October 15, 2018

Core value: Family

Boaz Core Value - Famiy

Boaz Core Values

“God designed the family and desires that everyone know the love and acceptance it offers.”—Ps. 68:5-6a.

“A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows,
is God in his holy dwelling.
God sets the lonely in families,”  Psalm 68:5-6a

I always marvel that God sent His Son to earth as a tiny babe.

It wasn’t enough that he took on the form—and limitations—of a man. I mean, couldn’t He have just appeared somewhere, full-grown, and started His ministry by calling His disciples?

That would have certainly been a tremendous step down for the One who created the universe.

But for some reason, God saw fit to reduce Himself not only to our earthly form, but that at its most fragile and defenseless. He became an infant.

He allowed Himself to be dependent upon mere humans.

When He waited for Mary to feed Him, do you think He remembered His ability to speak light into being? As He was learning to walk on wobbly toddler legs, do you suppose He wanted to tell His parents He was the One who had parted the Red Sea for their ancestors? As He learned to speak Hebrew, was He reflecting on the Tower of Babble He’d brought down?

The Mighty One became a baby for us.

I’m certain that God—in His wisdom—had no shortage of reasons for sending His Son as a wee One. Perhaps a few of them are:

  • He identifies with our entire human experience.
  • His contemporaries knew His humble beginnings.
  • He knows what it means to be placed in a family.

Family. The omnipotent One had parents. And one of those was a step-father!

He also had siblings. Now, that takes the idea of sibling rivalry to a whole new place. How do you keep up with the guy who changes water into wine?

But to empathize with the human experience, He had to experience family—the attachment, the frustration, the memories, the comfort, the pain, the competition, the shared history, the traditions, the expectations, the lessons of family.

Because ever since God created a man and then gave him a wife, there has been family. And by choosing the way humans reproduce, God ordained the family as the place where children grow up.

There were no orphanages in the Garden of Eden.

The foster care system wasn’t part of God’s original design.

Parents didn’t die prior to the Fall.

In a world before sin, children were kept and loved and nurtured. They were raised in a family where they were safe and healthy and encouraged to reach their potentials.

This is why The Boaz Project strives to replicate an environment as close to the family as possible for the orphans we reach.

We recognize that—because sin is ever-present in our world—orphans are a reality. And, sadly, they will not all get adopted. So our job in every situation is to try to move a child from his current situation to one that more closely resembles the family God intended.

Because God is a Father to the fatherless, and we are their brothers and sisters.

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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.

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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.

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?

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