Conversations: Meet Staff Member May Lee

May Lee

Coordinator of the Women's Ministry, FamilyLife in Taipei, Taiwan

May Lee works with FamilyLife in Taipei, Taiwan. A 29-year staff member, she serves as the Coordinator of the Women's Ministry, overseeing the active movements in 4 cities. May hosts a weekly radio show, speaks and teaches at conferences and universities, and occasionally writes articles for various publications. She is the wife of the National Director for Taiwan, James Lee. May and James have 2 grown sons.

What is the biggest challenge in ministry you face right now?
Right now my challenge would be how to use my time most effectively. It's sometimes juggling what to accept, what to turn down. It's a challenge. I don't want to be spread out too thin to a point where I miss out on the most important thing, and that is building disciples.

To improve your ministry, have you changed something in the last year?
Last year I trained 15 instructors to teach LTC (leadership training class) for the women. Prior to this year, I had to call in some staff members to help me to teach classes. Starting this past year, they can run the entire ministry without assistance. It is even more effective.

Describe a moment when you trusted God for something bigger than yourself.
I was asked to speak in English to 8,000 women from all over the world. I really had to trust God. I am really comfortable speaking in Chinese, but doing it in English was a very frightening thing, especially in front of so many people. It was a very faith-stretching experience.

What do you do for fun?
We love to watch wild birds. My husband and I ride our bicycles to go by the riverside and watch them with our binoculars. I love to sit there and watch the birds for hours and hours. My husband enjoys it too.

What do you think makes a successful leader?
A successful leader has to be humble enough to admit his faults and be willing to be changed by God.

Do you have a favorite quote?
I think I got this idea from Henry Cloud in his book Changes That Heal. "I can't change others, I can only change myself." It frees me from a lot of inter-relationship entanglement. I can only change my response. I remind all my ladies that "don't try to change your husband or your children or your mother-in-law."