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Ringing in the New!

As we ring in the new year, there is much to celebrate at SALT! Since our founding 27 years ago, we have compiled over 30 courses covering not only the histories of the Old and New Testaments, Bible teachings and Christian living, but also Bible Study and preaching skills. Ten years ago, we began the process of revamping outdated content. Today, we rejoice over the completion of our latest revision project, the new and improved Homiletics course. Indeed this journey was full of twists and turns, as described by our curriculum colleague, Music,...

Carpe Diem

As 2022 draws to a close, we bring you a story of SALT trainers and students who seized the day, despite hazards and hard work. One Monday in November, two of our SALT trainers hurried to the SC site. They were slated to teach our Old Testament Survey 1, 100 Steps (OT 1) course the next morning. En route, they heard that several other trainings got postponed due to the pandemic. They had only one plea in their hearts: "Lord, please don't let this training be affected." PTL that classes began as scheduled, but the crisis...

Advancing with Vision

What a special opportunity we had last month to video chat with two of our founders, Rev. Steve Wible and Dr. Steve Torgerson! In discussing the future development of SALT, our focus naturally turned to the rapid changes taking place across East Asia. Like some of you, they raised concerns about how these changes are impacting SALT's ministry. Yes, we are facing greater and greater challenges, but yes, we are experiencing God's grace in greater and greater measure. As our Director of Training, Joseph, explains, "COVID has repeatedly broken out in different...

When Plan B Is Best

Sometimes, Plan B is God's best for our lives. Such was the case for 25-year-old Wing who graduated from our 3-Year Certificate Program last year. Among the first cohort of SALT graduates, Wing was determined to become an "unashamed worker who will be also qualified to teach others."  (2 Tim 2:2,15) Committing to full-time ministry was no easy endeavor, even for a second-generation believer like Wing. A college grad with a bright future ahead of him, Wing could have simply stayed on in the secular world, but he finally let go of his original...

Reversal of Roles

What pride and joy we feel at SALT as our national trainers take on greater ownership over curriculum design and course development. More than a decade ago, we created the "You Preach I Write" approach to tailor-make Bible courses for pastors in the East Asian church. While lacking expertise in writing, our national trainers excelled in preaching, using cultural illustrations and application points familiar to local believers. So, our job was to transcribe their pilot teaching and discussion recordings into text, then edit and compile the materials into manuals. In this...

Truth AND Dare

Training in East Asia is no game. The reality is that if you choose to teach the Truth, you inherently put yourself at risk. Even favorable conditions are no guarantee for smooth sailing, except for God's grace. SALT's recent ministry at the Millet site is a case in point. Despite sporadic COVID outbreaks in his hometown, seasoned trainer Joshua braved the danger of being sent into quarantine and missing his scheduled training of the course we call Practical Church Management (PCM). Upon arrival, Joshua was immediately ordered by health authorities to serve a two-week isolation...

Open Doors!

"Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you." (Jeremiah 32:17, NIV) Last month, we requested prayers for God to open doors so that we could resume training after three months of closure. How faithfully He has answered!  As COVID restrictions began to ease, training has resumed one by one since mid-June. PTL that in total, six training sessions have already been completed in just half a month, far exceeding our expectations. This was due in large...

Purpose in the Pause

"Lord, please bring us back to normal!" This has been our heart’s cry since mid-March when all training in East Asia came to a standstill due to the pandemic. Perhaps such desperate pleas echo your sentiments as the world continues to recover from COVID. Well-meaning advice to pivot to online training sounded appealing at first. But for two reasons, we felt it prudent to wait upon God's timing to re-open on site, in-person training: SALT courses rely heavily on in-person interaction, and more importantly, online Bible training is no longer safe...

More & More Suited for His Use

Where has the time gone? Three years have zipped by in a flash. Thank God for His care and protection that enabled me to finish the 3-Year Certificate Course! I was so blessed by my experience – all praise and glory to God! Reluctant to sign up at first, and being worried about my time and energy limitations, I nonetheless pressed on with the encouragement of my fellow co-workers. No matter what, I could not pass up this opportunity to pursue God's truth. Everything happens by the grace of God, and thus...

Hot Off the Press – First “Report Card” for Book of James

At SALT, you probably know that students aren’t the only ones to receive report cards!  Our courses are regularly evaluated to ensure that we are on track, not just in terms of building up Bible knowledge but also providing practical help for believers in East Asia.  We are thrilled to bring you the very first feedback from students after last month’s launch of our new course Book of James, which was finally completed at the end of 2021 after three years of hard work.  After the training, Brother Cheng commented: “This course is...