June 1, 2020

The Grace God Extends to You

Over the years, The Boaz Project’s short-term teams have been blessed to work with fabulous interpreters. In Russia, where the language barrier would be the greatest without them, they are an integral part of our Vacation Bible Schools.  Their command of English is often astounding, and many become friends—and even advocates for orphans—along the way.

Their adept language skills made life easy for us…until we brought the story of Mephibosheth.

Mephibosheth is obviously not a common name many Russians would recognize, like Paul, David, John, or Noah. Not only is it more obscure, but it also happens to contain “th,” which doesn’t occur in Russian and is difficult for many of them to pronounce.

The interpreters scrambled to find the name in a Russian Bible, to figure out how to pronounce it. Then they practiced with each other on public transportation all the way to the orphanage, “Mephib-oh-shef, Meh-phibo-sheth.” Many continued to practice at lunch.

Yet this difficult name carried with it a powerful story that the children in the VBS could relate to, one that brought the gospel into clear focus.

The narrative comes from 2 Samuel chapter 9. David, who has recently become king, asks if there are any living family members of Saul, his predecessor. He wants to show kindness to them because Saul’s son, Jonathan, was David’s best friend.

It turns out that when Saul’s house was under siege, a nursemaid had scooped up young Mephibosheth (Jonathan’s son) to carry him to safety. But she accidently dropped him, and he became crippled in both feet.

David asks that Mephibosheth be brought to him.

Of course, Mephibosheth would have been frightened. Typically, the family of a predecessor was killed off to prevent any threat to the throne. And as a cripple in that era, Mephibosheth was considered useless. He even referred to himself as a “dead dog.”

But David surprised Mephibosheth with three statements:

I will show kindness to you.

I will restore all that is rightfully yours.

You will eat at my table (a right that belonged to a son).

Mephibosheth, aware of his unworthiness, could not fathom the grace extended to him.

Yet these same promises are a glorious example of the Good News to each of us in Christ Jesus. Though we are unworthy “dead dogs,” God shows kindness to us, restores us, and gives us the position of sons and heirs. We, aware of our unworthiness, cannot fathom the grace extended to us.

This same gospel-filled word picture is brought to life in communities around the globe as you enable house parents to demonstrate kindness to orphans. Neighbors watch, dismayed, as orphans who are considered unworthy experience the grace of those who love as Jesus loves. Your gifts and prayers not only impact orphans, but entire neighborhoods!

Thank you for making such an impact.

This month, as you pray for The Boaz Project, please ask God to:

  1. Continue to use our partners to both minister to orphans and share God’s love in their communities.
  2. Provide for every home’s needs, especially as they increase due to Covid-19.
  3. Help Sandoz (a boy in one of our homes in India) get the medical treatment he needs for jaundice, despite the local medical center being closed due to Covid-19.
  4. Give Bethany Blessing favor as the government will be inspecting the home.

Please thank God that:

  1. He has extended grace to each of us.
  2. The orphans we serve and all of their caregivers remain healthy despite this pandemic.
  3. We’ve been able to meet the emergency funding needed for Covid-19-related expenses in all of our homes.
  4. God is using the Corona virus to stir a hunger for Himself
    (see http://christiannewswire.com/index.php?module=releases&task=view&releaseID=83781
    and http://godreports.com/2020/04/tyndale-bible-sales-up-44-60-during-covid-crisis/ for more information)

Believing in miracles,
April Jurgensen

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Read more from our blog.

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.

Join the James 1:27 Circle Membership


Get Prayer Updates & News

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
  • Fundraising assistance

Apply for a mission trip.

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.


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.

Corporate Sponsorship Levels

Company logo in all event programs
Company thanked by name at start of each event
Shared table provided for your promotional items at events  
Company name and logo displayed on the office sponsorship wall  
Published interview article in The Boaz Project newsletter  
Social media (Instagram/Facebook) promotions during the year  
Event day materials read "The Boaz Project's (event name) sponsored by (your company name)" for one year  
Private table provided for your promotional items at events with table tents  
Exclusive company mentions in promotional event emails  

Urgent Needs & Announcements

This is the heading.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

This is the heading.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.