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Witness Lee (李常受 Pinyin: Lǐ Chángshuò) was born in Chefoo, Shandong Province, China in 1905. He became a Christian in 1925, and later came under the influence of the late Chinese Christian worker Watchman Nee. Witness Lee moved to Shanghai several years later to work with Nee. He became a full-time church co-worker with Watchman Nee in 1933. Watchman Nee appointed Witness Lee to continue his ministry in Taiwan in the late forties as the communists were advancing on the mainland of China. He died in 1997 in the United States.
According to Witness Lee, the Lord's recovery can be traced back at least to God's raising up of Martin Luther and the reformers, and continued in recovering lost biblical truths through others such as Madame Guyon, Father Fenelon, Brother Lawrence, Count Zinzendorf, the Moravian Brethren, John Darby, the Brethren, Watchman Nee, and himself, Witness Lee. He believed that one of the primary items that God used him and Watchman Nee to recover was the oneness of all believers in Christ, and the practical expression of this oneness in the practice of the local churches.
In 1948, Lee extended his ministry from Taiwan to other Malaysian and Indonesian cities. In 1950 the movement reached the Philippines in Manila, Japan in 1957, the United States in 1958, Brazil in 1959, Canada in 1963, South Korea in 1965, New Zealand and Australia in 1970, Germany and Nigeria in 1971, and Ghana in 1972.
Witness Lee visited the U.S. in 1958 and 1960. He began meeting with a number of Christian fellowships in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York. In 1962, Lee returned to the U.S. and established his residence and helped raise up the local church in Los Angeles. He established the Stream Publishers in 1965, which later became Living Stream Ministry in Anaheim, California, primarily as a publishing vehicle for his and Watchman Nee's spoken and recorded messages. He gave numerous conferences, mostly in the United States and Asia. Witness Lee died in June 1997 in Souther California.