At the center
“It is not surprising that people are saved from this training because at any point, in any lesson, you can point to God.” ~SALT Trainee
Last month, we held a four-day training in a small rural church down a gravel road on the island of Bohol in the southern Philippines. The participants had just returned from teaching the first third of our Old Testament course to more than 500 village pastors around Bohol and the nearby large island of Mindanao. We spent the entire first day of the training debriefing their experience and finding out how the pastors they taught were using this course in ministry. We learned that the SALT teaching was being used from the pulpit, in youth groups, discipleship training classes, and in Sunday School.
Then Pastor Rey said that people were being saved as a result of the training! He shared of a pastor who was teaching the Old Testament class in a youth group. The group was learning about the empires of Assyria, Babylon, and Persia when the pastor noticed 3 new young people had joined the class. After the session, these new attendees came forward and asked to be saved.
At this point, we asked our group of trainees if this kind of experience was common. They said absolutely! One trainer spoke up and said: “It is not surprising that people are saved from this training because at any point, in any lesson, you can point to God.”
We take pains to make sure that even when we are teaching about ancient empires, God remains the center and the lessons maintain devotional focus on the Bible’s impact on our lives. Please pray that pastors and churches are continually strengthened through deeper and richer understanding of God’s Word.