April 1, 2019

When God Seems Distant

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Have you ever secretly wondered if God had gone on vacation? You keep sending up prayers, but heaven’s hollow silence refuses to reply. Maybe you picture Him somewhere off-duty, a lei around His neck, while you wrestle to face hardship alone.

Or maybe you see the Almighty answering others’ prayers; just not yours. He hasn’t taken a break from working miracles; He’s just not granting them to you.

Have you ever endured seasons of pleading when it appeared God was not heeding? Have you suffered through periods of apparently senseless repeating your need, while God—though capable—was not meeting it? Have you gone through times of imploring when it seemed God was ignoring?

The wait in prayer often drags on.

The disciples could relate to this ache and despair. They had been so certain Jesus was the long-awaited Messiah. They had sensed it in their hearts when He called them from their mundane worlds to follow Him. Their hearts pounded as they abandoned their nets, their tax collection stands, their families and hurried to His side.

The disciples’ hearts confirmed Christ’s divinity when they heard His poignant teachings. He left the most learned Pharisees stunned, mouths agape as He answered their riddles. He made the spiritual realm lucid through tales of pearls and seeds and yeast.

Any doubts regarding Jesus’ Lordship were removed when He healed the blind, fed the hungry 5,000 from one boy’s lunch, and raised Lazarus from the dead!

But then Jesus was arrested.

He lost a popularity contest with Barabbas and was convicted of blasphemy. He was hung on a cross like a common criminal. He was whipped and mocked and abandoned. Unlike the displays of power the disciples had grown accustomed to seeing, Jesus’ response was silence and submission. He hung and gasped and died.

The disciples were left to wonder how they could have been so duped.

They had believed so thoroughly that Jesus was the promised King, the Jews’ deliverer, the chosen race’s redemption. But when the time came for Him to assume that authority, He was impotent to do so (they thought).

Maybe Jesus wasn’t the Messiah after all. Or maybe God had gone on vacation, abandoning them to face their hardships alone.

Where was God? Why hadn’t things gone according to (their) plan?

So they gathered and talked. They thought and they prayed. What would they do with themselves now that this man they had wagered everything upon was gone?

Hope had been buried with Jesus.

Of course, we know the rest of the glorious story. It turns out that God was far from silent those three drawn-out days. He was answering humanity’s cry for restoration. He was paying for our sins. He was ushering us back into relationship with the Father. He was answering every prayer.

As we prepare for Easter this month, you may be facing trials that dim your perspective of the resurrection. You may want to sing “He Arose,” but feel like your hope is still buried. You may wear your new dress and shoes, but feel like a facade, wondering if Jesus will show up for you.

Take heart, dear friend. And take a cue from the disciples. They will tell you that the scene that seems the very darkest is actually the setting for resurrection power on display.

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

  1. Thank God for His global church as it celebrates His resurrection. Many believers must do this in secret, risking their lives to worship their risen Lord.
  2. Praise God for the outpouring of generosity toward Pastor Christopher as he meets the demands of the department of women and children in order to keep the boys in his care.
  3. Thank God for the houseparent training which took place in India last month, encouraging and equipping our partners in orphan care.
  4. Acknowledge God’s hand of protection over April and Michaela as they were ushered through immigration as they left India.
  5. Ask God to continue to provide every resource needed to care for orphans in Russia, India, and Kenya.

Saturday, May 4 
9am
The Gathering Place, Greenwood, IN

This event includes:

  • Family Fun Zone
  • New Course
  • Professional chip timing for the 5K
  • A tech tee-shirt with pre-registration (cotton blend youth sizes)
  • Option to walk, run, or sleep in!
  • Finish line celebration with awards, live music, and snacks

We hope you will join us on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at The Gathering Place in Greenwood!

Register here: https://boazproject.org/5k

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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.

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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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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