Have you heard about the story of Man Hee Lee? Me neither.
Until last week, that is. A Christian instructor from Korea, Man Hee Lee has spend his life fighting for Christianity in a land where Buddism and Taoism are by far the dominant religions.
It has earned the 81-year-old Hee Lee a dedicated following and a bit of fame late in life. Every month in Korea, more than 3,000 people gather to listen to Hee Lee, and that number is growing rapidly.
Pastors from 28 different countries invited the instructor to come to Europe. Because of the high demand, Hee Lee returned to Europe on July 4th for the second time.
Hee Lee followed that up with a trip to the United States. He spoke July 14 at The Times Center in New York, NY and will appear July 21 at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, Calif.
Here is a very short interview about Hee Lee, with subtitles.
Hee Lee is the descendant of a Korean royal family of the Joseon Dynasty—a house with 500 years of history. Born in 1931 from a rural farming region, Man Hee Lee was given his name, meaning complete light, by his grandfather—who before Lee’s birth had a precognitive dream regarding a light of heaven shining down.
Hee Lee founded and manages hundreds of free churches and Bible schools inside and outside the country for any believers who are interested. Hee Lee is the founder and director of 300 Bible schools around the world, offering thousands of classes.
To date, worldwide, there are over 85,000 graduates, approximately 20,000 additional students are still learning, making this the largest Bible school in the world. His teaching is based solely on the Bible. The Bible is the only basis of doctrine taught.
Normally, I am suspicious of religious figures who acquire such a large following, but Hee Lee seems like a genuine man of God. A very interesting fellow.