In July 2005, the Baileys began focusing their energies on a preaching point in the city of Kawagoe (close to the Kamifukuoka train station), a work they initiated in the Shiki area. In addition to leading weekly home Bible studies and Sunday worship services, they provide marriage counseling, lead discipleship classes, and teach English and Bible to children and adults.
Ken and Judy continue to strengthen and grow the Kamifukuoka church plant.
The couple worked for three years with the Tokyo Team to establish a new church plant—Good News Chapel—in the Sayamagaoka neighborhood.
They continue to be involved in the Iriso FWB Church where Ken served as pastor for eleven years. They have begun three preaching points they hope to see develop into new church plants: Higashi Yamato, Shiki, and Saitama.
Ken, the son of William and Marie Bailey (both deceased), was saved in Viburnum, Missouri, at the age of 19. He accepted Christ on the way to the hospital following a motorcycle accident.
Judy, the daughter of Elmer and Gladys (deceased) Turnbough, was saved under her father’s ministry while just a child. She rededicated her life to Christ at the age of 21.
The Baileys committed their lives to the Lord and answered the call to the mission field during a missions retreat in 1977.
While attending Welch College, the Baileys worked as directors of the children’s church at Richland FWB Church in Nashville, Tennessee. Judy also served as church pianist. Following graduation and prior to service in Japan, the Baileys moved from Nashville to Arlington, Georgia., where Ken pastored the Arlington FWB Church.
Ken holds a B.A. from Welch College, an M.A. in intercultural studies and TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) from Wheaton College, and a Ph.D. in intercultural education from Biola University.
During her youth, Judy was active in church music ministries and teaching church classes under the ministry leadership of her parents. Judy attended Pensacola Christian College, Welch College, Ft. Wayne Bible College, and Liberty University.
Ken and Judy were appointed in August of 1982, the first couple to be appointed to Japan in nine years. They arrived in Tokyo in November 1983 and began two years of formal language study. Under the leadership of Fred and Evelyn Hersey, they assisted at the Adachi and Iriso Free Will Baptist churches in Tokyo. After furlough in 1987-88, the Baileys returned to Japan to work with the Iriso church. They remained for an extended term due to the lack of national leadership and missionary personnel.
The Baileys served as missionaries-in-residence at Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College in Moore, Oklahoma, in 2010-2011, returning to their ministries in the Tokyo area in August 2011. They returned to that ministry during their 2015-16 stateside assignment.
The Baileys have two children: Tracey and Benjamin. Both were born in Nashville, Tennessee. Tracey and her husband Dr. Jeremy Delamarter, a university professor, live with their three children in Renton, Washington. Benjamin graduated from Wheaton College in 2002 and returned to Tokyo to serve two and a half years as a short-term missionary. After receiving his Master’s degree in TOESL, he returned to Japan in 2010. Both he and his wife Ayumi are professors at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan.
Fellowship FWB, Park Hills, Missouri
**December 2020: Please pray for the special Christmas and New Year Outreach programs that are taking place this month and the first week of January in our Japan churches. Pray that Christians will invite unsaved family and friends, and that many will hear the message of hope and accept Christ into their lives!
**October 2020: We have recently arrived back in the States after serving a four-year term in the Tokyo area and we’re excited to begin visiting churches and individuals. Please pray that we will be able to share our burden for the lost Japanese people with others; pray for added prayer and financial partners for our ministries. Also please pray for Rusty and Brenda Carney and their three children as they continue the ministries at Kamifukuoka Christ Church. Pray that God will be glorified and those seeking spiritual peace will turn to Him!
*September 9, 2020: PRAISE! We were able to witness two baptisms this month at the Iriso Christ Church, the original FWB Church in the Tokyo area! We’re grateful for Pastor Kojima, along with his wife Miho, and their leadership and vision for Iriso Church. God is working in the hearts of the Japanese and leading them to Him! We have completed all our necessary legal documentation to leave the country, including some new requirements that just took effect on September 1st. The current world situation has changed the way we travel, with many challenges in leaving and reentering Japan, and we are blessed to be heading for the airport on the 16th with all the necessary paperwork in hand! We arrive in Seattle and will quarantine for two weeks before driving to MO. Please pray for safe travels and opportunities to share our ministry in the States. We appreciate your continued prayer support!
*August 11, 2020: Please pray for our preparations as we leave Japan on September 16th to return to the States for our Home Assignment. Pray that the witnessing we’ve done in the last four years will see many turn to Christ! We leave Japan this time with several senior citizens and friends of many years on our hearts and minds, not yet accepting Christ. Please pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to work in their hearts! Pray that our Home Assignment will be fruitful and our meetings will see others answer His calling to the mission field!
Pray for Rusty and Brenda Carney, who are assuming our responsibilities at the Kamifukuoka Christ Church and also Judy’s Iriso Church English and Bible Class. Pray that this transition will go smoothly and that their family will be greatly used of God in their new ministries.
*December 2019: Our Christmas Outreach ministries went well this year, with unsaved attending each event! Judy’s Iriso Church English and Bible Class Brunch, our KCC Mommy and Me Christmas parties and our Family Christmas are over, and now we’re preparing for our January 1st New Year’s Day Worship, a common practice for Japanese Christians. Please pray that the gospel that was shared with “seekers” in each of these December meetings will see many accepting Christ!
*August 2019: Recently two of our contacts, Mr. “A” and Mrs. “E” have shown a deepening interest in the meaning of accepting and following Christ, and we’ve been very encouraged that the Holy Spirit is clearly working in their hearts. At Bible Study in our home this morning, we actually stayed an hour later than usual as we answered Mr. “A”‘s questions about eternity; we felt that even TODAY he was ready to accept Christ, but he didn’t take that final step of faith…YET! Please keep praying for this dear man in his late seventies to accept the greatest gift!
We’ve also continued to have many meetings with Mrs. “E” – for the second time this week, we met her and her two sons at the bakery in front of our apartment building. Today we sat with them as we all ate our lunch and invited them to our Sunday services. She has attended many times in the past, and she and her husband are receptive to the Gospel. Pray for this young family – it would be WONDERFUL to see them raising their small sons in a Christian home!
*July 2019: We recently had an older woman, Mrs. Hamaguchi, drop into our church after a disagreement with her son’s family. She left their home and walked around the neighborhood for several hours before seeing the light on at KCC. Ken and I were there a few hours before church began so she came in and talked about her problems with us and agreed to stay for our Sunday morning worship. When she left after church, she accepted a Gospel of John booklet that we give to each visitor, and cried as she told us, “I didn’t know where to go or who to talk to, but then suddenly I looked up and saw the light on in your church and felt led to enter!” We prayed with her and told her that she’s very welcome to return to KCC anytime of the week. She indicated that she wants to know more. Please pray for God’s leading in her life!
Please continue to pray for the salvation of the families connected with our two weekly Mommy and Me classes, about twenty-two families currently. Also please continue to keep Mr. “A” and Mr. “N” #2 before the Lord, along with Judy’s Iriso Church English/Bible class members. These women have attended the class for more than thirty years and are all in their seventies now. They’ve studied the Bible many times and still have not felt the Holy Spirit in their hearts. Please pray for them to accept the TRUE GOD!
*April 2019: We were blessed to have twenty two Mommy and Me Class families attend our KCC Easter Outreach parties last week! Join with us in praying for their salvation. Our five Kids’ Club students, three junior high and two high school kids, continue to attend Sunday afternoon English and Bible time. All have been members since 2009 and it’s a joy to work with them each week! Pray for the three young brothers’ salvation and for their parents. Pray for each of these kids as they face enormous pressures in their daily lives. Please continue to pray for the 5 unsaved senior citizens we share Bible studies with: Mr. “A” at KCC and Judy’s four Iriso Church Women’s English and Bible Class members. Pray for our April 21st Easter Worship. Pray for more opportunities to share the Gospel!
*January 2019: Several blessings and prayer needs for our ministries at Kamifukuoka Christ Church and Iriso Christ Church. We praise God that we were able to move back into our church neighborhood a few months ago when our previous rent contract expired. We have rekindled several relationships with people we knew previously and have been blessed to see some of them attend services at KCC. However, due to the moving expenses, our mission account balance has been dropping and we are now very close to a deficit level. Please pray that this need will be met for us to remain here to follow God’s leading.
We were very blessed to have around thirty nonbelievers attend our three Christmas Outreach meetings: two Mommy and Me Class parties and our annual KCC Family Christmas. Pray that through the messages shared, along with Christian books and tracts that were given, the Holy Spirit will speak to hearts and we may see MANY come to know HIM in 2019!”
We have requested prayer for salvation for several years regarding Mr. “N” #1, Mr. “N” #2 and Mr. “A”. Mr. “N” #1 is now rejoicing in Heaven after accepting Christ last Fall; Mr. “A” continues to attend weekly Bible studies, and both he and Mr. “N” #2 attended our KCC Family Christmas. Pray that through the heartfelt message that was given by our son-in-law, Dr. Jeremy Delamarter, they may allow the Spirit to work in their hearts!
Please continue to pray for the Iriso Christ Church Women’s English and Bible class. This is Judy’s 31st year of teaching these women, now all in their seventies, and we pray that these many, many years of opening and sharing the Word will have an eternal impact on their lives!
*July 2018: PRAISING GOD for the salvation of Mr. “N” #1, a dear friend in his eighties, who accepted Christ this week! Prayers for his salvation have been lifted for close to thirty years, and we now rejoice that he is a Christ-follower! Please pray for his recovery from recent cancer surgery. Also please continue to pray for our two weekly Mommy and Me Classes, where we work with twenty unsaved moms and their toddlers in our church outreach ministries to families in our neighborhood. Please continue to pray for Mr. “A” and Mr. “N” #2’s salvation.