Jaars Center

Transportation

Steep, endless mountain ranges. Dense rainforest. Ocean waves as far as you can see. What do these areas have in common?

Besides great beauty and evidence of God’s creative hand, they are where the remote, often forgotten people of the world live. And they’re all geographical barriers to Bible translators who desire to reach those people with God’s Word.

Why is JAARS needed?

Much of today’s Bible translation takes place in remote, rural areas where paved roads and public transportation are nonexistent.

Other realities endanger translation work: washed out bridges, unreliable commercial boats with a history of capsizing, political strife that makes travel unsafe.

Translators working in these settings don’t have ready access to tools and travel solutions that can get them where they need to be—safely, securely, and able to work. Tools like aircraft, boats, motorbikes, or four-wheel-drive vehicles.

That’s where we come in. No single solution is right for every travel situation, so we collaborate with our partners—to do research, develop plans, and provide effective solutions. To help translation workers overcome the transportation barriers that keep them from reaching communities hungry for the Word of the Lord and enable them to focus on translation.

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Pray for wisdom and discernment for those researching and developing transportation solutions for our Bible translation partners overseas.

What is JAARS doing?

We work with our partner organizations to implement transportation solutions that target the specific challenges each partner faces.

Aviation

For 70 years, JAARS has been a leader in mission aviation—serving in the most remote and difficult places on earth. Training is a key component, which you can read more about below.

That’s just the beginning, though. We continue to fund and deploy aircraft to solve critical translation challenges around the world. But we’re increasingly working with mission aviation partners on alternative solutions like equipment leases, redeployed or loaned aircraft, charters, operating or reserve funding, even airfare subsidies. Our overriding goal: solve transportation needs as fast as possible; focus on solutions that are locally appropriate, sustainable, and that represent thoughtful stewardship of the gifts that make it possible.

Aviation Training

Aviation Training

Twice a year, we conduct a 16-week pre-field orientation for pilots and mechanics about to deploy overseas. We also provide ongoing training for experienced pilots, and currently support flight programs in eight countries.

Aviation Fleet Renewal

Aviation Training Fleet Renewal

Our training must replicate as closely as possible the aircraft and cockpit equipment that pilots will fly overseas. And since that continues to evolve, JAARS must make significant fleet upgrades now.

Land Transportation

Often some form of land transportation is the best solution for our translation and literacy partners in Africa and Papua New Guinea.

When they have no access to aviation service and public transportation is nonexistent or unreliable and overpriced, a motorbike or four-wheel-drive vehicle can be a critical resource.

Motorbikes

Motorbikes

Oftentimes, a motorbike is the best solution for a translation worker to reach remote villages. When JAARS provides these motorbikes, we also include training, support, and safety gear.

4WD Vehicles

These vehicles—sometimes trucks, sometimes SUVs—can carry more people than motorbikes and can operate in all weather conditions. We also offer training that prepares drivers to operate and maintain their vehicles.

Water Transportation

In some locations—typically island nations in the Pacific or dense rainforests with no air or ground transportation—boats are the only way translation teams can reach remote language communities.

Without JAARS, this might mean catching a crowded, dilapidated commercial ferry or using hazardous, poorly maintained local watercraft. So we work on solutions. In some cases, that might mean providing safety equipment and training, which you can read more about below. Other times, we might supply an appropriate, well-equipped boat to a mission partner overseas. Or instead, deploy a boat and crew and continue to support, operate, and maintain it for the partner.

We’re also developing the option of building partnerships with local organizations who can own and operate safe vessels while we assume responsibility for scheduling, safety protocols, fares, and program funding. In all cases, safety, sustainability, and stewardship are the critical factors.

Water Safety Kits and Training

We evaluate the needs of Bible translators and their support teams, then provide the appropriate equipment, plus training in its use. Even basic equipment can reduce risks and improve the chances of being rescued if an accident occurs.

Who benefits from our work?

With God’s blessing and provision, our efforts will enable translation workers to do their work more efficiently and safely.

Translators John and Marjo Brownie, for example, will have better, safer options than the small dinghy that sank as they traveled to a small island off the coast of New Ireland, Papua New Guinea. Reliable aviation transport will aid mission workers, like the family whose eight-minute flight in Papua New Guinea saved them from a 12-hour trek over rugged, dangerous mountain terrain.

But the real beneficiaries of our work—always—are the families, communities, and people groups that can be reached safely and efficiently to receive the Word of the Lord.

Transportation Solutions
How You Can Help

We invite you to come alongside us—in prayer, with advocacy, and as “gospel patrons” who can help fund this eternal work. Then, translation workers as an extension of the Church will be enabled to share the transformative power of the gospel with all who are hungry for God’s Word.

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