Recent Updates & Stories

In 2014, YAJASI’s airplanes accumulated 2,885 hours of flying, carrying 12,666 passengers and 944,633 kilograms of cargo. They flew 373,930 miles, or...
In 2014, YAJASI’s airplanes accumulated 2,885 hours of flying, carrying 12,666 passengers and 944,633 kilograms of cargo. They flew 373,930 miles, or about 15 times around the world, with 4,318 successful takeoffs and landings.
 
YAJASI supports Bible translation projects in remote areas of Papua using four rugged, turbine-powered Pilatus PC-6s and a larger PC-12. A fifth PC-6 is needed to meet the expanding number of requests for their service.
 

Planes are the only safe way to reach many villages in Papua. Another PC-6 means our partner can serve Bible translation even better—with more flights, less delays, and lower prices. Will you help provide the crucial fifth turbine-powered PC-6 for YAJASI’s fleet?

Interns in the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea continue to put into practice the technical skills they learned about producing audio Bibles during training workshops last fall. The workshops were the latest in a series of workshops designed to train a select group to do audio recording of...
Interns in the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea continue to put into practice the technical skills they learned about producing audio Bibles during training workshops last fall. The workshops were the latest in a series of workshops designed to train a select group to do audio recording of the published New Testaments in the islands region. 
 
Between workshops, interns can work on their local recording projects, thanks to specialized recording equipment provided by the JAARS Where Needed Most fund.
 
“Again, we were very pleased with the quality of the recordings that were done by the teams since our last course,” said Lauren Runia, one of the workshop trainers. He noted that several of the New Testament recording projects are nearing completion. 
 
The next courses are being planned in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands for October and November 2015, which should provide the interns with enough time to finish the New Testaments they are working on so that they recordings can be reviewed during the next training. In addition to reviewing what was learned previously, the next course will teach the final steps of putting the recordings on mobile phones, audio Scripture players, and WiFi hotspots.
 
Your gifts to Where Needed Most helped make this possible. Thank you!
 
Recording in progress
Teaching the basics of audio recording

The flight program is off to a strong start in 2015, and this year, a flight schedule is being mapped out in advance. At a workshop late last year, the OurWord participants spent time planning when they could make use of the airplane throughout the year. In addition to this, Randall and Shirl Pearson have built relationships over the past six months that have provided contacts to visit in other areas of Australia. In addition AuSIL staff now have a better understanding of how the plane can be utilized.

This planning shows that the flight program will likely include about 300 hours of flying in 2015—the amount of flying projected by JAARS when the Transportation Survey was done for Australia in 2010.

Thank you for praying for this flight program that is helping translators throughout the Aboriginal communities in Australia.

Praise God for the flexibility and cost effectiveness of the plane operation for when translators need to travel and collaborate at events like the OurWord workshops.
 
Pray for Randall as he writes a manual of Standard Operating Procedures. This will give the pilot taking over the program in 2017, a good road map to work from.
 
Praise God that Randall's annual Instrument Flight Check is complete.
 
Pray for safety in flight operations through the monsoon season that engulfs upper Australia from Christmas through to April each year.