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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...

God is our Strength and Salvation

Increasingly harsh and unpredictable weather conditions have become the norm in 2019. Again and again local weather storms have flared up interrupting our national team efforts. Thankfully there have been no injuries. Constant vigilance is now the norm. In about a half dozen different regions, we have had to shut down scheduled training and wait until the storm passes before starting up again. A few months ago, a new joint-venture site, which had adopted our new 3-year certificate program, was suddenly shut down. This was so disappointing because the potential...

Wonderful Students

Ringo has been part of our curriculum team for more than 10 years. Rarely does our curriculum staff serve as a trainer. Volunteering to co-teach a SALT course was a big challenge and risk for him. He would have to teach in a second language. Would the students understand him? As an editor, he had not worked on this material. It was all new to him as no one had taught it to him before. It would require a LOT of preparation. He had never been to this training site....

No Place for Slackers!

Good students come from rigorous teachers - a Chinese proverb  Here is a glimpse of what "rigorous" SALT training looks like. Joseph, one of our senior teachers, maintains a very high standard for his students, expecting to see real change in students’ lives and teaching methods after each course. He recently finished teaching the SALT course on 1 Corinthians and will follow up with these students at the next teaching in July. As a follow up to the 3 full days of training, Joseph sent the following message to the class monitor: All testimonies must...

100 Steps

Here in Hong Kong God is opening doors for us to contribute to local church spiritual growth programs. In the coming months our staff will be teaching more classes in local HK churches.  In some instances, we discover people who have taken our courses before. When this happens, it's a dream come true. The dream? To teach others to teach. Take Debbie for example. Because Debbie took Old Testament 100 Steps a few years ago, she will join us as a helper in the upcoming class. She says this about her experience: Although...

A Teacher’s Dream: Teachable Attitudes

I was more than a bit nervous. I'm not normally a teacher. My primary work is editing and sometimes contributing as a writer. To make it worse, the "students" were very different than me. The majority were low-educated farmers who minister voluntarily. After observing their diligence and tenacity to learn how to better pastor their flocks, I was really impressed. Though I was far more educated than them, I could not help but declare, "All of you are my teachers in terms of having such a great teachable attitude." It...

New Program Launched

The long Spring Festival holiday has ended and SALT's trainings are gearing up once again in the Far East. Late last year we began testing the waters for implementing a new 3-year certificate program for networks of churches. We received a very enthusiastic response. Last month our national team leaders met to confirm this new strategy and to finalize the details of the program. All partner churches will be required to enroll students/church leaders who have the passion and potential to earn the SALT Teaching Certificate. We will also offer...

Uphold the Line

2018 was a volatile year with increasingly strict limitations put on some of our activities. Other organizations have felt the pinch as well. Thank God that SALT training continues to develop and in spite of these limitations, we have actually INCREASED the number of training events. However, this increase is creating some challenges. Our teaching manpower is being stretched along with maintaining teaching quality in the classroom. In late January, the HK leadership team gathered to review SALT's impact over the past year and to explore the future direction of the...

A New Chapter for Cary

Life is a book being written every day. As I have gotten older, I have realized that there are not just phrases in the writ of my life. There are sentences, with a full stop. There are paragraphs and sections and chapters. And for me, there is a chapter in my life called "SALT," and what a chapter it has been! How God has used SALT in my life in these 22 years! What stories, lessons and progressions that fill this incredible section of my life! What amazing things God...

Pushing Ahead

The Chinese churches in East Asia are facing new challenges. Systematic training is becoming more and more difficult. In the past two months, we have also experienced disturbances at some training sites during teaching sessions. Yet even under these challenging circumstances, SALT's training ministries continue to move forward. Two SALT trainers recently taught our 1 Corinthians course to a new group of Chinese church leaders as a trial training event. At the end of the class, the top leader of that region not only confirmed he wanted SALT to launch a...