May 10, 2021

God’s Call to Care for Orphans

“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

2 Comments

  1. Amanda Reed says:

    Thank you for this beautiful reminder of James 1:27! What an amazing outcome the fundraiser had!

  2. Svetlana Morton says:

    How amazing is it that God is using the weakest and most vulnerable to build a kingdom that will accept every single child and prodigal!!?! That’s just such a beautiful picture for me.

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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.

If you also feel the weight of this responsibility and the desire to make a real difference, consider partnering with us. Through our innovative in-home care model, specialized caregiver training, and humanitarian aid, you’ll help children not just survive—but truly thrive.

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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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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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.

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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?

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Is there an age requirement to become a Certified Orphan Advocate Trainee?

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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.




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