team) began work on the Gospel of John.  Remember Mr. Araki, the Japanese Deaf believer who struggled at a Bible study because he understood the written Japanese Bible to say that everyone would perish except the one and only son of God?  Now there will be a translation in his own language.  Click here and go to 2:53 (or wait two minutes and 53 seconds) to see what John 3:16 looks like!)

There are only ten more verses left  to sponsor to finish funding this.  If you would like to be part of helping to finish this,  please pray.  You can watch and see the progress on “Sponsor a Verse” at

Here are the verses waiting for sponsorship:
16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”
17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.
18 Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.”
19 Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”
20 Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is going to betray you?”) 21 When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?”
22 Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.”23 Because of this, the rumor spread among the believers that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say that he would not die; he only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?”
24 This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true.
25 Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.


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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