With God all Things are Possible
2019 has been a turning point for SALT. We significantly altered our training strategy with a new training program and officially commissioned a new core team to lead this new effort. In spite of daunting circumstances, the team has discovered, “Your strength will equal your days” (Deuteronomy 33:25).
Joseph and Philip stopped by our office last month and reported the weather continues to be harsh, thus impacting our team efforts. In the first half of the year, at least three training sites were put on hold. It was discouraging. At the time, both Joseph and Philip expected things to become even more bleak. But they didn’t, in fact, some suspended sites miraculously reopened. Here’s what they reported:
1. Not only did suspended sites resume, the number of training sites increased! One year ago, only 6 training sites were active. Most were aging, dying, or scheduled to wrap up the completion of their training. But now we have 10 active sites with two more waiting to join. All the pastor/students are young and energetic. This is beyond our expectation. Surely the Lord is Jehovah-jireh.
2. We are experiencing once again, no matter how difficult it is, God is Immanuel. He is with us always and helps us. For our part, we must stay alert so that we can grasp every chance He gives us.
3. Whenever SALT encounters challenges, our prayer partners back us up. Each time God listens, answers and helps. The key for the success of SALT is faithful prayer partners. Thank you!
Earlier this year, we officially launched the 3-Year (9 course) Teaching Certificate Program for active church leaders. Though the timing of this new effort was not good due to the weather challenges, the outcome has been far beyond our expectations. The growing number of new sites is a great testimony to God leading us. The experience has brought home to us the significance of the following verses:
1. “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). We are well aware of our limitations. We ask for strength and wisdom from God to carry out this ministry.
2. “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few” (Matthew 9:37). We are recruiting new workers to expand the ministry. Please pray for this.
Pray for Joseph, Philip and the rest of our national team. Pray that they can further develop SALT ministries with courage, yet with wisdom under God’s leading and guidance.