November 26, 2018

What if you could make their dreams come true?

Abigail held her textbook in her slender hands, stroking the spine. She smiled broadly as she turned it toward me, revealing a cover that looked much like every other textbook I’d seen.

Unlike most students, Abigail didn’t view the text as dry or boring. She didn’t resent the time she’d spend studying its charts and graphs or re-reading complicated phrases. No, Abigail was proud to show me her new textbook since it served as evidence of the education she was receiving, an education she’d long worked for and had courageously achieved.

without education there is no future

Abigail spends most of her day with that book now as she pursues her bachelor’s of commerce degree, and I couldn’t be more proud of her!

This degree will enable her to break the generational cycle of poverty, allowing an independence her childhood would never have indicated for her adulthood. She puts it this way:

Without education, there is no future. With it, even though we grow up in a children’s home, still we can achieve our dreams. It’s important for me because I can stand on my own feet and would like to support myself, my family, and the children’s home where I grew up. Education is a main source of life.

I believe Abigail is right. I believe that education is a key factor in becoming self-sufficient and achieving dreams.

I’ve met so many children, bright, hopeful, needy, and hardworking children like Abigail who deserve the opportunity to achieve their dreams. They just need some support from you to make it possible.

I’m writing today to ask you to make their dreams come true.

As a friend of The Boaz Project, you have heard how grim the statistics are for orphans around the globe. For 19 years, we have sought together to honor God by caring for the children He loves so dearly. And we have watched the miraculous occur as children like Abigail flourish as a result.

Today, you can assist another child from one of our homes by giving him or her the opportunity to stay in school, develop a healthy independence, and potentially, like Abigail, give back to the home where she grew up.

I believe that education is a key factor in becoming self sufficient and achieving dreams

The average cost of educating an Indian or Kenyan child for one year is $570, but it can change their lives and even the trajectory of their families for generations to come.

So please demonstrate kindness to orphans once again by making a generous donation today. They’re ready—eager, even—to do the hard work. They just need your helping hand. You can help orphans reach their dreams of an education by going online to: www.boazproject.org/education

Thank you for demonstrating your compassion in such a tangible way!

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.

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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.




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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!




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