A Letter from Sunday:

It’s a beautiful sunny day here in Tokyo. The sharp scent of the plum blossom says spring is just around the corner!
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Last night Uiko was here for supper and Bible study, and her mother came along for the first time.  Talking to Uiko, I asked how it was going (you know they are working on Leviticus) and she said it all gets rather confusing.  There is so much repetition— the offering (as a noun), and the offering (as a verb), and the offer-er (the person doing the offering), and the offering stand (how they refer to the altar in Japanese Sign Language).  But she smiled, you could tell she loves it; Leviticus points to Jesus.

Mark too is enjoying the time in the Torah.  He said to tell you: “now we’re plunging into Leviticus, amazed at what we are finding in the nitty-gritty, bloody details of redemption, thanksgiving, and fellowship. So much of the background knowledge that the New Testament takes for granted will soon be available to Deaf people–for the first time ever in any Sign Language. Thank you for your part in making this possible.”

Mark will be leaving on Sunday to go to Bangkok for two weeks to work with the Thai Sign Language Bible translation group there.  He’s checked the first chapter of the Gospel of Mark, but there is still much more for him to do.  Please pray he will have the quick mind necessary to function in Thai Sign Language and conduct the checking face to face with the team.  Please pray for his physical strength as he goes from Tokyo February to temperatures there in the 90s.

With our love and gratefulness,
Mary Esther

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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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One Response to A Letter from Sunday:

  1. Chris Hicks says:

    I praise God for the work you are doing with the deaf in Asia. I will continue to pray for you, emphasizing praying for Mark in the coming meeting that you mentioned in this post. I think of you both often, and the mission that you have; praying always for strength, good health and wisdom in all that you do.
    May God richly bless you!

    Love and best wishes,

    Chris Hicks

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