Time in the Sky
Set up on a blocked-off portion of Eagle Road just off Bridford Road, the JAARS organization was busy giving helicopter rides to curious kids and adults on March 12 and 13. JAARS, which stands for Jungle Aviation and Audio Service, is the technical support center for Wycliffe Bible Translators. The organization began as a service for transporting missionaries to remote locations throughout the world. Though they still transport missionaries, JAARS now also delivers food to remote areas, maintains audio and computer equipment for missionaries, helps with construction in remote villages, and has even teamed up with Samaritan’s Purse to offer disaster relief to tsunami victims.
Adams Farm Community Church, on Mackay Road, brought the JAARS team to the area to help develop interest in missions within the church and to promote the work of JAARS and Wycliffe Bible Translators.
Church pastor Rev. Stephen Crotts says: ‘“We’re trying to be a church that remembers what it’s here for.’” He emphasizes the church’s Reaching Up, Reaching In, Reaching Out program consisting of members reaching up in worship, reaching in by helping one another in the church body, and reaching out to others. The JAARS helicopter rides emphasize reaching out.
JARRS and Wycliffe Bible Translators are currently emphasizing their latest goal, Vision 2025, which entails translating the Bible into the world’s remaining 3,000 languages by the year 2025.
JAARS is based in Waxhaw and offers tours of their site as well as training for missionaries in piloting, computer and audio technologies, and offers short-term mission opportunities for those looking to serve.