Jaars Center
It’s the story of hope, love, and redemption. God’s Story.

We want all people to have access to God’s Word in a language and form they can clearly understand. Yet, roughly 600 million people still have little-to-no Scripture in a language that speaks to their hearts.

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“After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people, and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.”

– Revelation 7:9a

At JAARS everything we do is focused on making Bible translation possible in the world’s most remote, most difficult-to-reach places.

Although we are not involved directly in the translation process, we provide vital help to those who are. Our logistical know-how in technology, media, transportation, and training enables our partners to overcome otherwise insurmountable challenges that could halt the progress of their work.

From its beginning more than 70 years ago JAARS has been rooted in a deep concern for the safety and well-being of translation teams.

In fact, it was a plane crash in the Mexican jungle in 1947 that prompted William Cameron Townsend to establish JAARS. He, his wife, infant daughter, and the inexperienced commercial pilot all miraculously survived the crash, but it reinforced the need for safe air service and radio support for translation workers.

Although JAARS has grown to include much more than planes and radios, aviation continues to play an integral part in the JAARS story. We train mission aviation pilots and mechanics and provide Aviation Solutions for locations around the world, including consulting, providing new aircraft, or aviation training.

“When we talk about languages, it’s not only about signs and symbols, it’s … about real people.”

– Michel Kenmogne, SIL Executive Director

Share in what God is doing!

You can help make it possible for God’s Word to reach the most remote places on earth. This year the Campaign for Possible focuses on critical needs in Aviation Solutions and our CORE Mission Operations.

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Aviation Training

Our veteran team of aviation instructors prepare pilots, mechanics, and administrators for service in mission aviation overseas. This training ensures both technical competency and the proper mindset to operate in remote settings.

Irene Breuhaus, a longtime JAARS volunteer, watches a plane with signature JAARS blue fly over the JAARS campus. “Every time I see one of those planes up there, I pray,” she says. “I pray for their safety and for their future. These pilots and their families are preparing to go to other parts of the world. The work they do will help people to hear about God’s Word.”

JAARS offers an annual 16-week pre-field orientation (PFO) that prepares pilots and mechanics to fly and maintain aircraft in challenging locations. We conduct the final week of training in the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains, where we use runways on the side of a mountain and in unimproved fields, simulating runways they will use overseas.

JAARS also provides ongoing training for experienced pilots and mechanics who support mission flight programs in eight countries.

Aviation Training Fleet Renewal

We continuously evaluate and update our training fleet to replicate the aircraft and cockpits our trainees will use overseas—meaning they hit the ground running once they deploy.

At the JAARS Center in North Carolina, our aviation training fleet replicates the aircraft—known in aviation circles as STOL (short takeoff and landing) aircraft—that pilots will operate overseas. Currently we operate seven aircraft: five piston-driven STOL airplanes (Helio Couriers and Cessnas), a single-turbine STOL aircraft (a Pilatus PC-6 Porter), and a Robinson R44 helicopter. With this fleet, we can cost-effectively train pilots and mechanics on equipment and in conditions they will encounter overseas.

It is essential that our training continues to represent as closely as possible the aircraft and cockpit equipment our pilots and our mechanics will service overseas. To be good stewards, we must keep our current training fleet well maintained and technologically updated—rather than buying new aircraft. And we must comply with ongoing FAA regulations that now mandate the adoption of specific new avionics equipment by December 31, 2019.

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Cessna 206 for Cameroon

To better serve the hundreds of language groups in Cameroon and neighboring countries, JAARS plans to replace an aging Cessna with a newer one.

Elizabeth Marti, director of SIL in Central African Republic, remembers her family piling into a Cessna 206 to make the trip from Cameroon to their new home in a neighboring country. She also recalls how the plane transported Bible translators to Cameroon for training when instability in their own country made training there risky. She recounts a scary medical evacuation of a local colleague—and how the availability of the plane likely saved his life.

For Bible translation teams in Cameroon and surrounding countries, the plane is like a dependable old friend—except planes don’t improve with age. Built in 1972, the Cessna 206 currently in Cameroon is the oldest operating airplane among the overseas fleet of JAARS and its partner organization SIL. With 14,600 flight hours, the aircraft requires frequent major maintenance that comes with lengthy downtime and high cost. JAARS has begun a search for a newer model Cessna 206 for SIL Cameroon as the best option to improve performance, safety, and efficiency.

CORE Mission Operations

CORE Mission Operations is not just “overhead.” It covers the ongoing tools and support services we provide to our Bible translation partners here and around the world.

JAARS is committed to being ready to help wherever we’re needed until the task of Bible translation is complete. Central to that mission is the ongoing work at the JAARS Center in Waxhaw, North Carolina. The Center spreads across 552 acres and 40 buildings, with more than 500 people serving JAARS and several related ministries, all prayerfully dedicated to reaching the ends of the earth with the Good News of Jesus Christ.

One tour participant put it this way: “I thought the campus was a beautiful picture of the body of Christ. There were so many people with many different talents working together for the furtherance of the gospel. I felt as if everywhere I stepped I needed to be praying because God’s work was being done in those areas.”

With your gift to the Campaign for Possible, you can help make transportation solutions like the Cessna 206 possible!

Your generous gifts also make it possible for the JAARS Center in North Carolina to continue providing practical solutions to our Bible translation partners worldwide in critical areas like R&D, technology and financial systems, missionary care, aviation hangars, runways, and much more.

You can help make it possible!

Help us maintain the solid foundation needed to best serve our Bible translation partners worldwide. Your financial partnership makes all the difference.

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