January 4, 2017

How To Demonstrate A Living Faith

Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food.  If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? –James 2:15-16

Several years ago, I was asked to address the children in a church service. The congregation may have regretted it as I began.

First, I had the children hop one-footed from one end of the room to the other. As you can imagine, this was challenging for many, especially the youngest. They hobbled and tottered and cheated their way across the front while adults looked on. Navigating on one foot certainly didn’t come naturally to them.

Then I asked them to walk from one end of the room to the other. Of course, the difference was clear. They had all been walking for at least a couple of years by this point, and they migrated across the front of the room with ease. My request for them to walk appeared silly, really. Where was the challenge in that?

But then I read to them, “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?” James 2:14. In other words, I explained, having only faith or works is like walking on just one leg.

I know. We are saved by faith alone. I believe that and am grateful for it!

But James suggests that faith—real faith—is accompanied by deeds. In fact, he goes so far as to say, “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”

If my faith is dead, do I really have faith?

Or is it more like I’m trying to cross through life one-legged? If I have just faith, but no deeds, something’s a little off. Out of kilter. Unnatural.

But having deeds apart from faith is no better. James continues in verse 18 to say, “But someone will say, ‘You have faith; I have deeds.’ Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.”

It doesn’t matter much whether we’re hopping on: our right or left leg. We’re still off balance if we lack either faith or works.

To navigate this life successfully, we need both faith and deeds. They work hand-in-hand—or maybe leg-with-leg—to demonstrate sincere faith.

This why we believe it is not enough to only pray for orphans, though that’s crucial. It is not sufficient to preach to orphans, though they certainly need to hear the gospel. We must also feed and clothe and care for the material needs of orphans.

When we pair our faith with deeds others can see, we demonstrate a living faith, one that is effective, inviting and life-giving.

This month, as you pray for The Boaz Project, please remember the following requests and praises:

Thank God for our partners around the world who demonstrate their faith by their sacrificial deeds on behalf of orphans. They so beautifully personify this concept of letting their faith manifest itself in works that testify to God’s love and compassion.

Praise God for the $74,000 He has raised for a home for Agape Fellowship in Bangalore! We are so excited to see these precious ones in their own home soon. You can watch www.boazproject.org/agape for updates.

Thank God for the teams who visited orphans in Russia and Kenya in December!

The Russia team was warmly received in all of the orphanages they visited, which we are extra thankful for given the new laws restricting religious freedom. The team delivered Christmas presents, had a presentation and crafts for the children, and got to interact with them freely.

The Kenya team held an ever-growing Vacation Bible School and a four-day house parent training for those working with orphans. A psychiatrist on the team was able to meet the specific needs of many, helping with issues from fetal alcohol syndrome to recovering from rape. They clearly saw God orchestrate the team members, the timing, and those who attended the VBS, the training and the counseling. Thank Him!

Believing in miracles,


*This article is the seventh in a series covering each of The Boaz Project’s core values. This month’s core value is “Effective care addresses both the spiritual and physical needs”—James 2:15-16

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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

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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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