Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
—Hebrews 13:8   

There’s no denying reality: 2020 has been a year of change. We can all probably make a long list of the changes we’ve experienced this year, COVID-19 related or not. And in the midst of all that’s happening, it’s good to be reminded of this hope-inspiring, courage-building, comforting truth from the book of Hebrews, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” He never changes!

Something else hasn’t changed: our calling as Christians to love God and to love others, no matter what’s going on around us. As life goes on in spite of COVID-19, we can still keep to our calling. It’s not always easy, but we have our never-changing Lord and Savior to show us how.

Bible translation is happening even with the obstacles caused by the pandemic. At JAARS, we’ve persevered and adapted where needed to keep us on mission for helping our partners continue their work. We hope you’ll be encouraged by these stories and how our never-changing Lord is advancing his kingdom.

Image by Timothy R. Botts

“We Thought Nobody Remembered Us”
During the last week of March, the Tigak New Testament translation team of New Ireland, Papua New Guinea, had just completed translating the script for the JESUS film. Nakikus, one of the team, was excited to go by dinghy to Kavieng, the capital, to get the script printed at the regional translation center. Then the team could proceed with their recording. But in April the prime minister of Papua New Guinea issued a national lockdown order, which closed the Kavieng center, the only place the team could print the script. Read the rest of the story.

Even So, Trust Me
James isn’t a preacher or even a Bible college student; he’s a videographer. But he values international missions, and his gifting in media now supports global missions. “JAARS values the support role—I love that,” he says. Read how the Lord has led James and his family.
A Star Still Shines
Refurbished and updated, the Kwadima II is supporting Bible translation and other ministries in Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea. Read more about this new approach to how JAARS serves in Bible translation.
A Cyber Sherlock Holmes
David and his family arrived at JAARS in July for his pilot recurrency training. But when they couldn’t return to Indonesia right away, David began asking around for ways he could temporarily serve at JAARS. Someone directed David to Nate Gordon. Find out what happened next.
Reminders of Hope in Joseph’s Life
This month, Joseph’s story continues. We remember his rejection and betrayal: by his brothers, by Potiphar’s wife, and by the royal cupbearer. He has been sorely tested for purity and faith and suffered isolation and lockdown during two years in prison. Read how God prepared Joseph for an important purpose.
The Best Gift Christmas Video
What’s the best gift of Christmas? Gather the family together to watch this short video and be reminded.
“I am the LORD, and I do not change” is another sweet reminder from the Old Testament book of Malachi of God’s changelessness. As you continue to navigate life’s ups and downs, look up these Bible verses for more reminders of God’s immutability: Isaiah 40:8, Psalm 102:2527, Isaiah 40:28, Psalm 33:11, Psalm 90:2, and 1 Timothy 1:17.

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