Earthly Edibles Become Heavenly . . . 17 Years Later

Today I ran into Pastor Minamida.  “Remember the very first cooking class you did? ”  He started mimicking kneading bread.  “It was 17 years ago.  And Mrs. Hatadaya attended.  It was her very first experience coming to a church. ”

Being my very first I had remembered it but hadn’t known it was what brought Mrs. H to the church. He said she attended on and off. She was always there for special events but never seemed to “get it.”  Then recently she began showing up for Bible study and services before anyone else would arrive, her questions showed she was really interacting with the Word, and her answers to the Pastor’s questions made it clear the Holy Spirit was teaching her in ways no one else had been able to. She was just baptized, and Pastor Minamida wanted us to know!

Sometimes we just don’t know what little thing we do today will matter 17 years later.  

Please pray

For Mrs. H’s newfound faith to grow.
For Pastor Minamida and members of the church as they encourage her.
For others who are still seeking that God will grant them the gift of faith.
For perserverence to be faithful in small things.  God will see to the results.

You will meet your new sister some day.  There will be no language barrier, and she sure won’t be interested in American cooking classes.   Thank you for your prayers and support that made this possible.

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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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