Are ya’ll ready for this? Yesterday was my Battle Cry for Sutter. Today we’re getting to the Battle Plan.
Sutter has until February to find a family. He will be turning 16 then and will lose his chance to be adopted.
Let’s not cut it that close folks.
My goal is a family for him by Christmas. Let’s make this happen. My Battle Plan includes several strategic moves and I need YOU to be my army and make it happen! This post will be updated frequently with where we are at in our plan and the progress we make, so keep it bookmarked for future reference!
STRATEGIC MOVE 1: PRAY
God loves Sutter more than I do, more than you do and more than anyone ever could. The absolute best thing we can do for Sutter is to pray for him. I need 16 prayer warriors to commit to praying for Sutter until his family is found. Below is a list of the prayer warriors we have already and the ones we still need! I am hoping that we can cover this boy and the family who has not found him yet with prayer throughout the day. If you pick a slot you commit to praying for Sutter at least once every day during the day, preferrably within the time frame listed. I have two overnight slots available for those night owls, people who wake up frequently at night to pray or friends in other time zones who can cover those hours. This list will be updated as we get new warriors in!
Morning Warriors (5am-10am)
Afternoon Warriors (10am-3pm)
Evening Warriors (3pm-10pm)
Overnight Warriors (10pm-5am)
STRATEGIC MOVE 2: ADVOCATE
Other than praying this is quite possibly the most pivotal part of our strategy. We must advocate for Sutter or his family may never find him. I need sixteen people to join me in advocating for this child! Our mission is to introduce him to as many people as possible as soon as possible. My strategy for this is Letter Carrying (or as my husband lovingly called it, guerrilla warfare). I need sixteen (or more!) volunteers to sign up for this task. I will send you a PDF file letter with Sutter’s picture, story and a way for them to get more information on how to help. Print off as many as you think you might use, fold them and seal them with a note on the outside for whoever is likely to read it (Ex: “Dear Christmas Shopper” if you are at a store or “Dear Reader” if you leave them in a library). Place them in strategic places around your town and pray that God would soften the recipient’s heart to pray, advocate, give share or adopt!
We still need THIRTEEN more Letter Carriers!!
STRATEGIC MOVE 3: SHARE
Along with advocating independantly, you can also advocate through sharing. It’s very easy! My goal is to have (you guessed it!) 16 shares on each post I write for Sutter through the Christmas season. I will update this with a list of all my posts for Sutter. Please share each one and check back regularly to make sure you get them all! 16 shares per post would be FANTASTIC in helping me to get the word out and encouraging some more participation. Please share on Facebook, Twitter, through email or your own blog and let me know so I can update numbers! Below I will list all current posts:
STRATEGIC MOVE 4: GIVE
Yes give! Giving to Sutter’s tax deductible grant fund does a few great things. After his family sees him for the first time, one of their first reactions might be “How can we possibly afford to adopt?” If he has a large grant fund that diminishes some of the fear for the family of taking that leap of faith. It shows them not only that a part of his adoption has already been paid for but also that there are other people out there that want to see him come home and will likely help along the way.
Second, if we reach our Angel Tree goal of raising $1,000, Sutter will be moved up to the next level of Moving Mountains on the Reece’s Rainbow advocacy site. This gives him a huge bump in visibility, which could help his family see him! And last but not least, a larger grant means less time fundraising and the ability for his family to move quickly through the process once they commit. This is a huge blessing, especially for Sutter who has already spent the first sixteen years of his life alone and has so much time to make up for!
As the Lord leads, please go to this link to make your tax deductible gift to Sutter: http://reecesrainbow.org/52642/sutter
If you give a gift of $35.00 or more, Reece’s Rainbow will send you a lovely ornament for your Christmas tree. You can see the details for that HERE.
In addition, my husband and I have decided to tithe 10% of all the donations we get from Juri’s Birthday Party Fundraiser to Sutter’s grant from now until the end of the year. If we meet our fundraising goal we can put an extra $2,000 in Sutter’s account! Please check it out!
I have another fundraiser coming up the pipe as well so stay tuned!!
STRATEGIC MOVE 5: ADOPT
We don’t need sixteen… we just need one. Sutter needs one Mommy and one Daddy.
Sutter could be your son. God has a family for this boy. Is it you?