October 8, 2018

The Best Start to Your Holiday Season

The Best Start to Your Holiday Season

Unless you never leave your home, you’re keenly aware that the holiday season has returned to us again. We’ve not yet had Thanksgiving, but Wal-Mart has their Christmas ornaments on display and Kirkland’s is enticing shoppers with several themed lines of Christmas home décor.

Rather than letting the commercialism of Christmas frustrate me, I try to seize the opportunity. Christmas belongs to us as believers in Christ. Let’s celebrate it wholeheartedly! Let’s use the opportunity as an extra excuse to bless those around us. Let’s share what the origins of this beautiful season mean to us. Let’s create special memories for our children. But to rightly honor the season without getting carried away by the frenzy that it can become, I’d like to suggest we take a pause.

Before we start planning holiday menus or checking out Black Friday ads, before we make that costume for the school Christmas program or begin gathering gifts, let’s set our hearts on God’s agenda.

Now, please hear me. I’m not saying don’t do those things. I’m actually encouraging you to toast the season with zeal! I’m just recommending that we first commit ourselves to carry out our festivities for holy reasons.

Would you be willing to dedicate your Christmas season to the One who came to the manger? Would you pledge to make Him the motivation for the hot chocolate you serve the carolers and the wreath you make for your neighbor?

If so, I’d like to suggest that you open your holiday season with an act that signifies that commitment. Let your first deed celebrating the nativity be one of selflessness.

Of course, there are countless opportunities to do that, but I’d like to request you consider providing a gift for an orphan.

For just $30, you can bring the joy of Christmas to an orphan who, otherwise, would not receive a gift on Christmas morning. Not only will you provide a material gift, but you will also assure that he hears the reason behind the gift—the coming of God to man in order to rescue him.

This is your opportunity to begin your Christmas festivities on the right foot. It is your opportunity to remind a child who needs desperately to feel noticed and loved that she is. It is your opportunity to share the blessings you’ve been given in the name of the One who gave them.

If you’re ready to make a selfless act, signifying your commitment to keeping Christ at the center of your celebrations, simply go to www.boazproject.org/OGB and make your donation today.

All season long, you’ll be so glad you did!

Believing in Christmas miracles,

April

P.S. We’re currently almost 20% of the way to the funds we need in order to provide a gift to each child we serve. You can watch the progress at www.boazproject.org/ogb

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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.

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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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