October 1, 2018

When God Shows Off

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I am about to embark on my seventh mission trip to India. Some would say I am an “old pro.” After the first six trips, you kind of get the hang of how the flight will go. You have an idea of how your body deals with jet lag and how long it takes to adjust. You know which foods you like, or if you’re like me and have major allergies, you know which foods to avoid. All these things provide a sense of safety, you know what to expect.

While I feel confident in what to expect, physically, from the trip I have realized that I haven’t given much thought as to what to expect from God. More so, not knowing what to expect from God seems to be a theme for my life. I create a routine in which I am comfortable, yet I often don’t expect much, if anything from God. At most, I expect God to show up and work in amazing ways on a mission trip but as for my everyday life I don’t necessarily expect Him to show up in the mundane. It seems easier to create an environment where I know how it’s going to go, rather than to expect God to do the unexpected.

This is where I really lose out. I believe that God wants me to have a spirit of expectancy. He wants me to wait on Him with eagerness. All throughout the Psalms, the psalmists writes “I will wait on the Lord,” and “my hope is in the Lord.” Yet, in my day to day, I move through life, almost coasting, as if there is no need to wait and I don’t allow the Lord to do what only He can do.

I’ve always heard it said that the Lord doesn’t just show up; He shows off. I believe that to be true about God. Throughout scripture, God promises us more than just an “ok” life. He promises us life, life full of abundance. How can I have a life of abundance without a spirit of expectancy?

Expectancy doesn’t mean that I require God to move only in certain ways or accomplish certain things. It means that I have a spirit full of faith that waits on Him to see how He moves in His timing.

Having a spirit of expectancy would daily draw my attention to Him. I would also head a spirit of awareness and thankfulness. Having a spirit of expectancy would cause me to press into Him, learning more of His characteristics. A spirit of expectancy would allow God to be God, put my independence on hold and allow me to be more dependent on Him. Causing me to step more into the way I was created to be.

Maybe you’re like me and are familiar with many things, or places, or situations that you know what to expect. What if you had a spirit of expectancy for God in those places?

As I take this next trip, I am going to lay down my sense of knowing what will happen and opt for the spirit of faithfully trusting God to make things happen.

From the interacting in the lives of orphans to interacting in my daily life, I am choosing to have a spirit of expectancy in all areas. Because God won’t just show up, He’ll show off.

This month, pray for The Boaz Project with expectancy, believing God will use our joint efforts to serve Him and love orphans. You can specifically pray for:

-our Breakfast with Boaz fundraiser on Nov. 1st. We’re relying on God to communicate a vision for The Boaz Project’s future and provide the resources to make it happen, reaching more orphans for Christ.

-the five children’s homes we just visited in India, that God would cause the seeds sown to take root in the children’s hearts and eventually grow into mature fruit.

-ongoing conversations with one specific orphanage in Russia, that they would be open to us working with their children on a regular basis.


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Thursday, November 1st, 2018

7:00 – 8:00 am (arrive by 6:45)

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Greenwood, IN 46142

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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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