“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” – James 1:27

James 1:27 is a command, yes, but it’s also a calling. This is who God calls us to be and how He wants us to operate in this often brutally cruel world. 

The reality is that there are still orphans who do not know how loved they are. There are still children living on the streets. There are still infants being discarded in dumpsters.

Christians must join together and fight to change the outcomes for orphans all over the world because God commands us to do so, and ultimately, this is who we are.

At The Boaz Project, we have been reminded over and over again that God is always moving in the hearts of His people to do their part to care for orphans.

Recently, we hosted our first Dessert with Boaz event, where we had the opportunity to come together and hear the amazing ways God is working in the lives of the children living in our partner homes, their caregivers, and our incredible donors and supporters here in the U.S.

We were reminded that each one of us has taken a unique path to orphan care, but that it all comes down to God’s clear calling for His people.

“I support Boaz because I love children and understand the importance God places on orphans.  Psalm 82:3 ‘Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed,’” said Terri Landwerlen, one of our board members.

Jim Hassee, a longtime friend and supporter of The Boaz Project, shared stories of his experiences on short-term trips and how God revealed to him the reality of the orphan’s plight. Jim supports Boaz because he knows that God desires for every child to be safe, loved, and cared for.

Our founder and executive director, April, shared the powerful truth that God is not only freeing orphans from poverty, abuse, and neglect, but using them to build His kingdom.

Let that sink in. Orphans, once abandoned and alone, are being transformed into kingdom builders, just as God has done for you and me.

As each speaker shared their heart and how God has revealed His love for orphans to them, He was moving mightily in the hearts of those present.

In total, $49, 327 was raised to support orphans in Russia, India, and Kenya.

We celebrate and give God all the glory for rallying His people together to invest in the lives of orphans! Each of us left the event encouraged and extremely grateful for the community God has given us.

However, the work is not over. There are still orphans worldwide. God’s calling is still at hand.

Will you join us as we strive towards the calling God has set before us?

If you’d like to contribute to this total, supporting the day-to-day operations of The Boaz Project, go to https://www.boazproject.org/events/dessert/ .

Living in His light,

Courtney Kraus

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