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Internet Technology (IT) personnel from Bible translation organizations all across Africa—and beyond— recently gathered for two yearly IT Connect conferences. Some traveled to Burkina Faso for the French speakers’ conference; others to Ruiru, Kenya, for the English conference. Some were first timers; others have come regularly for several years. All came to learn—to attend seminars and workshops focused on technical issues or to participate in opportunities for hands-on training. And they came to share ideas, solutions, and experiences as a cross-cultural community of workers committed to the Great Commission.

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A JAARS pilot introduces our helicopter to a group of Florida youngsters.
It’s a pleasant day at a small county airport. Gleaming aircraft are parked in displays around the grounds. The buzz of a Helio Courier taking off from the nearby runway attracts attention, and a line forms to buy tickets for a ride. Excited children run from ice cream trailers to face-painting stations while their parents follow at a more leisurely pace, stopping to examine displays, watch short videos, and chat with former missionaries, retired pilots, and JAARS representatives.
 
The carnival atmosphere draws thousands of people every year for a more serious—and eternal—purpose. This is one of dozens of ...
Kuttan, a worshipper of ancestral spirits from the “JK” community, was invited to help with the consultant check during the dubbing of the JESUS film into his mother tongue. As he worked, he carefully followed all the issues discussed in the different scenes of the video.
 
During the process, God began to work in Kuttan’s life. On the last day of consultant checking, he openly expressed his fear about—what would happen to him after his death?
 
Kuttan received and committed his life to Christ—the first fruit of the JESUS film in the JK language.
 
Your generous gifts allow audio-visual production studios in South Asia to record...

Cessna 206 ready to load up for the flight to the NC mountains.

Cessna 206 ready to load up for the flight to the NC mountains.

After morning devotions and flight briefings, three aircraft. JAARS training staff, and orientees preparing for worldwide mission service headed to the North Carolina mountains for 10 days of focused mountain training. Not everyone flew, six ground vehicles hauled parts, supplies, personal gear, and rock bags for ballast. Special thanks to the...

Helicopter pilot Jeff Johnson, JAARS President Woody McLendon, and chief pilot Bruce Powell are in Wichita, Kansas to take delivery of the nearly new R66 that will serve in northwest Cameroon.
Helicopter pilot Jeff Johnson, JAARS President Woody McLendon, and chief pilot Bruce Powell are in Wichita, Kansas to take delivery of the nearly new R66 that...
Bryan Jones will soon face challenges flying with our partner SIL in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Bryan’s role—one he has sought for years—will be to fly mission workers safely to remote areas of PNG. But there is a problem.
Many airfields Bryan will be flying into are primitive and hazardous. Only with thorough and specialized training can pilots like Bryan learn to fly and maintain aircraft so they can operate safely out of basic airstrips. This kind of training is not common—nor is it cheap. 
 
Fortunately, Bryan is one of six pilots/mechanics who started Pre-Field Orientation March 7 at...
In 1902 the Roviana were the first to accept Christianity in the Solomon Islands. The Roviana New Testament was completed in 1995. On May 23, they will celebrate having the entire Bible in their heart language. The arrival of the first 16 printed copies even made the national news! 
 
The Roviana comprise approximately 10,000 to 14,000 people; an additional 16,000 speak it as a trade language. Using Adapt It software, four translation projects could use the Roviana Bible as a text source for their own related languages. Five other surrounding languages have already used the Roviana New...
What a joy to share that a new Toyota Hilux 4WD vehicle was delivered earlier this week to BTA, our translation partner in Papua New Guinea!
 
 
New 4WD vehicle for BTA
New BTA Vehicle

With this new vehicle, translation workers and language consultants working out of BTA’s Alotau office will have safe, more reliable transportation to reach their colleagues working in isolated villages.

We praise...