Last Update: December 14, 2018
Recently Updated: The dominant overseas residence for Roland and Faylene Beard has shifted to the Institute for Foundational Learning, Cabuyao, Laguna, PI. The Crozet VA, USA home will be up for sale in 2019. When the home sells, a stateside residence will probably be established in West Virginia. The move is out of necessity since the Beard’s are in the Philippines most of the time. Many blog posts, therefore, are written in the Philippines and are about mission activity in Asia. There is plenty to do at the Institute of Foundational Learning in PI as teachers/pastors are trained, and elementary version of the curriculum must be developed, and children are encouraged. The high school edition is currently in pilot schools and will spread further in 2019.
Welcome. Thank you for visiting our site. It is here to encourage, exhort, and inspire visitors. We are Bible- and Christian-based in function, including testifying and showing that the earth and the universe did not happen by accident but by the design and command of God. We unashamedly declare the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There are inspirational blogs and courses that have drawn people, so feel free to visit them. Our materials are free; courses are downloadable. We do not keep either personal information or mailing lists. We simply aim to serve. A good deal of our work is in the mission field, where we provide various educational helps in the form of training and teaching. We invite you to look at reports and review more About Us.
Inspirational Blogs. We use a group of blogs about the heavens, the earth, and people to tell short stories with images. The things around us provide many parables and lessons. We invite you to read them. Usually we two to four new posts each month.
Courses. One of our primary purposes is to provide educational helps to those who are needy and need biblically-based materials. Courses are downloadable without charge and passable to others as long as the copyright information is carried with the material and it is passed without charge. Currently we have two courses available:
(1) The Creation Study and Curriculum. In addition to presenting biblical creation, the course addresses some key questions about fossils, the Ice Age, dinosaurs, and the origin of the universe. Comparisons to this world view are made with the current popular evolutionary or naturalistic conjecture for the origin of the universe, which depends on chance occurrences over deep time, self organization of energy, and life from non-life with no external influence. As near as we can tell, there have been over 2300 downloads of the course from our site, not including copies that may have been passed to others (which is permitted). A curriculum is being developed for Institute for Foundational Learning (IFL) schools in the Philippines and Asia that is based on the content of this study. We hope to have the high school version piloted in several IFL schools this year. Writing the elementary version is being started. We hope to have it available in late 2019.
(2) Astronomical Observing from a Biblical View. AOBV teaches, as we have done in several countries, how to observe the heavens with eyes and the assistance of small optical instruments. AOBV is a practical course but is underpinned with a biblical viewpoint of the heavens, which are often addressed in the Bible. The delight of observing the created heavens is practical and obtainable if the course skills are mastered. Please download the current version (version two) if you are still using the original.
Note: Both courses are designed for school us but can as easily be used in groups, churches, schools, or families. We can often provide presentations and training to introduce or provide overviews. If interested, send us a request via the <Contact Us> form.
Prayer and Purpose. As we tell our Christian friends, please keep us in prayer as we move forward. Go under the About Us menu if you are unfamiliar with us and want to know more about the ministry foundation and motivation. We are home-based and all volunteer but we aim to assist others when we can. Our real desire is to have hundreds of families and individuals, who are committed Christians, doing similar things. There is much work to do. If you are interested in training, supporting what we do, or learning how to do similar things yourself, please read the Support Us section.
Events and History Summary.
A quick summary of the last few years of activity to the preseent are listed below. For more detail on the past, visit the History section under the About Us drop-down menu.
Roland Beard married Faylene Lawson in late June 2017. Their first mission trip together to IFL in the Philippines began in August 2017. A second mission trip occurred from December 2017 through March 2018. A third mission trip occurred in August through October 2018. Recent reports from the 2018 mission trips are posted that give a good flavor for the work that is ongoing. The majority of the work involves the development and training for a biblical creation curriculum, training people to observe the heavens, and personally encouraging friends in the Philippines.
General 2012-2016 Activity:
Overseas work was dominated by the Philippine Project and the publishing of the creation study. There were multiple mission trips during these five years to the Institute of Foundational Learning (founding school/ministry is about an hour SE of Manila). Supplies were delivered, staff/teachers were trained, and children were encouraged at this ministry or its outreach stations. Training for Astronomical Observing from a Biblical View was provided. The last 2016 mission trip ended in March. Linda Beard, who had cancer during this whole period, died and went to be with the Lord in early August.
Another ministry (Kings Outreach in Hanford California) was assisted during two extended trips during 2013 and 2014.
General 2011-2010 Activity
Most activity during the year these two years was divided between the development of Astronomical Observing from a Biblical View (AOBV), site work to introduce stories/sketches, assistance to All Nations, work with the Chinese Church in Charlottesville, and new work with Institute for Foundational Learning (IFL) in the Philippines.
General 2009-2008 Activity:
1. Astronomical Observing with a Biblical View (AOBV) was developed into its first edition form. People were trained in both the US and Uganda during this period with the first edition.
2. The Uganda Project dominated both 2008 and 2009. The Uganda project included sending a container to a village and ministry operated by NEEPU. Trips involved the distribution of materials in the container but we also conducted various types of educational training.