Blown off course by the coronavirus outbreak, all SALT trainings have been suspended since Chinese New Year with no telling when they can resume.
Nonetheless, as re-directed by the “Holy Wind,” our local trainers have pressed onwards not in the classroom, but in the battle against the epidemic in their respective hometowns by marshalling fellow-citizens in order to prevent cross-infection, patrolling intersections even during the chilly nights, sharing protective gear and giving a helping hand wherever needed. Joining forces with other believers, SALT trainers are shining the love of Christ in the darkest of days, and bringing a breath of fresh hope during dire distress.
One particular church they know of had suffered acutely. Among its 100 plus members, 70 to 80 of them fell ill during the Chinese New Year period, with some in critical condition. Surrounding churches not only prayed for them but provided them with essential resources. Miraculously by God’s grace, all the sick recovered, including the worst afflicted.
Indeed, it is reported that many churches throughout the country have united in support of their communities during this time of crisis. Another case involved a hospital that ran out of masks and gowns for their medical staff. Neighboring churches rallied together to donate and send in batches of supplies and equipment for the front-line workers.
Jesus said, “I give you a new commandment to love one another. As I love you, you must love one another. If you have love for one another, everyone will recognize you as my disciples.” (John 13:34-35).
Praise God that our national trainers “practice what they preach” even at risk to their own lives.