Mary Esther’s Year in Review

From Mary Esther:
Wheelchairs of Hope Highlights

1- Mr. Naito’s confession of faith and baptism: Mr. Naito, a volunteer at Wheelchair of Hope, is the brother of the Japanese pastor my father worked with when I was in elementary school! The pastor, now in his 80’s, was able to attend and help with the baptism. It was very emotional and a great reminder to me that God is never slow in accomplishing his purposes.

2- 252 wheelchairs started their “second life”: 110 wheelchairs went to Vietnam, 125 to Thailand, 17 to Mongolia, Malaysia, Cambodia and Uzbekistan. The next container will probably go to the Philippines in February.

3- A group starting new Japanese church plant used Wheelchairs of Hope to gather people from their community.

4- Since Mr. Naito’s baptism some volunteers have complained about things being “too religious” so I wondered what the response would be to the Christmas program. The food was a hit, and then the pastor stood to talk. He didn’t tell any jokes or entertaining stories, just the simple Truth, presented with a sincere heart. The young people and the older men, all listened intently. You really could have heard the proverbial pin hit the floor. Please pray for the 27 who attended and heard, and for those who were intentionally absent.

Japanese Deaf

1- Weekly suppers and Bible study with Uiko, the main translator for ViBi, the Japanese Sign language Bible translation project: There is little more exciting than watching the Holy Spirit work and change the lives of those who are His! Uiko is growing stronger.
2- ViBi celebrated their 21st anniversary: Just the preparation for the event brought many people together in a refreshing way. At the event, ViBi made many new relationships.

3- Watching God supply heating-A/C units for the ViBi (Japanese SL Bible translation) office.


1- Visitors: From the end of March to the beginning of June we had a number visitors from the US for a total of 5 weeks. Though it was a bit crazy at times, it was a huge encouragement to us. Our children also came to visit during the summer. Anna had a summer internship in Tokyo and Andrew was here for a conference.

2- SIL allowed me to audit an on-line course for Multicultural Teams during the Fall semester.

3- Teamwork: Working with many others both in Japan and in the US to spread the word about ViBi, the Japanese Sign Language Bible translation project, has been an encouragement.

Thank you for praying for those volunteers who refurbish wheelchairs in Japan and for the recipients throughout Asia.

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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