Friday, September 30, 2016

2016 - July / August / September Photo N Prayer Review

Our Last Month of Ministry before Furlough

The Beard family attempt of a "4th of July" Celebration! Viva Los Estados Unidos!

Calvary Chapel Santee team photo in Ojojona
July 2016
PRAISE: CC Santee were ideal for a short-term missions teams. Hard workers, fellowship lovers and willing to serve.
View photos of their week of ministry here on our Facebook page. 


One of the highlights for the Santee team was their help leading small groups for the RO4Y workers.
One for the guys & one for the gals! The Word was so encouraging to us all!

Roof ready!
Major progress made on the "Casa de Apoyo" or ministry partner's housing.

Feliz cumpleanos, Melody y Oscar!!!
PRAISE for our ministry partners.
PRAY for God to draw more to come along side us at the Ranch.

Take a closer look! See the videographer? We hosted Melissa for over a week.
She's putting together a professional promo video together for the Ranch!
Awesome! Mil gracias!

Melody's final girls' Bible study before furlough!

Mango Madness came a little later this year, but just as sweet as ever!

Our Mini-Furlough in the USA

Marillyn and I had a whirlwind trip to the States, as we visited three of our supporting churches.
It was a great time of fellowship, as well as a refreshing time for our marriage.
 A "baby-moon" before "Cinco" is born!

Enjoy our latest video summary of ministry leading up to our furlough!

Jon teaches the Freedom Fellowship Youth Group of Kaukauna, WI.
His text was from Zechariah chapter 4.

Our table sales were blessed. This shot from Calvary Chapel Morgantown, WV.
Thanks everyone for supporting the students of Taller CDP! Check out the Etsy store if you weren't able to buy in person: Las Aguas Verdes
Christmas is just around the corner!!!

Enjoying some R & R in Put-in-Bay on Lake Erie, Ohio, a few waves from Canada!

The kids didn't miss us a beat, as they enjoyed their Nina and Papi for 3 weeks!
Wayne & Brooke Goranson, Marillyn's parents and active RO4Y ministry partners.

R.I.P Daisy: after a freak off-property accident,
the family had to put her down in our absence.
She lived a long, blessed life as a four-legged member of the Beard family.

Wayne continued the work on CDA in our absence.
Gracias, Wayne!

Return & Refocus on Family & Ministry in Honduras.

Enjoying a Sunday lunch together! It was good to be reunited!

September 15th festivities in Ojojona!
Honduras celebrates its independence from Spain in 1821.

Jump Catracho, jump!

Happy Birthday Tabitha (8) & Naomi (10)!!!

1st day of classes!
Naomi 4th grade; Tabitha 2nd grade.

Tobias Kindergarten and Poema Pre-Kinder

PRAY for Lucinda as she takes on the responsibility of teaching ALL the Beard kids this year!!!

PRAISE: After 2 years of praying and waiting,
the 15-passenger van is registered and with plates!!!
PRAY! We were unfortunately hit with some unexpected fees and fines during the customs process which drained our savings. If you are lead, any gifts would be a blessing as we desire to continue work on our new staff house! We know the Lord will provide!

Wanderlust: a few weeks after our return our only remaining Dane, Mordecai, ran off!!!
Bittersweet with this "dumb mutt"!

Melody is back and eager to work with the animals! PTL!
She also was recently engaged!!!
PRAY for Marillyn and Melody as they began a search for some "retiring" horses at local barns. They want horses that would be great with children and to help spread the Gospel through our equestrian program aspirations!

CDA is with a roof before the heavy rains hit! PTL!
The funds to build have "dried up" after our crazy van importation expenses, so PRAY for a financial "downpour"!!!

One of my various mtb rides.
We live in a beautiful community!

Thank you always for your prayers, words of encouragement and support!!!

We are excited for this new season of ministry
and look forward to how the Lord will tie our hearts together in service for His Kingdom!!!

Friday, July 29, 2016

2016 Mini-Fall Furlough Schedule (5 Reasons to Connect with out Support Team)

RO4Y Tour Stops

"USA or bust!!!
We look forward to reconnecting with our RO4Y family this August! 

Not only will we be sharing about what God has done at the Ranch in 2016, we'll be traveling with a variety of artisan crafts from our trade school, as well as Hope Coffee from Honduras.

Hasta Pronto!

Tuesday, August 9                                 Arrive in Chicago                                              USA

Wednesday, August 10           Bachleitner Family / South Shore Church           Fond du Lac, WI

Sunday, August 14                            Freedom Fellowship Church                        Kaukauna, WI

Monday, August 15                        Beard Family Open House                         Bloomingdale, IL

Sunday, August 21                      Calvary Chapel Morgantown                         Morgantown, WV

Sunday, August 28                           Calvary Community Church                       Cedar Rapids, IA

Tuesday, August 30                           Rancho Oasis for Youth                        Ojojona, Honduras

While in the USA, the Beards can be reached at:
641-843-8455 (Mare's #)

Ministry donation requests:
scrap-booking & card-stock paper, old maps, magazines, beads, cords, neckties and jewelry supplies; soccer cleats (sizes 6 - 9), shin guards; 3/4 guitars (child size); used (for trade school) or new, medium guitar strings; Spanish books (children's and Christian inspirational) for our library.

The U-25 soccer team models their new jersey

Fact #1:  
To raise awareness of the ministry happening

          God’s Spirit is changing the lives of children, teens
and their families in the rural mountains of southern Honduras.

The trade school students have a moments laughter caught on camera!

          Your friendship, partnership and prayers are critical for our success!
Will you join our support team?

          [Paul & Barnabas] called the church together and reported everything God had done through them. Acts 14:27 (NLT)

One of the trade school students, Darlin, designs a paper-bead necklace.

Fact #2:  
To increase our financial support so we can influence more lives

          The Ranch has been blessed with consistent financial giving to cover all of our basic ministry needs. With more monthly support we can expand current projects that we have in the community to help with people's standard of living and mental/spiritual health, plus give us more in roads to communicate the Gospel.  The reality is that money is necessary to provide the services we offer to the youth of Ojojona and Tegucigalpa.

One of our 3-month interns helps lead a Bible study with the elementary girls.

We've had approximately a year-and-a-half living on our new 17 acre property.
We will be collecting funds to improve the property and pay off our interest-free loan!
Major projects include new staff house, new fencing and finalizing several construction projects: the Beard's home/team meal hall, ministry house renovation, and the equestrian riding areas. 

 A large financial invest would be a major blessing. 

Please inquire about other financial needs.

We trust that God will provide for the ministry's needs;
Is He calling you to be involved financially?

You Philippians were the only ones who gave me financial help when I first brought you the Good News. Philippians 4:15 (NLT)

Riva, a short-term team member from one of our supporting churches,
leads a daily devotional with the Ranch Oasis women staff

Fact #3: 
To call the body of Christ to come along side us
by organizing short-term missions teams

          The majority of the Ranch’s construction projects are completed by groups and the money & labor they put into the buildings. Completed projects mean more opportunity to share the Gospel. We've also expanded outreach to the community via VBS, community/RO4Y family construction projects, health seminars, a youth purity conference, rummage sales and special dinners. Teams have also joined us by participating in the regular scheduled events of the ministry week, like leading Bible studies and teaching new crafts.

So much construction as been accomplished in the ministry season of 2016! 
Yet, so much is left to improve on this 17 acre property.

This team helps us finish out the roof of our new workshop / storage building.

          We also recognize the dynamic spiritual change that can happen during a missions trip. Marillyn and I are serving as full-time missionaries because of our short-term experiences. 

It’s a kingdom building investment at the Ranch and in your life.
Is God calling you to invest a week or more of your life for His kingdom in Honduras this year?

The Holy Spirit said, “Dedicate Barnabas and Saul for the special work to which I have called them.” Acts 13:2 (NLT)

RO4Y's ministry partners Bible study.

Fact #4:
 To recruit short-term (3 month) and long-term staff & families

          In the field, Rancho Oasis is two full-time North American staff, one full-time Honduran staff, several part-time Honduran staff and a family of six that includes one bi-lingual adult, a deaf woman who is proficient in Spanish communication and five children under the age of ten. We are stretched to the max and amazed at all that God is doing. We’ve seen God move even more when another adult or young person joins us in ministry. (We are praying specifically for someone to assist Jon with the construction projects and maintenance of the property.)

Newest RO4Y staff, Melody, will focus on the equestrian and animals ministries!

          Reality is we can’t accomplish what God has called us to do on our own.
God is preparing each one of us in the body of Christ to serve and advance His kingdom.
Will you test God’s faithfulness to you at Rancho Oasis?

God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. 1 Peter 4:10 (NLT)

A beautiful Honduran sun set.

Fact #5:
For some R & R: "Refreshment and Rejuvenation"

          7 months of ministry with all of its ups and downs can be invigorating to the soul, but draining on the body. The Beards are looking forward to reconnecting with friends and family, as well as enjoying time as a couple! (This year Jon and Marillyn are having a "baby-moon" before the birth of their 5th child. Marillyn's parents will be watching the kids in Honduras in their absence!)

That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying,
our spirits are being renewed every day. 2 Corinthians 4:16 (NLT)

We look forward to seeing you this August!!
Keep these goals in your prayers!!!