A quick flight can save days of hiking.
Bible translation takes people to the world’s most remote places—rainforests, mountains, deserts, and islands. A flight can shave off days of tough driving, hiking, or canoeing. And sometimes, it’s the only safe way to get there.
How JAARS Fits In
We’ve been in mission aviation for over 60 years. We help our partners start and run flight programs—by training and sending staff, setting standards, equipping aircraft, doing on-the-ground research, and more. Currently, we help programs in Australia, Brazil, Cameroon, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Peru, and Tanzania.
How You Can Help
“God bless them,” a Malila speaker said. “It’s like a miracle to listen to God speak our mother tongue.” This was the peoples’ reaction when Malila translators tested their translation of 1 Corinthians in the community. When the elderly people heard it, they said, “It’s a good time to hear what God is telling us.”
A Wanji congregation recently heard a guest speaker, a Wanji translator, preach a sermon from the book of Acts. Experiencing Scripture in their heart language like this created excitement among the congregants. After the service, people grabbed cell phones to call and tell their friends about it. Even the next day, people called the translator to express their thanks. “Yesterday was a good day for our congregation,” they told him.
Stopping and assessing progress is important in any project, and to hear this kind of feedback from the people is truly a blessing. The flight program in Tanzania helps create translation success like this in the region. Your gifts and prayers have helped make it possible. Thank you!
Fall 2015 Aviation Pre-Field Orientation began today with orientees eventually headed for service in Africa, Papua New Guinea, and Indonesia.
- Pray for the orientees and their families as they settle in on the JAARS campus and adjust to full-time training after many months of travel and partnership development.
- Pray for safety and wisdom for the flight and maintenance instructors as they prepare to teach.
- Pray for the orientees to have open minds as they learn the JAARS corporate culture and philosophy of flight in preparation for overseas missions flying.
As part of our partnership with Mission Aviation Fellowship International (MAF-I), our pilot, Steve Ottaviano, flies to medical safari clinics that MAF-I conducts with participating mission hospitals. With the plane in Mbeya, he serves six villages every month, with medical staff from three different mission hospitals. After loading the staff, they fly to the villages between 50 and 100 miles away. The plane (along with the pilot) sits for about six hours, while the doctors, nurses, and dentists attend to the people who have come from miles around.
While waiting, Steve carefully walks the airstrip looking for things like thorn bushes, termite mounds, and other stuff that could damage the plane, catches up on reading, studies, or just visits with the people who gather around the airplane.
Our Tanzania flight program provides convenient transportation for many mission activities in a region where moving from one area to another is a challenge. If there’s an empty seat on a clinic flight, it may be occupied by a pastor, evangelist, or a teacher, taking advantage of the opportunity to visit one of the villages. Thank you for helping make it possible!
Please pray for safe travel for Steve and the personnel utilizing the Cessna 206.
Pray for good health of the people served by this ministry.