You can make Bible translation possible by investing in people—those who fly and maintain aircraft in the most remote parts of the world.
What's Going On
In the remote areas where Bible translation takes place, airstrips are not long, flat, and paved. There are no runway lights. No control towers. No fences to keep animals away.
Each airstrip has unique and detailed approach requirements—path, key altitudes, airspeed, rate of descent. And if conditions aren’t optimal, the pilot is trained to go around again. However, once the committal point is reached, the pilot must land.
It’s a process—and a responsibility—that requires great competence, expert judgment, consistent attention to detail, and conscious humility concerning the risks to be managed.
What Can Be Done
Experienced pilots and mechanics accepted into mission service first come to JAARS for a 16-week advanced training program that we offer twice a year. This program wouldn’t be possible without your sincere prayers and generosity.
Over our 65 years of ministry, God called many amazing aviators—pioneers coming out of WWII who first figured out how to fly into these remote areas, followed by others who refined and improved the process.
Today we continue to train each new generation to fly and to serve. Our program starts here at our headquarters in Waxhaw, North Carolina. And it all comes together at Mountain Week, when trainees, instructors, and support staff head to the North Carolina mountains to practice flying into airstrips very similar to what they will experience overseas.
We also provide recurrent training each year for pilots and mechanics from partners around the world to keep their skills sharp throughout their ministry service.
All of this training is rigorous and intense—not everyone makes it. But those who do are equipped to serve faithfully and safely.
That’s where you come in. You can make Bible translation possible by investing in people—those who fly and maintain aircraft in the most remote parts of the world.
In past years we’ve been able to cover the training expenses out of our operating budget. In recent years these costs are rising due to more complex aircraft like the Kodiak, as well as more complex regulations in the United States and internationally.
So now we need partners to invest with us to equip pilots and mechanics for ongoing safe and effective ministry around the world. These funds will cover hundreds of hours of in-house training flights as well as commercial coursework to maintain certificates and licenses.
Who This Will Help
When trained pilots and mechanics are available, communities who have never received God’s Word in the language they understand best—their “heart language”—become accessible to Bible translators and language workers, as well as healthcare professionals, teachers, local officials, and others.
Air travel into and out of these remote and difficult locations saves hours, days, even weeks—all of which can add up to significant barriers over the life of a translation project. It also saves lives when compared with dangerous overland or water travel, or when medical emergencies require urgent access to care.
Dozens of pilots and mechanics are lined up for this critical training over the coming year. Your generosity will help make their training—and a lifetime of service—possible.