February 5, 2014

Visiting Orphans

Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world.  James 1:27

I must admit: the first time I ever really contemplated this verse, it struck me as a little odd.  Why, given the desperate needs orphans endure, would God ask us to visit them?  Why does He not ask us to feed them?  How about clothe them?  Then, if those needs are met, certainly it would be helpful to educate them.  But visit?  It felt superfluous to me.

But then, I visited them.
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By taking God at His word and obeying Him, I gained great insight into His desire for us to simply visit orphans.  I saw that God, in His wisdom, proposed a method of changing both them and us.

First, I noticed the impact that The Boaz Project’s visits had on the children.  I watched eyes brighten and hearts soften.  I witnessed the aloof become engaged and the broken venture to smile.

It is powerful, this gift of presence. 

After all, Christ’s presence in our lives is His greatest gift to us.  Oh, we long for Him to see us through our trials.  We even ask Him to meet specific material needs.  But really, what our souls long for most is His presence. Orphans are not so different from the rest of us. 

But in visiting orphans, we give God the opportunity to work in us, too.  We gain a gratitude for the gifts God has rained down on us.  We also begin to see our vulnerable selves in their eyes.  Orphans are not so different from the rest of us.

april and babyOnce we have visited orphans, feeding them, clothing them, even educating them becomes our hearts’ desire.  We eagerly seek to bless these children who are precious in His sight not only out of obligation as a believer, but mostly because they have impacted us.  They have changed our priorities.  They have shuffled our plans and dreams.

It is powerful, this gift of presence.

If you long to experience the potency of visiting orphans yourself—for the first time or the fiftieth—check out The Boaz Project’s upcoming trips.  You will not come home the same!

If you won’t take my word for it, be sure to read “Ripped from a Facebook Post” tomorrow on the blog.  Paula will convince you.

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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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