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Merry Christmas from CWA of Hawaii & 2016 in Review

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Dear CWA friend,

Peace and blessings to you during this glorious Christmas season and for the New Year to come.

This country is has a new President-elect in Donald Trump, and I encourage you all to keep him, his family, his transition team and all the nominated cabinet members in your prayers.

As I look back, it is incredible to see what God has done this past year through your faithful support and encouragement. New members have come on board and we held a total of three CWA informational meetings; I spoke at a gathering of women on Maui twice, sent out several letters to the editor, and volunteered along with a CWA member at Franklin Graham’s Decision America event in Honolulu; I participated in a Christian women’s gathering in Kona with YWAM, attended the opening session of our state legislature, participated in the March for Life, started regularly standing with others outside our local Surgical Center in Hilo against the abortions being done there, and attended the second Road to Majority Conference and Leadership Training in D.C., put on by CWA and Faith and Freedom. We were blessed to hear speakers like Dr. Carson, President-Elect Donald Trump and many other incredible conservative and pro-life speakers at that extraordinary event.

This coming year, I am planning on doing a monthly update so that you will be better informed on what is happening here in our state concerning the issues that are important to you and how you can pray and take action on them.

Please join us in this year’s endeavors! There are several ways to get involved with CWA of Hawaii. Here are just a few:

  • Attend the March for Life on January 20 in Oahu at the Hawaii State Capitol from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Look for CWA of Hawaii signs and join us as we march. I plan to participate and I will also attend the opening session of our State Legislature on January 18.
  • Sign up for our Encourage-A-Legislator Program. We are looking for women and men who are willing to pray for a state legislator, our Governor, Lt. Governor or one of the U.S. members of Congress. Those who are assigned to a state legislator will send him/her a postcard once a week during the four-month state legislative session. Those who are assigned to the Governor, Lt. Governor or a U.S. member of Congress, will send him/her a postcard once a month, after the state legislative session closes. We provide the postcards with a Scripture and/or historical quote; you provide a few words of encouragement, sign your name, affix a stamp, and put it in the mail. It’s easy!  Contact me by January 15 if you would like to be a part of this program. Click here for brochure.
  • Participate in or start a CWA Prayer/Action Chapter. Consider starting or joining an existing Prayer/Action Chapter in your community. “Prayer/Action Chapters are the backbone of Concerned Women for America.” -Beverly LaHaye.
  • Respond to our e-alerts. Be sure to pray and take action on all the e-alerts we send out. It is crucial to our effectiveness. If you aren’t currently signed up, you can do so by visiting org and filling out the fields under “Stay Informed.”
  • Consider the leadership position of Legislative Liaison. We are in great need of a volunteer who has an interest in state legislation.
  • Please pray for CWA’s role in Hawaii as well as your role in CWA of Hawaii in 2017. If you’d be so kind, we would love for you to commit to praying for CWA of Hawaii on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Pray the Lord guides and gives us success in the areas in which we apply ourselves.

You are needed! Together we can be that steady force of prayerful people who are unwavering in our assurance that God reigns and through Him all is achieved.

We are continually grateful for those who give to the work of CWA of Hawaii. Because CWA of Hawaii is run by volunteers, all donations go straight into the work at hand. Prayerfully consider blessing CWA of Hawaii with a tax-deductible gift. Here are a couple areas where funds are needed:

  • Travel to and from the other Islands to either host meetings or to attend various events in cooperation with other pro-life/pro-family organizations.
  • Printing letters, bulletin inserts, CWA of Hawaii stationery, and flyers for meetings or events; ordering of brochures, signs and banners; postage for mailings and other items as needed.

To contribute please send a check written out to “Concerned Women for America” and put “CWA of Hawaii” in the memo line. Send it to CWA of Hawaii, P.O. Box 10732, Hilo, HI 96721.  Or, click here to donate online. Now, if you receive a mailing from CWA national, and would like your contribution to go to the work of CWA of Hawaii, then simply note that on the reply form.

We so appreciate you, your participation at our events, your encouragement to us during the year, your partnering with us financially, and your diligent responses to our e-alerts. But, most of all, we thank you for your prayers.

May you all have a very blessed and wonderful Christmas and experience the peace that surpasses all understanding!

In His service,

Barbara J. Ferraro

State Director
CWA of Hawaii
director@hawaii.cwfa.org
hi.cwfa.org
808-965-9834

Join CWA of Hawaii’s Encourage-A-Legislator Project!

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“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”  I Timothy 2:1-2

We are setting up our Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) Project for this coming state legislative session once again. Our prayer is that those who took part last year will be willing and eager to do it again this year and that we will have many new encouragers as well.

If you have not participated in our EAL Project in the past, know that this project is focused solely on prayer and encouragement to our state legislators.  Participants simply pray for an assigned legislator every day of the legislative session and send a postcard once a week to their assigned legislator with encouraging words letting them know that they are being prayed for each day. The 2016 legislative session goes from January 18 to the beginning of May.  This is not a lobbying effort but a ministry to the legislators.  Whether a legislator is a believer, non-believer, conservative, liberal, democrat, republican, independent or other, they are in desperate need of prayer.  This 2016 legislative session, CWA of Hawaii plans to deliver those prayers.

Once signed up, participants receive a packet with the name and biography of their assigned legislator, one EAL postcard for every week of the legislative session, suggestions to write on the postcard (optional) and the dates on which to send the postcards.

Seen or unseen, prayer always has a significant impact. Year after year we receive letters of appreciation from the legislators expressing their gratitude for the many postcards of prayer and encouragement.  They often communicate how they need and want to be upheld in prayer as they serve the people of Hawaii.

Sign up today by e-mailing me at director@hawaii.cwfa.org or give me a call at 808-965-9834.  I will need your name, address, phone number and how many legislators you would like to encourage.

Click here for flyer.  Print and distribute freely.

Please forward this on to friends and family who you think may be interested in participating.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Praying along with you,

Barbara J. Ferraro
State Director
CWA of Hawaii
808-965-9834
director@hawaii.cwfa.org
http://hi.cwfa.org

Hawaii Election Resources and More!

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Dear Friend,

“When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan.” Proverbs 29:2

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you how important the election is this year! So much is at stake! It is important that we as Christians get out and vote our Biblical values. As believers we must do all we can to positively affect legislation in our great state and nation.

The elections will not only determine our next President, but also who will win the gubernatorial, senatorial and congressional races. To help your decisions at the poll, I have included a handful of helpful resources throughout this e-alert.  Please prayerfully consider all of this information and forward it on to like-minded family and friends. 

What party best represents you?  You decide.  We have put together two Party Platform Comparison documents that I am sure you will find very helpful:

The presidential race is of immense importance. The next president will be choosing the next U.S. Supreme Court justice/justices as well as up to four more that will be within retirement age within the next four to eight years.  And, let us not forget that he/she will be selecting 55 U.S. Courts of Appeals Judges, 268 U.S. District Court Judges and there are currently 90 Federal Judicial vacancies.  CWA has put together a two-minute and 20-second video that will help you to understand the impact the next president will have on the country’s judicial system for generations to come.

Hawaii Office of Elections website.  This site is extremely helpful in answering all of your questions pertaining to voting in North Carolina:

Important Dates and deadlines:

  • Tuesday, Oct 25:      Early voting period begins (One Stop Voting)
  • Tuesday, Nov 1:        Last day to request absentee ballot by mail from the Clerk’s Office
  • Saturday, Nov 5:       Early voting period ends at 1:00 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov 7:         (Military & Overseas) Last day to request absentee ballot by mail
  • Tuesday, Nov 8:        Deadline for absentee ballot request to be received
  • Tuesday, Nov 8:        2016 Statewide November General Election

The most important thing we can do is to pray! God will direct our paths as we study the candidates and the platform.

Please jump in at any time to join CWA’s 30 Day Prayer Challenge, there are still two weeks left.  Sign up today!

30 Day Prayer Challenge
Please pray the following Scriptures for the Lord’s direction as you vote:

“Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.” Exodus 18:21

“Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints? Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life? If then you have judgments concerning things pertaining to this life, do you appoint those who are least esteemed by the church to judge? I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you, not even one, who will be able to judge between his brethren?” 1 Corinthians 6:1-5

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” 1 Timothy 2:1-2

Again, be sure to pass this on to like-minded friends and family.

Thank you for taking the time to consider all of this information.  May the Lord be with you on November 8.

For Liberty and Truth,

Barbara Ferraro
State Director
CWA of Hawaii
hi.cwfa.org
director@hawaii.cwfa.org

Transgender Bathrooms in Hawaii’s Public Schools? Not On Our Watch.

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Parents: The safety and privacy of your children is in great peril!

On Friday, May 13, the Obama administration issued orders calling for all public schools and universities to permit transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms corresponding to their gender identity instead of their biological sex. This lawless directive – which came in a letter signed by officials with the Departments of Education and Justice — does not have the authority of law –but does contain an implicit threat: schools that do not abide by the Obama administration orders could face lawsuits or loss of federal funds under Title IX.

The Obama Administration has once again overstepped legal boundaries by redefining the scope and reach of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Obama administration has deemed “sex” an elastic term, and regards “gender” (how one feels) synonymous with “sex” (biology), and is now aggressively embedding “gender” as a part of federal policy, including Title IX funding. Lawmakers who drafted Titles VII and Title IX never even considered that the term “sex” would be anything other than biological sex. With this directive, Obama is slapping the heavy hand of government on local schools. He is using our children as pawns to accomplish his goals of social reengineering

The absurdity of girls and boys having to share the same bathrooms, lockers and showers did not go unnoticed by the ultra-left Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Writing for the Washington Post, Ginsburg acknowledges, “Separate places to disrobe, sleep, perform personal bodily functions are permitted, in some situations required, by regard for individual privacy.”

As the State Director for Concerned Women for America of Hawaii I am gravely concerned about how this dictatorial order will impact the privacy and safety of Hawaii students. I know that there are not enough adults in a school building to supervise restrooms and locker rooms.  No one will be able to fully protect your children.

Consider what is happening in Palatine, Illinois. In late 2015, a Palatine high school caved to the threats of the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to strip federal funding if the school did not allow a transgender boy to have full access to the girls’ bathrooms, locker rooms and showers.   Because the school acquiesced to the federal government, 51 families have filed a federal lawsuit against the ED attempting to reverse the policy. The impact this policy is having on the girls who attend this high school is heart wrenching.  According to the lawsuit, “Every day these girls go to school, they experience embarrassment, humiliation, anxiety, fear, apprehension, stress, degradation, and loss of dignity because they will have to use the locker room and restroom with a biological male. They are afraid of being seen by, and being forced to share intimate spaces with a male while they are in various states of undress. These girls are also afraid they will have to see a male in a state of undress.”

So far, governors and state leaders in twelve states have begun to push back against this outrageous and incredibly dangerous order. HAWAII IS NOT ON THE LIST.  At the time of this writing, no one from the Hawaii government or DOE has made any statement.  Gov. David Y. Ige and  Attorney General David M. Louie, and the 11 State Board of Education members have remained silent. And to be silent is to be complicit.  Local school systems are responding by saying they will have to read over the order to determine how they will respond.  What is there to “think about?” They just need to shred the document.

Please take action.

1. It is imperative that our state leaders  hear from us TODAY.  Would you call the following people and urge them to refuse to comply with the Obama directive, even if it means losing federal dollars or the threat of a lawsuit?  We cannot sacrifice our children and grandchildren on the altar of the money.

Gov. David Y. Ige
Click here to email.

Attorney General Douglas E. Chin
808-586-1500 and/or click here to email.

State Department of Education Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi
808-586-3314 and/or click here to email. Address your comments to Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi.

State Board of Education Chairman Lance A. Mizumoto
808-586-3334 and/or click here to email.

2. Contact both your local school superintendent and school board member. Show up at the next regularly scheduled board meeting and speak in opposition to the Obama directive.

Please pray that our leaders will have the courage to resist manipulation, pressure and the fear of man.  Proverbs 29:25 tells us, “The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe.”  2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

Valuable resource: Male and Female Identity in a Sexually Confused World
Aligning ourselves with God’s plan for man and woman is the solution side of the problem.  Let us pray deeply for the ability to live into our male and female identity with more fullness, that we might offer a restorative picture for all of the world.  Read more here.

Hawaii Senators Propose Resolutions Praising Planned Parenthood

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There are two resolutions set to be heard this Wednesday in committee at our state capitol that commend Planned Parenthood when they should be condemning them.

SCR85 / SR56: “Affirming the state of Hawaii’s support of Planned Parenthood, recognizing its vital role in providing health care, and denouncing violence towards abortion providers and their patients.”

Even though these resolutions do not have any power of law behind them, the state senators proposing them should be ashamed of such a statement of support for this organization of death.  The very thing this resolution proposes to oppose (violence) it advocates on an incomprehensible scale – the snuffing out of little boys and girls to the tune of over 300,000 per year across the country in horrifically violent ways.

The Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health has scheduled a public hearing this Wednesday, March 23 at 9:30 a.m.

Sponsors of SCR85 and SR56:

Sen. Rosalyn H. Baker (D-District 6)
808-586-6070
senbaker@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Sen. Laura H. Thielen (D-District 25)
808-587-8388
senthielen@capitol.hawaii.gov

Sen. Jill N. Tokuda (D-District 24)
808-587-7215
sentokuda@capitol.hawaii.gov

Sen. Suzanne Chun Oakland (D-District 13)
808-586-6130
senchunoakland@capitol.hawaii.gov

Sen. Lorraine R. Inouye (D-District 4)
808-586-7335
seninouye@capitol.hawaii.gov

Sen. Michelle N. Kidani (D-District 18)
808-586-7100
senkidani@capitol.hawaii.gov

Sen. Donna Mercado Kim (D-District 14)
808-587-7200
senkim@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Sen. Maile S.L. Shimabukuro (D-District 21)
808-586-7793
senshimabukuro@capitol.hawaii.gov

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.” (Ephesians 5:11-13)

Take Action:

  1. Call and/or e-mail the Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health and ask them to vote NO on SCR85 and SR56.  Click here for their names and contact information.
  2. If your senator is listed above, call and/or e-mail her and respectfully express your displeasure with her decision to support resolutions SCR85 and SR56. Click here to find out who your senator is.  Fill in the “Find Your Legislator” field.
  3. Submit testimony.  Click here and click on “Submit Testimony” for SCR85.  Then click here and click on “Submit Testimony” for SR56. (Testimonies are due today by 9:30 a.m.)
  4. Forward this e-alert on to like-minded friends and family now.  Ask them to pray and take action.

Prayer:  Ask the Lord to thwart the plans of those attempting to give honor to Planned Parenthood.  Ask the Lord to touch those same hearts with the truth of His love for them.

Want to read more about Planned Parenthood?  Click here to read the facts.

Pray and Take Action Concerning Obama’s Current Nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court

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Aloha dear CWA friends,

The recent nomination made by our President for Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court calls for urgent prayer and action.  I cannot stress strongly enough just how important this is, and it may very well be the most important thing we have prayed about for some time, even over and above who we want our next president to be. Prayer is our number one weapon; let’s use it!  Taking action is our second; let’s do it!

Judge Garland’s record on the D.C. Circuit proves that he would be a reliable fifth vote (or sixth, if you count Kennedy) for many extreme liberal priorities, like gutting the First and Second Amendment, unleashing the abortion industry (think legalizing partial-birth abortion), and helping to maintain unaccountable bureaucratic agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

“This is the most important battle of our lives.” – CEO and President of CWA Penny Nance

Pray that any selection or nomination President Obama makes to fill the vacancy in the Supreme Court of the United States will not be acted upon by the Senate.  Pray for the senators meeting with Judge Garland to be compassionate but forceful in expressing the deep concerns for our Constitutional Republic beyond the candidate himself (who has been caught in the middle of all this). Let us pray for truth and justice in accordance with God’s will. Amen!

I personally am going to be praying for Christians all over this country to be praying with us for the same goal.  We must remember that we are a majority not a minority and that those who believe in Almighty God have the power to move mountains if they believe they can.  Thanks be to the Lord, we are more than conquerors and we are also overcomers.

Please Take Action:

  • Call and/or e-mail our U.S. Senators and ask them to not accept or vote upon any nominations for the U.S. Supreme Court that are made by President Obama. The main goal is not to allow any Supreme Court nominations to be accepted or approved by our members of the U.S. Senate until after the elections and after the inauguration of the new President, whoever that may be.

Mazie K. Hirono (D)
(202) 224-6361
hirono.senate.gov/contact

 Brian Schatz (D)
(202) 224-3934
schatz.senate.gov/contact

  • Call and/or e-mail Chairman of the Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).  Thank him for his commitment to not allowing any nominees a hearing.  He needs our support now!

Chuck Grassley
(202) 224-3744
grassley.senate.gov/constituents/questions-and-comments

  • Stay informed, regularly read about this issue at concernedwomen.org.
  • Pass this e-mail on to like-minded friends and family.

God bless America.

 

CWA of Hawaii Recommends Franklin Graham’s Decision America Event in Honolulu

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Franklin Graham is crisscrossing the U.S. challenging Christians to pray for the country and take a stand for their faith. This urgent mission has been dubbed the Decision America Tour, and you can be a part of it.

At each stop, Franklin Graham will hold a prayer rally, calling on Americans to boldly live out their faith and help turn the country back to God.

“I think the problem with our nation today is the failure of the Church,” Franklin Graham said. “We have gotten ourselves into a mess as a country,” he added, and said there’s only one source of hope.

“I don’t have hope in the Republican party or the Democratic party. The only hope that I have is in the Church if it would repent of its sins,” he said. “And if we confess our sins individually and then repent, then I believe God … can use us.”

Franklin will ask Christians to pray for the country, vote for people who hold Biblical values and run for public office at every level.

CWA of Hawaii recommends you attend the one in Honolulu to be held on February 24 at 1:00 p.m. on the Hawaii state capitol lawn adjacent to the statue.  Do all you can to attend and be sure to invite a friend!