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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...

Wonders That Cannot Be Fathomed

If you were to pick a place to train up the next generation of Bible teachers, where would you look? Perhaps you’d consider a sizeable city, one with well-established churches and long-time believers with basic Bible knowledge. Likely, you would also prefer safe surroundings. This might have been our human choice, too, but not so with God’s plan in the case of ND. Located in the remote northwest region of East Asia, ND is populated by Muslims. Churches there are new, and Bible training rare, not to mention systematic leadership training. Plus, climate conditions in the general area...

Pressing on Toward the Goal

Having just celebrated the Spring Festival here in East Asia, we take this chance to wish you all God’s grace and good health for the lunar new year. There is an old Chinese saying that counsels, “Plan the year in the spring.” Indeed, we are now setting goals for this year’s work, but with the lingering pandemic and unsettling weather forecast, our plans remain only visions. There is no guarantee of any human achievement. Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city,...

Partners in Christ: The Urban Team

How time flies – 2022 is already upon us. Despite living under the shadow of COVID these past two years, we thank the LORD that SALT continued to flourish under His guiding, guarding light. We also thank you all for your prayers and support during such a tumultuous time. We pray His grace and blessings will be with you in the New Year and always. PTL that the Urban Team, our ministry partner in East Asia, was able to circumvent travel restrictions by pivoting online. In spite of unstable, overcast weather conditions,...

From “You Preach I Write” to “You Preach You Write”

What pride and joy parents feel when they see their children maturing towards independence. At SALT, we are filled with pride and joy over our team of national trainers who have shown their readiness for the next level of growth and challenge! For the past decade plus, we have developed a method for writing new courses that we call You Preach I Write (YPIW).  Courses such as Practical Church Management, 1 Corinthians, Church History Parts 1 & 2, and most recently, the Book of James, are all products of YPIW.  You refers to our national trainers, while Preach refers...