Category Archives: Deaf Church

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! … Continue reading

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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. ” … Continue reading

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A Grain of Wheat

Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth . . . “What is your normal week like” is a question many of you have asked. Our usual answer is that we have very few “normal” weeks. This past week, … Continue reading

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Blurry Eyes? or Blurry Mind?

Praise God for a wonderful time of fellowship around the Word on Saturday. It was a huge encouragement to all of us. PS.  Mary Esther’s eyes are okay–the “blurring” we meant as a euphemism for the poor old brain not … Continue reading

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Beyond the Blur

Deaf friends are coming tomorrow at 1 PM to spend the afternoon and evening studying the Bible together.  Pray for discernment.  Mary Esther especially asks for prayer for her eyes. After about 5 hours of watching sign language everything begins … Continue reading

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Mrs. Ogata Update

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Ogata Update, Colossians Recording, Difficult Decisions

Based on the results of PET/CT scan Mrs. Ogata was not able to have her cancer surgery this month. They started her on a chemo regimen this Wednesday, and when it is finished, they will re-assess possible next steps. Please … Continue reading

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Mrs. Ogata: Pray also for Mr. and Mrs. Ogata. You remember their story, how she had colon cancer surgery, found out she was pregnant, stopped the cancer treatment, then lost her baby? She recently went back to the oncologist, and … Continue reading

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Deaf Earthquake Relief Link

Here’s a link to a message from Pastor Minamida reporting on Deaf Earthquake relief and thanking people who have supported the effort. English translation included below the video. http://www.j-dem.net/ViBi-English/RGEJEarthquake-E.html

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Ogata’s Story Continues

This Sunday at church Pastor Minamida spoke to the church on behalf of the Ogatas, announcing their bitter-sweet decision. Background:  Ogatas have wanted a child for years, and many people have joined them in praying for this. You were also … Continue reading

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