On August 10, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., the staff at JAARS will host JAARS Day at the Bible translation center, 7405 JAARS Road, Waxhaw.It’s a short drive from the center of the town.“JAARS Day is a family event. Activities and demonstrations will take place at the hangar, Crystal Lake and Townsend Building. The Museum of the Alphabet and Mexico Museum are also open,” said Ann Rodgers, during the JAARS office tour. There is no admission charge.For those not familiar with JAARS, it is a nonprofit organization that provides technical support – such as aviation, information technology, and media – to advance Bible translation and literacy programs around the world.The name was coined in 1948 as an acronym for “Jungle Aviation and Radio Service,” and while the scope of services has grown, the name stayed the same. JAARS still helps provide pilots to support translators in remote parts of the world in order to bring the Bible to people in their own language.Rogers said on this JAARS Day, the main speaker will be Bob Haussler, director of Maritime Services.“He will be speaking about the importance and need for safe boat transportation across lakes, swamps and around island nations for Bible translators and support staff,” Rogers said.“We visit our partners, assess their travel challenges and help them choose the best boats for their situation,” Rogers said. “If they need a large boat, we’ll help them plan, launch and run the program. We also teach people how to swim, use safety gear and give first aid.”Earlier this year, JAARS acquired a retired fireboat. In a January 16 posting on their website, JAARS officials reported, “We’re about to transform a fireboat into a ferry, hopefully the first of several we could send to our partners in Africa, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and elsewhere. They all need a safe way to travel by water to remote communities, and this may be the answer we’ve been looking for.”Another popular feature of JAARS Day are demonstrations of aviation and land transportation. Weather permitting, airplane and helicopter rides will be offered. The cost is $20 per person for the airplane and $22 for the helicopter.Tickets are sold beginning at 9 a.m. in the hangar. Four-Wheel Drive rides will cost $5 per person. These tickets are sold at the Townsend Building. To fly in an airplane, take the four-wheel drive excursion or ride the man-lift, a JAARS Liability Waiver form must be completed. To complete it online, go to www.jaars.org, then click “JAARS Day.” If a child is younger than 18, a parent or legal guardian must sign the waiver.The Museum of the Alphabet and the Mexico-Cardenas Museum also will be open. The Museum of the Alphabet traces the history of alphabets and other writing systems from the beginning to the present. The Mexico-Cardenas Museum has cultural displays and traces the history of Wycliffe Bible Translators as they got started in Mexico.Doors open at 9 a.m. at the Townsend Building. Visitors will receive a schedule for the day and a nametag. Displays and demonstrations are scheduled 9 a.m.-4 p.m.For more information, contact the JAARS Tour Office 704-843-6130. You also can email email@example.com or go to www.jaars.org.
Friday, Aug. 02, 2013
Waxhaw’s JAARS center plans day of activities
John Anderson is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for John? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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