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CWA of Georgia Responds to Amazon’s HQ2 Pick

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Dear friends,
For over a year, Georgia courted Amazon to bring its second headquarters (known as HQ2) to the state. And for over a year, as CWA of Georgia fought tirelessly to pass a state-level Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), all we heard was Amazon would never do business with Georgia if a religious freedom bill were to be passed and signed into law.

This week, Amazon announced they would locate their new HQ2 in three states – two of which have RFRA laws!  CWA of Georgia joined in a press release with other faith-based organizations in response to Amazon’s announcement.  You can be assured that CWA of Georgia will continue to be on the front lines in 2019 working aggressively for the passage of a state-level RFRA.

Tanya Ditty
State Director

Are You an Encourager? The Illinois General Assembly Needs You!

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Dear Friend,

The 2018 Midterms are over with new and familiar legislators being seated for the upcoming 101st Illinois General Assembly.  Only prayer and action will turn the hearts of our legislators in 2019. Here’s how you can help!

We are seeking intercessors for the CWA of Illinois Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) Project.

EAL is a project of encouragement and prayer for our Illinois elected officials, members of the Illinois General Assembly, and all Illinois county board and commission chairpersons. It is not an expression of political or public policy views.  It involves three easy steps:

  1. CWA provides 12 pre-addressed postcards that contain a Scripture verse, Founding Father quote, and prayer.
  1. Participants sign, stamp, and send a postcard once a month starting in February and pray earnestly for their assigned legislator.
  1. Participants are welcome to pray for and encourage more than one legislator.

Special thanks to all those who participated in the EAL project during the 2018 legislative session.  We received several messages from legislators expressing their gratitude for the encouragement and prayers.

If you would like to participate in the CWA of Illinois EAL Project, please call me at 815-297-2918 or email [email protected]. Be sure to specify the number of legislators you would like to pray and encourage.  Please provide your name address, and email address. 

The Illinois EAL project cannot exist without funding.  If you feel led, please donate to CWA of Illinois.  CWA of Illinois is volunteer led.  All donations given to CWA of Illinois will fund the state’s projects and initiatives.  Click here to donate today, or feel free to send a check to the address below.  Any amount is appreciated!

Prayer moves the hand of God in the affairs of this nation!  In fact, we are commanded to pray for those in authority. “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.  This is good and pleases God our Savior…” – 1 Timothy 2:1 

We are looking for your commitment today! Your packet will be mailed to you once the new General Assembly committee assignments are made and the legislators’ contact information is secured in early February.

Also, visit our webpage to find out how you can become involved in CWA of Illinois.

Debbie Leininger
State Director
CWA of Illinois
1255 W. Empire Street
Freeport, IL  61032
(815) 297-2918
[email protected]
il.cwfa.org

Would You Commit to Encouraging a Legislator?

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

Dear CWA Friends,

It is time to recruit “encouragers” for our Encourage-A-Legislator Campaign for the 2019 South Dakota Legislative Session. This is our 20th year of Encourage-A-Legislator! Some of you have been dedicated encouragers with us from the very beginning and we appreciate your faithfulness.

We live in challenging times. I’m sure you’ll agree with me that much prayer is needed to restrain the enemy’s assault on our culture.

Will you commit to adopting a legislator and praying for him or her daily during the session beginning in January? Each week you will send your assigned legislator a CWA-provided postcard pre-printed with a Scripture verse or inspirational quote. Simply express appreciation for the legislator’s service and note your prayers for him. Finally, add a postcard stamp and mail the card on a specified date.

Many legislators responded to your prayers and encouraging postcards last year with words of appreciation. Your efforts encourage and build bridges with the conservative legislators as well as those who do not typically agree with CWA. Your benefit as an “encourager” is that you are energized and blessed to be a part of this effort.

If you wish to participate in our Encourage-A-Legislator Campaign this year, please reply by noting your commitment and providing your physical address.  You will receive your postcards and instructions just prior to the opening of the 2019 South Dakota Legislative Session early in January.

God bless you for your faithfulness in prayer and action.

Linda Schauer
State Director
[email protected]
sd.cwfa.org

Are You an Encourager? The California State Legislature Needs You!

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Dear CWA friends, 

We are excited to continue our Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) program into 2019! For those of you who haven’t heard, our EAL program is one of CWA of California’s most valued programs. Though CWA members and friends regularly contact their legislators and pray concerning our core issues, the EAL program is designed to simply pray for and encourage the legislators with no mention of legislation or policy. The goal is to simply uplift the legislator and to remind him or her that they are prayed for regularly. 

As CWA of California’s EAL Coordinator, Tracey Beck is committed to continuing to oversee this wonderful ministry.  She has a precious heart to not only encourage our legislators but to also encourage YOU! 

Check out Tracey’s words to our current EAL encouragers:  

As the Encourage-A-Legislator Coordinator for CWA of California, I realize that all of our actions must first be undergirded in prayer. We must be willing to prioritize our time so that we ask the Lord to guide us before we grab our keys and fly out the door.   

Sometimes we get quite involved in the myriad of issues that come before our state legislature, making it all the more crucial for CWA of California’s Encourage-A-Legislator Program to be a key component.   

I am honored to oversee this program. We have received wonderful feedback from legislators.  Now more than ever our leaders need our prayers and encouragement.  

Please join us as we stress prayer as Priority One!”  

Tracey Beck
CWA of California
Encourage-A-Legislator Coordinator 

Click here for more information in our EAL brochure. Feel free to print double-sided and distribute liberally. 

Are you interested in joining this wonderful program?   If so, please contact Tracey at  [email protected] or at 760-825-9351. 

Have a great week! 

Marlo Tucker
State Director
CWA of California
[email protected]
 

National Adoption Awareness Month: A Chance at Life

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It was the summer of 1952. The Olympics were in full swing, and I was a newly minted high school graduate. I was also 17 and about a month-and-a-half pregnant.

Neither my mother, nor my boyfriend found out until after graduation, and they didn’t seem too interested in helping me decide what to do. In fact, my mother chose to wash her hands of the entire situation and provided me nothing by way of help or comfort. We weren’t a Christian family at that time, so I didn’t even have a church family I could go to for help.

What I did have, though, was an uncle who worked hard to help me. Uncle Dick was 13 years older than me and seemed more like an older brother than an uncle. When my mother told him about my situation, he found the solution. To this day, I do not know how he found it, but near where I lived in the Chicago area, Uncle Dick came across the Florence Crittenton Home for Unwed Mothers, and I moved in immediately.

Uncle Dick also found me a position with Kemper Insurance Company, so I could earn money to help contribute to the “home.” His plan was to help me through the pregnancy as best he could. If I had come home to small-town Evanston with a child and no husband, I would have been treated like a leper. So, Uncle Dick thought the best thing to do was to give the baby up for adoption. (That the suggestion of an abortion never came up — and yes, they were being done back then — is something I definitely consider a blessing.)

He contacted an adoption agency for me — Catholic Charities, if memory serves — and I knew that when I gave birth, the baby would be turned over to them. And that is exactly what happened. On February 3, 1953, I gave birth to a healthy baby girl. I had hoped to hold her before she was given to Catholic Charities, and they even offered. For some reason, though, they never brought her in to me.

In the end, I never got to see her face; I never got to feel her warmth in my arms. I never got to hear her laugh or cry. My daughter was just … gone. I knew then that this loss would haunt me for years to come. Even now, recalling that moment, I am brought to tears.

But those tears were for me. God honored my decision, and my daughter was given to a wealthy couple who were able to love her and give her a good upbringing.

Fifty-three years would pass before God showed me His hand on this situation.

Twelve years ago, after the passing of my second husband, I began to look for my daughter. I wound up visiting only one website that had anything to do with adopted children, and I entered my personal information. Not long after that, I was contacted by Nick, a man who thought that I might be his mother. Why? Because my last name matched that of his birth mother who had given him up for adoption on Christmas Eve in 1946.

We discovered that I could not have been his mother, because I would’ve only been 12 years of age at the time he was born. However, when we started connecting notes, I began to have a very strange feeling about it, as if God had orchestrated this entire thing and connected me with this young man through my search for my daughter. I began to understand that the woman listed on his birth certificate was also my mother. I sent him my graduation photo, and he immediately sent his graduation picture back to me right next to mine. I could definitely see the resemblance. Two of my four brothers joined Nick and me in taking a DNA test. The results were positive that we were related through the maternal side of my family.

Since Nick had already started this process, he was able to give me pointers. He said that contacting the health department for the state of Illinois was the best way to connect with my daughter. Best of all, I could do it online.

Days later, the office called me to verify the birth date. I was unable to give them that, as all the papers relating to her birth and my stay at the Florence Crittenton Home were destroyed during my first marriage. Having no written documents, I could only give them an estimate.

Apparently, that was enough. Within a couple of weeks, I held a letter in my hands that left me breathless. Not only had they located my daughter, they had included her personal information; she had been searching for me as well! Now the question was, “Why?” I hesitated to contact her for fear that, rather than wanting to connect, she might only need my medical history information.

A few days later, the phone rang, and that question was answered. The voice on the other end said, “Hello Mom! This is your daughter, Betsy, and I want to thank you for giving me a chance at life.” I nearly dropped the telephone! Within a week, I was able to connect with my daughter and her husband during a trip to Las Vegas.

The rest, as they say, is history. Betsy and her family have been in my life ever since.

Do I support adoption? I certainly do — but not just for situations like mine; I support adoption for anyone who finds themselves pregnant with a child they do not want or cannot keep. If the birth mother is willing to be a part of the process, all the better for her. Mothers should be able to choose an agency that makes them the most comfortable, and people of faith should have the opportunity to work with an agency that shares their beliefs.

Beyond consenting to give up my daughter, I was not involved in her adoption. I never got to hold her, and for 53 years it left a hole in my heart. Now that hole is filled with love. To those women considering abortion, I urge you to choose adoption instead. Giving up your child — either through adoption or abortion — will leave a similar hole in your heart, but with abortion, it’s a hole that you have no hope in filling during this lifetime.

Please give them a chance at life. You won’t regret it.

Barbara J. Ferraro, State Director, Concerned Women for America of Hawaii

Today is the Day, Election Day! Today is the Day the Lord has made!

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Good morning! “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24).

Three things I would like to draw your attention to this Election Day morning:

#1 Pray.  Here is a wonderful prayer CWA put out this month for us to join in praying.  Very appropriate as we start this day.

… Keep our hearts steady in Your love as we navigate
The latest “newsy,” juicy outrage.
Help us keep our eyes up above,
Never intimidated by the mob.

We pray for leaders who will fight
For all that is good and true and right;
Who know Your Word is not a footnote;
For these, we pray and work and vote …

#2 Watch and Share.  Here is a stellar TV commercial that has just been brought to our attention.  It is with Pastor Jack Hibbs of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills.  It was miraculously produced and aired within just a few days last week. It is airing on the Fox Channel in the hottest contested districts in California.  It has been running since last Thursday and will conclude today.  Check it out and then share it with California friends and family via e-mail, Facebook, twitter, etc.!

#3 VOTE!  Don’t delay, get out and vote today!

Marlo Tucker
State Director
CWA of California
[email protected]
ca.cwfa.org

P.S. Oh, one more thing, earlier this month Sheri Miller, Executive Advisor for CWA of California, was on the radio program Life Line with Craig Roberts talking about the importance of Christian’s voting. Great interview. Check it out! Segment begins at 12:00.

Are You Ready to Vote on the North Carolina Constitutional Amendments on Your November 6 Ballot?

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Dear Friend,

I realize some of you may have already voted. But we are getting questions about the Constitutional Amendments, so I wanted to share with you what to anticipate on your ballot. These are state-wide amendments and will appear throughout all 100 counties. We have looked at all six of these amendments as they relate to a Christian worldview. It is our position to vote in favor of each amendment. Below is a very helpful summary for each amendment provided by the North Carolina Family Policy Council.

✓ VOTE YES ON ALL 6 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS:

1) Protect Right to Hunt and Fish (Full Amendment Language).  This amendment would recognize that “the right of the people to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife is a valued part of the State’s heritage and shall be forever preserved for the public good.” This right would be subject to the laws passed by the General Assembly intended to “(i) promote wildlife conservation and management and (ii) preserve the future of hunting and fishing.”

 

How it will appear on the ballot:

[  ] FOR [  ] AGAINST

“Constitutional amendment protecting the right of the people to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife.”

2) Strengthening Victims’ Rights (Full Amendment Language).  The North Carolina Constitution currently guarantees victims of certain crimes with certain rights dealing with their status as a victim. This amendment would expand those rights and the types of crimes that would trigger victims’ rights protections. These expanded rights would include having notice of court proceedings, being present at court proceedings, and having the opportunity to participate in certain aspects of court proceedings. 

How it will appear on the ballot:

[  ] FOR [  ] AGAINST

“Constitutional amendment to strengthen protections for victims of crime; to establish certain absolute basic rights for victims; and to ensure the enforcement of these rights.”

3) Cap Maximum State Income Tax at 7 Percent (Full Amendment Language).  This amendment would reduce the maximum state income tax rate (personal and corporate) from 10 percent to 7 percent. This change would have no immediate impact on current income taxes, nor would it impact sales taxes, property taxes, or federal taxes. Instead, it would “limit how much the state income tax rate could go up.” The current individual tax rate is 5.499 percent, and the current corporate tax rate is 3 percent. 

How it will appear on the ballot:

[  ] FOR [  ] AGAINST

“Constitutional amendment to reduce the income tax rate in North Carolina to a

maximum allowable rate of seven percent (7%).”

4) Require Photo ID to Vote (Full Amendment Language).  This amendment would require a photographic identification in order to vote in person. If this amendment were to pass, the General Assembly would “enact general laws governing the requirements of such photographic identification, which may include exceptions.” The General Assembly passed an election reform  law in 2013 that in part would have required a photo ID to vote, but that law was ruled unconstitutional by a federal court.

How it will appear on the ballot:

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“Constitutional amendment to require voters to provide photo identification before voting in person.”

5) Nonpartisan Judicial Merit Commission (Full Amendment Language).  This amendment would change the way judicial vacancies are filled in North Carolina. Presently, all judges are elected; and if a judge is unable to fulfill his or her full term, the Governor appoints a new judge to fill the vacant office until the next election. The proposed amendment would establish state and local “Nonpartisan Judicial Merit Commissions” that would play a primary role in seating judges to fill unexpired terms on state and local trial courts.

If the amendment passes, candidates “shall be nominated on merit by the people of the State… in a manner prescribed by law.” Then the judicial merit commission will “evaluate each nominee without regard to the nominee’s partisan affiliation, but rather with respect to whether that nominee is qualified or not qualified to fill the vacant office.” The evaluations will then be forwarded to the General Assembly, which will then recommend to the Governor “at least two… nominees deemed qualified by a nonpartisan commission.” The Governor would then “appoint the nominee [he or she] deems best qualified.” If the Governor does not make an appointment within 10 days, the General Assembly will elect the appointee.

Under current law, appointed judges serve until the next election, which could be up to 2 years. Under the proposed amendment, appointed judges would hold their offices “until the next election following the election for members of the General Assembly held after the appointment occurs… ,” which could be up to 4 years.

 

The state-level “Nonpartisan Judicial Merit Commission” will consist of no more than 9 members “whose appointments shall be allocated between the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the Governor, and the General Assembly, as prescribed by law. None of the appointers “shall be allocated a majority of appointments.”

How it will appear on the ballot:

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“Constitutional amendment to change the process for filling judicial vacancies that occur between judicial elections from a process in which the Governor has sole appointment power to a process in which the people of the State nominate individuals to fill vacancies by way of a commission comprised of appointees made by the judicial, executive, and legislative branches charged with making recommendations to the legislature as to which nominees are deemed qualified; then the legislature will recommend at least two nominees to the Governor via legislative action not subject to gubernatorial veto; and the Governor will appoint judges from among these nominees.”

6) Bipartisan Board of Ethics and Elections (Full Amendment Language).  Under current law, North Carolina has a nine-member Bipartisan Board of Ethics and Elections, which administers ethics and elections law. The Governor appoints eight of the nine members from nominees provided by the state’s two largest political parties and also appoints a ninth member, who is nominated by the other eight members of the board and is not a member of a political party.

This amendment would change the makeup of the board from nine members to eight by removing the non-party member, and it would modify the nomination process. If the amendment passes, the legislature would nominate potential members and the Governor would select members from these nominations–four from each of the state’s two largest political parties.

How it will appear on the ballot:

[  ] FOR [  ] AGAINST

“Constitutional amendment to establish an eight-member Bipartisan Board of Ethics and Elections Enforcement in the Constitution to administer ethics and elections law.”

To revisit the voter resources I sent out last week, click here.

If you have any questions, please contact me.

In Truth and Righteousness,

Jill Coward

State Director

CWA of North Carolina

[email protected]

nc.cwfa.org

 

Consider This Parent’s Concern When Voting on November 6

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Just over two weeks ago, the parent of an 11-year old sixth-grader at a Franklin County middle school in North Carolina complained that her son had to complete a survey question regarding his sexual orientation! This “dating violence prevention intervention program curriculum” called Shifting Boundaries is targeting middle school students in 13 different school districts in North Carolina. Their focus is on “awareness of sexual harassment and teen-dating violence.”

This federal grant curriculum asked 11-year olds to select from a list of 10 options what sexual orientation they are! As a result of parents’ complaints, North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCCASA), who provided this survey, agreed to remove any questions involving sexual orientation from the survey. NCCASA is an original Blueprint NC member (mappingtheleft.com/group/nc-coalition-against-sexual-assault-nccasa/)… Blueprint NC is the organization that is widely known for the political “strategy memo that instructed its members to ‘eviscerate, mitigate, litigate, cogitate and agitate’ the state’s leadership in 2013.”

That anyone would think the Shifting Boundaries curriculum is acceptable for 11-year olds is astounding! But the real concern is who are the groups behind this appalling curriculum? All too often it takes effort to unmask the identity behind such nefarious groups. And after some investigation, we find that such anti-family groups are at the core. It’s incredible the web of dark, malevolent groups that emerge as they themselves insert immoral sexuality into the lives of our precious teenagers as they claim to prevent and intervene on behalf of sexual assault. They are LGBTQ-affirming. And, as they will be gathering for a November “Sexual Violence Primary Prevention Summit,” their keynote speaker is Educator Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs. Dr. Gumbs’ bio reveals that she is a black feminist; more specifically, she self-describes as a “queer black troublemaker”. Yet, she is the honored speaker for this sexual assault conference. What could she possibly offer to those organizations who exist for the sole purpose of helping to prevent sexual assaults as well as to help victims and survivors? And, how can what she advocates help our youth! 

If that’s not bad enough, at the top of NCCASA’s “Helpful” resources list we find:

  1. Carolina Abortion Fund which exists to assist low-income patients in North Carolina who have chosen to have an abortion but cannot afford the whole cost stating that “… all people have the power and resources to care for and affirm their bodies, identities, and health for themselves…”
  2. Equality NC providing the latest on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues and state politics in North Carolina.

Following the money trail, among other donors, the Z Smith Reynolds Foundation, who funds the liberal ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) and Planned Parenthood, is among the largest funder for NCCASA’s “Justice and Economic Justice” issue with almost $700,000 since 2003.

These entities remain behind the scenes while indoctrinating our innocent children without their parents’ knowledge! As parents, we cannot allow our children to be overpowered by the depraved authorities who are supposed to protect them. If we do not educate and advocate for our own children, who will? We must be our own children’s last line of defense if no one else will.

“Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” (Psalm 82:4)

Please PRAY, Take Action, and then VOTE!

  1. It’s time to play offense! Contact your school principals and insist that they disclose and make transparent these types of curriculums.
  2. Also make your voice known to your local school board.
  3. This is an issue that is worth your vote for the sake of your children. Find out how the candidates stand on issues like this.

Click here to see 11 ABC coverage of the story.

For Truth and Righteousness,

Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina
[email protected]
nc.cwfa.org
Would you like to get involved with CWA of North Carolina? Join a Prayer/Action Chapter.  Contact me today to find out if there is a CWA chapter in your area.

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In these dark days, we appreciate your contribution to CWA of North Carolina. Regardless of the amount, it will make a difference in North Carolina through prayer and action. Thank you for prayerfully considering this opportunity. 

 

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