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All God’s Work!

Rejoice with us over the recent graduation of 34 students from one of SALT's Three-Year Certificate Programs!  All are missionaries (sent out from their local churches) who have previously studied theology elsewhere.  So why would they choose to spend another three years with SALT? Brother Wang, who manages the "Fungus" training site, put it this way: "We received other theological training in the past, but in general, we found the training too theoretical. On the contrary, SALT courses hit close to home. They are practical and interactive. Not only does this make...

A Drop in the Bucket

What happens when a church of 200 believers, thirsty for systematic Bible training, has to split into four groups? Demand for training sharply shoots up three-fold. This is what has been occurring across East Asia as a result of COVID social-distancing controls. Though the pandemic itself poses little threat now, prevention protocols have restricted group gatherings to 50 people at most, with no sign of being relaxed. And so, more and more churches are requesting our help. The problem: With our limited resources, how can SALT best meet this challenge? With our...

A Race Against Time

"We want more Bible Book teaching!" That was the feedback our national trainers received a few years ago from believers across East Asia, hungering for more knowledge and training especially on the books of the Bible. At that time, out of a total of 30 courses, SALT had written only one based entirely on a book of the Bible, namely 1 Corinthians. "We need new and improved material!" That was the feedback our trainers gave us about the outdated content of our courses in light of the rise in educational levels of believers during...

Home Improvement

What joy to share with you stories of transformation from the church in East Asia, thanks to your steadfast support for SALT! Usually, we report on progress achieved within the area of ministry, e.g., how pastors have gained greater confidence and competence in their leadership and preaching skills, or how they have excelled in handling matters of doctrine or discipleship. This time, we bring you Sister Lee's testimony from "DH," our training site that was hardest hit by COVID where courses only resumed in October. The last course we were able...

A SALTY Multi-Course Feast

Hungering for more training after completing the Three-Year Certificate Program at the "WP" site, our first cohort of graduates embarked on SALT's newly launched Two-Year Diploma Program last month. We bring you feedback from one enthusiastic student Sister Lam at the conclusion of the first course, Bible Study Skills 1 (BSS1): "For any church teacher or preacher, BSS1 is not only an important but a fundamental subject.  For if you lack knowledge of the truth, how can you teach it to others? If there is insufficient "nourishment," how can the flock grow to be healthy? Thank God for...

In Our Eyes

"Throughout the twists and turns of the recently completed Three-Year Certificate Program, God opened my eyes and bolstered my confidence. Witnessing the first graduation ceremony at the WP training site, and seeing the joy of more than 20 graduates, brought such excitement and gratitude to my heart that words cannot express. Overcome by emotion, I could barely see through my tears. There is still a long way for us to go, so I keep urging myself: in the future, I must prepare each lesson even better, so that the students can...

New Work in the New Year

We ring in the new year with praise to God for the graduation of 20 students from our Three-Year Certificate Program at the WP training site in December 2020. With plans to open up another four to five sites, we anticipate graduating a total of a hundred or so students in the next few years. We rejoice over these developments especially during a global pandemic! To our delight, a number of graduates at WP desired further training in order to become more well-rounded, stronger disciplers. These fresh SALT grads had already earned BS and/or MS Bible...

The Lord has led me on the Journey

It's claimed by some that evangelism in East Asia is headed for a cold winter, but how true is this? No-one knows for sure, but after hearing the heartening and humbling feedback from our lead-trainers in the field, we beg to differ! When asked if they would continue serving with SALT in the face of ever-challenging conditions including tight controls and diminished resources, our teachers responded with a resounding, "Yes!" Philip, a seasoned SALT trainer for over 20 years, declared: "There is no doubt I will continue to serve. Circumstances may worsen, the risks...

Shattered Expectations

Ah-Shen was not new to training programs. She had been to several before and had grown weary of them . . . dry content and of little practical use for ministry. She stayed away from SALT training in her area until a friend convinced her that this training was different. Certain that our Three-Year Teaching Certificate Program would be as disappointing as all the others, Ah-Shen attended Practical Church Management with great reluctance and skepticism. But, oh, was she in for a wonderful surprise! Immediately at the end of the last class, she rushed forward to catch...

Autumn Again

As the Chinese saying goes, "Time flies: another autumn is upon us." Looking back on 2020 thus far with all the unprecedented hardships, we give thanks to God because it is solely by His grace that our ministry has continued to make progress. The raging coronavirus and its resulting economic turmoil have forced many ministries to grind to a halt. Not unscathed, SALT's East Asia training was suspended for more than four months, reopening bit by bit at the end of May. During the first half of the year, we taught...