Helping Make Bible Translation Possible in the Americas

“Understanding Scripture in a language other than the heart language in which we think and experience emotion is like trying to eat soup with a fork. You can get a little taste, but you cannot get nourished.”
William Cameron Townsend

 A century ago, William Cameron “Uncle Cam” Townsend began distributing Spanish Bibles to the Cakchiquel people of Guatemala, later becoming a Bible translator to them and eventually working in Mexico during the 1930s. His survival of a near-fatal 1947 plane crash would be the event that motivated him to establish in Peru the Jungle Aviation and Radio Service—now known as JAARS.

Even today, the rainforests and mountain ranges of Central and South America are home to numerous as-yet-unreached people groups. Our Bible translation partners there continue to work to reach all groups with the gospel. We’re working to help make this possible through Transportation Solutions that provide aircraft, pilots, and mechanics along with Training Solutions to our partners to assist their mission aviation programs in expanding language development, Bible translation, and literacy projects.

In April, twenty Scripture website managers from varied Christian associations in Peru gathered for a training workshop in Cusco, a city in the Peruvian Andes. This workshop resulted in the launching of a dozen websites in different languages across Peru. Our Technology and Media Solutions enable our translation partners to use modern digital media for wider communication of the gospel.

JAARS aircraft mechanics have prepared a Cessna 210 for service with our Brazilian aviation partner, Asas de Socorro (“Wings of Help”). With its mechanical and electronic upgrades, the 210 will be able to transport people and cargo to far-reaching areas of the Amazon in less time, at less cost, and with more safety. Reduced flight time to communities contributes to more effective and efficient missionary service.


Your gifts make it possible for individuals, families, and communities throughout Central and South America to encounter the transformative power of the gospel by having access to God’s Word in a language they understand best!