Not An Accident


My husband, Daniel, and I had been at JAARS for a few weeks, along with our family, for Pre-Field Orientation (PFO) training when Daniel and two other maintenance specialist trainees were sent out on an unexpected assignment—a simulated airplane crash.

They took a helicopter flight to the site where a retired airplane used for maintenance training had “crashed” into the woods. There, they camped out and spent the week investigating, documenting the damage, and repairing the plane enough to get it back to base. Daniel and his fellow trainees had completed many important tasks: interviewing the pilot and witnesses “involved” in the accident, making a hoist out of trees to remove the engine, replacing a flat tire, repairing a hole in the side of the airplane with materials they had brought, and even butchering a “local” goat for dinner. 

Interviewing the pilot. Photo by David Kooistra
Removing the engine with a makeshift hoist. Photo by David Kooistra
Repairing the hole. Photo by David Kooistra
The hoist came in handy for butchering too. Photo by David Kooistra
Instructor David Kooistra roasts the goat. Photo shared by David Kooistra

While Daniel was experiencing this simulation “in the bush,” I (Karys) experienced what a situation like this can be like for the wives of missionary mechanics. The wives suddenly have the kids by themselves as their husbands go off to help. The other wives demonstrated the amazing community we had at JAARS as they provided food, store runs, and support for me and the boys while Daniel was away at the accident site. 

After we graduated from our Pre-Field Orientation on June 24, I thought about the sign hanging on the aircraft during this aircraft crash simulation. It said, “This is not an accident.” We were reminded that none of our preparations and calling that lead up to this moment have been an accident. At JAARS, we had training in motorcycles, four-wheel-drive vehicle operation and recovery, water safety, intercultural communication, aviation, and training for the missionary wives provided by the JAARS team. All of this will make us more effective for YAJASI, a JAARS partner organization we will be working with in Indonesia. We’re grateful we had so much hands-on training at JAARS, and we’re excited to be in the final stages of preparation for Indonesia.

Karys is using a high-lift jack during the four-wheel-drive course. Photo by Dan Hudson


Daniel and Karys Rounds

Daniel and Karys Rounds

The Rounds family will be serving with YAJASI, JAARS partner organization in Indonesia. As an aviation maintenance technician, Daniel will be working to expedite Bible translation by providing safe and reliable transportation for Wycliffe team members. Karys’ primary role will be raising their three sons (Caleb, Ethan, and Joshua), but she is also interested in investing in the lives of middle school and high school students. She is passionate about discipling young people in their beliefs and faith in God.