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 and is a professor at the Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan.
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*March 2017: PRAISING GOD! Many of you have been praying with us for Mr. “A”, an older man who has been attending weekly Bible studies at Kamifukuoka Christ Church for the last two years. Although he is not yet a believer, this morning at Bible Study, he gave thanks to God! His wife was recently diagnosed with cancer, and yesterday their physician informed them that the situation wasn’t as bleak as they were previously told. Mr.”A” said he feels God answered the prayers of our church believers who have been praying! THANK YOU for praying and for being a part of this prayer ministry!
*January 2017: We had a great Christmas season at Kamifukuoka Christ Church with several special outreach programs, and many unsaved attending each event. Pray for each one who came and heard the Gospel! Our weekly Mommy and Me class has grown to eleven toddlers and eleven moms. Nine of the moms are not believers; pray for our witness and their salvation! Weekly Bible studies continue with a group at our church and also in Judy’s English/Bible class at Iriso Christ Church – both classes attended by unsaved; pray for salvation! Our Sunday afternoon Kids’ Club also continues with unsaved families involved in each class. We appreciate your prayers for the lost in Japan!
*We will be having special CHRISTMAS OUTREACH PROGRAMS at Kamifukuoka Christ Church in December 2016. Our Children’s Christmas Party will be held on Saturday morning, December 24th. Some of the moms and toddlers from the Mommy and Me class Judy leads on Wednesdays have indicated they’ll be attending, along with some neighborhood friends of church members. On Christmas Sunday, our Family Christmas will be held in the evening from 5 – 7 p.m. at our church. Some of our former Kids’ Club members, along with their moms, are planning to attend, along with other friends from the neighborhood. Please pray that the Holy Spirit will work in lives of those attending!
*November 2016: We’re thankful to be back home in Japan! We have moved into a house, secured a small car and have reestablished many of our former friendships with people in our church neighborhood. Pray for us as we begin working again at Kamifukuoka Christ Church, the church we began in 2007 along with the Nomura family. This week Judy will begin teaching a weekly Mommy and Me class at the church, and resumes her weekly English/Bible classes at Iriso Christ Church. Saturday we will be participating in “Hope Alive” – a bimonthly English worship service started by the Crowe and Hubbard families. Ken will also be preaching on Sunday, and we’ll be teaching the Kids’ Club children, along with Sunday School class. In addition, we’ll be meeting with a few of our families who are not currently attending church. We appreciate your prayers! God is good!
*September 2016: We are traveling from Seattle, WA, this week to speak in five CA churches and two chapel services at California Christian College. We will be leaving for Japan on September 27th, arriving September 28th, and we ask for your prayers as we try to quickly find a house and a car.
*MAY 2016: Our time as Hillsdale College (now known as “Randall University”) Missionaries in Residence has come to a close, and we are in the process of relocating to our home state of MO to continue traveling to raise our Mission support. We have logged over 35,000 miles since last July, and anticipate many more miles as we travel around the State, sharing our burden for the lost in Japan and trying to gather new faith promise support. If your church would like to become one of our Japan Ministry partners, please contact us, and continue to pray!
*March 2016: Please pray for the family of Mrs. Mitsue Kazama, a long time member of Iriso FWB Church and later Good News Chapel in Japan. Mr. and Mrs. Kazama were led to the Lord by missionary Fred Hersey in the seventies, and later worked with the Tokyo Team to establish Good News Chapel. Please pray for their three unsaved adult children and spouses, and for their eight grandchildren to remember her faith in the Lord, and for Mr. Tetsuya Kazama as he faces this next journey without his beloved wife.
* February 2016: Please pray for us as we continue our second semester as Missionaries in Residence at Hillsdale FWB College in Moore, OK. Our one year Home Assignment is quickly drawing to a close, and our plan is to return home to Japan in early July of this year. Please pray for safety as we travel each weekend to our home state of MO to speak in churches. Our Mission Board voted in December to return to the “Designated Plan of Giving.” This means we are responsible to raise 100% of our needed funds to return to Japan to continue our ministries there. THANK YOU to those who are giving to the Bailey account! If you are not currently supporting a missionary, please pray about becoming a ministry partner with us!