December 4, 2017

I Have a Confession to Make

I have a confession to make.

For the first time (I can remember) in my adult life, I started listening to Christmas music before Thanksgiving!

It was the day before Thanksgiving, to be exact. And I was prepping sweet potato casserole and caramel apple bread pudding. And for some reason, I decided to turn festive tunes on my Spotify, breaking my self-imposed rule to wait for two more days.

But you know what? I enjoyed it so thoroughly that I’ve decided to ditch the rule forever. After all, shouldn’t we be eager to celebrate the coming of our Lord Jesus? That fragile baby in the manger altered all of history and rectifies our eternal state. I’d say that’s worthy of some cheerful melodies.

Maybe starting those Christmas songs earlier in the season, before life gets so frenzied, will offer me more opportunities to reflect on the lyrics of my favorites, as it did on this day when I went renegade and celebrated early.

I’ve always liked “Oh, Holy Night.” It paints a poignant picture of that mysterious night when our creator God became incarnate with few even noticing. But this time, as I listened while mixing the coconut, pecans, brown sugar, and butter into a topping, the words “His law is love, and His gospel is peace,” grabbed me.

What a beautiful statement! “His law is love, and His gospel is peace.”

I’m grateful to serve the God who tells us the entirety of the law can be summed up in this, to love the Lord your God with all you heart, mind and strength and to love your neighbor as yourself.

I’m beholden to the Prince of Peace.

In a world that seems divided—incompatible even—on so many topics, it is refreshing to be reminded that the Christ who came humbly to a stable ushered in an order of love and peace.

That reminder made me even more thankful when Thanksgiving came the next day.

I’m praying your holiday season will be full of love and peace.

As you pray for The Boaz Project this month, please remember:

-to pray for Christmas to be a season of love and peace for all of the orphans we serve.

-to ask God for safety and effective ministry for our team headed to Russia Dec. 9-20. This team will be visiting our work on both sides of Russia (a nine-hour plane ride apart), delivering Christmas gift

s and sharing the joy of Christmas with the children they meet.

-to thank God for little Joylin, who has been added to Bethel Children’s Home. She was abandoned by her parents because she was a girl, but has brought tremendous joy to all at Bethel.

-to pray for additional team members for our upcoming trips to India and Kenya.

-to thank God for the protection He has granted Comeback Ministries’ Children’s Home following the encounter with the member of a militant religious group. You all have been praying this past month, and God has answered!

What’s your favorite Christmas hymn or carol, and why?

Thank you!

P.S.—If you missed the following blog posts about this month about being a good short-term mission team member, you may want to check it out. Because whether you’re considering taking the plunge and signing up for your first mission trip or you’ve taken 30, intentionality goes a long way toward making your cross-cultural experience all it could be. You can read more here.

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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.


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.




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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!




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