JAARS sets open house for Saturday

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By The Staff

WAXHAW – JAARS will hold its first JAARS Day of 2010 on Saturday.

JAARS Day is an opportunity to see how the life-transforming work of Bible translation is done and how to become a part of it, JAARS media relations officer Arthur Lightbody said.

“Just over 1,200 people attended a JAARS Day in 2009 and 2,300 took one of the daily tours to learn how JAARS reaches the Bibleless people,” he said.

“More than 2,200 language groups around the world have no Scriptures,” Lightbody said.

“By spending the better part of a Saturday at a JAARS Day open house, guests can see how a mission group actually works and how JAARS is fulfilling its part of the Great Commission – obeying Jesus’ command to go into all the world to make disciples,” said JAARS tour director Ann Rodgers. “You can see the actual tools we use. These include aircraft, four-wheel-drive vehicles, computers, information technology and appropriate local language media.”

These tools, strategies and more will be showcased at each JAARS Day in 2010. JAARS will host three more JAARS Day events in 2010 – May 1, Aug. 7 and Oct. 2.

The opening program begins at 9:45 a.m. in the Townsend Building at the intersection of JAARS and Davis roads.

Guests can meet representatives from every major JAARS department and see demonstrations each JAARS Day. Missionary travel can be experienced by taking the Mission Adventure Ride, a four-wheel drive trip through the woods followed by a brief airplane ride on the STOL Helio Courier airplane. The Mission Adventure Ride and helicopter rides each cost $22.

There is no cost for the JAARS Day program or visiting JAARS Museum of the Alphabet or Mexico Museum. Aircraft rides and lunches can be purchased on JAARS Day. All who fly must sign a waiver.

For details, see www.jaars.org or www.wycliffe.org.