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JAARS, Inc.

General

Classification: Nonprofit
Type of Organization: Both (MSO/UMO)
Legal Name: JAARS, Inc.
Established: 1948

Organization Description & Goals:

Who We Are JAARS is a multidisciplinary team of problem-solvers committed to the belief—and the vision—that people’s lives and communities are transformed as they experience God’s Word in their own language. We are a community of full-time missionaries, dedicated volunteers, and a few employees who work together to accomplish the Great Commission goal of providing Scripture to every people group on earth in the language they understand best. We do that by supporting Bible translation and language development partners globally, and by working with prayer and financial partners in the United States to help make a range of unique on-the-field solutions possible. What We Do For decades JAARS has been making 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, technology, media, and training. Sometimes, our boots are on the ground (or in the air, or on the water). Other times, we’re providing expertise, training, logistical support, research and development, project management, or funding. In all cases, we’re working hand-in-hand with global field partners to identify, design, test, refine, and implement solutions that can be sustained going forward. From pilot training and mission aviation services to remote technology and communications support, we provide off-the-grid logistical solutions that help make Bible translation possible.

Organizational Principles

Purpose & Mission Statement:

The JAARS Vision Our vision is that people’s lives and communities are transformed as they experience God’s Word in their own language. The JAARS Mission Our mission is 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, technology, media, and training.

Denomination(s): Nondenominational
Member Organization(s): Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)
MissioNexus
Mission Next
Other
Open to New Locations: Yes
Service Locations: Local (City/State)
Active Cities: Waxhaw, NC
Active Regions: N/A
Active States: N/A
Active Countries: N/A

Doctrinal Statement:

What We Believe We believe the Bible, the inspired Word of God, is completely trustworthy, speaking with supreme authority in all matters of belief and practice. We believe in one God, who exists eternally in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We believe all people, being created in the image of God, have intrinsic value, but as a result of sin are alienated from God and each other, and therefore in need of reconciliation. We believe that Jesus Christ, the son of God, born of the virgin Mary, is fully God and fully human. He demonstrated God’s love for sinners by suffering the penalty of death in their place, rose bodily from the dead, and ascended to heaven where he intercedes for his people. We believe all who repent and trust in Jesus Christ alone as Lord and Savior are, by the grace of God, declared to be right with him, receiving forgiveness and eternal life. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ will return personally in glory, raise the dead, and judge the world. We believe all people will rise from the dead, those who are in Christ to enjoy eternal life with God and those who are lost to suffer eternal separation from him. We believe in the Holy Spirit who imparts new life to those who believe in Christ; through his indwelling presence and transforming power he gives assurance and equips believers for holy living and effective service. We believe the Church is the body of Christ, the fellowship of all believers, and is commissioned to make disciples of all nations.

Core Values:

Seek God Above All We will demonstrate prayerful dependence on God, abiding in Christ, studying his Word, and seeking his wisdom in all decisions. (Matt. 6:33; John 15:4–5; Prov. 3:5–6)

Serve in Love We will follow Christ’s example of sacrificial servanthood, looking first to the interest of others, both within our community and toward those we serve. (Phil. 2:3–5; John 13:34)

Act with Integrity We will act towards others with honesty, transparency, accountability, and dependability. (Prov. 21:3; 11:3a; Heb. 13:18)

Steward God’s Resources with Courage We will make bold yet wise decisions as we care for and make best use of people, time, finances, and opportunities. (Matt. 25:14–30; I Pet. 4:10; Eph. 5:15–16)

Pursue Excellence We will strive to meet and exceed professional standards and best practices, learning and improving together. (II Cor. 8:7; II Tim. 2:15; Phil. 4:8)

Collaborate with Respect As we work together on internal teams and with ministry partners, we will communicate clearly, assume goodwill, and value each other’s contributions. (Eccl. 4:12; I Cor. 1:10, 12:12–27)

Create a Culture of Innovation Not content with the status quo, we will question assumptions, seek new approaches, and design innovative solutions in all areas. (Ex. 35:30–35; Eph. 2:10; Prov. 22:29)

Additional Information:

We desire to use the skills and abilities God has given us to help make Bible translation and language development possible. It takes a team to accomplish the task! We are in a beautiful, rural location but only a 10-15 minute drive from shopping, and close to Charlotte, NC. We are half way between the ocean and mountains in the Piedmont of North Carolina. Pray about coming and serving with our team!

Missions-Sending

Ministries Offered Administration
Children
Distribution
Engineering
Internships (Collegiate)
Leadership
Medical
Outdoor Adventure
Prayer Walking
Team Training
Missionary Durations: 1 to 3 Weeks
1 to 3 Months
Individuals: Yes
Divorced: Yes
Married Couples: Yes
Families: Yes
Groups: Yes
Educational Requirements: Yes
Preferred Education Level: High School Diploma
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Other
Does the organization provide funding? No
Does the organization provide benefits? No

Trip Costs Details:

For Refuge 139 working with kids, trips cost vary depending upon where it is located and the size of the group we are ministering too.

Does the organization require training? Yes
Does the organization provide training? Yes

Training Required for Service:

If overseas need to have Intercultural Communications course.

Training Provided by Organization:

On responsibilities during the trip.

Application Process:

There is an application process for Church Mission Teams to serve at JAARS and a separate application for Volunteers. Both require taking a Child Safety Course. For Refuge 139 teams have an application and also performs background checks and training in Child Safety. For CrossVenture groups coming to JAARS, there is also an application process. For Race for Possible there is a registration process and raising of funds. If becoming a full time missionary they would apply through the Wycliffe organization in their country of citizenship.

Speaking to Past or Present Missionaries:

Can talk with Outreach, Volunteer Coordinators and related staff to our programs.

Characteristics of the Ideal Missionary:

Actually we would love all those characteristics depending upon the job one serves at here at JAARS. With land, sea, air, technology, media and training it takes a lot of different skills to make Bible translation and language development possible in the most remote areas on earth.

Unique Services & Resources

Provided Services & Resources:

Financial Support
Media
Ministry Position Training
Missions Field Training
Networking
Resources

Financial Support:

Description:

We raise funds to help provide transportation, technology, training, and media resources.

Resource Availability: Missionaries
Missions-Sending Organizations
Location(s): International
Cost for Resources/Services: Yes
Open to expanding to new locations: Yes
Open to helping duplicate ideas in new locations: N/A

Costs of Service or Resource:

Providing needed parts for equipment and repairs.

Media:

Description:

We raise funds to help provide transportation, technology, training, and media resources.

Resource Availability: Missionaries
Missions-Sending Organizations
Location(s): Regional
International
Active Regions: South (East South Central)
Cost for Resources/Services: Yes
Open to expanding to new locations: Yes
Open to helping duplicate ideas in new locations: N/A

Costs of Service or Resource:

Providing needed parts for equipment and repairs.

Ministry Position Training:

Description:

Pre-field training for pilots and mechanics to be prepared for field conditions. Vernacular Media Specialists to train them how to determine what type of resources a language group would have available to them, and then the technical aspects of recording audio and dubbing into videos, and mobile software applications.

Resource Availability: Missionaries
Missions-Sending Organizations
Location(s): Local (City/State)
Regional
National (United States)
Active Cities: Waxhaw, NC
Active Regions: South (East South Central)
Active States: North Carolina
Cost for Resources/Services: Yes
Open to expanding to new locations: No
Open to helping duplicate ideas in new locations: No

Costs of Service or Resource:

It varies for each session. For pilots it can be thousands of dollars. Housing and food costs must also be considered.

Missions Field Training:

Description:

An Intercultural Communications Course (ICC) is run 2-3 times a year preparing people for service on the field. It includes cultural awareness, spiritual fitness, language acquisition, and technical know how.

Resource Availability: Missionaries
Missions-Sending Organizations
Location(s): Local (City/State)
Regional
National (United States)
Active Cities: Waxhaw, NC
Active Regions: South (East South Central)
Active States: North Carolina
Cost for Resources/Services: Yes
Open to expanding to new locations: No
Open to helping duplicate ideas in new locations: No

Costs of Service or Resource:

Housing (on site), food, as well as course costs.

Networking:

Description:

We especially work with the larger mission aviation groups in flights, and resources for training. We also work with many of the national translation organizations.

Resource Availability: Missionaries
Missions-Sending Organizations
Location(s): Local (City/State)
Regional
Active Cities: Waxhaw, NC
Active Regions: South (East South Central)
Cost for Resources/Services: Yes
Open to expanding to new locations: No
Open to helping duplicate ideas in new locations: No

Costs of Service or Resource:

It varies for each session. For pilots it can be thousands of dollars. Housing and food costs must also be considered.

Resources:

Description:

We make Bible translation possible through Transportation (Land, Sea and Air). Technology (Network consult, communications, software, mobile Scripture, dictionary, reading apps, solar and power systems), Media (Jesus Film and more, story templates, and audio scriptures.) and Training (Intercultural, Management, Spiritual Vitality, Pilot Field training and more). We purchase and ship household supplies, home school materials, various parts, boats, aircraft, heavy equipment, vehicles, motorbikes, etc. to missionaries overseas. We send solar panels, battery packs made here, and BGAN satellite terminals. For safety we send and oversee personal ERB's, "dunk bags" for water transportation. We have story templates, and other supplies for media use.

Resource Availability: Missionaries
Missions-Sending Organizations
Location(s): Local (City/State)
Regional
National (United States)
International
Active Cities: Waxhaw, NC
Active Regions: South (East South Central)
Active States: North Carolina
Active Countries:
Australia
Bermuda
Bolivia
Botswana
Brazil
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Cameroon
Canada
Chad
Colombia
Congo
Costa Rica
East Timor
Ecuador
Equatorial Guinea
Ethiopia
Germany
Ghana
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
India
Indonesia
Ivory Coast
Kenya
Liberia
Macedonia
Madagascar
Mexico
Micronesia, Federated States of
Mozambique
Nigeria
Papua New Guinea
Peru
Philippines
South Africa
Tanzania, United Republic of
Thailand
Togo
Trinidad and Tobago
Uganda
United States
United States minor outlying islands
Venezuela
Zaire
Zambia
Zimbabwe
Australia
Bermuda
Bolivia
Botswana
Brazil
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Cameroon
Canada
Chad
Colombia
Congo
Costa Rica
East Timor
Ecuador
Equatorial Guinea
Ethiopia
Germany
Ghana
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
India
Indonesia
Ivory Coast
Kenya
Liberia
Macedonia
Madagascar
Mexico
Micronesia, Federated States of
Mozambique
Nigeria
Papua New Guinea
Peru
Philippines
South Africa
Tanzania, United Republic of
Thailand
Togo
Trinidad and Tobago
Uganda
United States
United States minor outlying islands
Venezuela
Zaire
Zambia
Zimbabwe
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Cost for Resources/Services: Yes
Open to expanding to new locations: Yes
Open to helping duplicate ideas in new locations: N/A

Costs of Service or Resource:

Yes, the missionaries must pay for the equipment they need, unless we have had specific funds raised for their need.

Volunteers

Looking For Volunteers: Yes
Volunteer Services: Administrators
Advocacy
Broadcasting
Construction
Custodial Staff
Distribution
Editors
Electrical
Event Planning
Graphic Design
Kitchen Staff
Leadership Training
Medical Personnel
Other
Plumbing
Prayer Team
Teachers
Team Leaders
Website Design/Development
Writing
Volunteer Positions: On-site Volunteer (Full Time)
On-site Volunteer (Part Time)
Remote Volunteer (As Available)
Remote Volunteer (Regularly)
Willing to accept volunteers outside of the specified denomination: Yes
Preferred Missionary Age: 18 to 90 Years Old

Types of Volunteer(s) that we are Seeking:

Proof of Health Insurance Self-Supported Ages 14-17 may serve if accompanied by a responsible adult Agreement with our Statement of Faith Able to work in the US Over 170 openings, some positions require certifications like aviation and health care

Costs associated with volunteering? Yes
Training Provided? Yes

Required Costs:

Housing, food, personal needs, and transportation to site.

Training Process:

Child Safety and other training on the job or specific training for a unique job.