Mr. Ogata is the JSL Bible IT guy. He is steady as a rock, works like a draft horse–hour after hour–and he makes things work. Not particularly the excitable type. But today he was stoked.
“Last week I was alone at the office and we got a Skype call. We had had a visitor from another part of Japan who was so excited about the Japanese Sign Language Bible. He took three full DVD sets with him, and one went to a gentleman on the coast (where the tsunami and nuclear meltdown wreaked havoc.)
“Well, it was that gentleman who called. He’s from [a church that doesn’t allow the ViBi translation,] and he was so excited. ‘I’ve been a Christian more than 40 years, and could never understand the Bible. I just had to try and do what the pastor said. I knew I should read the Bible, but I never ‘got it.’ This is totally different. It’s so clear! Now I can really know what the Bible is saying.'”
Ogata’s face was animated as he told the story. His years of faithful work are paying off.
Pray for this gentleman, and for his pastor, and for his church. We would love to see this whole church nationwide excited about the Word of God. Not as a religious duty to perform, but really understanding it. Transformed by the power of the Living Word. This is an elderly church now, that hasn’t found a way to pass on the Life to the next generation. Pray that God’s Word will change this.