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What COVID Could Not Stop

March 2021 saw the peak of the pandemic across East Asia. While most citizens were hiding at home in fear of further outbreaks, a group of church leaders risked their lives and seized every opportunity to partake in SALT's Three-Year Certificate Program at our NP training site. At last, they overcame all obstacles and successfully graduated! At the graduation ceremony, student speaker John Tan (pseudonym) shared highlights of their take-aways: "During these past few years I have witnessed our growth, and we have strengthened our loyalty to the Lord. We took a total of ten...

Leaving a Legacy: Laboring for the Lord

How does a recently retired SALT trainer spend his time? Lounging around the home, leisurely strolling the streets, or learning new hobbies? Not so for Max who has chosen to press on and labor for the Lord! Max joined SALT as a first-generation teacher back in the 1990s and served faithfully for more than 20 years. After officially retiring two years ago, he not only refused to rest, but started afresh in his hometown where he continued to transfer SALT courses on a different track. Max remains close with our SALT team....

Battling on in the New Year

On behalf of SALT, we wish you all a blessed new year in God's grace! As we reflect on the past year, we rejoice that our ministry miraculously expanded beyond our expectations, largely due to the long-awaited cancelation of East Asia's zero-COVID policy. We conducted 45 trainings, exceeding our annual goal of 40 trainings for the first time since 2021. However, we cannot give credit for this growth to any improvement in the general climate. In fact, this was possible only by the favor of God who has allowed SALT, a...

Feedback from the Field

PTL for the positive responses from students who participated in the two field tests of our latest course, the Book of Nehemiah! Listen to what Brother Xu had to say about how it impacted his personal spiritual life:  "This course has been very helpful for my spiritual life. A Christian's growth depends on knowing God and understanding His word. This was the first time I learned through expository teaching about a book from the Bible. It is a systematic and comprehensive approach that greatly spurs our spiritual growth. Nehemiah not only rebuilt the...

Enough To Simply Trust

In the blink of an eye, two-thirds of the year has already passed. We thank the Lord for helping us through tumultuous times. After three years of lockdown nightmares, we rejoice that our ministry has gradually recovered. Even more joyous and comforting is that at long last, we can meet face-to-face and have heart-to-heart conversations with our colleagues! The nationwide shutdown from 2020 to 2022 hit our ministry hard. Last year, we only managed to complete 32 training sessions, 20% below our annual target. Then from the start of 2023 with...

Blameless Children

  Reflections from Brother Music Finally! Face to face and in person! After three and a half years, we reunited with our national trainers in East Asia. Before departure, I was already excited because we had waited so long for this trip. After meeting together, I felt even more ecstatic, encouraged and grateful, though our time with them was short. The most unforgettable episode was our heart-to-heart conversation with John. In spite of being ill, he still drove for more than three hours from the break of dawn to meet with us. We...

Joseph’s Burden: Now is the Time

  Finally, with all anti-pandemic measures lifted, we can reconnect with our national trainers in person! Our head trainer, Joseph, was able to come meet us last month. We trust his testimony below will give you a clearer picture of their current challenges. "After the sudden relaxation of COVID control measures, all of us trainers got infected. So, we only managed to conduct one training from last December to mid-February. Training gradually resumed as we recovered, and we completed 18 trainings from mid-February to late April. Things appear to be returning to...