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A memorial for Kathleen Marie Frazier-Benton was held at the Shorewood Foursquare Church in West Seattle on February 13, 2013. BFI President Floyd Earlywine, who performed Mark & Kathleen’s wedding, conducted the service.

BFI wants to thank Tim Bentz who submitted the following photos of several who gathered that day around wonderful memories of Kathleen Marie Frazier-Benton.


 Posted by at 8:46 AM
Nov 052012

History has a beginning. Many cannot remember the beginning of Kurume Bethel Christ Church, but fifty years ago God moved in the heart of someone to step out and begin this church. Kurume Bethel today is the result of its pioneers obeying the voice of Godʼs Spirit.

Over the years of Kurume Bethelʼs history, there have been many, many people whose lives have been introduced to Jesus Christ; whose lives have been changed by the love and patience of God shown to them by the churchʼs pioneers, pastors, and believers.

We thank God for the pioneers. They are the ones who came to Kurume and began tilling the ground by studying Japanese so they could build relationships with people in their own language. The pioneers invited people into their home, and planted the love of God into their hearts. They watered the seed of Godʼs love with tears, lots of prayer and patience. There were perhaps many times the pioneers became discouraged, but the Holy Spirit refreshed them and gave them His hope that Japan will see the Glory of God!

Former Bethel Fellowship International missionaries George and Mary Beth Frazier were pioneers. Countless people have learned many things under their leadership.

George was a builder. He could build anything. He envisioned the way buildings for the church could look, and then he would get the material and build it. George Frazier was never afraid to get close to people. He touched peopleʼs lives with his persistence and “stick-to-it” personality when he did street-side, and door-to-door evangelism. He knew the peopleʼs language which broke down communication barriers. George always encouraged people to learn. One of his expressions of guidance was: “Youʼll see evil things, but donʼt let your mind dwell on them.”

His wife, Mary Beth ministered to countless Japanese women by sharing with them knowledge and principles of the home and family. She shared how to keep a home, raise children, cook, and have fun. George and Mary Beth were a team. As a result their spiritual children and grand-children are numerous.

Memories keep history alive! Keep your history alive by sharing your memories with your children.

The video below was created last month by Japan’s Kurume Bethel Christ Church in celebration of its 50th year. By watching it you will see only a glimpse of the pioneer work of BFI’s pioneer missionaries GEORGE  and MARY BETH FRAZIER.

 Posted by at 6:42 AM
May 082012

Join us on May 13, 2012 from 2:30-4:30PM (Japan time)  for our 4th annual “Praise Festival.”  Held at Munakata Bethel Christian Center in Munakata City, we will celebrate Jesus with high praise and exaltation to God. Join us!!

If you cannot be with us in person, please view on the Internet LIVE by clicking here!

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 Posted by at 7:45 AM
Mar 152012

Easter is the greatest of Christian holidays. But what does the word Easter mean? Where and when was it first celebrated?

The origin of the word Easter is uncertain, but the Venerable Bede claimed that the Christian resurrection festival displaced ancient pagan celebrations involving the Anglo-Saxon spring goddess “Eostre.” That, he said, occasioned the term. Others believe the word derives from an old German term meaning sunrise.

Whatever its meaning, it is the oldest celebration of Christianity. The earliest written reference to Easter comes from the mid-second century. A controversy arose about the dating of Easter, causing Polycarp to visit Rome’s bishop Anicetus. The two were unable to settle the controversy, and it became a hotly debated issue threatening to split the church. Believers in Asia celebrated one day, Christians in Europe another. Books, tracts, sermons, and harangues (long, blustery, noisy or scolding speeches) were devoted to the topic. Synods and councils were called. Tempers flared. Clergy excommunicated one another. Irenaesus wrote, “The apostles ordered that we should judge no one in respect to a feast day or a holy day. Whence then these wars? Whence these schisms?”

The issue came to a vote at the famous Council of Nicaea in 325. “Easter,” declared the council, “should be celebrated on the first Sunday following the first full moon after March 21, the vernal equinox.” Easter then is a “movable feast” that may occur as early as March 22 or as late as April 25. The matter wasn’t entirely settled, but believers seemed to realize that it wasn’t the date, but the significance, that gave Easter its magnificence. Note: Easter falls this year on April 12, 2009.

A custom arose among early worshipers to keep watch the Saturday night preceding Easter morning, and many believed that Christ would return at the breaking of this day. New converts kept watch and prayed throughout the night, then were baptized at sunrise. Another custom, still widely practiced, finds the pastor addressing the congregation with the glorious words: He is risen! The assembled worshipers shout in return: He is risen indeed! For 2,000 years the foundation of Christianity has rested securely on this simple yet unfathomable truth.

Source: On This Day, 365 Amazing and Inspiring Stories about Saints, Martyrs & Heroes, by Robert J. Morgan; Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, TN, Copyright 1997

 Posted by at 2:18 PM