August 20, 2018

Do You Enjoy the Process?

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Six days to form the heavens and the earth and all that inhabit it, plus a day of rest. Eighty five years to form a child in Sarai’s womb. Forty years to arrive at the Promised Land. The list goes on. God is no stranger to taking His time.

For some of us, who are used to fast service, immediate replies, and instant gratification, reading the prior made us cringe with horror. Western culture has cultivated an expectation of instant everything. Taking things slowly, waiting, and delay are not in our vocabulary. No wonder patience is a virtue.

Even outside of the western culture, it is in our human nature to want all our needs and wants met immediately. We hate waiting when there is something we are truly longing for or believe that we should already have because it’s “necessary” to our survival.

Think about all the different circumstances that cause us to wait longer that we planned; maybe it’s an adoption process, finishing school, waiting for that promotion, etc. Whatever it may be, we all know of an instance when we or someone we know faced circumstances that did not go according to our plan and the process began to take much longer than anticipated.

This turn of events does not faze God or catch Him off guard. In fact, it is actually in His timing. God is more about the process than the destination. All too often, we have focused on the end prize. We know what we want/need and we strive to get it as soon as possible. Yet, God knows that there is much more for us along the way than just in the destination.

One way to fully grasp this concept of a God of process is to take a short term trip to visit the children with whom The Boaz Project works. Going into a trip, we may plan to immediately befriend the children, have a great week, make memories, take pictures, and then return home. Yet these trips are much more of a process than that. Often times when working with children who have experienced great trauma, befriending them is a process. At first they are shy and reserved; they cannot quickly form a trusting relationship with you.

As the week goes on it is truly beautiful to see how the process of showing up, inviting them in, and allowing them to open up on their terms can create a beautiful friendship. This process allows us to see the beauty of what being patient with a child can bring. If we were all friends as soon as we showed up, it would take away from the chance to experience vulnerability, a spirit of welcoming one another in, and acceptance.

When we take the time to appreciate process,  our experience is fuller. Instead of just receiving what we believe we want, we are able to enjoy watching how God brings things together. Our God does exceedingly, abundantly more than we can think or imagine and His timing is perfect. As we step out of our time frames and deadlines and enjoy the journey, we are able to press in closer to Him.

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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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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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