Last Update: January 8, 2020
Year End Report and the Road Ahead. Under <ABOUT US> then <MINISTRY REPORTS> there is a new post that contains a link to the year-end report for 2019 and details about the road ahead for 2020. The financial report summaries are posted under <ABOUT US>, <RECORDS>, and <TAX REPORTS>. We invite followers and friends to read these reports. For the next few months of 2020 we will be reviewing and installing suggested changes to the biblical creation curriculum, beginning to write the elementary version, and starting a video training series. There is a lot to do. The last <MINISTRY REPORTS> report contains the details. It is also posted under <Roland’s Blog>.
October-December 2019. The Beard’s returned from the Philippines at the end of October from their quarters at the Institute for Foundational Learning, Laguna, PI. the four-month trip primarily involved training for teachers and staff in several PI provinces. The training was related to the newly produced biblical creation curriculum (high school version). Since returning to the US the Beard’s have been finalizing a small cabin home in WV and preparing to install changes in the curriculum that will be effective next year when a subsequent printing occurs in the Philippines.
Changes US Ministry Location: CHRISTWORKS remains, for the time being, a Virginia-based non-profit with a new Virginia address during this transition period. The “office” is a home, as it was before, but has changed homes to 26 Teaberry Place, Fishersville, VA 22939. The home office was the Beard home in Crozet VA and is now the Hardy home. Ron has been a board member for years; he and his wife have been friends of the Beard’s and part of the ministry for years. More changes are in process and not all of this site has been updated as yet. Please be patient as we institute the changes.
April 2019 — Stateside Move for the Beard’s: The dominant overseas residence for Roland and Faylene Beard has shifted to the Institute for Foundational Learning, Cabuyao, Laguna, PI. Our stateside home is now in Huttonsville WV, since we are in the Philippines most of the time. Many blog posts, therefore, are written in the Philippines or concern our 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 production 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 generally free unless noted otherwise. Some of the courses are downloadable. We do not keep personal information or mailing lists for anything downloaded. 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, unless otherwise specified, and passable to others as long as the copyright information is carried with the material. Material downloaded freely can be passed without charge unless restrictions are stated. Currently we have two courses available:
(1) The Biblical Creation Study (Bible study, Second Edition, Third Edition).
(a) The bible study 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 3000 downloads of the course from our site or passed to others (which is permitted).
(b) A second edition for high school and adult levels was developed with more detail. It has about 60 lessons, is in production in the Philippines for the Institute of Foundational Learning (a federation of Christian schools), and is being used to train teachers, pastors, and lay leaders. It is available through IFL in the Philippines for a nominal cost.
(c) An elementary version is being developed for use in IFL schools that will be available in 2020.
(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.
Note: Training and presentations are available on the courses described above. 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.