November 20, 2017

Your investment in generations to come

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest”

—Benjamin Franklin

I wish I could introduce you to Peter.

His life started with such promise! He was born to two parents who loved one another and, though they were poor, were motivated to care for their only son.

But while Peter was still quite young, his father’s health took a drastic plunge. Almost overnight, he was no longer able to work. He became bedridden and could barely feed himself.

Uneducated, Peter’s mother could not find dependable work. Occasionally, she landed something as a day laborer, but the blessing would turn into a curse as she was then not available to care for her husband or son.

Day after day, the trade-off continued—earn a few rupees in harsh conditions or be available to tend to her family. Either way, hunger prevailed. When she went to work, Peter and his father could not prepare food and feed themselves. When she stayed home, there was no food to prepare.

It was a heart-wrenching decision, but the couple eventually decided to send their son to Agape Fellowship Home, where they had confidence he would get adequate food and education. In the meantime, he learned the truths of the Bible, too.

Over the years, Peter became able to understand this difficult choice his parents had made. To honor them, he worked hard at school, promising that one day, he would find good work and provide for them. He visited or called them when he was able and never lost sight of their plight.

Today, Peter is a man of his word.

Now educated, Peter has returned to the town of his birth. Not only does he care for his parents, but he also has a wife and daughter, too!

Through Peter, the gift of an education changed the trajectory of generations.

You’ve heard it said that education is the key to breaking generational cycles of poverty. I personally believe there are a few critical, additional factors. But the power of education cannot be ignored.

Though I’ve seen no worldwide statistics, studies in individual countries around the globe tell us that 70-80% or orphans typically turn to prostitution. Why? They have no other means of supporting themselves—no marketable trade or degree.

I’m no researcher or statistician, but I have met 100’s if not 1,000’s of children gripped by poverty. And I have seen that—just as it did with Peter—education often makes the difference between sustained poverty and self-sustaining employment.

But for many of our caregivers, the cost of educating the children in their care is an outrageous load.

Currently, we have 120 children in Kenya and India who need educational sponsors willing to provide $140. These funds will underwrite their education (tuition, books, and uniform) for a whole year!

As you contemplate your year-end giving, please consider making an investment that could yield returns for generations to come by providing an education for a child in need. Your gift can be made at www.boazproject.org/education/

Thank you for your investment in changed lives!

Believing in miracles,

April

P.S.—Your gift to educate a child must be received by midnight Dec. 31st for a 2017 tax credit.

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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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