Linguistics and Apps

We attended the Minpaku linguistics conference in Osaka where Uiko (ViBi’s main translator) was part of the program. We were thankful to make contacts with linguists from all over the world who have an interest in signed languages.

While in that part of the country we also met up with Simon. Not only does he have a love for the Deaf of Japan, he’s created a phone app for ViBi. A beautiful way to view all of the Bible we’ve translated so far, and even take video “marginal notes” on video scripture. The Android version is market ready, but unfortunately, we’ve hit a snag with Apple. Because ViBi is not an incorporated entity, we are not able to register with them. Please pray for ViBi to know how to navigate the bureaucratic maze so the JSL Bible app can be used.


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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