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Remembering Our Beloved Founder:

Prophetess Mattie J. Bass
February 22, 1917 - November 10, 2007
The Bible declares that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. It is so wonderful to know that the Lord is the same today as He was ninety years ago. Holiness is the same today as it was ninety years ago. God has commanded us to live holy lives before him, all the days of our lives.

God in His eternal wisdom has seen fit to call home, from labor to reward: Mattie J. Bass, our mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, friend, and our beloved Pastor.

Pastor Bass was a faithful shepherd of the gospel, serving untiringly as an Overseer of many churches in the United States and internationally. She preached salvation and holiness; she taught us not to compromise our identity as women with new trends of the world.

We will cherish the memory of her unselfish life and we will continue to teach and live those things we have been taught. We look forward to the time when we shall meet her in Glory.

The members of the Seed of Abraham Pentecostal Church humbly submit to the will of Almighty God who knows and does all things according to his purpose and glory.

Seed of Abraham Church Family
Seed of Abraham
DEAR [Saints] IN THE LORD,

ALLOW ME TO CONVEY ON BEHALF OF THE SOA IN MALAWI AND MOZAMBIQUE OUR SOLEMN, CONDOLENCE AND GRIEVANCE STATEMENT TO THE SEED OF ABRAHAM PENTECOSTAL CHURCH ADMINISTRATION AND THE BERIEVED FAMILY FOR THE HOME GOING OF OUR RESPECTABLE, DEAR, WONDERFUL, MERCIFUL, ENCOURAGING, ETC., MOTHER TO GO AND STAY WITH THE LORD. MAY GOD ALONE GRANT US COMFORT IN SUCH A TIME AS THIS. 1 THESALONIANS 4:3

PASTOR EVANS KHOBIDI,
GENERAL OVERSEER [African Outreach Ministry]
Seed of Abraham
The Federated Pentecostal Church acknowledges the home going of Pastor Mattie J. Bass who departed this earthly life for her heavenly home on Saturday, November 10, 2007.

Pastor Bass has been a tenured member of the General Board of the Federated Pentecostal Church. Her faithful service spans several decades during which time she willingly contributed her spiritual gifts, time, and resources for the up building of the kingdom and the vision of this great fellowship of churches. Her legacy continues through the work of the National Youth and Women's leaders who have served under tutelage.

Her ministry extended beyond the borders of her local church, the Seed of Abraham Pentecostal Church. Pastor Bass frequently ministered internationally in India and Africa where she was an Overseer of churches there. Following her overseas travel, she would readily expound of God's goodness to the Board during the Bishops' Summit.

Pastor Bass operated in her spiritual gifts. She was also known as "Prophetess" Bass due to her sensitivity to the Spirit and her willingness to foretell the move of God. She would often speak of the times and seasons to come as she was moved by the anointing of the Holy Ghost. It was that same level of anointing and commitment to Ministry that enabled her to persevere following the death of her beloved husband, Elder C. E. Bass in January, 1999.

We are saddened by the loss of her physical presence; we rejoice in knowing that Pastor Bass has received he glorified body. She is now free from sickness, and can join with the Apostle Paul in saying, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course. I have kept the faith: Henceforth, there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness . . ." (2 Timothy 4:7-8a)

. . .the Executive Board of the Federated Pentecostal Church International, commend the life, accomplishments, and legacy of Pastor Bass and express our sincere condolences to the entire Bass and Seed of Abraham Church families. May you find comfort during your time of bereavement in Psalm 116:15: "Precious in the sight of the Lord, is the death of His saints."

Bishop S. D. Lefall, President
Bishop R. E. Taylor, Vice-President
Dr. Edna E. Travis, Executive Secretary
Seed of Abraham
We were greatly distressed to learn of the passing of a dear friend, pastor and mentor, Prophetess Mattie J. Bass.

It is difficult to explain in words the impact that this great woman of God has had, and will continue to have, on the literally millions of people who are touched by the godly chain reaction that her prophetic ministry has sparked. Those of us who have had the privilege of sitting under the ministry of this wonderful gift of God will remember for a long time to come the power and clarity of her message, that Jesus Christ is, and must be King of our lives, and that what we do or say carries meaning only to the extend that it points us and others to the sublime calling of the Cross.

This message was the key to the extraordinary magnetism of this great woman of God, a magnetism that commanded love without demanding. Until the day that we join her at God's great table, we shall remember her and be inspired by her legacy, and we shall mention her in thanksgiving to the God who, in His great love and mercy, lent her to us but for a brief moment of His eternal reign.

Prophetess Mattie, Mama - we shall miss that nurturing presence among us, not just the pampering, the generosity of her house, the pancakes, the hugs, but also her laugh, her smile, and the very essence of a truly special friend and shepherd we were so privileged to walk with.

Ambassador Jonathan Wutawunashe
And Mrs. Shuvai Wutawunashe
Seed of Abraham
... It gives me joy and sadness at the same time knowing that our Mother and Friend, God's handmaiden has gone or rather has slept! Indeed we shall see her thats the joy part of it, she is now with the Lord whom she so loved and well served! What an honour to have known this great woman and what a treasure she was to all of us who had the chance to meet and hear her expound the truth of God's Word. I, for one, thank God for her and all the Lord allowed her to do, be and accomplish!
May the Lord send you the Holy Spirit to comfort you and all the saints.
Shalom!
Everjoyce
Seed of Abraham
Our dearly beloved Pastor was a much loved leader of the SOA Youth Department.

On November 7, 2007, the youth celebrated her last Holy Ghost filled service at her home.

...[Pastor] taught us to live holy, to walk by faith and God doesn't make junk. We prize her memory and the many beautiful lessons of life she has taught us and express our genuine appreciation of the wholesome influence she was able to exert.

Pastor dedicated her life to helping others and teaching the word of God: providing an example of holiness throughout the world. There is no greater blessing than a pastor who cares and lovingly remembers us in all of her prayers.

She lived the life she sang about in her songs. She preached, "You must be born again" and "Holiness or hell."

She believed and trusted the written word of God, therefore, teaching us uncompromising faith.

SOA Youth Department
Seed of Abraham
To friends, family and congregation:

I want to extend my deepest sympathy to you during this time of loss at the death of your Senior Pastor Mattie J. Bass.

[Pastor] Mattie gave us an example of perseverance in the midst of challenges. Despite traditional views that women should not be church leaders, [Pastor] Mattie served as a pastor for 40 years. During those years, she mentored many people who became pastors, evangelists and teachers.

Pastor Bass had a great influence on the community and the people around her. Through her leadership, many programs in the greater Seattle area were begun invluding jail, detention center and prison ministries; nursing home and hospital ministries; and food and clothing ministries.

Her influence was also felt outside the local community. As Pastor Bass personally visited various African countries and experienced their suffering, she directed that monthly relief be sent to these countries to alleviate the hard conditions. She left the legacy that "everyone can do something."

Members of the Seed of Abraham Church are part of the interwoven fabric that makes Renton the great community it is. As such, we share in your loss and grief.

May Mattie J. Bass be honored and remembered as a great mother, friend, and teacher who was always there to help those less fortunate.

Kathy Keolker
Mayor
Seed of Abraham
Today we celebrate the life of Mattie J. Bass, a woman of exceptional character and faith, whose many years of faithful service have left an indelible mark on her Renton congregation and communities around the globe.

Senior Pastor and founder of the Seed of Abraham Pentecostal Church and Worldwide Ministries, Mattie built a tremendous legacy of ministry, compassion, and servant leadership. Her heart for people transcended all barriers and led to numerous outreach programs in the local community, as well as relief efforts worldwide.

[Pastor] Mattie fully embraced her life's mission and impacted countless people along the way. Her bold personality, insightful teaching, snd generous spirit always left a lasting impression on those fortunate enough to have met her. She will be greatly missed, but I am confident that her legacy will be a source of hope and inspiration for many years to come...

Christine Gregoire
Govenor
Seed of Abraham
Our hearts feel a huge loss today as we realize Pastor Mattie Bass has gone home to meet the Lord. Though we rejoice knowing Pastor Bass is joining our Heavenly Father, we will miss her physical presence and drive to share the gift of Salvation here on earth. She brought a sense of acceptance and understanding that meant so much to those souls lost in the world, seeking help and direction. She gave them the greatest gift of all time, Jesus Christ.

We are praying the church will be able to carry on her dream and legacy of sharing the Gospel, “Seed Of Abraham” broadcasting on the radio Africa Network. Since 1997, when we were introduced to Pastor Bass and she shared her vision, her dreams and goals to broadcast her spiritual teaching among the millions of listeners in Africa, we new right away we had a special soldier of God among us. She had the ability to open up an inner world in one’s soul, making them curious to seek the Word of God. We are forever humbled by her kind spirit, teaching and dedication to serve the God.

It has been a blessing to serve her and her radio ministry, we will never forget her. She was a gift from God.

The Staff of Pan American Broadcasting,
Carmen, Elaine, Robin, Mher, LeWei & Gene

Robin M Boggs
Pan American Broadcasting
800-726-2620; 408-996-2033
Seed of Abraham
Dear Friends and Family of Pastor Mattie J. Bass
and the Seed of Abraham Church,

...I feel so blessed to have known Pastor Mattie Bass. I’ve always felt it was such a pleasure and an honor to be included whenever I’ve come home to Seattle, to be a part of your Church Family, and the warm family feeling of those memorable holiday breakfasts at Pastor Bass’ lovely home.

I know Pastor Bass has been a defining influence to the well-being of all who have known her tireless caring and guidance. Without question, her leadership and friendship has been a familiar beacon of light and hope to all who have come to know her and hear her messages— messages inspired by the scriptures, the Holy Spirit, and the love of God. I feel enriched to have witnessed her inspired sermons for myself.

I am especially grateful to know how vital Pastor Bass’ loving stewardship has been of my sister traveling over the years through many of life’s joys and hardships.

Indeed, what a wonderful and loving tribute to have a Homegoing service for dear Mattie Bass who is surely journeying homeward.

Ellison Horne, Jr.
Seed of Abraham
Much grace to you Big Sis at this moment. It gives me joy and sadness at the same time knowing that our Mother and Friend, God's handmaiden has gone or rather has slept! Indeed we shall see her thats the joy part of it, she is now with the Lord whom she so loved and well served! What an honour to have known this great woman and what a treasure she was to all of us who had the chance to meet and hear her expound the truth of God's Word. I, for one, I thank God for her and all the Lord allowed her to do, be and accomplish!
May the Lord send you the Holy Spirit to comfort you and all the saints.
Shalom!
Everjoyce
Seed of Abraham
SHALOM TO YOU [and] ALL THE SAINTS,

PEACE AND COMFORT TO YOU ALL THE BASS FAMILY, CHURCH AND FRIENDS. WE WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS OUR CONDOLENCE FOR THE HOME GOING OF OUR PASTOR, MOTHER AND PROPHETESS BASS.

FROM PASTOR ROBERT AND MRS ABYGIRL MAJONGA
Seed of Abraham

She was a fine woman, a real woman of God and had a powerful ministry! This area is a better place because she worked here and she has left a hole that cannot be filled.

Randy Ticer
Email: randy@threecoinstravel.com
Web: www.threecoinstravel.com

Seed of Abraham
I was shocked to read that our beloved Pastor Bass had gone home to be with the Lord. I wish to extend my condolences to her family and the church for this loss of a great woman of God. She fought a good fight of faith and I counted it a privilege to have met her and come under her ministry during the years that she travelled to Zimbabwe. We remain with very fond memories of a loving mother and Pastor. We know that she is now in a better place in glory.
With love
Patison Sithole
Deacon-Family of God
Seed of Abraham
Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. And I heard a voice from the heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them." Revelation 14:12, 13

Prophetess Bass was a Minister of the Gospel, a distinguished Pastor, and of cheerful spirit. She shared a dedicated friendship with our Pastor, Rev. Dr. Amos Landry, Jr. over the years. She showed loyalty, dedication, and faithfulness to everyone who loved and knew her and was the faithful pastor of the Seed of Abraham Pentecostal Church in Renton Washington.

Peoples Institutional Baptist Church extends our deepest sympathy, love, and charity to Prophetess Bass' beloved daughter, Associate Pastor Lois Sharpe, and the entire Seed of Abraham Church family.

Rev. Dr. Amos Landry, Jr., Pastor
Peoples Institutional Baptist Church
Seed of Abraham
I WILL MISS PASTOR TREMENDOUSLY, SHE WAS MY SPIRITUAL MOM; I KNOW I WILL SEE HER AGAIN. MAY THE SEED SHE SOWED CONTINUE TO HARVEST FOR YEARS TO COME. BECAUSE OF THE SEED SHE SOWED IN ME MANY YEARS AGO, I LIVE FOR CHRIST TODAY IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH. GREETINGS, TO ALL MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS CARRYING ON AT THE SEED OF ABRAHAM CHURCH. MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU IN A MIGHTY WAY. LOVE,

SIS. J. GAYLA HOLOWAY
Seed of Abraham
We the Wilson Family both celebrate the life and homegoming of your wonderful pastor, Pastor Mattie J. Bernikow Bass. She blessed the lives of my family back in the 1980's and has visited my mom in the nursing home recently. She will always be loved and highly favored for the work she has done and the life she lived. We love you and will continue to pray for you all during this time of transition.

In Christ, Darnell Wilson and Family
Seed of Abraham
Sanetta Hunter
Dear S.O.A. Church, We just want you to know our thoughts and prayers are with you. Prophetess Bass was a awesome woman of God and will be greatly missed. Continue to carry her vision of reaching souls and we know the Lord will continue to richly bless and keep you.
Blessings,
the Hunter Family
Seed of Abraham
OUR BELOVED MOTHER BASS You are the first Pastor that WELCOMED us in the land of the Americas. A Woman of God devoted to the unadulterated Word of God. You stood on nothing but the Word of God, Unwavering and Unswayed by any other winds of doctrine. You are a true testimony of “God said it, I believe it, and that settles it”. WE WILL MISS YOUR GENEROUS SMILE, YOUR CONSISTENCY IN THE WORD, and YOUR STAND AS A HOLY WOMAN OF GOD. You loved us unconditionally You always embraced us whenever you saw us. Like flint you had your face fixed on God. We did not only hear the word through your mouth we “SAW” God through you as He preserved your life to the end. Your fear of God was evident in the way you carried and delivered the Word. Our Hearts are Filled with Thanks and Praise For the Gift You were to All of Us. We trust the MASTER WILL SAY WELL DONE, THOU GOOD AND FAITHFULL SERVANT, YOU HAVE RUN THE RACE WITH PATIENCE; We will be reunited in the skies.
Thank You,
Siyabonga. Tinotenda, Asante Sana
With Much Love Thembelani N. Marshall & Lucy S. Damasane Marshall
Seed of Abraham
Words do not come easy to express what is in my heart regarding Pastor. She was a General among Generals! The lost of her is vibrating throughout the Seattle/Renton area into world that she travelied trying to reach other lost souls. My heart is full.

Pastor Frances Johnson
Heavenly Sent Ministries
Seed of Abraham
I love you Pastor,and although you will be greatly missed, I know you are going home to Gods house, where there are many mansions. Thank you for one day being in my life.
Sis Teri Thomas
Seed of Abraham
"THE WOMAN OF GOD WHO STANDS 4'9" BUT STANDS TALL IN GOD"

This woman is a woman who trusted God for her very life and did not compromise in her trust in the Lord.

She carried the Word of God in her heart and trust God's word for all it was worth.

She will be remembered as a woman who told the world "JESUS SAID IT."

She let the world know that you can "CALL HIM BY HIS NAME." She asked one day "HAVE YOU TRIED JESUS?"

She told the saints that the angels sang to her "JESUS IS HOLY, HOLY, HOLY."

She is a remarkable woman with a true love for God.

To the family, be encouraged and strenghtened in the Lord. He has planned, purposed and he will do what is right for his children.

Proverbs 3:5, 6: Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not to your own understanding. In all of your ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your paths.

We humbly submit to the perfect will of God and we know that he will do all things well.

Reverend Dr. Bishop Richard E. Taylor
Evangel Temple and the United Full Gospel Church USA
Seed of Abraham
Prophetess Mattie J. Bass was a devoted, faithful and committed leader and servant of the Most High God. She taught us to reach out for the lost and dying, to preach the gospel at all cost, to live holy everyday and not to compromise, to walk by faith and not by sight. She will be recorded in our church records as our Pastor and Overseer of our church. She licensed and ordained us as ministers of the gospel of Jesus Christ and installed us as pastors of New Life Faith Christian Fellowship.

Under her leadership our lives were empowered with the Word of God. We were taught holiness and righteousness and how to give the devil black eyes. We now stand on our own two feet, preaching the gospel as she has taught us to be holy leaders of God.

We join her daughter, family members and the Seed of Abraham Church family in a moment of sorrow and pain of her loss. Know that our prayers are with you, the family and the church family.

Pastor Barry and Co-Pastor Catherine Collins
Evangelist A. L. Williams, Associate Minister
Seed of Abraham
Be it known that our earnest heartfelt prayers and thoughts are with you and your immediate family, as well as the Seed of Abraham's church family. Be it known, that we will certainly miss Prophetess Pastor Bass and be it known that her diligent work and life of holiness live on in the lives of the multitudes of people she [has] touched throughout the world.

Pastor Helen Orme, M. A.
Shekinah Glory Tabernacle
Seed of Abraham

   

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