CWA of Kansas Sets the Groundwork for an Effective Legislative Session

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The 2016 Kansas legislative session has begun!  The CWA of Kansas steering committee met several times this fall to strategize.  We are expecting legislation to be proposed this session on a variety of issues such as sexual orientation, common core, and sanctity of life to name a few.  If we are to be effective in 2016 our state legislators need to hear from as many of us as possible.  YOUR efforts are needed to move good legislation forward and to stop bad legislation.  Legislators take note of how many people contact them concerning a specific issue on one side or the other, and it often determines how they vote.

We invite YOU to be a lobbyist this session.  What defines a lobbyist in our book?  One who is informed on the issues, commits their efforts to the Lord and then contacts their legislators regularly concerning these issues.  It’s easy!  We will show you how!

  1. Be informed and timely: Get the facts.  When you receive a CWA of Kansas e-alert, be sure to read it as soon as possible.  If your time allows, read the links to additional information often provided in the e-alert. The same, of course, applies to CWA national e-alerts.  If your schedule allows, go a step farther; stay informed by logging onto and regularly, read state newspapers and sign up for your legislator’s newsletters and e-alerts by going to their website or e-mailing them. Get to know where they stand on the issues.  For example, a person could contact Senator Mitch Holmes at and request a copy of his newsletter.
  2. Be prayerful: Commit your efforts to the Lord and pray for your legislators by name. Ask God to guide your legislator and give him/her wisdom.  “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)
  3. Contact your legislator and be specific: Contact your legislators via e-mail or phone and state the specific issue and include the bill number and/or the title.  Click here to find your state legislators names and contact information.  Click here to find your federal legislators names and contact information.
  4. Be polite: You should be firm but courteous.  Ask for a reply and thank the legislator. “Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.  Let all that you do be done with love.” 1 Corinthians 16:13,14

There are two ways to lobby, from your home and in person.  Though most of you will not be able to visit the state capital this year in Topeka, all of you can lobby from your home via e-mail, Facebook, phone, etc.  Commit now to being a 2016 Lobbyist!

Now if you would like to lobby in person, you follow the points above as you do when calling or e-mailing.  The only difference is making an appointment in advance.

Consider lobbying on the CWA of Kansas Lobbying team.  To start, simply come with us and observe and pray.  Contact me if you are at all interested.

Join us as together we accomplish great things with the help of our Lord and Savior.

Barbara Saldivar
State Director

Gender Identity As a Protected Class Is Stopped In Kansas House Judiciary Committee

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“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Geneses 1:27)

Thank you for your prayers and action concerning the January 14 House Judiciary Committee hearing on HB 2323.  If passed HB 2323 would have paved the way for gender identity as a protected class.  Tension was pretty high during the testimony, but as it finished at about 5:10 p.m., CWA of Kansas Special Adviser CWA of Kansas Education Specialist and myself observed what seemed to be a fresh wind blowing.

Five people testified in favor of the bill, including a transgendered person, two pastors and a former mayor of Salina, Kansas.  Then Rep. Janice Pauls (R-District 102) testified against the bill.  She pointed out that including heterosexuality in the definition of sexual orientation makes it too broad, and that the definition of gender identity is unclear.  She fielded a few questions, and then Kellie Fiedorek from the National Defense League spoke.  She talked about similar laws that have been enacted in other places, and pointed out that in Houston when a similar law came to a vote that over 60% of the people voted against it.

The belief is HB 2323 will not be addressed again.  However, the battle over gender identity will probably continue to be waged during this legislative session.

Pray for the legislators themselves as we suspect they will be pressured in many ways.  Pray for the CWA of Kansas Steering Committee we strategize on how to oppose these kinds of bills and others.

Take Action: Keep informed through e-alerts from CWA of Kansas on this issue.  Be ready to speak out when called upon.  We need to make our voices heard for the sake of our businesses, public accommodations and freedom of faith.


Barbara Saldivar

State Director
CWA of Kansas


It’s Not Too Late! Sign up for CWA of Kansas’s Encourage-A-Legislator Program Today!

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It’s that time of the year when the Kansas State Legislative session begins and our legislators need all the encouragement and prayers we can offer. Concerned Women for America of Kansas’s Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) Program is an opportunity to minister to our state legislators personally with prayer and encouragement.

If you have not participated in our EAL Program in the past, know that this program 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 for eights weeks to their assigned legislator with encouraging words letting them know that they are being prayed for each day. 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 Kansas plans to deliver those prayers.

Sign up, and we will supply you with a legislator’s bio, eight postcards and sheets of encouraging quotes.  All you do is supply a few minutes of your time a week, prayers and stamps.

Consider making this a group project by involving your children, Bible Study or Sunday school class.

Please sign up today if you would like to participate.  E-mail me with your name, address and phone number.  Feel free to call me at 785-286-1388 if you prefer.

Thank you for joining CWA in fulfilling the ministry of praying for those in authority over us.  As one representative told me just this week, “I keep the cards where I can see them, to remind me, especially on the tough days.”

“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)

Until He Returns or Calls Me Home,

Marcia Kessler
Encourage-A-Legislator Coordinator
CWA of Kansas

CWA of Kansas Opposes HB 2323 on Sexual Orientation – Make Your Voice Heard!

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The House Judiciary Committee is expected to hear HB 2323 tomorrow, Thursday, January 14.  Rep. John Carmichael (D-District 92) is presenting this terrible bill that will amend the Kansas Act Against Discrimination by prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodation based on a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. If HB 2323 passes, it will have far reaching consequences that will take away some of our freedoms.

Please pray that this ends up not being discussed or voted on in committee tomorrow.

Take action by contacting the committee members and let them know that you oppose HB 2323.  Click here to view names.  Click on each name to make contact.  In addition please pass this e-alert on to your friends, family and pastor.  Ask them to pray and take action.


Impact the Next Generation in Kansas Through the Work of Young Women for America!

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The Problem: Have you ever been discouraged when reading about the liberal mindset being taught in colleges today?  Concerned about how this next generation is being indoctrinated against the Biblical world view in an ever increasing manner by professors that openly oppose what we hold near and dear?  Felt helpless?

The Answer: We at CWA of Kansas and CWA national have committed in 2016 to do our part in combating this anti-Biblical teachings through a project called Young Women for America (YWA).  YWA is a student-oriented initiative that is geared toward high school and college campuses to bring active groups of young like-minded women together to promote conservative values to their schools and the nation.

The good news is that there are young women out there within the multiple Kansas colleges that are Christian, conservative and passionate about the issues you and I care about.  They just need our support and a platform to spread the word and make a difference on their campuses, the state and nation.  They need to be encouraged, equipped and trained.

The Need: Christian college women.  We have everything needed to serve these young ladies.  CWA national has hired staff, created curriculum for them to use to lead their chapters and accumulated funds to enable them to do what needs to be done to have a significant impact.  All we need now is young women to answer the call.  This is where you come in.

The Action: Can you help us identify these young women?  They might be your daughter, granddaughter, niece or part of your church family or friends of young ladies you know.  Please forward them this e-alert and be sure they visit the YWA website and read through this YWA brochure.  And, encourage, inspire and urge them to make a difference in their generation through this exciting opportunity in YWA.

The Outcome: The build-up of conservative YWA chapters across Kansas will finally provide a Kingdom response to the liberal studies and programs that have been built by the left for 20 years.  We will equip young women across the state to make a difference on their college campuses and be a greater impact in their communities, state and nation after they graduate.

Leave a legacy; inspire the next generation to lead a YWA chapter.

Contact us today with any questions and/or ideas on ways we can reach these Christian college women with YWA information.

Thank you in advance for your diligence in this matter.

Barbara Saldivar
State Director
CWA of Kansas

Amanda Sanders
Young Women for America Coordinator
Concerned Women for America


CWA of Kansas Religious Freedom Rally, “Obey God Rather Than Men” – A Great Success!

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KS rally picsAnd when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest asked them, saying, ‘Did we not strictly command you not to teach in this name? And look, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this Man’s blood on us!’  But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: ‘We ought to obey God rather than men.’”

Acts 5:27-29 is a call for all believers to stand on God’s Word without compromise and without apology. To stand for religious freedom in all areas of life.

This is why Concerned Women for America of Kansas decided to have a Religious Freedom Rally at the state capitol on August 24.  Our desire was to encourage pastors, individuals, ministries, businesses, churches, etc. to stand up for Judeo-Christian principles at all times, and if opposed by men, to make a choice to “Obey God Rather Than Men”.

Religious freedom is at the heart of what it means to be an American.  America set the standard for upholding freedom of belief and worship in a diverse society.  No American should ever doubt these protections enshrined in the First Amendment.

Over 100 of us stood as fellow Americans, fellow Kansans, for righteousness in the public square on the steps of our state capitol. We knew that if we didn’t continue to stand, we would lose even more of our legal rights to stand, as we’ve seen with the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on marriage.

All of our speakers were wonderful and inspiring:  Rev. Dave DePue, Captitol Commission Chaplain; Secretary of State Kris Kobach; Rep. Tony Barton (R-District 41), pastor of the New Life Fellowship Church; Rep. Willie Dove (R-District 38); Author of On This Day Dr. Paul Barkey, and Pastor Cordell Fischer of The Great I Am Church.

Gov. Sam Brownback was able to attend for a few minutes and nine Representatives, one Senator and several pastors attended.

We then marched to Judicial Center to the Kansas Supreme Court to demonstrate how legislators are to legislate, not the Supreme Court.

All were motivated and encouraged to “Obey God Rather Than Men” when called to do so.

CWA of Kansas Presented Gov. Brownback the Guardian of Faith Award

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Gov Award 2015

CWA of Kansas Steering Committee presented Gov. Brownback with the Guardian of Faith Award. Encourage a Legislator Marcia Kessler, Legislative Liaison Linda Highland, State Director Barbara Saldivar and Prayer/Action Chapter Coordinator Cristina Fischer.

On the morning of August 24 Concerned Women for America of Kansas presented Gov. Sam Brownback the Guardian of Faith Award for his courage and faithfulness to “Obey God rather than men”. We honored him for his Executive Order of July 17 which stated:

“The State Government shall not take any discriminatory action against any individual clergy or religious leader on the basis that such individual declines or will decline to perform, solemnize, or facilitate any marriage, based upon or consistent with the individual’s sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction.

(b) The State Government shall not take any discriminatory action against a religious organization, including those providing social services, wholly or partially on the basis that such organization declines or will decline to solemnize any marriage or to provide services, accommodations, facilities, goods, or privileges for a purpose related to the solemnization, formation, celebration or recognition of any marriage, based upon or consistent with a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction

(c) The State Government shall not take any discriminatory action against a religious organization that provides social services or charitable services, which acts or intends to act upon sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction “

We prayed for Gov. Brownback before leaving:

“Father, I know the spirit of the world creeps into the body of Christ almost unawares sometimes, and before we know it, we can so easily be led astray and caught up in worldly actions (at times so subtly we don’t even know what has happened to us.)

“So, in the name of Jesus, I pray you would raise up a voice in our nation that would rally the body of Christ and cause us to become the standard bearers to such a degree that we would profoundly affect the morality of our nation.

“Romans 12:21 says, ‘Be not overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good.’”

CWA of Kansas Announces August 24 Event – Religious Freedom Rally – at the State Capitol

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Join believers from around the state and rally for religious freedom at the state capitol and then march to the Judicial Center for prayer!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Rally at the State Capitol (South Steps)
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

March to the Judicial Center
11:30 a.m. – 12 noon

Encourage your pastor to bring a church bus of members!

Confirmed Speakers (Check our website regularly for additional confirmed speakers.)

Secretary of State Kris Kobach
Pastor Cordell Fischer of The Great I Am Church
Rep. Tony Barton (R-District 41) and Pastor of New Life Fellowship Church
Rep. Willie Dove (R-District 38)

Bible-believing Christians are facing challenges to our fundamental right to freedom of religion and freedom of conscience–the right to think and believe what we want without fear of retaliation. Free exercise of religion and free speech are the constitutional rights that protect the hands and feet of the freedom of conscience.

We cannot sit quietly any longer. We cannot remain passive in the face of a government that acts as if religious faith must remain within the walls of the church building on Sunday. Our nation was founded on the principles of freedom, and the free exercise of religion has always been recognized as an active, vibrant part of society.

Please take your stand so that the righteousness of God may be alive and active in the public square.

Women, men, teens and children are all welcome and encouraged to attend. No RSVP necessary.

Go to our website and view the current flyer.

Join CWA of Kansas at the #WomenBetrayed Rally at Planned Parenthood – Overland Park. – Tuesday, July 28, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

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Planned Parenthood
4401 W. 109th St.
Overland Park, KS  66211

In the last week, two undercover videos were released revealing that Planned Parenthood has been selling fetal organs from aborted babies. View first video.  View second video. In response to the outcry to defund Planned Parenthood since the release of the videos, Concerned Women for America working alongside Students for Life of America and other prolife organizations are launching #WomenBetrayed National Rallies across the country.

CWA of Kansas is joining with them to say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH … Planned Parenthood has betrayed women. This is why we will be gathering together to protest Planned Parenthood. They have betrayed women, their children and their families – and they did it all with your tax dollars.

It is time to defund Planned Parenthood!

Please make plans now to join us on Tuesday, July 28, from 12:00 -1:00 p.m. for the Kansas City Rally at Planned Parenthood in Overland Park located at 4401 W. 109th St.

Handmade signs as well as other signs used during 40 Days for Life campaigns or the Life Chain are encouraged.

At 1:00 p.m. the KC Coalition will continue the rally at the Center for Women’s Health abortion facility (4840 College Blvd, less than 1/2 mile away). This facility works in conjunction with Planned Parenthood doing abortions up to 22 weeks.

Beth, the organizer of this rally says, “Thank you so very much and join us on Tuesday, July 28!”

Forward this on to your church, friends, family, etc. Strongly encourage them to attend.

Have you contacted the Kansas congressional members and our governor concerning this issue yet? View our last two alerts on this issue and make your voice heard today.