Dear readers, I am breaking my blogging hiatus a little early, albeit for a very good cause. I have been given a unique advocating opportunity and I would love for you all to join me… so I’ve added a little incentive. :)
As many of you know, I have a very special place in my heart for orphan care, especially for the kind of care that turns orphans into beloved sons and daughters. I have been on this advocacy bandwagon for several years now, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s this:
Advocating online is a great start, but these children need much more. Since we came home eight months ago with Jacob and Hope, I’ve had many unique opportunities to naturally talk about adoption and the plight of orphans with special needs. And so often when I get that question “Why did you choose to adopt these children?” I wish I had an easy little card or pre-written note I could hand them telling them my whole story.
I am convinced that if most people knew what I know, that they couldn’t stand to be idle any more than I can. The trouble is… how do we get this information to people? And how do we do it in a way that they will understand and connect with? How do we share these children in a way that prompts people to action rather than idleness? Well, I have an idea, and I’ve been putting it off for quite some time… but an opportunity finally came my way and I’m jumping on it! Ready?
Isn’t it beautiful? It’s just a tiny bit of our story, but a powerful testimony nonetheless. The best part? I still need a child to advocate for – and I’m giving that choice away to one of my dear readers! This is a postcard (or as I like to call it, my advocacy card) and on the back will be the picture and link to a waiting child of the winner’s choice…
My postcards are going in my diaper bag (which goes everywhere) and I’m going to hand them out, put them in random places in town, and make sure that this child is seen. Not just by my online circle, but by people in my sphere of influence in the “real” world. I’m really excited about this project! I truly believe these little cards can have a profound impact on those who happen upon them. And I can’t wait to find out which little one is going to be featured on the back!
So advocates, here’s the challenge, and how you can win this for that waiting child who needs to be seen so that they can be found. My challenge to you is to spread the word and to create your very own advocacy cards. We must start advocating ourstide of social media, we must get these kiddos visibility on our towns and neighborhoods. There are so many potential advocates and adoptive parents in the world – if they only knew. So let’s tell them!
Follow the steps below to earn entries. Make sure to comment on this post or on my Facebook page for EVERY ENTRY so I can can log it in. On Easter Sunday I will draw for a winner and have the postcards made! There is an example entry comment at the end of the post if you get confused!
HOW TO ENTER
1. Share the givewaway. The classic social media giveaway entry – just share it! Share on Facebook, Twitter or whatever social media site you like. Add the links to your shares in your entries comment. The more you share the more you earn. – 1 Entry
2. Like or Comment. I have linked to this post on the Crunchy Lutheran Mommy Facebook Page. Get entries for liking or commenting on that thread. This will increase the number of people who can see that post and help our challenge to spread. - 2 Entries
3. Give me some feedback! I definitely want this to be successful. I am putting my own time and money into this project after all! If you have suggestions to make my advocacy card better, message me or put it in your comment on this post. Would you pick this up if you found it? What would encourage you to look into advocating more? What might you write on the lines when you’re handing these out? Hit me with all your constructive criticism! – 3 Entries
4. Join the challenge. Finally, join me! I would love to have other advocates jump on the band wagon. Simply create your own post cards or business cards with a link to your waiting child and send me the print screen for your advocacy card with a pledge to get them printed and handed out in the next year. Can’t do it right now? That’s ok! If you use Minted.com (like I did) you can create your card, save it, and print whenever you’re ready. – 20 Entries
5. Alternative Advocacy Pledge. Maybe advocacy cards are just not a realistic way for you to share right now. That’s ok! If you have another way of reaching out to your local community, and you would like to pledge to advocate that way, you are more than welcome to do that! Let us know how you are going to advocate offline, and join us in our challenge for getting the word out to local communities about these children and their need. – 15 Entries
6. Reblog our challenge. If you love this advocacy idea and you want to encourage your friends to join as well, reblog our challenge to your own website and give us the link. - 10 Entries
*Example Entry Comment*
I shared the giveaway on Facebook [insert link] (1)
I shared the giveaway on Twitter [insert link] (1)
I liked and commented on your Facebook post. (4)
I sent you a message with feedback on your post card! (3)
I am going to do the alternative advocacy pledge [Describe your idea and how you are going to implement it.] (15)
I reblogged this challenge here: [insert link] (10)
TOTAL ENTRIES: 34
Thank you everyone!! Really looking forward to those entries coming in and finding out who I’ll be advocating for this Spring!! Don’t have a child you are praying over or shouting for? Go here to find a little one that captures your heart. Or message me! I have plenty of children who keep me up at night. Once you see them, you simply can’t forget.
May God richly bless your Holy Week!