April 8, 2020

The Difference You Make

I was standing in my narrow row of cream-colored plastic chairs, watching the young men who played guitar and sang from their hearts. Their arms lifted in worship, they were praising from their souls.

Blessed Be Your Name
in the land that is plentiful
Where Your streams of abundance flow
Blessed be Your name”

I realized abundance looked very different to them than it does to me. For these older boys from Agape Fellowship Childrens Home in India who were leading their congregation in worship, life at Agape is the land that is plentiful. It is where they have family,” where they are fed, where they know safety. Those necessities equate to more abundance than theyve ever known.

They continued sing one of my all-time favorite songs, Blessed Be Your Name” by Matt Redman.

Blessed be Your name
On the road marked with suffering
Though there’s pain in the offering
Blessed be Your name”

I couldnt help but think of their stories, stories of tragedy, pain, and rejection. They know what it means to be found in a desert place. They have truly walked the road marked with suffering.

Whats the difference between the two? What has changed these young mens road marked with suffering into their land that is plentiful? And that of all the children The Boaz Project serves?

You.

Your generosity, your prayers, your advocacy have all made a huge life change for orphans around the globe.

For 20 years, the Boaz community has been caring for orphans. You have provided food, shelter, clothing, and attention for vulnerable children. You have assured these children that they are loved by their Heavenly Father, and you have communicated Christs love in tangible ways.

Today, their need is as great as ever.

Though we have an emergency fund prepared to serve a childrens home during a crisis, we never dreamed of a scenario in which all of our homes in Russia, India, and Kenya would be impacted at once. But as you know, that day has arrived.

Covid-19 has disrupted life for all of us to varying degrees.

For our childrens homes, price gouging and medical expenses have converged to create expenses well beyond their norms. In the meantime, several of our most faithful donors have experienced job loss, asset reductions, and business closures.

But these children still depend on our community for help. Were estimating well need an additional $13,500 to continue ongoing support for our homes, urgent medical needs, and the loss of income due to donors who are currently unable to give. 

If you are looking for a way to make a real impact in the middle of this global pandemic, making a gift to The Boaz Project today will help keep the vulnerable orphans we love fed and sheltered and will provide access to medical care when needed.

Assure the children they are not forgotten in the midst of this global crisis by continuing to provide for their needs. You can give online at www.boazproject.org/urgentneed

On behalf of the orphans we serve, thank you.

Believing in miracles,

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

P.S. 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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What does an orphan mission trip include?

  • Hotel accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Application support and fees for your Visa
  • In-country language assistance
  • All meals in-country
  • Ministry curriculum and supplies
  • Cross-cultural training and preparation
  • Trip insurance
  • International medical insurance
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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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$500
Silver
$1,000
Gold
$5,000
Platinum
$10,000
Diamond
$25,000
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Company thanked by name at start of each event
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Published interview article in The Boaz Project newsletter  
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Event day materials read "The Boaz Project's (event name) sponsored by (your company name)" for one year  
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