CrossVenture connects and involves people of all ages, through experiential initiatives, in the ministry of JAARS as it supports Bible translation.
CrossVenture aims to see God’s people engaged collectively and individually in the transformative work of language development and Bible translation.
Our original CrossVenture program launched in 2016 with the goal of helping participants understand the need for missions and Bible translation, and to consider how they can get involved. Using facilities on the JAARS campus that were built in the early 1980s, participants live in a simulated remote village setting called “Belisi” and learn about missions through experiential activities and interactions with real missionaries. In 2021, we rebranded this program as CrossVenture|Village.
In recent years, CrossVenture has grown to include other programs that highlight a specific facet of missions. In 2021, the CrossVenture team partnered with the JAARS Maritime Services team to create a new program: CrossVenture|Coastal! This program is held on the Atlantic coast, where participants get to learn about the support work needed to engage in missions in remote regions that rely on water travel. Participants also learn about water safety, nautical knots, and experience helm time on our boats!
We are excited to be adding a new CrossVenture program in 2022: CrossVenture|Aero! Designed for students ages 15-18, CrossVenture|Aero highlights missionary aviation and the vital role it plays in making Bible translation possible. In addition to exploring missions and Bible translation, participants get to learn about basic aeronautics and experience flight time with qualified JAARS pilots.
Tracy previously served with Wycliffe as a language assessment specialist in Tanzania. She returned to the USA to fulfill God’s call on her life in youth ministry. After 10 years serving in a local church, she returned to Wycliffe to continue serving within that youth ministry call, first as program coordinator for Jungle Jump Off-IL, then as Director of Next Generation Ministries from Wycliffe’s Orlando headquarters.
In 2015, JAARS invited Tracy to help develop and implement the new CrossVenture program as well as other multi-generational programming and resources. Her goal is to encourage, equip, and engage people of all ages in reaching the last languages through the work of Bible translation. Tracy’s dream is to see a new generation rise up to be torchbearers for the needs of the Bibleless and unreached.
After graduating from Grace College, Rachel spent two years coaching preschool gymnastics in her native Ohio where she planned to live the rest of her life. Much to her surprise, God then called her to serve with TeachBeyond at GDQ International Christian School in Tirana, Albania where she taught middle school Literacy for seven years. During her time in Albania, God gave Rachel a desire to see missionaries develop skills and rhythms to help them be spiritually and emotionally healthy on the field. This desire led her to the Multi-Generational Ministry fellowship here at JAARS in 2022. During her free time, Rachel loves to hang out with friends, swim, hike, and read.