July 1, 2024

Faith-Based Healing for Orphans: The Healing Power of Prayer

In the face of adversity and loss, orphaned children often grapple with profound emotional wounds that can impact their well-being, sense of belonging, and even their view of God. However, through prayer and meditation on Scripture, orphans can find emotional healing and inner strength that helps them work through their traumatic pasts.

In the second installment of our ”Faith-Based Healing for Orphans” blog series, we’re discussing the healing power of prayer.

The Healing Power of Prayer

At the heart of this faith-based healing journey lies prayer. In the quiet moments of prayer, these children discover a profound truth—they are not alone. Their cries reach the ears of a loving Father who yearns to comfort them in their pain. Through prayer, they find solace in knowing that their struggles are seen, their fears are understood, and their burdens are shared.

Prayer provides a safe space for vulnerability—an essential component of healing. In the presence of their heavenly Father, these children can lay bare their deepest wounds, knowing they are met with love and acceptance. It is in this vulnerability that true healing begins to take root.

Meditation on Scripture

Similarly, the practice of meditating on Scripture offers a source of strength and guidance in the face of adversity. Within the pages of the Bible, these children discover a tapestry of stories of triumph over tragedy and resilience in the midst of despair. 

From the tale of Joseph, who rose from the depths of betrayal to the heights of power, to the courage of David, who faced down giants, the Scriptures are full of narratives of hope and redemption.

Through the lens of Scripture, orphans can reframe their own stories, shifting from a narrative of victimhood to one of victory. They find assurance in the promises of restoration and God’s unwavering faithfulness.

The Impact of Prayer and Scripture

Recent research underscores the transformative power of prayer and Scripture in the lives of orphaned children. Studies have shown that those who engage in regular prayer and meditation exhibit higher levels of resilience and adaptive coping strategies, enabling them to navigate the complexities of their healing journey with greater ease.

Likewise, anecdotal evidence provided by the children raised in The Boaz Project’s partner homes shows that the outcomes for orphans brought up in a loving, Christ-centered environment where prayer and Scripture reading are included every day are drastically better than for most orphans in the nations where we work.

In the midst of trauma and loss, faith-based healing offers a pathway to resilience and restoration. Through the healing power of prayer and Scripture, orphaned children can discover the strength to rise above their circumstances and forge a path toward emotional healing and wholeness. 

As they embark on this journey, guided by the nurture and testimony of their caregivers, their futures are transformed, filled with the promise of redemption and renewal.

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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.

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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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