Jaars Center

As a precautionary measure due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we have canceled all JAARS Days until further notice. Stayed tuned for more information. We appreciate your understanding as we all work together to protect the health of our community!


Spend a day at our headquarters in Waxhaw, North Carolina!

Ride in a helicopter or a five-seat plane. See how people get Internet in the rainforest. Record your voice into the JESUS film. You’ll get an up-close look at Bible translation—and how JAARS makes it possible, even in the most remote and difficult places on earth.


The day is yours, so come and go as you like. We’re open 9 a.m.–4 p.m., with displays and activities all day.
Download a sample schedule or our liability waiver for rides.

Flight Demos

Watch a pilot demonstrate the precision and skill needed to operate a mission airplane or helicopter overseas.

Activities and Displays

Come see how innovations in technology and software are speeding Bible translation. Check out a boat, rugged MP3 player, or solar power.


Over 600 people work on our campus. They’re pilots, software developers, boat captains, trainers, translators, and more—people who’ve served all over the world. And they all have stories.


Our museums take a close look at the heart of our work: language, culture, and Bible translation. Come trace the history of writing. Or learn the importance of minority languages, and how former Mexican President Lázaro Cárdenas made a difference.

Ride Along

Hop into a missionary plane or helicopter. Or pile into a four-wheel-drive vehicle and enjoy our off-road course. Either way, you’ll get a taste of how Bible translators reach remote villages. Come early!  Rides in both aircraft and the vehicle course are limited, and tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

You’ll need to sign our liability waiver. To save time on JAARS Day, simply fill it out now and bring with you. 

Make a Day of It

Pack a picnic, or buy lunch here served up local food trucks. Drop by historic downtown Waxhaw for coffee, antique shopping, or a walking tour. Hike or camp at Cane Creek Park or Andrew Jackson State Park.


Take home a souvenir of your day at JAARS. Your gift shop purchase helps JAARS make Bible translation possible.

“What a fun day, and inspiring! It opened my eyes to the importance of God’s Word to all languages!”

– Visitor to JAARS Day

Event Details


  • Admission – Free
  • Plane Ride – $24
  • Helicopter Ride – $28
  • Four-Wheel-Drive Ride – $7