Jaars Center

About Us

Practical, day-to-day support can make Bible translation possible. We’ve seen that for 70 years.

That’s why JAARS helps dozens of partner organizations get the support they need most, whether that’s a laptop and Internet access, a lifejacket and water safety training, or a flight to a remote island or mountaintop village. In the words of Cameron Townsend, founder of JAARS, SIL International, and Wycliffe Bible Translators, “Airplanes and radios don’t just make translation easier; they make it possible.”

Our Vision

JAARS’ vision is that people’s lives and communities are transformed as they experience God’s Word in their own language.

Our Mission

JAARS’ mission is to make Bible translation and language development possible, especially in the most remote and difficult places on earth. We do that by enabling locally-appropriate and sustainable solutions in transportation, technology, media, and training.

Who We Are

JAARS is a multidisciplinary team of problem-solvers who are committed to the belief—and the vision—that people’s lives and communities are transformed as they experience God’s Word in their own language.

We are a community of full-time missionaries, dedicated volunteers, and a few employees who work together to accomplish the Great Commission goal of providing Scripture to every people group on earth in the language they understand best—their heart language. We do that by supporting Bible translation and language development partners globally, and by working with prayer and financial partners in the United States to help make a range of unique on-the-field solutions possible.

What We Do

JAARS exists to make Bible translation and language development possible, especially in the most remote and difficult places on earth.

We do that by enabling locally-appropriate and sustainable solutions in transportation, technology, media, and training. Sometimes, our boots are on the ground (or in the air, or on the water). Other times, we’re providing expertise, training, logistical support, research and development, project management, or funding. In all cases, we’re working hand-in-hand with global field partners to identify, design, test, refine, and implement solutions that can be sustained going forward.

Our Heritage

We praise God for a legacy of his faithfulness.

From our earliest days 70 years ago, JAARS’ passion has been to reach the unreached—both spiritually and practically. Our founder, Cameron Townsend, believed that all people should have God’s Word in their heart language.

What We Believe

  1. We believe the Bible, the inspired Word of God, is completely trustworthy, speaking with supreme authority in all matters of belief and practice.
  2. We believe in one God, who exists externally in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
  3. We believe all people, being created in the image of God, have intrinsic value, but as a result of sin are alienated from God and each other, and therefore in need of reconciliation.
  1. We believe that Jesus Christ, the son of God, born of the virgin Mary, is fully God and fully human. He demonstrated God’s love for sinners by suffering the penalty of death in their space, rose bodily from the dead, and ascended to heaven where he intercedes for his people.
  2. We believe all who repent and trust in Jesus Christ alone as Lord and Savior are, by the grace of God, declared to be right with him, receiving forgiveness and eternal life.
  3. We believe that Lord Jesus Christ will return personally in glory, raise the dead, and judge the world.
  1. We believe all people will rise from the dead, those who are in Christ to enjoy eternal life with God and those who are lost to suffer eternal separation from him.
  2. We believe in the Holy Spirit who imparts new life to those who believe in Christ; through his indwelling presence and transforming power he gives assurance and equips believers for holy living and effective service.
  3. We believe the Church is the body of Christ, the fellowship of all believers, and is commissioned to make disciples of all nations.

Behind the Scenes

Learn more about our translation partners around the world, look over our financials, or get to know our leadership team and board of directors. We’re open to any questions!

PARTNERS

We work with dozens of partners, all around the world. Some are focused on actual translation work, while others provide the support.

STEWARDSHIP

100% of your gift goes to your designated choice. Learn more about this commitment, our financial reports, and outside reviews.

LEADERSHIP

Learn more about the team that guides our support for Bible translation—including our president, senior leaders, and board of directors.

It’s easy to make a difference.

Prayer, service, advocacy, funding—all are critical, and all are blessed. We invite you to listen to your heart and explore how God might lead you to help make life transformation—through Bible translation—possible!