CWA of Louisiana Adds to Our Ranks! Could You Be Our Next Leader?

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Dear Friend,

I am proud to say it has been a great honor serving as Prayer/Action Chapter Coordinator for Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Louisiana while working under the excellent guidance of State Director Sancha Smith and Associate Director Nedra Epps. In doing so, there have been endless meetings to develop strategies for growth.

With careful consideration of applicants to join CWA of Louisiana, we are extremely proud to launch our newest Prayer/Action Chapter in Ragley under the leadership of Mrs. Nancy Tower. We have no doubt that she was a missing link, especially considering the plethora of ideas with which she has already strengthened our team.

Npac2ancy has already proved herself faithful. Her commitment and outspoken voice is a strength that will serve as a catalyst for not only what she is doing in her congressional district but throughout our great state of Louisiana. We graciously welcome Nancy Tower aboard. Nancy responded by stating,

“I’ve felt a calling on my life to serve in the political process since I was a little girl. I’ve engaged with political party activities, participated in good government organizations and served on a city council, but something has always been missing. Concerned Women for America brings it all together for me. Participating in this non-denominational, non-partisan effort to pray for our elected officials and contact them with Biblically-based positions is one of the most rewarding activities I’ve ever undertaken. I’ve often heard people say, ‘All we can do is pray,’ but I firmly believe that the most important thing we can do is pray. Sancha and Janet have been a joy to work with. They are prayer warriors and I am blessed to serve with them in the battle.”

CWA of Louisiana is on assignment to launch and build more Prayer/Action Chapters just like the Ragley Chapter throughout the state. You can impact America by getting connected and being a righteous voice from wherever you are in Louisiana. To learn more about CWA Prayer/Action Chapters, check out the links below:

What is a Prayer/Action Chapter?

What does a typical CWA Prayer/Action Chapter Meeting Look Like?

CWA of Louisiana would love to have you join our team! For more information on how you can get involved, please contact me using the information below. It will be my joy and privilege to help you every step of the way, and I look forward to hearing from you!

Motivated by Love,

Janet Jackson, MA
Prayer/Action Chapter Coordinator
CWA of Louisiana


The CWA of Louisiana Mandate

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As the state director for Concerned Women for America of Louisiana, I am humbled and count it a privilege to serve the people of the Pelican State.

My mandate to serve the people of Louisiana has a dual/twin purpose, that is, to teach Kingdom to government and teach government to Kingdom.  One “twin” reminds the Kingdom that the purpose of government is to protect its citizens and punish evil – Romans 13:3-4; while the other “twin” commands us to pray for those in authority – 1 Timothy 2:1-4

Teaching Kingdom to government involves educating believers about our core values and how to effectively communicate these values to our elected officials, thereby dismantling (first through prayer, then action) the lies and deception masquerading as truth through some of our city ordinances and/or state and national legislation.

Likewise, teaching government to Kingdom educates and equips the believer on public policy, key “hot-button” issues and the protocols needed to effectually influence all levels of government and public policy.  This equipping helps us to understand the rules of engagement, i.e. the political process by which we see the changes we support or those we oppose.


Speak the truth in love (motivated by love).  Remember to act on the truth you know … for faith without works is DEAD! – James 2:14-17

“And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”  I Corinthians 2:4

To effectively help lead Louisiana to higher moral ground, we must be willing to first pray then act.  Sitting on the sidelines and cursing the darkness is futile.  Light a candle.  Better yet, be that candle!  It’s time for the REAL believers to suit up and show up.


As believers in Jesus Christ we have authority to SPEAK life and SPEAK the TRUTH in love.  Our goal is to love one another in TRUTH and in DEED.  When we do this, lives are changed and righteousness is further established in the nation.

As citizens we have a responsibility to hold our elected officials accountable, and if they do not represent us well, we elect others who will.

Micah 6:8 says, “He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” This is God’s requirement for all those who serve Him, both those who are called to help fulfill this mandate through CWA of Louisiana and those who serve in government office. CWA of Louisiana has been assigned to remind men and women of this truth.


Remain motivated by love,


Sancha N. Smith

State Director

CWA of Louisiana

URGENT: Our Pro-Life Efforts in Louisiana Will Not Be Undone!

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Attorney General Jeff Landry is fighting to ensure that the pro-life bills passed in the 2016 legislative session will stand. We MUST stand with him!

Urgent!  We need for you to make some phone calls TODAY concerning this matter before Friday’s meeting!

The Situation:

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has submitted a budget request to the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget which will meet on Friday, September 16, 2016, to discuss important issues, one of which includes mid-year adjustments to the state’s budget.  He is asking for sufficient funds to defend the lawsuit that has been filed by pro-abortion groups challenging the seven pro-life bills that were signed into law during the last legislative session.  Louisiana is a strong, pro-life state, and we have been blessed with tremendous support and approval for our pro-life legislation from our legislators and by Gov. Edwards.

Pro-abortion legal groups have gotten bolder because of recent court decision striking down laws dealing with hospital admitting privilege requirements for abortionists. They are relentless and are taking every opportunity to defy the will of Louisiana’s citizens.  Concerned Women for America of Louisiana stands firm against these legal antics to undo our effort to protect the lives of the unborn and regulate the abortion industry.

Working to safeguard our pro-life laws, the Attorney General’s office will need additional resources, research, additional staff, attorneys, and expert witness testimony.

Sadly, the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget has yet to add the Attorney General’s request for these additional funds to the meeting agenda. But we intend for that to change!

We are asking the members of the Committee to add the Attorney General’s request for additional funding to their agenda. We are asking them to honor the will of the people of Louisiana and to help protect and defend our pro-life bills!

 Please Pray:

  • Pray that Attorney General Landry’s budget adjustment request to the September 16 meeting agenda will be approved. Approval of this funding is necessary to protect the lives of women and unborn children of Louisiana.
  • That Attorney General Landry and our legislators will be strengthened in their call to fight for the lives of Louisiana’s unborn babies and the health and life of women.
  • That God will uphold Louisiana’s efforts to remove the evil of abortion from our great state.
  • That Louisiana’s win in this fight will embolden many other states to stand and fight and win.

Please Act:

  • Contact Attorney General Jeff Landry and thank him for his work to safeguard our pro-life, pro-women bills. Let his office know that you have been kept up to date by Concerned Women for America of Louisiana and that you are now going to call each member of the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget to express your support of his budget adjustment request to the September 16 meeting concerning for funds to help protect the current pro-life pro-women bills.
  • Contact each member of the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget and ask them to approve Attorney General Landry’s budget adjustment requests to the September 16 meeting agenda. Let them know that you have been kept up to date on this issue by Concerned Women for America of Louisiana.

Call the House (H) switchboard at 225-342-6945 and the Senate (S) switchboard at 225-342-2040 and ask for each Committee member by name.

Eric LaFleur S-D, Chairman
Cameron Henry H-R, Vice Chairman
Mark Abraham H-D
Neil C. Abramson S-R
John Alario S-R
L. Bret Allain S-R
Beryl Amedee H-R
Norbert N. “Norby Chabert S-R
Conrad Appel S-R
James K. Armes H-D
Tony Bacala H-R
Larry Bagley H-R
Taylor F. Barras H-R
Regina Barrow S-D
John A Berthelot H-R
Robert E. Billiot H-D
Wesley T. Bishop S-D
Gary Carter H-D
Charles R. Chaney H-R
Jack Donahue S-R
Rick Edmonds H-R
James R. Fannin S-R
Franklin J. Foil H-R
Lance Harris H-R
Bob Hensgens H-R
Sharon Hewitt S-R
Valarie Hodges H-R
Ronnie Johns S-R
Walt Leger III H-D
Gerald Long S-R
Daniel R. Martiny S-R
Jack McFarland H-R
Blake Miquez H-R
Dustin Miller H-D
Jean-Paul J. Morrell S-D
Dan W. “Blade” Morrish S-R
Steve E. Pylant H-R
Jerome Richard H-I
John M. Schroder H-R
Scott M. Simon H-R
Patricia Haynes-Smith H-D
Gregory Tarver S-D
Francis C. Thompson S-D
Michael A. Walsworth S-R
Mack “Bodi” White S-R
Jerome Zerinque H-R

  • Lastly, please forward this to like-minded friends and family and ask them to pray and act today.

Go to our webpage regularly at to find out what’s happening in our state and to support us in our fight for justice in our nation and our state.

We thank you in advance for your prayers, action and financial support!  You are appreciated!

For Him!

Sancha N. Smith
State Director
CWA of Louisiana


CWA of Louisiana is Giving Help and Hope in the Midst of Catastrophic Flooding!

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Through the generosity and love of CWA’s national leaders, the women of CWA of Louisiana are preparing to provide financial support, as well as spiritual and emotional support, to those affected by the Louisiana floods.

On August 11, 2016, prolonged rainfall began in southern parts of state of Louisiana resulting in catastrophic flooding that submerged thousands of houses and businesses. Louisiana’s governor, John Bel Edwards, called the disaster a “historic, unprecedented flooding event” and declared a state of emergency. Many rivers and waterways, particularly the Amite and Comite rivers, reached record levels, and rainfall exceeded 20 inches in multiple parishes.

Because of the large number of homeowners without flood insurance that were affected, the  federal government is providing disaster aid through the Federal Emergency Management  Agency (FEMA). The flood has been called the worst U.S. natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Thirteen deaths have been reported as a result of the flooding.

However, many other organizations are stepping in to help, including Concerned Women for America. A gift of $5,000 was given to the Louisiana organization which will be used to provide Walmart gift cards to those in need in the two hardest hit areas in the state — the Lafayette/Acadiana area and the Baton Rouge area.

We are SO proud of the people of Louisiana who have come to the aid of their fellow citizens throughout this entire catastrophic event, and of the timely and effective efforts of state        government to bring in the help needed.  We definitely learned from experiences of previous catastrophic weather occurrences. We are also grateful for the aid of national organizations such as FEMA and the American Red Cross.

 However, Concerned Women for America is a national organization that not only prays, but takes action, and we want to be “boots on the ground” in this effort to help the people of Louisiana.

For we know …  this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His       glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

Please Pray: 

  • That those affected by the flooding will KNOW that God will supply all of their needs from His glorious riches which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.
  • That the people of Louisiana will cry out to God in the midst of this tragedy and discover something so much greater than they even imagined.
  • That the people of Louisiana will continue to stand together until every family affected by this tragedy is restored to a place of safety and stability.

Please Act:

  • Contact CWA of Louisiana to help with the distribution of the gift cards.
  • Check with organizations across the state to see how you can join them in their efforts.
  • Find a way in which your community can assist those in need.
  • Give to support the work of CWA of Louisiana. Go to and click on “Donate to your State”.

 We thank you in advance for your love and action!

Sancha N. Smith
State Director
CWA of Louisiana

PRESS RELEASE: CWA of Louisiana Postpones Workshop in Lake Charles

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August 23, 2016

Sancha N. Smith

CWA of Louisiana Postpones Workshop
in Lake Charles

 LAKE CHARLES, LA – Due to historic flooding in south Louisiana, Concerned Women for America of Louisiana (CWA) will postpone the workshop for Christians in politics which was scheduled to begin on Wednesday, August 24.

According to Sancha Smith, CWA of Louisiana State Director, many of the workshop speakers and participants are involved in the recovery and cleanup efforts. “We believe there is a need for this workshop, but we also believe the immediate needs of the flooding victims take priority at this time,” said Smith.

Elected officials, candidates and political leaders interested in learning more about Government by God’s Design can express their interest and get on a mailing list for the next scheduled workshop by contacting the workshop coordinator listed on the flyer available on the website at


Press Release: CWA of Louisiana to Host Inaugural Workshop

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August 10, 2016

Sancha N. Smith

CWA of Louisiana to Host Inaugural Workshop
God’s Design for Government

 LAKE CHARLES, LA – God’s Design for Government, a workshop for Christians in politics, will be held in Lake Charles in August. The workshop is sponsored by Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Louisiana, a part of the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with more than half a million members.

According to Sancha Smith, CWA of Louisiana State Director, this workshop is the first of its kind for CWA. It was developed by a local CWA member, Nancy Tower, who used her experiences and her heart’s desire to serve the Lord as her guide. Smith announced that the Southwest Louisiana area will host the pilot program with the inaugural sessions being held at the Greater Saint Mary Baptist Missionary Church on three consecutive Wednesday mornings beginning August 24.

“As religious freedoms are coming under attack more and more across the country, we find it necessary to support and prepare our Christian elected officials in our great state with Biblical guidance, information about religious liberties and to encourage more Christian collaboration.  Louisiana is a great place to start!” said Smith.

The program is a non-partisan, non-denominational interactive and informational workshop for elected officials and candidates for office. Some of the featured speakers will include; Rev. Sam Tolbert Jr., Dr. Bruce Baker, Judge Charlie Schrumpf, Mayor Randy Roach and more.

For more information about the workshop and for registration information, please visit the CWA website events page at to download a flyer.



Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) Appreciation Day at the Louisiana State Capitol

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P1090160The EAL Appreciation Day at the Capitol was a great success. There were five EAL volunteers who met at the Capitol on May 18, 2016, representing our 50 wonderful volunteers from across the state.

Upon arrival we delivered 144 pecan pralines (one for each legislator) at the back of the Capitol building. We bring this gift yearly as a token of our appreciation for their hard work. We then met together in the Rotunda and were invited to the office of the Speaker of the House. House Speaker Taylor Barras (R-District 48) told us that many of the legislators value our prayers since their job is difficult and they needed wisdom from above. He said that the postcards were especially important since they have a Scripture passage and a note reminding them of those who are praying daily for them. Most of their correspondence from citizens is a request for something, but our postcards are an encouragement to them.

Our group enjoyed lunch together in the Capitol cafeteria renewing old acquaintances and meeting two volunteers who came for the first time. Afterwards we met for an hour in the chapel for a time of Scripture reading, prayer and singing. We were joined by two other ladies who also came to pray at the Capitol.

At approximately 1:30 p.m., we arrived at the House Chamber and were greeted by Rep. Nancy Landry (R-District 31) who was friendly and helpful and brought several of the legislators over to meet us. Rep. Landry then introduced us after the House convened, and we received a warm reception. Many more representative came over to thank us. Several of them had their postcards with them and told us how much the Scripture and notes meant to them. One representative said that receiving the postcards “means more than you may know”. Another representative was visibly moved when she thanked us for praying for her, then sat down and talked with us saying that we were doing the “real work”.

When the Senate convened at 3:00 p.m., our volunteers were introduced for the first time ever in the Senate Chamber by Sens. Page Cortez (R-District 23) and Wesley Bishop (D-District 4). We received a warm welcome.

Since the cards are so meaningful to the members of the Legislature, we will consider sending more cards next year.Many of the legislators understand that the Lord is their only source for help, wisdom and favor.

Thank you to all those who attended the event,  participated in the EAL program this year, and those who worked behind the scenes to make this an outstanding program.  A special thanks to Debbie Hoehl who has coordinated the EAL program with excellence for many years.

We were encouraged to see that we could be such a blessing to those in authority over us. Thanks be to God.



CWA of Louisiana Is Fighting for the Safety and Privacy of our Children! Join Us!

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The women of CWA of Louisiana are praying and taking action against the Obama administration’s executive letter on bathroom/locker room access.

On Friday May 13, the Obama administration announced that every public school system in the country will receive a letter (The U.S. Department of Justice and Education Release a Joint Guidance to Help Schools Ensure the Civil Rights of Transgender Students), mandating that transgender students be allowed to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity (as opposed to their birth certificate) or the school districts will lose Federal funds under Title IX.

President of the State Board of Education James Garvey (R-Metairie) blasted the Obama administration’s directive on the bathroom rights of transgender students Friday, May 13, calling it federal overreach. He then washed his hands of it, saying it’s up to local school boards to decide what to do.

In addition to Garvey’s statement, 32 Louisiana lawmakers sent a letter urging state Attorney General Jeff Landry to determine the constitutionality of separate executive orders issued by the U.S. president and Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards pertaining to the apparent creation of a new protected class, “gender identity.”

Gov. Edwards and Education Superintendent John White weighed in by issuing statements from their spokesmen saying they were reviewing the guidance and that it seemed only to clarify existing law: Title IX, which prohibits discrimination based on gender.

The people of Louisiana need to send a clear message to our state leaders that President Obama’s “guidance letter” is an overreach from the executive branch. The state of Louisiana has the right to set guidelines themselves without Federal overreach.  Louisiana schools should refuse the mandate that endangers our children.

Take Action Today!

1. Contact the following state leaders and tell them to stand up for the children of Louisiana and not to follow this outrageous directive that puts our children in danger.  Ask them to join officials from eight other states – West Virginia, Arizona, Kansas, Nebraska, Texas, Utah, Main and North Carolina – to begin to push back and sign on the brief asking a federal appeals court to re-hear a case in which it sided with a Virginia transgender student seeking to use the boys’ bathroom. Write, e-mail and/or call.

Gov. John Bel Edwards
P.O. Box 94004
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9004
Click here to e-mail.
Main line: 225-342-7015 or Toll Free: 866-366-1121

Attorney General Jeff Landry
P.O. Box 94005
Baton Rouge, LA 70804
Click here to e-mail.

President of Louisiana State School Board James Garvey
1201 North Third Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Click here to e-mail.

State Superintendent of Schools John White
Louisiana Department of Education
P.O. Box 94064
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064
Click here to e-mail.  Address your comments to State Superintendent of Schools John White
877-453-2721 (toll-free)

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

3. Please forward this e-alert to friends and family and ask them to both take action and pray about this important issue.

Please Pray: 

  • “For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor oflove which you have shown toward His name.” (Hebrews 6:10a)
  • Pray for the leaders listed above by name. May they have the courage to do what’s right before God and on behalf of our children.
  • Pray that school boards throughout Louisiana will get in the fight for our children’s safety and privacy when they are on school campuses and that they will let Louisiana legislators know that they are not in favor of the mandate.
  • Pray that Louisiana students and parents will recognize the threat to both safety and privacy and speak out against this mandate.

“CWA of Louisiana is committed to speak truth to power; speak the truth in love; speak life.”