November 22, 2020

Make an Orphan’s Future Brighter

Have you ever stepped out in faith, believing that God wanted you to do something that makes no logical sense?

You might have felt vulnerable. You might have questioned your ability to discern God’s voice. You might have met some opposition, even from those you love and trust.

Many of our caregivers experience this same torrent of emotions and trials when God calls them to open their homes to children they’ve only met, children who’ve come from traumatic experiences, children no one else will love.

Yet, time and again, these brothers and sisters of ours open their doors—and their hearts—and follow God’s leading. They model the gospel to curious neighbors by calling the discarded “son” or “daughter.”

Of course, obedience is not always easy. The ongoing challenges of providing all these children need can be overwhelming at times, and one of the greatest financial burdens is providing a quality education for each child.

Today, I’d like to invite you to both assist an orphan AND support a caregiver by contributing to a child’s education. Your donation not only helps break a generational cycle of poverty for the child, but also communicates to his caregivers that we’re in their corner, cheering them on as they care for some of the world’s most vulnerable children.

In fact, Pastor Tonglen, the house father at Agape Children’s Home, would like to personally thank you for the support he’s received in the past. He wrote,

Dear Boaz Project,

Greetings to you all in the precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

We are so thankful for our relationship with you all from 2009 to today through our faithful God. How blessed we are and how grateful we are! My words are not enough to explain, but our heavenly Father knows and He will repay you all according to His riches.

Your love and support means a lot to us, especially for our children’s education and daily needs.

We are always thankful, mentioning the friends of The Boaz Project whenever we pray to our Lord. May God continue to bless you all more and more as you bless children around the world.

With love,

Pastor Tonglen
Agape Fellowship Home

As you can see from Pastor Tonglen’s letter, the donations you give to education are an amazing blessing to our caregivers, relieving them of the burden and at the same time, assuring them their children will be well educated.

If you are willing to be part of God’s provision for orphans and their caregivers by donating toward a child’s education, donate online at www.boazproject.org/education
You can also send a check toThe Boaz Project at P.O. Box 47188, Indianapolis, IN 46247, just include a note saying it’s for education.

Thank you for making an orphan’s future brighter!

Believing in miracles,
April Jurgensen
Founder/Executive Director
The Boaz Project, Inc.

P.S. –Remember! Thanks to the CARES Act, your donation of up to $300 can be deducted from income in 2020, whether or not you itemize your taxes. And if you do itemize, the limit on how much of your income can be deducted has been lifted for 2020. This makes NOW the perfect time to give!

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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.

Just imagine the impact you can have—from saving a child from the horrors of the streets to helping them become community leaders, educators, and nurturers of the next generation.

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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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