Religion, Spiritual Development



Waxhaw, NC


The mission of JAARS 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.

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Mr. Woody McLendon

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Box 248

Waxhaw, NC 28173 USA


Bible translation, Scripture use, information technology deployment, aviation, land transportation, water transportation, nonprint media services, purchasing and shipping, development, logistics





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Christian (X20)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (S12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (X12)

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JAARS 2013-14

JAARS 2013-14 Projects Funding; Transportation (Air, Land, and Maritime)

JAARS 2013-14 Projects Funding-IT and Media Service support

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JAARS 2013-14 Where Needed Most for field projects (JWN)

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JAARS is a multidisciplinary team of problem-solvers who are 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 even 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 – their heart language. 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.

The mission of Bible translation in the 21st century is that most of the remaining work is in three major geographical areas*:
[01] Sub-Saharan Africa
[02] South and Central Asia
[03] Asia-Pacific
So, a major strategic theme going forward will be a growing sense of geographical focus. We know that when we do this, we can develop longer-term and more comprehensive support plans for each of our partners in those regions. We can understand better, and therefore serve better, with more localized knowledge. And with assurance of
our ongoing commitment, many of these partners can move forward with translation projects—with the goals of providing heart language Scripture
(both written and oral), teaching, discipleship, and the spiritual transformation of lives
—faster, more confidently, and with more sustainable plans.

Most of our field partner organizations are stretched. Staffing, funding, facilities,
equipment, communications infrastructure an operational area and they're probably struggling with it. Some of this is due to global and local economies, some of it's due to a shift from expatriate-led to locally/nationally-led missions.

Whatever the reasons, Bible translation and language development efforts are increasingly resource-constrained even as we can finally see those “last" language groups just over the horizon.

That's where the “core" work of the JAARS Center in Waxhaw, North Carolina, comes in.
Over 600 people—full-time, part-time, and primarily faith-based missionaries and volunteers—are engaged here daily to provide the support our passionate, committed partners absolutely need.

And when they call on us to meet their needs, we can provide: strategic planning and program design, research and development, project management, and training communications, fundraising, housing/ healthcare/hospitality support services.

It's work that is core to the primary solutions we provide our partners around the world—transportation, technology, media, and training—and it includes work that enables hundreds of missionaries each year to have a sustainable impact
once they get to the field.

In 2015, the core mission at JAARS was blessed to add key, experienced staff and to complete a unifying period of robust planning and goal-setting. We were also able to secure critical flight-training resources to maintain alignment with field operations; commit to support plans with numerous field projects and partner organizations; and begin exploring significant organizational and operational changes to sustain, grow, and adapt to emerging partner needs.

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Fiscal year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

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