Beyond Leaky Faucets

ViBi has a new office.  Actually, ViBi now has a whole house!  The new accommodations are much bigger and the rent is much less. A Japanese Christian lady had a vacant house on the back of her property that she wanted used for Kingdom work.  So now, instead of the one room ViBi has had, they have the downstairs living room to use for an office and the kitchen and eating area (furnished!) for lunch time.  Upstairs one of the bedrooms serves as the studio for recording and the other for translation drafting.  There is plenty of storage.  Also, those traveling to Tokyo from Sendai or Yamagata can spend the night since there is a full bathroom too.  This is far beyond what we expected. We serve an amazing God!

Soon after moving in the house developed a water leak.  As brand new tenants, this was not exactly how ViBi wanted to start out the relationship with the landlady.  She came promptly and after the issue was resolved asked if she could watch some translation work. Amazed at the amount of effort that it takes to translate into a sign language, she understood and appreciated that the translation was not what she had thought–using manual signs to represent the Japanese language. Japanese Sign Language sentences have grammar expressed in face and space, a completely differently way to make meaning than in spoken languages. The ViBi team was excited to see her grasp the importance of the work.

The leaky faucet translated into a blessing.


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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