Parkersburg Congregational Church
Parkersburg Congregational Church announces guest speaker Nard Pugyao, recently retired as one of JAARS’ leading pilots and aviation instructors. He first encountered the gospel when Bible translator, Dick Roe, came to live and work in the Philippines. Through Roe’s translation work, Nard was able to read the book of Mark in his own language and came to understand that Christ died for him.
Before long, Nard felt God’s call to join the Bible translation and aviation work that had resulted in his own transformation. He was a first-generation Christian from a remote village and an unlikely candidate for a missionary pilot/mechanic, but he was able to come to the States and study both Bible and aviation at LeTourneau College and Moody Bible Institute.
In 1976, Nard married Sandy, a Wycliffe “MK” (missionary kid), and the newlyweds joined Wycliffe Bible Translators. Two more years of aviation training qualified Nard to be a JAARS pilot/mechanic. Finally returning to Nard’s homeland in 1979, they served eight years, Nard as a JAARS airplane and helicopter pilot/mechanic and Sandy as a teacher.
Since returning to the States in the 1980s, Nard has instructed countless future missionary pilots and been a featured speaker and advocate for Bible translation around the world. No RSVP is necessary.