News from Tom & Doris Julien
Here is a brief update for you who are a part of our ministry team. Next month Doris and I will be leaving for France, where I will be conducting several training seminars for our Europe friends. On June 16 a SALT Summit will be held in Lyon for a number of the leaders, both missionaries and nationals) of our Europe ministries. This will be followed on June 17 and 18 with SALT training at the Teachers/Shepherds conference, bringing together missionaries from throughout Europe. On the afternoon of the 18th training will be given to the emerging leaders of the Lyon Grace Brethren Church, and I will minister to the church Sunday morning.
In case you have forgotten, SALT stands for the Strategic Alliance of Leadership Trainers. It is a global network of trainers using a holistic approach to leadership development, seeking to unleash lay leadership capable of equipping the saints in biblical culture and not just biblical knowledge.
From June 19 to the end of the month I will assist in the training of twelve African leaders being brought to the Chateau of Saint Albain from Central African Republic, Chad and Cameroon. On July 2 Doris and I are invited to the wedding of a couple who were a part of our Paris ministry; they have asked me to officiate at the wedding (held on an island off the Atlantic coast!). We will finish our time in Europe by visiting our children in Birmingham, England (Dave and Becky Schwan), where I will conduct a SALT Clinic for the leaders of the church there.
Thanks much for your prayers for these ministries. Thanks also to those of you who prayed last month for the SALT Clinics held in California. The response was excellent. We are seeking to train churches who will model church-related SALT leadership training, and who will create links with our training centers throughout the world.
Trying to develop SALT and encourage its implementation not only in many of our American churches, but throughout the world with our network of trainers, has been more than a full-time task. Thanks so very much for your continued prayer and financial support. Even though Doris and I are no longer living in Paris, our ministry continues to be global, and your gifts have made it possible.
And we are deeply grateful for your continued financial contributions to our ministry. I mentioned in my last letter that we had finished last year in the black, for which we are thankful. We may have to seek some extra help for travel expenses this coming year (some of our supporting churches have had to reallocate our support to other missionaries), but it looks like the other costs will be covered. Thanks for your continued commitment and giving. May Godís rich blessing continue to be upon you as you reach out to your world.
By the way, if you are not getting our quarterly SALT Newsletter and would like to have it, let me know.
With warm greetings in Christ,
Tom Julien (and Doris, of course)