Check-IT-Out Vacation 2017
A Family Vacation with a Purpose!
Got family? Are you a single or couple looking for a break from the daily grind? This vacation week is for you!
This Charlotte area vacation missions and IT conference will give you a taste of what God is doing in the exciting world of technology. Bible translators rely heavily on technology, from language software to networking to project management, and much more.
Come hear stories from staff who are working hard at this every day!
Mornings are spent in sessions while the kids are having an action-packed time. The afternoons offer fun activities options for all, including an aircraft or four wheel drive ride, picnic, and museums! You will also tour the JAARS Center, an amazing hub of technology and transportation that makes Bible translation possible.
Maybe one day you will want to just take time to kick back and relax at the pool, and/or go explore the Carolinas. Or schedule a one-on-one meeting with staff working in your area of interest.
Bring some friends along!
Here’s How It Works
Ice Cream Social
We’ll kick off the fun-filled week on Sunday evening by getting acquainted and enjoying an ice cream social.
Monday through Friday morning sessions will give you opportunities to learn how computers, software, and field systems engineering support Bible translation.
You will hear stories, see demonstrations, and lots more.
Meanwhile, children will have their own activities to enjoy. Costs are included in the registration fee.
Preschoolers (three months through five years) can enjoy the MK (Missionary Kids) Station.
Elementary students (completed kindergarten through completed fifth grade) will have a blast at Summer Safari, a summer program for children on our campus.
For students who have completed sixth grade through age fifteen, we offer an Explore program.
Students ages 16 and 17 may register and attend the conference with an adult.
Options include a picnic at nearby Cane Creek Park with IT staff and their families. Grill hamburgers, hot dogs, and enjoy other picnic dishes while you chat with field-experienced missionaries. Swim, hike, fish, play mini golf, visit the playground, and more. Some activities require fees.
A special guided tour of JAARS will introduce you to various ways we support Bible translation projects around the world.
You can also meet with staff individually, take a ride in a JAARS fixed-wing airplane (or a helicopter, if available), experience our four-wheel-drive training course, explore some of the many area attractions, or just kick back at the JAARS pool. Some activities require fees.
As a web developer myself, when I initially heard about IT involvement in Bible translation I imagined maybe there was some special word processing software and, of course, infrastructure work to support the organization, but that it was all probably outdated and antiquated.
After spending a week at the Check-IT-Out conference I was blown away to learn of the vast scope of the technology work at hand from software, animation, hardware, web, mobile, etc., and that a lot of what was being done was really cutting-edge and driving enhancements to some major open-source projects.
I would highly recommend a Check-IT-Out conference to anyone with a passion in technology and a desire to put that passion to work for the Lord.
The CIO Vacation Conference was a great experience for our whole family. My husband was energized and excited about the ways that God can use his passion for technology for His glory.
My son loved the MK Station, and the CIO staff were wonderful at presenting the technical information in a way that I could understand it without being an IT professional.
The week was a great balance of information and relaxation. My favorite part was experiencing the community at JAARS and everyone’s love for God and each other there.