Where Do You Hold a Baptism If You Don’t Have a Baptistry

This past Sunday we visited a co-worker’s church to interpret the message and baptismal service for a Deaf couple who sometimes attend.

It’s not uncommon for a Japanese church not to have a baptistry.  Growing up Mark ‘s father held baptisms at the ocean,  and Mary Esther’s father held baptismal services by a river.  Some churches  will borrow a larger church that has a baptistry.  Or some use a portable baptistry that can be assembled the day before; there’s something of a bucket brigade involved in the process which adds to the feeling of everyone being a part of the celebration.  This particular church rents a basement room on Sunday mornings , so their solution: the local public bath house.

Please pray for the the two women who against many obstacles took this step of obedience in following Christ.

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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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