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Rukundo Abel knew only how to sink in water, not float. That is a problem for someone who routinely travels across Lake Victoria—the largest lake in Africa and the second-largest freshwater lake in the world—to deliver Bibles.

A while ago, Rukundo visited a church on one of the islands that dot Lake Victoria. He was astounded to find how few people in the church had Bibles. “Bibles are expensive to buy and very far from us.” the people explained. Rukundo discovered that “many people have the Bible in their language, but they have never received it.” Rukundo said later, “[In fact], we realized there are many islands [that have] never [been] reached.” He saw that Lake Victoria was much larger than he had thought.

“We are making sure that everybody receives a Bible in their language. We have so far covered 80 islands on Lake Victoria and given out 8,460 Bibles.” ~adapted from JAARS Blog

Calling all young adults to learn how you can help cover the last mile to unreached peoples!

CrossVenture|Coastal is a JAARS program designed to take you on a virtual journey to the unreached of the world. You will get a real glimpse of the water hazards and other barriers to missions and how you and JAARS can help reduce those barriers, ease the burdens of the unreached and deliver God’s word.

Join us for a week on the Atlantic coast! You’ll stay in dorm-style housing at our host facility as you learn about water safety and get hands on experience crewing and piloting power boats through currents and coastal waterways! You’ll also experience maritime-themed devotions and be challenged to consider how you can be involved in the Great Commission.

Who: CrossVenture|Coastal is open to individual registrations as well as groups. You must be 18 or older, or accompanied by a parent.

Host & Location: Mid Atlantic Christian University, Elizabeth City, NC

2024 Dates:
*July 7th-9th, 2024 -OPEN
*July 11th-13th, 2024 – BOOKED!

COST: $184 (includes all lodging & food costs)

If you represent a group who is interested in a week-long version of CrossVenture|Coastal, please contact us directly. CrossVenture|Coastal Week-long camp is $320 per per person for the week.
We can also accommodate high school age groups. 

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JAARS CrossVenture|Coastal uses the unique tool of specialized boats to demonstrate the dangers, needs, and solutions for covering the last mile of missions. Invite you to take up the challenge to grow in your understanding of missions and what the actual need is to reach the ends of the earth. Here are just a few of the things you’ll get to experience to help you grow in your understanding

  • Grow in your understanding of God’s call to missions through Word based devotions
  • Explore basic vessel systems, communication and navigation
  • Develop a “float plan”
  • Learn about the real hazards missionaries face when they travel
  • Put together a safety ditch kit and practice using it
  • Practice in-water simulated survival scenarios
  • Hear real life stories from real life missionaries
  • Experience helm time on more than one type/size boat with a trained operators
  • Maneuver through currents and coastal waterways


Space is limited so call 704-843-6431 to reserve your spot today or register here.

“CrossVenture|Coastal exceeded my expectations… I was expecting to learn about maritime things, which I did, but I don’t think I expected God to speak to me so personally. I think I’m closer to really giving God my future… the idea of overseas missions still scares me a bit, but if that’s where God leads I want to follow.”

–Participant, CVC

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