May 6, 2019

When Easter is not in Retrospect

With Easter behind us on the calendar, it’s easy to move on to other events and projects. The sacrifices of Lent are completed (whether or not successfully), the ham has been eaten, and the celebration has concluded. We’ve returned from family gatherings and our pants fit a little more tightly after indulging in bunny-shaped chocolates and a carb-laden dinner.

For us, Easter is in retrospect. Even when we woke up that Sunday morning last month, we knew that our God had defeated death. We had confidence that our death had been defeated, too! We celebrated with conviction that through Christ, our lives have meaning and our sovereign God is in control.

But for the earliest church members, the days following the resurrection were actually a slow unfolding of a mystery. “Was He the Messiah or not?” many still wondered. They had not yet caught wind of sightings by the grave or the folded linens left behind.

Mary Magdelene was the first to insist the story wasn’t over. She’d visited Christ’s tomb that original Easter morning, only to find His body was missing. She didn’t start the party, though. She assumed robbers had taken the remnants of her Lord.

Peter and John confirmed the tomb was empty, but as John recorded in verse 9 of the 20th chapter of the gospel by his name, “They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead” (New International Version).

Peter and John rushed back to meet with the other disciples, no doubt to share the news that Jesus’ body was nowhere to be found.

Mary Magdelene remained by the large stone which had been rolled from the tomb’s entrance and wept. This is when the angels offered the first hint that something much more noteworthy than grave robbers was afoot. While she was still staring, mouth agape, at the angels, Jesus Himself appeared to her. So convinced that death was final, Mary mistook the Messiah for a gardener. When she realized it was Jesus, she took off to tell His followers, “I have seen the Lord!”

The word of a woman wasn’t worth much at that time. Many probably assumed she’d had a lack-of-sleep-induced hallucination.

But as the day wore on, another sighting was reported.

The disciples claimed Jesus appeared to them in a locked room. But who could trust the word of His followers? They may just be creating a narrative to ease their embarrassment from investing their lives in a man who had just endured a criminal’s death.

Yet news of a resurrection multiplied. Thomas—who, for some reason, was not with the other disciples when Jesus appeared to them—said he touched the holes in Christ’s side. Two men walked and talked with him on their way to Emmaus. Apparently, Jesus had even been seen making fish breakfast on the beach.

For forty days, Jesus was THE scuttlebutt of Jerusalem. Each day brought new testimony from those who’d heard Him preach on the Kingdom of God or new insight into the things He’d said years ago that finally made sense if, in fact, this carpenter had defeated death.

One by one, members of the early church began to believe that Jesus had actually risen from the dead. On the basis of so many who testified, they were convinced that He was the promised Messiah after all!

For us, Easter is in retrospect. But it wasn’t for the early church, and it isn’t for many of our neighbors. It isn’t for many of the children The Boaz Project serves, and it isn’t for many of our co-workers, friends, and family.

Some of the people you see today know their God has defeated death. They have confidence that their deaths have been defeated, too! Others may be in the process of slowly unfolding a mystery. They’ve caught wind of some who claim to have met Jesus and talked with Him, but—convinced that death is final—they’re not calling for a party just yet. They’re waiting for that reliable testimony.

As we pray for the lost this month, let’s ask God to give us opportunity and authenticity for sharing our testimony: that we know the risen Lord!

Please also remember the following praises and requests of The Boaz Project:

  • Praise God for a successful Race for an Orphan 5K! It was our best attended race ever, effectively raising funds, exposing newcomers to the needs of orphans, and furthering the mission of The Boaz Project.
  • Continue to pray specifically for our Indian homes as many of them face persecution. Ask God to protect them from harm and to provide their every need.
  • Intercede for our staff members who need financial support to underwrite their work at The Boaz Project.

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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.

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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?

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What if I don’t have any social media accounts?

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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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