May 3, 2021

Celebrating Mothers of Orphans

What a wondrous thought! God comforts us just as a good mother would.

Often, when I speak to elementary-aged children about the needs of orphans, the challenge is to help them imagine life without a parent. So I usually begin with the question, “What are some things your parents do for you?”

The answers vary from “Buy me clothes,” to “Teach me about Jesus” with nearly everything in between. Once the first few, brave children offer an insight, the hands start going up rapid-fire. 

“Wash my laundry.”

“Cook my food.”

“Help me do my homework.”

“Put me to bed.”

“Buy me presents.”

After a few minutes, the list becomes quite lengthy. Parents have a lot of jobs!

I then try to help them imagine life without a parent, to envision having to figure out all those tasks on their own.

Today, I want you to do the opposite. I want you to imagine taking on this long list of responsibilities for any number of children you never met before. 

Our house mothers are saints, in my book. I’ll stack their tireless efforts next to those of the Proverbs 31 woman any day. I have watched them cook over open fires, teach about prepositional phrases and square roots, and cry over teenaged challenges. More importantly, I have heard them cry out to God for the children they’ve chosen to take on.

As Mother’s Day approaches, I hope you are able to reflect on the sacrificial, nurturing love of a devoted mother.  But as you remember her, would you do me a favor?

Please also remember, celebrate, and pray for these house mothers who live so sacrificially, that their needs would be met, their hearts would be full, and their children would rise up and call them “blessed.”

I can tell you with certainty that your prayers mean the world to them.

While you’re in prayer, please also remember the following:

1. Ask God to give The Boaz Project staff wisdom (and patience!) as they consider the timing of returning to international travel. We’re eager to see our partners and the children they’re raising, but want to do so in a wise and safe manner.

2. Ask God to intervene on behalf of one of our Indian homes that continues to receive extra scrutiny from the government.

3. Lift our Russian partners in prayer as we—together—prayerfully design some strategies for preventing children from ever entering the orphanage system.

4. Cover all of our Indian homes in extra prayer, as the Covid pandemic continues to ravage the nation.

5. Please lift the family of Eliud Karanja in prayer. Eliud was the warm and hospitable chairman of the board of trustees of the El Shaddai Children’s Center in Limuru, Kenya. He was hospitalized for Covid-19 and fought hard. He has entered heaven’s glory and received his reward, but has left a grieving wife, three sons, and two daughters behind.

6. Thank God for all of the resources He provides through our amazing community. Despite so many global challenges, children are in safe and loving homes where they’re introduced to their heavenly Father because of the sacrifices so many of you make.

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Because God knew that abandoned children would need help to survive, He tells us to actively meet the needs of orphans in James 1:27.

If you also feel the weight of this responsibility and the desire to make a real difference, consider partnering with us. Through our innovative in-home care model, specialized caregiver training, and humanitarian aid, you’ll help children not just survive—but truly thrive.

When you choose to partner with The Boaz Project, you'll restore hope, ensure a brighter future through education, and share the love of Jesus with children who desperately need it.

Just imagine the impact you can have—from saving a child from the horrors of the streets to helping them become community leaders, educators, and nurturers of the next generation.

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Orphan Advocate Training Certification Levels

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.

FAQ

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?

We will adjust your requirements to accommodate you and provide different opportunities to engage.




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

Yes! When you complete each level, you will receive a certification that you can use to enhance your professional profile and to show involvement in community service.




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.




How do I get started?

If you think you would like to begin Orphan Advocate Training, please complete the form below, and you’ll be assigned an OAT Coach. Once your coach reviews your information, he/she will send you an email with your next steps!




Who do I contact if I have any other questions?

Please complete the form below or contact OAT@boazproject.org with any questions.

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