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Baptist Churches in Pre-WWII Imperial Japan

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Kure Baptist Church members

This is an early photo of Kure Baptist Church. The church met in rented quarters (probably this house) until their church building was completed in 1922. So this is pre-1922, probably mid to late 1910s.

Emma and Elizabeth Ray are the young girls.  Standing next to Franklin Ray with the white mustache is Pastor Sadaie Obata. There are records of him being the pastor of Kure Baptist Church from 1914-1919. He was the pastor of Kumamoto Baptist Church from 1907 to 1911, and its possible he moved on to Kure in 1912 and stayed there until Pastor Wada took over. 

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Kure Baptist Church members
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This is an early photo of Kure Baptist Church. The church met in rented quarters (probably this house) until their church building was completed in 1922. So this is pre-1922, ... More »


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