Rough waters are much easier to face with a good boat and safety gear.
The only way to a village might be canoeing across open ocean. Or catching a crowded, run-down boat out to an island. Most vessels don’t even have life jackets. With the right help—whether it’s a safety kit, a small boat, or a large vessel for a whole region—translation teams can stay safe on the water.
How JAARS Fits In
We visit our partners, assess their travel challenges, and help them choose the best boats for their situation. If they need a large boat, we’ll help them plan, launch, and run the program. We also teach people how to swim, use safety gear, and give first aid.
How You Can Help
Pray for safe travel, good health, success, and relationship building for the Nie family, one of our maritime teams in the South Pacific. They recently arrived in Vanuatu to train translation teams in water safety procedures.
Praise the Lord for successful initial testing of the transport boat! We're a little closer to sending it to serve Bible translators in the South Pacific.
Our crew trailered the boat to Lake Wateree, SC, about an hour south of JAARS earlier this week. We’d planned on taking up to four days but ended up only needing one day on the water for this first test. The boat ran well and the testing ended with a short list of modifications recommended by technicians from the engine manufacturer. The next phase of testing will happen after the modifications are made.
Thank you for praying and giving to this project!
Happening This Week: Initial Sea Trials for Transport Boat
On March 14-18, the boat we’re renovating for service in the South Pacific will undergo its initial sea trials. Our crew will trailer the boat to Lake Wateree, SC, about an hour south of the JAARS Center. On the first day, technicians from the engine manufacturer will be on hand during the testing of the newly installed diesel engine, a six-hour verification process.
Additional testing will simulate how the boat performs on the water with various load configurations of passengers and cargo. These tests will help the crew determine any adjustments required to optimize the boat’s performance. After this initial test, the crew will fix and fine-tune systems and prepare the vessel for additional tests at the ocean.
- Praise God that the boat is ready for initial testing and closer to being sent to serve Bible translation in Papua New Guinea.
- Pray for good weather conditions and for the safety of the crew during testing.
- Ask God to reveal any adjustments that need to be made for the boat to operate safely and efficiently.