Ryan and Joanne Lee (co-lead pastors) both grew up in the Presbyterian Church most of their lives. Ryan was serving in a Korean-American Mega Church in Anaheim, California as a youth pastor and teacher for almost 10 years when God radically changed everything. In November, 2003, God called them through a powerful visitation from the Holy Spirit and made it clear that He wanted them to be a part of an End-time move of God that will touch all nations. A small group of people started gathering in Ryan and Joanne’s living room to seek the Lord’s will.
After praying for over 6 months every morning, on May 16, 2004, the Lord clearly spoke and confirmed His promise from Genesis 12:1-3 and gave that as a covenant to them, “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Though they did not have a full understanding of what this covenant meant, they obeyed the voice of the Lord and resigned from their previous church to wait for the Lord’s assignment.
Thereafter, exactly 9 months from the initial visitation of the Holy Spirit, on August 15, 2004, God birthed Blessed International in their living room with just a few people. By His goodness, faithfulness, and mercy, the Lord has been leading Blessed to be a blessing to families in Orange County and to touch many nations and missionaries to be revived and restored by the power of the Holy Spirit.
As of February, 2021, by the grace of God, Blessed has over 200 churches and equipping centers in 16 nations: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Germany, Ghana, India, Kenya, S. Korea, Malawi, Mexico, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, and U.S.A.