—William Cameron Townsend, founder of JAARS, Wycliffe Bible Translators, and SIL International
The Green Band
Many of the unreached people groups that have yet to receive God’s Word are located in this green band in remote and hard-to-access areas.
The JAARS Base
We maintain a fleet of 6 airplanes and 1 helicopter used for training pilots and mechanics who serve all over the world.
We support our aviation partners by providing them with aircraft, as well as personnel, training, funding subsidies, and more. There are 32 aircraft located across these 8 bases.
JAARS also assists Bible translation partners who need other kinds of transportation support—such as rough terrain vehicles, motorcycles, or boats—and the training to operate them safely.
There are still many language groups that are unreached because of their remote locations. JAARS is currently working toward creating access to 3 areas within central Africa and Melanesia.
The founder of JAARS, “Uncle Cam” persevered through adversity and opposition to do whatever it took to reach people with the Word of God. He refused to be daunted by limited resources and budgets. As he said, “Nothing is impossible for our God. And He expects us to be courageous; He expects us to take Him at His Word.”
This Papua New Guinean grew up at the SIL Papua New Guinea operations center in Ukarumpa and has been working in their hangar as a licensed aircraft maintenance engineer. He recently took the JAARS Pre-Field Orientation course. He says, “With the training I am getting, I am excited to continue serving God with my skills and abilities in maintaining airplanes in an airworthy manner to fly missionaries and their supplies into their village locations so their work of translating the gospel may continue.”
Bernie May joined JAARS as a pilot-mechanic in 1954, becoming our eleventh pilot. He flew in Peru and Ecuador, learning how to operate different kinds of aircraft so people in South America could have God’s Word in their own language. “The airplane was there to serve the people. And we did. We served a lot of people, saved a lot of lives.”
The director of ATALTRAB, a local Bible translation organization in Chad, Africa, often travels with his team over rough and dangerous roads to check translations in villages and to raise awareness for their Bible translation projects. He and other members of ATALTRAB recently took a JAARS motorcycle-4WD course. “The motorcycles have made it possible to easily reach the communities to obtain the information needed to advance the project activities.”
Brendan, who serves at JAARS as an engineer, and Allie, who serves as a mechanic and avionics technician, have given up more-comfortable, better-paying jobs to focus on reducing barriers, easing burdens, and delivering God’s Word for people in remote places. “It’s really neat to be in an environment where it’s truly like a family because we all love Jesus,” Allie reflected. “We’re all working toward the same goal—getting God’s Word out.”
Gabe will be serving the people in Papua, Indonesia, as a pilot-mechanic with our aviation partner, YAJASI. He has gone the extra mile to prepare himself for this work by taking our JATO|Flight program and going through our Pre-Field Orientation course. “We’re thankful that JAARS can provide the training for us, the excellence in aviation, and [that we can] work as a team to extend the hope that we have in Jesus and the gospel,” Gabe said.