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The Big Pink Bus Heads Across the South

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Days Nine and Ten found the She Prays She Votes big pink bus traveling through the southern states on our way to the target states of Nevada and Arizona.  But we could not pass up the opportunity to gather our Concerned Women for America (CWA) friends as we passed through the states of Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. 

 

In Alabama, we stopped in Hoover at Hoover Tactical and were joined by a great crowd of enthusiastic citizens.  Miss Tuscaloosa Teen, Ali Joy Mims, sang The Star Spangled Banner, and former state representative Paul DeMarco welcomed everyone.  Eunie Smith, head of Eagle Forum in Alabama, thanked CWA for joining Eagle Forum in their fight to squash subpoenas from the Department of Justice.  Just this week, Eagle Forum won that case!  Annabelle Rutledge, CWA’s Young Women for America (YWA) National Director, introduced Susanna Edgecomb, who is YWA’s Chapter President at the University of Alabama.  Susanna shared her story of how she came to YWA.  Annabelle and Jenna Ellis, attorney and host of the Jenna Ellis Show, challenged the people to remember what an incredible privilege it is for us to be able to exercise the right to vote.  When we vote, we vote to protect the God-given rights that were enumerated for us in the Declaration of Independence. 

Ridgeland, Mississippi, (just outside of Jackson) was our second stop on Day Nine.  The highlight of our stop in Mississippi was a visit from Attorney General Lynn Fitch.  AG Fitch is a hero of the pro-life movement as she fought the Dobbs case all the way to the Supreme Court, where we saw the overthrow of Roe v. Wade.  A large crowd welcomed AG Fitch and thanked her for standing strong.  Annabelle and Jenna joined in thanking AG Fitch for her hard work.  All of them emphasized that elections have consequences.  We are where we are on the life issue because of the people who have been voted into positions of authority.   A huge thank you to Dick and Melodie Tunney (Melodie works for CWA part-time) and Jack and Tammy Lane for providing the bus crew with a home-cooked meal and wonderful southern hospitality!

Day Ten found us traveling across Louisiana headed to Houston.  We stopped off in Covington, where our Louisiana State Director, Laura Huber, and her great team put on a great event in the parking lot at Lakeshore Church.  Our very special guest at the Covington stop was Rep. Steve Scalise, Minority Leader in the U.S. House of Representatives!  It was such a privilege to welcome Rep. Scalise to the SPSV bus tour.  Listen to his comments on Facebook Live

 

Follow us on social media as we move through the Lone Star State over the next three days. 

Georgia on Our Mind

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The Concerned Women for America (CWA) She Prays She Votes (SPSV) bus tour has just completed days six, seven, and eight in Georgia. We started our time in Georgia with a prayer stop at Level Grove Baptist Church. Our goal is to start the tour in each of the target states with a prayer stop to cover the state and the election with prayer. We had a wonderful group of ladies who gathered to pray. Their concern for their state was apparent, and they know that the solution begins with prayer. 

 

We did three “meet and greet” stops. Annabelle Rutledge, CWA’s Young for America (YWA) National Director, led the program and was joined by Toni McFadden, pro-life activist; Chloe Satterfield, YWA Chapter President at Georgia Tech, and Suzi Voyles, Georgia Eagle Forum. The purpose of the “Meet and Greet” is to encourage people to vote, to talk with their family and friends about voting, to urge them to get involved in the political process as a poll worker or a poll watcher, and to do what they can to help others get to the polls.

The bus made a stop at the First Care Women’s Clinic in Marietta. What a blessing to see the ministry that God has established there. We were inspired by the work that they do. We hope that our time of prayer with them was an encouragement to them.

Young Women for America has chapters at Georgia Tech and at Kennesaw State University. We did a drive-by at those universities and took pictures and prayed over those universities. 

Annabelle led a Facebook Live roundtable discussion with Chloe, Toni, and Suzi. They talked about the Georgia LIFE Act, Chloe’s stand on women’s sports, and Toni’s amazing story of redemption. Watch the roundtable discussion on Facebook Live.  

 

Check back in with us for our stops across the South headed to the Southwest!

She Prays She Votes Bus Tour – Days 4 and 5

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Day 4 Bus Tour Recap

We started Day Four at Crossroads Bible Church in Bedford, Pennsylvania. The church is set in a picture postcard setting with rolling hills, beautiful fall trees, a corn field, and a beautiful church campus. Pastor Mark Dillow spoke with great boldness on the position of the church in today’s culture. Penny Nance, CWA’s CEO and President, was joined by Jenna Ellis, attorney, and host of The Jenna Ellis Show on Salem Podcast Network. They discussed the role of the church in policy issues not politics and how important it is that the church be engaged in these issues. Annabelle Rutledge, National Director of Young Women for America, shared about how important our votes are to the younger generations who depend on us to be their voice.

The second stop of the day was a little different from our other stops. We stopped at a small church in Harrisburg, where the pastor had asked us to come and pray over his church and the surrounding neighborhood. He said that there were strongholds that needed to be broken, so we pulled the bus up, and we prayed! CWA’s State Director, Dilonna Coran, and Kurt Weaver from the Family Policy Council joined us for a concentrated time of prayer over this church and its neighborhood.

 

While in Harrisburg, we could not pass up the opportunity to get a picture of our bus in front of the state capitol.

The last stop of the day was at Berean Bible Church in Pottstown. Vanessa Saylor, CWA’s Prayer/Action Chapter Leader, lead a Q&A session with Penny, Jenna, Dilonna, and Annabelle. It was a wonderful conversation covering topics from election integrity, being women like Esther, and the importance of being engaged in the election process. Watch it on Facebook.

Day 5 Bus Tour Recap

On Day Five of our bus tour, we headed into Philadelphia to Iglesia Christiana Avivamiento where we picked up a group of Hispanic pastors and church members and our Pennsylvania State Director, Dilonna Coran. As the bus drove around the city of Philadelphia, this group of believers prayed for their city and for the moral climate of their communities. It was an amazing time of anointed prayer as these men and women poured out their hearts to the Lord for the salvation of their city. Our bus was filled with the presence of the Holy Spirit as they interceded for their churches, their communities, the city, and the nation as a whole. It was such a blessing to have them as a part of our bus tour.

After we dropped our friends back at the church, the bus headed south towards Atlanta. We took a little detour onto the campus at Liberty University, where we were greeted by an enthusiastic group from Liberty University’s Young Women for America chapter. We took lots of pictures and handed out signs and t-shirts. Britton Miller, our Young Women for America President at Liberty, and Teresa Pregnall, CWA’s Virginia State Director, encouraged the young women and men to be sure they are registered to vote and then be sure that they vote. 

She Prays She Votes Bus Tour – Day 3

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Today, we drove into snowy Pennsylvania. The first stop was at Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania. Neither the rain nor the cold dampened the enthusiasm of our Young Women for America (YWA) members as they and their friends gathered next to the pink CWA bus. Anabelle Rutledge, the National Director of YWA, talked about the importance of this generation engaging with the culture and voting their values. Katie Kenlein, our YWA Chapter leader at Grove City College, told her fellow college students that it is their responsibility to speak up and defend our faith and freedoms. 

Down the road in Monroeville, we had a great meet and greet at Grace Life Church, with about 40 people gathering. We so appreciate the great hospitality provided by Pastors Buck and Amy Schafer. Pastor Buck shared some thoughts about the state of our nation and how change will come when Christians are engaged in the election process. Among the others sharing with the group was Toni McFadden, pro-life activist from Pennsylvania, who shared her amazing story of God’s redemptive power in her life. CWA’s Pennsylvania State Director, Dilonna Coran, emphasized that voting is important, but voting for those who will uphold righteous values is even more important. Lauren Glickert, YWA Ambassador from Grove City, encouraged the audience to be hopeful. Her generation is stepping up!

Wednesday evening, we held our first roundtable discussion and prayer time. East Liberty Women’s Care Center in Pittsburgh hosted our first roundtable. Penny Nance, CEO and President of CWA, was joined by Tiffany Gilbert, co-founder of the Women’s Care Center, retired Superior Court Judge Cheryl Allen, Toni McFadden, Dilonna Coran, and Lauren Glickert. 

 

Watch their thoughtful discussion and anointed time of prayer.

 

Tomorrow we will continue to travel east in Pennsylvania.

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She Prays She Votes Bus Tour – Day 2

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Day Two of Concerned Women for America’s (CWA) Get Out the Vote bus tour started with a drive through Ohio’s capital, Columbus, to get a picture of our pink bus in front of the capital building.

 

We then headed northeast to the Akron area of Ohio. We were blessed to be able to visit two wonderful Christian businesses, Christian Healthcare Ministries (CHM) in Barberton and BBS and Associates in Akron.

 

On a very cold and blustery fall day, CHM met our SPSV bus with hot cider and a friendly crowd at both of their facilities. CHM President and CEO, Craig Brown, and his wife, Becky, greeted us, and Craig made comments on the critical nature of this election. CWA President and CEO echoed his concerns and challenged the employees to not only vote but help others to vote – babysit for the young mom down the street so she can go vote, offer to pick up your elderly neighbor who no longer drives and take her to the polls, or share what you know about the candidates with your like-minded friends and encourage them to vote. 

 

BBS and Associates has been a partner of CWA’s for many years. It was wonderful to gather with their employees and share our get-out-the-vote message. Penny challenged them to go and early vote and be sure to take three or four people with them.

 

Penny ended each meet and greet with this quote from President Reagan which bears remembering:

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. The only way they can inherit the freedom we have known is if we fight for it, protect it, defend it, and then hand it to them with the well fought lessons of how they in their lifetime must do the same. And if you and I don’t do this, then you and I may well spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it once was like in America when men were free. – 1961

She Prays She Votes Bus Tour – Day 1

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Today, Concerned Women for America (CWA) launched our She Prays She Votes 2022 (SPSV) bus tour. We started our bus tour with a Facebook Live from the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky. Mark Looy, co-founder of the Ark Encounter, and the staff at the Ark Encounter rolled out the red carpet for CWA. Standing in front of the full-sized replica of the ark, CWA CEO and President Penny Nance called on Christian women to vote and volunteer at the polls. She urged them to talk to their like-minded friends and encouraged them to show up at the polls.


 
As we toured the Ark, we were reminded that the reason God sent the flood was because the world had become Godless and evil prevailed in all things. Penny reminded us that we are at a tipping point in our country, and it is time for Christians to show up and speak up!

Prayer Stop: West Chester, Ohio

 

As we began the planning for the SPSV bus tour, the decision was made to plan a stop as we entered the state to gather some citizens from that state and pray for the state, for Christian voters in the state, and for the mid-term elections. LifeChurch in West Chester, Ohio, led by pastor Randy Rice, volunteered to join us in that time of prayer for the state of Ohio. We had a great time of prayer on the bus with Pastor Rice and members of his congregation. We were honored to have State Representative Jennifer Gross join us for this time of prayer. We prayed that pastors would be bold in proclaiming the truth of God’s Word in all things and that believers would persist in seeking and speaking the Truth. 

OMB Nominee’s Warped Abortion Views Outside the Mainstream

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 12, 2021

Contact:
Natalie Panettiere
202-266-4816, [email protected]

OMB Nominee’s Warped Abortion Views Outside the Mainstream

Washington, D.C.— Shalanda Young, President Joe Biden’s nominee to be deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), supports eliminating the historically bipartisan Hyde Amendment protections as “a matter of economic and racial justice.”

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC), had this to say:

“At a time in our history where there are areas in our country where more African American babies are aborted than born, it is unconscionable such a radical view of abortion is being promoted at the highest levels of our government.

“The Hyde Amendment has been historically a place of common ground by both pro-choice and pro-life Americans. President Joe Biden himself agreed with it. It simply says we should not be using Americans’ taxpayer money to pay for abortions. The overwhelming majority of Americans agree with this commonsense provision.

“As if the Biden Administration’s betrayal of American’s trust in this area were not enough, for this nominee to hide behind the ‘racial justice’ label to justify forcing Americans to pay for elective abortions through taxpayer dollars is Orwellian, given the abortion industry’s sordid history with eugenics and the targeting of minorities.

“Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas recently traced abortion’s racist history on his opinion in Box v. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky. It should be required reading for all Americans.

“The true fight for racial justice is a fight against Big Abortion’s targeting of minorities, not fighting to increase abortionists’ profits through taxpayer dollars.

“Shalanda Young should be soundly rejected for these radical comments by senators from both sides of the aisle.”

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) is the legislation and advocacy arm of Concerned Women for America. Concerned Women for America is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with a rich 40-year history of helping our members across the country bring Biblical principles into all levels of public policy.

Day 2- Prayer in an Anxious Time

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Lord,

In Philippians 4:6-7 Your Word says,
“Be anxious for nothing,
but in everything by prayer and supplication,
with thanksgiving,
let your requests be made known to God;
and the peace of God,
which surpasses all understanding,
will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

We are in one of those times of anxiety;
Lord, help us to seek You;
Help us to come before You
With thanksgiving in the midst of the uncertainty.

The passage continues (in verse 8),
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true,
whatever things are noble,
whatever things are just,
whatever things are pure,
whatever things are lovely,
whatever things are of good report,
if there is any virtue
and if there is anything praiseworthy—
meditate on these things.”

Help us to dwell only on those things
That are virtuous and praiseworthy.
We rest in You; we trust in You,
And we live in Your peace that passes understanding.

We rely on You to guard our hearts and minds
Through these times of unease and worry.
Thank you for Jesus and for hearing our prayers.
Amen.

 


This prayer was submitted by CWA’s Chief Administrative Officer Kenda Bartlett. Click here for more prayers from our “30 Days of Prayer in the Midst of Covid-19” effort. Here for more coronavirus-related resources.

Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of D-Day

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Having been born on June 6, D-Day, I have always had an affinity for that day in our history.  This year during the 75th anniversary year of D-Day, I was privileged to stand on Omaha Beach and Utah Beach where thousands of U.S. troops landed, and many died, to begin the liberation of Europe.  As you look at the pictures from that day, you see the young faces and realize that these were young men who willing made the decision to go into battle knowing that they might not return.  But yet they appreciated and loved the freedoms they had been given, and they were willing to go to a foreign place and protect those freedoms for other people.  I looked at those pictures with sadness knowing the sacrifices that had been made, yet at the same time I wanted to stand up and cheer because of the choices they made, and the results of those choices that we see around us 75 years later not only here in the United States but in France and across Europe.  I praise God for the men of our nation who made those hard choices and went willingly into the fray.  I walked away reminded once again that God has created in men a unique courage that enables them to stand against overwhelming odds and walk into the danger.

The inscription around the memorial chapel at the American Military Cemetery at Omaha Beach says it so beautifully: “These endured all and gave all that Justice among nations might prevail and that mankind might enjoy freedom and inherit peace.”

Thank you, Lord, for men and women, past and present, who will stand in harm’s way to protect the freedoms that You have given to us.

“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died.  Rather we should thank God that such men lived.”  General George S. Patton