October 30, 2023

Why We Partner With Christian Caregivers

“Those children need Jesus, and I had given them socks and underwear.” -April Jurgensen in The Boaz Project’s origin story

There is no greater need for any human soul than the love and redemption of Jesus Christ. He alone can offer us both eternal fellowship with His Father and the strength, wisdom, and grace to live each of our days on earth. This can be seen poignantly in the lives of orphans.

In a world characterized by brokenness and loss, orphans stand at the forefront of those who bear the weight of abandonment and sorrow. They often grapple with questions of identity, belonging, and purpose, yearning for love and stability. Bereft of parental guidance and support, they navigate through an uncertain terrain, seeking comfort and understanding.

It is crucial for orphans to know Christ is a loving Father who will never leave them, a rock of stability amidst the shifting sands of life.

This is why we intentionally choose to partner with caregivers who know and love Jesus. They are able to model Christ’s love, share Biblical truth, and value the children in their care as He does. Typically, this is done through the house parents we support in a loving family setting. In countries where orphans are in state-run institutions, it is accomplished through our Bible Discovery Class teachers who share the Word of God and build relationships with the children in the orphanage.

Christ offers orphans:

Hope

The trauma of losing parents and the uncertainty of the future can easily lead orphans to feelings of despair and abandonment. However, Christ’s message of unconditional love, compassion, and promise of eternal life offers orphans a sense of belonging and security. Through Christ, orphans find solace in the belief that they are not forsaken but rather embraced by a loving heavenly Father who will never leave them.

Healing 

The emotional wounds carried by orphans are often deep-seated and complex. Feelings of rejection, loss, and inadequacy can take root in their hearts, hindering healthy emotional development. The Gospel acknowledges the reality of suffering and offers hope through the redemptive power of Christ’s sacrifice. The profound message of the Cross demonstrates that even in the darkest moments, there is a purpose and plan at work—a plan that can bring about transformation, restoration, and the mending of broken hearts.

Identity and Purpose

In a world that often defines worth through family line, material possessions, academic success, or social status, orphans may struggle to understand their value. Christ’s teachings, however, remind them that they are fearfully and wonderfully made, instilling a sense of worth that transcends worldly measures. By understanding their identity as children of God, orphans can embrace their unique purpose in life, seeing themselves as beloved.

A Supportive Community

Community plays a vital role in nurturing a child’s growth and well-being. For orphans who may lack a traditional family structure, finding a supportive community becomes even more critical. The body of Christ provides an opportunity for orphans to find a caring community that embraces them as part of God’s family. This sense of belonging can mitigate the isolation often experienced by orphans and empower them to thrive despite their challenging circumstances.

Redemption

An orphan’s life is often fraught with pain and trauma, abuse, and abandonment. As horrible as these things may be, we are assured that the troubles of this world cannot compare to the glory of eternity in God’s presence in heaven. Only through embracing the gospel message can these children’s lives be redeemed.

A Role in God’s Kingdom

Not only does knowing Christ offer orphans eternal life, but it also gives them purpose today. Many of the children raised in our homes grow to accept Christ and commit their lives to serving Him! Whether they become pastors, teachers, businessmen, or engineers, they are quick to tell others about God’s love and how it changed their lives.

Christ’s love can transform the lives of vulnerable children as they come to understand that they are not abandoned or forgotten, but cherished and pursued. Faith in Christ provides them with an unshakable foundation, a loving family, and a profound sense of purpose. By knowing Christ, orphans are empowered to navigate the challenges of life, find healing for their wounded hearts, and live a life of selfless love and service. The Boaz Project family embraces the responsibility of offering the love and compassion of Christ to orphans, ensuring that they, too, have the opportunity to experience the profound impact of a relationship with Him. In this journey, they discover that they are never alone, for they have a Heavenly Father who will never leave them nor forsake them.

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  1. Lori Huertas says:

    It is so true that Christ’s love can transform the lives of vulnerable children as they come to understand that they are not abandoned or forgotten, but cherished and pursued. Faith in Christ provides them with an unshakable foundation, a loving family, and a profound sense of purpose. By knowing Christ, orphans are empowered to navigate the challenges of life, find healing for their wounded hearts, and live a life of selfless love and service.

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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.

If you also feel the weight of this responsibility and the desire to make a real difference, consider partnering with us. Through our innovative in-home care model, specialized caregiver training, and humanitarian aid, you’ll help children not just survive—but truly thrive.

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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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.


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.

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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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