Our Love in Christ,
Charlie and Cathy Milbrodt
PS: We will periodically publish a LWMI Family Tribute to honor and give recognition to the precious people in our lives. This month's tribute is to Mr. & Mrs. Lee Khim Thian of Sitiawan, Malaysia.
LWMI Family Tribute to Mr. and Mrs. Lee Khim Thian
Those of you that have heard me preach have probably heard me share a story or two about Mr. Lee. I lovingly call him my "Chinese Father."
Cathy and I met the Lee's a little over ten years ago when our friends Luis and Vivienne Manuel brought the Lee's to Thailand for a mission's adventure. That very first visit, the Lee's committed to build a church at Lay Key Village. That day the Lee's stepped into a part of their destiny that has impacted our lives and ministry as well as the lives of thousands of people in the Nation of Thailand.
Early on in our relationship I sensed a "father-son" relationship with Mr. Lee. I couldn't explain it in the natural, but I knew God had something special between us. The Lee's have returned to Thailand every year since and a wonderful friendship/relationship has developed. Building churches has always been a goal of LWMI, but it was through the encouragement, direction and participation of the Lee's that brought the "vision" into a "reality."
The Lee's encouraged us to build our churches according to a blueprint which gave uniformity and quality control to our buildings. Mr. Lee also directed us in the plan to have a pastor's house at each location so the overseeing minister would have a decent place to live. More than just ideas, the Lee's promoted the funding of the church construction project among their friends and associates in Malaysia. To this day, the Lee's and their Malaysian team are the greatest financial contributors to the church building project of LWMI. 78 churches have already been funded through Mr. and Mrs. Lee and their Malaysian friends and associates. The successful completion of our 100th church this year will be a result of the fruitful relationship of Mr. and Mrs Lee Khim Thian and Living Word Ministries International.
The Lee's have also been very instrumental in helping us initiate and develop the coffee project. Again, the fatherly insight of Mr. Lee is guiding us to truly impact this nation for Jesus Christ. The long term vision and success of LWMI's ministry to the Nation of Thailand will be greatly enhanced through this project.
A Friendship Was Formed....A Dynamic Relationship Was Birthed. LWMI had a vision to plant churches....The Lee's had the wisdom and insight to make it happen. God brought the Lee's and the Milbrodt's together to make the vision become a reality!
God Bless you brother and sister Lee Khim Thian. You are dear friends and tremendous partners. Our life and ministry has been richly blessed through our relationship with you!