September 3, 2018

When You Don’t Know What to Pray

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As followers of Jesus, I am positive that we have all been in seasons of life that feel indescribably heavy.

More times than not, when you’re facing circumstances that seem so overwhelmingly impossible to fix or change. . .when you feel powerless. . .a dear brother or sister in Christ turns to you and says something like, “Just pray about it.”

These words can often be hard to swallow in the midst of crisis. Sometimes you may not really feel like praying. Trust me; I’ve been in this place.

My heart is wrecked by the reality of the orphan crisis on a daily basis. I think about all of the children who have lost more than I can fathom–some of whom I’ve met. I see the statistics and the articles and the countless photos of round, sad eyes that seem to be looking to me for help.

It is so easy for me to start drowning in the massiveness of it all. It is so easy to become angry at the unspeakable things that happen to those who are most vulnerable.

This is especially heart wrenching when I feel that I am not in a position to physically do anything about it where I am right now.

When I express this heaviness on my heart, I am often told, “Well, I guess all you can do right now is pray.”

This tends to leave a bitter taste in my mouth. I find myself wanting to scream, “I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT TO SAY!!!” Most of the time, I really can’t come up with the words.

I’ve often felt like I can’t go to God because if I didn’t know what I was going to say to Him, I wasn’t ready to come before Him. Or I’ve felt that I couldn’t bring things like anger and hopelessness to Him.

Isn’t it pretty crazy that we know all God wants is for us to come to Him as we are, yet we still feel like we have to have an award-winning speech prepared? We feel like we have to have the perfect words–or that we have to have words in the first place.

When I find myself here, Romans 8:26 provides clarity and peace

“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.”

This verse promises that when I don’t have the words, the Holy Spirit is there to speak on my behalf. He knows the deepest longings of my heart and He has wordsfor them. He speaks out to the Father all that is weighing heavy on my soul. I don’t have to say anything at all.

The Father knows my heart and how passionately I long for a world where every child has a place where they are known, loved, and safe.

And He hears.

In the midst of the overwhelming, He knows the secret desires of your heart. He hears your cries even when you can’t vocalize them. He knows all that is weighing you down in this season, and He wantsyou to come.

You don’t have to have any words prepared. All you have to do is come.

You have a Helper who knows exactly what to say.

As you go to God this month, please remember the following requests on behalf of orphans and The Boaz Project:

Please pray for Veeraselvi, a girl from House of Joy. She’s been having severe migraines and little to no relief. We’ve sent money for an MRI and need to cover her and her doctors in prayer as they seek an explanation and a remedy to these headaches.

Also ask God for wisdom for the leaders of The Boaz Project and of our partner in Kenya, Christ at Work Ministries as we sense God leading us to extend our reach to the orphans and vulnerable children in Limuru. Pray that we will accurately discern God’s leading and follow in a way that brings glory to Him.

Thank God for providing the resources needed to build a home for the boys of Bethel Home. All permissions have been granted and construction has begun!

Ask God continue to provide the funds necessary to reach an ever-increasing number of children with His love. We’ll be holding a fundraiser breakfast on Nov. 1 and would love for you to bathe that event in prayer as we share an exciting vision! Let us know if you’d like to come and hear all about it!

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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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  • Hotel accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Application support and fees for your Visa
  • In-country language assistance
  • All meals in-country
  • Ministry curriculum and supplies
  • Cross-cultural training and preparation
  • Trip insurance
  • International medical insurance
  • Fundraising assistance

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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.


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 with any questions.

Corporate Sponsorship Levels

Company logo in all event programs
Company thanked by name at start of each event
Shared table provided for your promotional items at events  
Company name and logo displayed on the office sponsorship wall  
Published interview article in The Boaz Project newsletter  
Social media (Instagram/Facebook) promotions during the year  
Event day materials read "The Boaz Project's (event name) sponsored by (your company name)" for one year  
Private table provided for your promotional items at events with table tents  
Exclusive company mentions in promotional event emails  

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