September 30, 2016

Have you ever…

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“I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.” 

I Corinthians 9:22b

Have you ever watched a tiny octopus climb off your plate? Have you ever bathed in pig poop? Have you ever had your hair permed using chicken bones as curler rods?

Believe it or not, I have.

Sometimes, Often, cross-cultural ministry spurs me on to do things I would not naturally choose. And that’s an understatement.

But look at Jesus. I mean, talk about ministering cross-culturally! He left heaven’s throne room and came to earth, bound by flesh, to a smelly stable.

You know, He could have inserted Himself into the royal lineage of David at a point in history when He could have enjoyed kingly wealth. Or at a time of modern convenience. Or He could have just decided against coming to earth all together. And who could blame Him?

But our Jesus chose to love.

For Him, the promise of relationship with us outweighed the drudgery of carpentry, the scorn of those who wouldn’t believe, and even the nails in His hands.

The Messiah chose to get messy.

He walked around Galilee doing things Galileans did and using words Galileans used. He weaved their marriage traditions, their occupational lingo and their favorite foods into His stories.

He went to the Jewish synagogues. He joined their celebrations and He washed their feet.

He learned what hunger and fatigue felt like.

He became a man so that men could relate to Him.

What’s more, He didn’t stick with the highest strata of society, but talked with prostitutes and ate with tax collectors.

The Savior hung with the unsavory.

And from His 33 years on earth, He continues to attract a family from every tongue, tribe and nation.

So as we continue His ministry on earth, we need to follow His model. We need to take on the traditions, the behaviors, the culture around us—not to the extent that we defy God’s laws—but to the extent that people can relate to us.

And it may mean getting messy.

I didn’t grow up sitting on the floor and scooping sticky rice into my mouth with my fingers. It’s not my tradition to wear long skirts every day. I cannot speak Russian or Hindi or Swahili fluently.

But you know what? I’ve learned that rides in rickshaws can be exhilarating and going to the banya with a friend can be calming. Using a common cup hasn’t killed me yet and eating warm ugali is quite filling.

I’ve not always been eager to try new things, but in the interest of building relationships, I’ve taken a shot at them. And in the end, I, too, have gained a family from multiple nations and tribes.

I wouldn’t trade it for the world!

This month, as you keep The Boaz Project in your prayers, please remember the following:

Requests

This month we will be training our December short-term teams to both Russia and Kenya. Please pray for these teams as they raise support and prepare for their time of ministry.

Please also remember before the throne our annual Ladies Night Out event. Ask God to bless the ladies who attend and to communicate to them what role they are to play in caring for orphans.

Let’s lift the house parents and children of Agape Fellowship Home in prayer. Their landlord has put their house up for sale and it could be difficult to find a new one.

Praises

God has surprised us by putting together a team to deliver Christmas presents and hold a VBS for orphans in Kenya.

Thank God that we have been able to negotiate a new lease, enabling us to continue to work out of our current office for another eight years!

We are grateful for potential employees God has sent our way. We’re asking God to clarify His direction for each.

Believing in miracles,

April

*This article on cross-cultural sensitivity is the fourth in a series covering each of The Boaz Project’s core values. This month’s core value is “Effective ministry is sensitive to the culture it serves” —I Cor. 9:19-23

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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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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?

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What if I don’t have any social media accounts?

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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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