Guest Speaker - Ted Olbrich
Friday, March 1 | 7:30pm
Sunday, March 3 | 9:00am & 11:00am
Ted Olbrich was born on a Dairy farm in the state of Illinois in the USA. He graduated with a degree in Agronomy from Iowa State University in 1968 during the Vietnam War. To keep from being drafted into the military Ted took an assignment as an agriculturist with International Voluntary Services in Laos from 1968 to 1971. He was sent to get a Masters in rice production at The International Rice Research Institute. He met Sou the first day he was in Laos.
Sou Olbrich was born a Princess in the Kingdom of Laos. Her father was murdered before she can remember so she grew up under difficult circumstances. Due to estrangement from both royal lines, she found herself working at the US Embassy office to support her son and mother. Ted and Sou were married in Vientiane, Laos on January 17, 1970.
They spent the first year of their marriage working in the war zone. In 1972 Sou attended a “Women’s Aglow” meeting and received the Lord. They worked in business for two years, farmed for 8 years, and took a job in Western Samoa setting up an agricultural school during which time they both received the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. They began leading a home group where God started to do miraculous healings and were soon elders in the church. In 1986, due to a pastoral failure Ted was asked to pastor the church.
Sou always co-pastored with Ted and they brought the church into Foursquare in 1988. They grew the congregation to over 400 people and built a new building.
God called them to Cambodia in 1998. Sou was reluctant but God spoke to her, “I have a contract with you.” Starting with one small congregation, the Foursquare Church in Cambodia now numbers nearly 6,000 congregations with over 1,000,000 believers won to Christ. The church also began caring for orphans and have 106 church/orphan homes caring for nearly 2,500 orphans and widows. Since 1999, they have raised 19,000 children at some point in their lives.
Ted and Sou have four children and five grandchildren all in the USA.