October 24, 2019

A Note of Thanks

My wife, Zhenya, and I and all our children are grateful to God for our friends from The Boaz Project and faithful donors who for many years supported our family and ministry to orphans in Russia with prayers and personal financial participation. Without all of you, it would be very difficult to organize and carry out such a difficult but necessary service to God for children.

Thanks to your loyalty and support, we can see wonderful changes in the lives of our children.

Yana has been in our family for four and a half years. When she came to us, she was three and a half years old and she practically did not know how to speak, was not socially adapted and lagged behind her peers in development. Now she is a good student in the second grade. For the second year she has been successfully engaged in gymnastics at the Sports School of the Olympic Reserve and at the art school, where her work and abilities are greatly praised. She really likes going to Sunday school with friends. This year, the Royal Hunters (A Christian group similar to the Scouts) solemnly accepted her into the ministry.

Milan and Timofey are brother and sister, and they have been in our family for two and a half years. During this time, their lives have been transformed.

Timofey is in second grade. Today, with great joy, he came running to show a diary with a five on literature (comparable to an “A” in the U.S.) for good reading and expressive retelling. Imagine–this is despite Timothy coming to us with severe pedagogical neglect and a delay in mental development at six years old. Timofey, together with Yana, participates in the ministry of the “Royal Rangers.”

Milan, despite the fact that she is not yet 6 years old, is already in a first-class program in a private lyceum. Together with Yana, she has been engaged in gymnastics for the second year and loves to sing.

Recently, we managed to organize a meeting for Milan and Timofey with an older sister (she is 15). We went to a cafe together and went to ride rides. They were very happy to see her!

Efrem is also in our family for 2 and a half years and during this time he has matured greatly, has become more organized and socially adapted. Ephraim also participates in the ministry of the “Royal Hunters,” Sunday services and a home group. He likes youth meetings in the church twice a week.

Thanks to your support, these children have a family, a comfortable life in a cozy house, the opportunity to attend church, the opportunity to live and develop normally, and to relax. They have a future. Please continue to prayerfully and financially support the ministry of The Boaz Project and help orphans in Russia and around the world. God bless you!

Sergey Zaozersky

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Level 1

Learn about the mission and vision of The Boaz Project through activities such as watching an Encounter webinar, exploring our website, and following us on social media. You will also have the opportunity to meet and interact with your Orphan Advocate Training Coach, who will help you as you go through the levels.

Level 2

Gain more insight into the realities of the orphan crisis through reading "The Orphan’s Abba" and visiting The Boaz Project YouTube page. You will also meet The Boaz Project staff.

Level 3

Grow in your understanding of the orphan crisis, meet some houseparents by reading their stories, and create your own "Pick 2" with options like watching a movie and completing a creative project utilizing your unique skill set.

Level 4

Enhance your knowledge of healthy attachments for orphans, watch a webinar about Eastern Europe’s institutional orphanage system, and visit the Boaz office virtually or in person.

Level 5

Utilize all of the knowledge you have gained throughout training to develop methods based on your personal experience to share the mission and vision of The Boaz Project with others. Read a portion of our first level Houseparent Trauma Training and use your unique skills to impact orphans with a special project. Completing Level 5 gives you the option to apply to become an OAT Coach and/or a Regional Coordinator for The Boaz Project.


Do I have to live near Greenwood, Indiana to complete the training?

No! This certification is intentionally created to allow opportunities for anyone in any location to fully participate.

How much of a time commitment is it?

This is completely up to you. The entire process is self-directed. There are no deadlines, and you may take as much or as little time as you need to complete each course.

Can I do this training with my spouse? Or a friend?

Yes! Going through the training with a spouse or friend can provide accountability and motivation. As you progress, you may be able to accomplish more together!

How much will it cost?

All Orphan Advocate Training courses are free to join! While you may choose to spend money while completing some projects, there are only minimal costs involved (such as a book or a few supplies) depending on which course you choose to do.

Is there an age requirement to become a Certified Orphan Advocate Trainee?

This would be answered on a case-by-case basis. This would also be open to middle schoolers or high schoolers looking to complete volunteer hours (i.e. National Honor Society) or build college applications. We always encourage young people to be involved if they feel led by God to do so!

What if I don’t have any social media accounts?

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If I complete the five-level Orphan Advocate Training Certification, can I put it on my resume or LinkedIn profile?

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Will I be able to get a signed letter to verify my volunteer hours?

We are sorry that we cannot verify volunteer hours that are done outside of the office or an event due to the fact that these hours are not supervised. However, we can write about the quality of work that was done, your commitment level, and the training courses achieved. We can also say that your self-reported, unsupervised hours fit into the typical number of hours that are usual for that course.

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