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RELEASE DATE: February 2024

Sink or Sit

One Couple’s Journey of Answering God’s Call to Step out of the Boat

It’s probably happened to you. You felt that nudge, an urge, from deep inside you, calling you out of your comfort zone. Calling to you to take a risk. You have felt that call from God, asking you to step out of the boat, to do something significant.

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About The Book

Release Date: February 2024

Publisher: Forefront Books

Genre: Christian Leadership

ISBN: 979-8-887102-70-2

Jason and Haley Bilotti each felt it—for years. But as they began to have children and their obligations with Chick-fil-A grew, they didn’t see a way to answer the call of their hearts: to serve God through missions. When the opportunity presented itself for them to take separate missions trips, they learned just how creative God truly is.
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They began leading separate teams to Niger, in western Africa, and to serve the neediest of all, the children. Through their work with Schools for Niger, Africa, an organization the Bilottis and their business associates started, they found inroads to countless communities throughout Niger. Their work also led them to meet their future son, Rachid, a child they first sponsored and later adopted.

Jason and Haley tell their touching story using alternating perspectives, while also bringing in their grown children to help tell it from their own points of view. In reading this book, you will sense their passion for serving the lost and forgotten, and you will feel the love they have for the people God has brought their way.

The Bilottis’ story will both inspire and empower you to take your own leap. To get out of that boat. To trust that sinking is better than sitting.

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Jason and I are ordinary people who try every day to walk in obedience to the Lord who opens doors and blesses us in ways we could never have imagined. On so many days, He takes me to places where I feel clueless—like when He led me to villages in West Africa, where I didn’t speak the language. There, in a land that is 94 percent Muslim, He called me to speak the gospel. I prayed, “Okay, Lord, what’s Your plan here?” Then He opened doors to a prison, an orphanage, schools, huts, and to the hearts of gentle souls who have become some of my dearest friends—and our son.

Jason was called by God to Niger, in western Africa, but for years, he and I traveled separately, as we had young children at home. Jason led groups of American missionaries in January, and I led groups in October as we traveled to the same region every year.

The Lord put it on our hearts to write a book about His blessings. You will see that we are writing separately and together. That is the way God has allowed us to experience this adventure.

Our shared prayer is that you will hear and obey God’s call for you and then step through the doors to adventure and blessing that He will open for you.

The title of this book is Sink or Sit, but we originally considered the title S.O.S., which might have stood for Straight ahead or Sideways for Jesus.

To us, Straight or Sideways means that one should always be striving to move straight ahead toward the arms of our Savior, Jesus Christ. We must know our true north and run toward it. “Straight ahead for Jesus” means having blinders like horses wear and staying focused on what God has called you to do. Wikipedia defines blinders as a piece of horse tack that prevents the horse from seeing to the rear and in some cases to the side. Many racehorse trainers believe these keep the horse focused on what is in front of him, encouraging him to pay attention to the race rather than distractions, such as other horses, crowds, fences, and so on.

Enough about horses—why should we wear blinders for Jesus? To eliminate distractions, right? They are all around us, and they come in the form of people, social media, television, other religions, obsessions, and idols. We know some of you are saying that you cannot see what’s coming next with blinders on. In fact, visionary leaders say you must have peripheral vision to always be ready for what is coming next. While we agree with this, we are talking about having blinders for Jesus. Staying focused on what He has called you to do and running straight ahead into His arms.

Where does SOS originate from? On October 3, 1906, the SOS signal was established as an international distress signal by an agreement made between the British Marconi Society and the German Telefunk organization at the Berlin Radio Conference. The signal was formally introduced on July 1, 1908. In Morse code, SOS is signified by three dots, three dashes, then three dots (…—…). SOS was chosen because it could not be misinterpreted as being a message for anything else. It was sometime later that it was suggested that it might stand for “Save Our Souls.”

So why did we name our book Sink or Sit? We want you to answer the call, say yes to Jesus, and trust that sinking is better than sitting. In his book In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, Mark Batterson writes about Peter and his choice to answer Jesus’s call to leave the boat. Matthew 14:28 says, “And Peter answered him, ‘Lord , if it is you, command me to come to you on the water’” (ESV). Batterson writes, Peter is the disciple who sinks in the Sea of Galilee, but he was also the only disciple who walked on water. It’s so easy to criticize Peter from the comfortable confines of the boat. I think there are two kinds of people in the world: creators and criticizers. There are people who get out of the boat and walk on water. And there are people who sit in the boat and criticize water walkers.

Batterson also says, “I’d rather get wet than have a numb gluteus maximus. When everything is said and done, I think our greatest regrets will be the God- ordained risks we didn’t take. We won’t regret sinking. We will regret sitting.” As we walk you through our journey in the chapters to follow, we hope you will see we were willing to leave the boat and possibly sink to answer God’s call. Well, don’t just sit there! Read on, and hopefully our story will challenge you to answer whatever God is calling you to do.

“When Jesus asked Jason and Haley to step out of the safety of the boat—to reach into the heart of Africa with His love and embrace His children—the Lord offered His hand to guide and protect them. Sink or Sit powerfully tells how their courage and commitment, with God’s strength, transformed lives in Africa—and their own family.”

Dr. John C. Maxwell
Founder of Maxwell Leadership

“I’ve known Jason and Haley for many years, and I’ve seen firsthand their passion for serving God and caring for others through mission work in Niger and elsewhere. With this book, many more people are sure to be inspired by the Bilottis’ ongoing story of trusting God and stepping out in faith to share His abundant and abiding love.”

Dan T. Cathy
Chairman Chick-fil-A Inc.

“His poignant and personal guide reminds us how God forms extraordinary faith through ordinary lives. These hard-won lessons will energize you on the path toward your own unique calling in the kingdom of God.”

Katherine Wolf
Author of Hope Heals and Suffer Strong, and Cofounder of Hope Heals Ministry

“God determines the time and place a person will live . . . so they seek and find Him. When they do, it’s implicit that He invites them to help others seek and find Him too. He’s bringing the nations to the light, and the Bilottis are making sure to walk worthy of God’s call on their lives so that more and more people get to seek and find Him! Don’t miss reading their story. It’s been said, “If you want to walk on water, you’ve got to get out of the boat.” Jason and Haley are doing just that, their gaze fixed on Jesus! Their story will inspire, challenge, and exhort you to leverage your life for the glory of God, to cover the earth the way the waters cover the seas!”

Todd Peterson
NFL Placekicker

“Sink or Sit will leave you encouraged, inspired, and expectant for what Jesus can do with a life fully surrendered to Him. The Scripture tells us that we are to walk by faith and not by sight. Imagine what would shift in the world if God’s people chose to put their Yes on the table. Jason and Haley have modeled trusting God with their Yes so well, and I pray their bold faith and trust in God will spread like a wildfire through this book.”

Grant Partrick
Pastor of Passion City Church Cumberland

About the authors

“The Bilottis’ story will both inspire and empower you to take your own leap. To get out of that boat. To trust that sinking is better than sitting.”

Jason and Haley Bilotti

Jason Bilotti is a franchisee of two Chick-fil-A restaurants in Atlanta, Georgia. Throughout his career, he has developed thirty-nine leaders, thirty-one of whom are now Chick-fil-A franchisees themselves and eight who serve on the Chick-fil-A Support Center staff. He has served as chair of several organizations, including Chick-fil-A Atlanta Marketing board, FCA Buckhead board, Whitefield Academy Board of Trustees, and Schools for Niger, Africa board.

Haley Bilotti has served on the Ten Thousand Reasons board for seven years as the chaplain and chair of the due diligence committee. She was a Bible Study Fellowship leader for eight years, leading Bible studies for women in her own home for seven years. Haley is also a Flourish Mentor at Passion City Church. Jason and Haley met while working at a Chick-fil-A as teenagers. They have been married for thirty years and have three adult children: Rachid, Hunter, and Paulina. They have led over thirty mission teams to Niger, Africa, and are the cofounders of WYGO Ministries. They currently attend Passion City Church in Atlanta, Georgia.


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