September 20, 2020

One Simple Way to Love Orphans

When our short-term team arrived at Jireh Trust Children’s Home in September of 2018, we all noticed an adorable little sleepy head resting in an older child’s arms. Given that she was only four years old and the Bangalore afternoon was steamy, we assumed it was her typical naptime.

Later that day, we discovered that she had just been brought to the children’s home the night before and was exhausted from the upheaval.

Her name is Dolly.

Sendmi, the house mother, explained that Dolly had witnessed her twin brother drown in a pond. Then her parents separated.

When Dolly’s mother brought her to Jireh, she said that she was unable to care for her daughter and work in order to provide for them. Sendmi offered to let them both stay in order to keep mother and daughter together, but the young mother turned her down without explanation.

Since arriving at Jireh, however, Dolly has thrived. She is smart, spunky, and sassy. She speaks English fluently and is doing well in school. Despite being the youngest child at Jireh, Dolly is often in control. For example, she has no hesitations taking on her teenage “brothers” during impromptu soccer matches. You really can’t help but love her. I mean, look at that smile!

You’re receiving this letter because we know you care about children like Dolly. Given the opportunity, you would have held her that hot September afternoon and told her how precious she is, that she is made in God’s image.

We’ve made communicating those vital truths pretty easy.

You can send Christmas gifts and gospel presentations to orphans in Russia, India, and Kenya at Christmas so they know they are important, loved, and remembered—not only by us, but more importantly, by God!

Just make a donation at www.boazproject.org/wishlist and select “Christmas gifts” and we’ll handle the rest. You won’t even have to wrap it!

For each $30 we receive, we’ll buy a gift—just what the caregiver says that child needs—and see that it gets delivered for Christmas.

We’ll also be sure the child hears the glorious Christmas story, the story that assures each of us we are loved relentlessly.

We’re hoping to provide presents for 620 orphans this December and can’t wait to see the children’s faces as they receive their gifts and the attention they crave.

Thank you for bringing Christmas joy to orphans just like Dolly.

Believing in miracles,

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

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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.

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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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