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.


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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