From our earliest days 75 years ago, our 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. He devoted his life to that bold vision, trusting at every juncture that God would make the impossible possible. Just reaching and working in minority language communities—sometimes in the most remote, dangerous corners of the world—proved to be an early obstacle.
Watch our feature-length documentary, Whatever It Takes, to learn more about how God has worked through JAARS over the last 75 years!
– Cameron Townsend, founder of JAARS,
SIL International, and Wycliffe Bible Translators
And that’s why JAARS exists. For decades now, we’ve landed planes on narrow rivers and towering mountains. We’ve outfitted boats and vehicles to reach villages that rarely see an outsider. We’ve set up radios in the rainforest. Satellite uplinks in the desert. Over and over, we’ve watched God pave the way for people to translate and share his Word anywhere on earth.
God has already been so faithful. We see that in the thousands of passionate, gifted people he’s called to partner in this work, much of which happens right here at the JAARS Base in North Carolina. Our campus itself is a testimony to God’s power to work through people: Businessman Henderson Belk donated this land for us to build a runway and hangar back in the 1960s. Little did he know how God would multiply his gift!
When they have a challenge, we pray, roll up our sleeves, and work together to reach the unreached. Now in our eighth decade, we trust God will continue to pave the way for people to know his Word, follow Jesus Christ, and make disciples in their own communities.
The needs are enormous. Seemingly insurmountable. But we serve the God who makes all things possible—and he calls people like us to take part.