February 7, 2024

Choosing Our Partners: Qualifications We Seek

The Boaz Project’s model is built around the central idea that Christian leaders from within a community are the best caregivers for its children. They know the language and culture; they look like the children they serve. They are able to keep the children in an environment that is familiar to them. Most importantly, they can testify with whole-hearted conviction that Jesus loves the children in their care.

Because we rely on these partners to provide the daily hands-on care for orphans, it is critical that we choose ones who are highly qualified to provide the absolute best possible environment for the children in their care. For this reason, we depend upon a highly vetted network within of those ministering to orphans for referrals. 

Once potential partners are referred to us, we screen them for:

A Shared Vision

Because The Boaz Project’s top priority is that orphans come to know their loving Heavenly Father, it is imperative that our partners agree. By asking potential partners about their call to orphan ministry as well as their goals for the home and for the children—and by observing the children!—we can typically determine if offering the children the gospel message is of first importance to the home.

Openness to a Family-Style Model

God ordained the biological family as the ideal environment in which children should be raised. Because sin entered the world, this is not an option for all children. When it isn’t possible for a child to stay in their family due to parents’ death, abuse, or desertion, it is our goal to come as close as possible to replicating the family model. Therefore, we look for partners who are committed to raising orphans in the model that gets as close to a family-style home as their government will allow.

Reliability and Accountability

Reliability and accountability are non-negotiable traits in our ministry partners. In order for The Boaz Project to be able to answer to the U.S. government and our donors for the use of donated funds, we need our partners to provide receipts accounting for every dollar we send them. These receipts must be received before we send the next month’s support.

An Eagerness to Learn

Since raising children from trauma is a difficult job, we look for partners who are eager to constantly learn and improve their parenting. We are happy to offer ongoing training, but it’s only helpful if the caregivers receive and apply it.

Willingness to Communicate

Clear and effective communication is vital to any successful partnership, so we look for partners who are willing to give us frequent updates on their home as well as listen to others’ ideas and feedback. This enables us to work collaboratively, resolve conflicts constructively, and pray over current requests on behalf of the home.

Selecting the right partners is critical to the success of The Boaz Project’s model and of the orphans we hope to serve. By limiting our partners to those with a shared vision, an openness to a family-style model, strong accountability, an eagerness to learn, and a willingness to communicate, we can be assured that orphans’ lives are being changed for the better.

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  1. Sarah says:

    Thanks for sharing the qualifications – it truly emphasizes the dedication of these caregivers while doing this beautiful work in the name of Jesus!

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