Waxhaw, NC
Founded: 1963
Current Status: Member
Member Since: November 30, 1989
ECFA accredited organization

Financial Data
   Cash Donations $2,289,298
   Noncash Donations $6,858,986
   Other Revenue $2,029,129
   Total Revenue $11,177,413
   Total Expenses $11,402,245
Excess (or Deficit)
   for the Year
Other $1,440,222
Total Change
   in Net Assets
Total Assets $10,061,254
Total Liabilities $911,415
Net Assets $9,149,839

Data for year ended September 30, 2015
Per the organization's financial statements
Included in Expenses is Depreciation of $706,472, $647,539, and $586,783, for the years ended September 30, 2015, 2014, and 2013, respectively.

Contact Information
Waxhaw, NC
Tel: (888) 773-1178
Fax: (704) 843-6385
Website: http://www.jaars.org
Top Leader: Mr. William (Woody) McLendon
Donor Contact: Mr. Kent Allain

Ministry Description
JAARS exists to make Bible translation and language development possible, especially in the most remote and difficult places on earth. We do that by enabling locally-appropriate and sustainable solutions in transportation (equipment, training and support for aviation, maritime and land travel), technology (equipment, training and support for power, Internet access and remote communications), media (equipment and support for audio/video production/distribution), and training (pre- and on-field intercultural communications and spiritual vitality). As of 2015, JAARS supports roughly 70 partners worldwide who are engaged directly in Bible translation and/or language development, including but not limited to: SIL, Wycliffe US, and members of the Wycliffe Global Alliance.

Most language groups across the world that need Bible translation are oral societies. Translators know that audio Bibles, distributed alongside printed Bibles will best enable them to reach an entire language community for Christ. MegaVoice and similar audio players are solar powered, have built in speakers and provide easy navigation among Scripture portions. Your gift of just $35 can provide an audio player that gives access to God's Word in a format they understand best.
This recording studio in South Asia opened in 2014. It provides training, recording, editing and distribution for media products supporting Bible translation and Scripture use. The studio is meeting the recording neeeds for more that 70 Bible translation projects active in the area.This project will cover studio operating costs, including staff salaries, equipment like audio Scripture players, including the distribution of recorded materials.
In remote areas where Bible translation takes place, safety and timely transportation is the key. Air transportation is often the only viable way for translators to reach isolated villages. JAARS Provides a 16 week pre-field orientation, offered twice a year at the JAARS Center in Waxhaw, NC to prepare new personnel to fly safely and handle mechanical problems in challenging locations. This includes recurrent training for pilots and mechanics. Your generosity will help make the training possible
For more than 65 years JAARS has helped make Bible translation possible.We support over 70 partner organizations around the world with transportation, technology, media and training. From aviation and intercultural training to research and development, advocacy and a range of other support services it is the very core of our work to make Bible translation possible. Your gift to Core Mission Fund supports our entire ministry.
Africa is home to a blend of rugged mountains, dense rainforests and over 500 languages. Most regional translation centers have poor internet and phone connections. By partnering with JAARS you can help provide Internet connections, local area networks and administrative computers at eight regional centers. These will help speed up the work of Bible translation and connect translation teams with outside resources.
Fifty-three translation centers are currently operating throughout Africa—and due to a lack of funds and equipment, many are struggling without an adequate Internet connection. By partnering with JAARS you can help provide funding for equipment for more reliable internet connections impacting hundreds of current and future translation programs.
As Bible Translation grows in Africa, IT support is critical. IT Connect is a training and mentoring program designed to enhance the capabilities odf those providing IT support. By partnering with JAARS you can help provide training in these three locations in 2011: Yaounde, Cameroon, Ougadougou, Burkina Faso and Nirobi, Kenya.
By partnering with JAARS, you can help provide motorbikes for eight different African countries, enabling the translation team to better support language programs. With reliable transportation they can offer on site training, monitor teams progress and get necessary items out to the translators.
Safe boat transportation is urgently needed among the eastern Island provinces of Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands.This 31 ft ocean going boat will be a test prototype to help determine the exact needs in Maritime transportation. This boat has a sturdy aluminum hull, diesel engine and jet drive. it will have a 2.5 ton capacity, 12-15 passengers plus cargo. Your help will make expanded Bible translation possible in this region.
For 30 years the Helio Courier has been the backbone of YAJASI's fleet for Bible translation. Now excessively high fuel costs and Maintenance costs threaten their continued service. The Pilatus PC-6 uses cheaper and available Jet fuel. With these aircraft the team can drastically reduce flight prices to continue serving Indonesia's most remote communities.This will be the fifth and last PC-6 needed in the fleet
Across Papua New Guinea people are hearing the Bible in their own language for the first time. The Ukarumpa Center has a single recording studio that is booked solid with Scripture recording projects. More than 100 translated New Testaments still need to be recorded. By partnering with JAARS on this project you will help provide the recording equipment for the new studios so that audio Scriptures can be produced for the language communities in Papua New Guinea.
As Bible translation spreads to far-flung areas, water travel is critical. More than half of remaining translation programs are likely to require water transportation. By partnering with JAARS, you can reduce the risk and advance bible translation aat ther same time. Your gift will provide safety training and equipment- such as life jackets, signal beacons and flares. This will provide less stress for translators and during emergencies, the gear and know-how to survive.
Your gift can move Bible translation and Scripture distribution forward through the projects our partners need most. We often find great ways to help our partners around the world and can respond to their most pressing and strategic needs.These are usually projects that are crucial for Bible translation ands have a timing issue that requires immediate funding. We will post updates and photos to www.jaars.org so you can see exactly how your gift helped Bible translation.

Ministry Sectors
  • Evangelism
  • Human Services & Medical
  • Social, Civic, Public Policy & Philanthropy

  • Ministry Types
  • Missions: Foreign (primary)
  • Aviation
  • Equipment
  • Support Services