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What Sets Us Apart? Prayer and Action! Learn More.

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What sets CWA apart from other organizations?
Our emphasis on prayer and action at the grassroots.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord …and who labors fervently in prayer. The greatest force for change on behalf of our families and country is indeed prayer and the responsibilities that come with our citizenship in a free country. All the resources of God Almighty are at our disposal, and He rules in all the affairs of men, and nothing is too hard for Him.

The essential balance between the two 

One only needs to read or listen to a daily news report or social media to recognize the destruction that is taking place.  Whether it be the increased violence in America, the rabid assault on the family, or the barrage of attacks on the leaders God has placed over us, we need to execute the power of prayer and then take the necessary action to back up our convictions.
 
Balance between both prayer and action is vital for all believers.  James speaks of this when commending heroes of the faith, “You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone” (2:24).
 
These elements are crucial to restoring our states and nation and to preserving our families. Truly, our 400+ Prayer/Action Chapters and Home Teams nationwide are the lifeblood of Concerned Women for America.

So how can you make a difference?

CWA’s Prayer/Action Chapters and Home Teams provide the perfect vehicle for you to stay engaged in local, state and federal policies as part of a united prayer and action network.
 
Ephesians 6: 18 and 20 provide one of the Scriptural foundations for Prayer/Action Chapters: “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints … for which I am an ambassador in chains, that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.” Prayer/Action chapters enable members to:

  • Be alert and informed on the issues (Ephesians 6:18b);
  • Pray about these issues (Ephesians 6:18a);
  • Act on those issues (Ephesians 6:20).

It’s easy to become a CWA Prayer/Action Chapter Leader or Home Team Captain. Simply join CWA if you’re not already a member and submit a leadership application. Upon approval of your application, we will send instructional materials to you. I will provide training and help prepare you to become the confident leader of a successful Prayer/Action Chapter.
 
To Learn More:
Contact me today!  I am happy to discuss any questions you may have. Give me a call at (770) 617-1987 or e-mail me at director@georgia.cwfa.org. I look forward to hearing from you.
 
Here’s what Prayer/Action Chapter Leaders from around the country have said:
 
“I was just praying about the next thing God wanted me to do, and I know that it is with CWA. He has made that very clear.  I believe the time is narrowing when He will return, and we must do everything within His will to work His plan.”
 
“It is an exciting time to make positive change. … I’m inspired, energized and full of hope by the unequivocal voice of the country.  It’s time for action.”
 
“I believe that this election let us know how important it is for Christians to stay involved. The Lord has been persistent in His message to me. My argument was time, but He has allowed me to see that this is a priority.  We must preserve our Christian nation for future generations.”
 
Remember, your prayers, personal involvement, and action are vital to the future of our children and of our nation.
 
Tanya Ditty
State Director
CWA of Georgia
director@georgia.cwfa.org
ga.cwfa.org
(770) 617-1987

Celebrating Independence Day

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For many people today, July 4th is a holiday filled with picnics, friends, and fireworks. But it is also a commemoration of America’s Declaration of Independence. The freedom call was not only against a political and economic system, but it was also a cry for independence from the spiritual tyranny of the Anglican Church.

In 1775, there were 668 congregational churches in America. Seventy-five percent of all Americans, at that time, belonged to churches of Puritan derivation. The religious makeup was 98.4 percent Protestant, 1.4 percent Roman Catholic, and three-twentieths of one percent Jewish. America was a nation deeply concerned with religious freedom.

Religious freedom today is far from what the original founders intended. What Americans wanted was a government that did not favor one Christian sect over another. The idea was never to erode Christianity through the separation of church and state. John Jay, after the war, described the homogeneity of America in Federalist 2 (*see below).

Competition between the various churches, early Americans thought, was healthy; it kept them from becoming complacent, comfortable and arrogant like the nationally endorsed Anglican Church. In 18th century America, men and women adhered to the Protestant conviction that all men and human institutions were fallible. Americans fought hard for seven year during the Revolutionary War to rid themselves of the shackles of imperial England and her state controlled church.

The men who called the people of America to independence were men committed to their country and the freedom of her people. They paid a great price for our independence and religious freedom: five signers were captured by the British army and tortured; 12 men’s homes were destroyed; two had sons who died during the Revolutionary War; one had two sons taken prisoner by the British; and nine signers of the Declaration died in the war.

This July 4th, let us remember those courageous men who helped to establish a free nation. Let us thank God for religious freedom won and exercise that freedom by reaching our generation with the Gospel. Liberty without religious freedom is bondage.

*Federalist 2
I have taken notice that Providence has been pleased to give this one connected country to one united people – a people descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in their manners and customs, and who … fighting side by side throughout a long and bloody war, have nobly established their general liberty and independence. This country and this people seem to have been made for each other … Similar sentiments have hitherto prevailed among all orders and denominations of men among us. To all general purposes we have uniformly been one people. — John Jay

Blessings to you on this Independence Day, 2018.

Tanya Ditty
State Director
CWA of Georgia
director@georgia.cwfa.org
ga.cwfa.org

I Did It and So Can You!

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Dear Pro-Life Warriors,

Many of you have fought the fight for years to keep tax-payer dollars from funding abortion.  Now there is a golden opportunity to do just that nationally.  Under the guidance of the Trump Administration, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has a proposed new rule that prohibits tax-payer dollars from being used by agencies that promote abortion.

The proposed new rule, also referred to as the “Protect Life Rule,” will govern Title X funds. The rule draws a bright line between abortion clinics and Title X dollars. By requiring physical and financial separation of Title X dollars, we can be sure that this taxpayer money is being used to help low-income women and not prop up abortion clinics. This new regulation does not cut Title X dollars by a single cent.  Click here for background information on the proposed rule. Click here for Concerned Women for America’s (CWA) Title X Rule talking points.

As with any federal regulation, there is an open comment period where the public has the opportunity to express their views. After the 60-day comment period is up, HHS will review the comments and issue a final rule based on the public’s feedback.

CWA has provided an easy way for you to stand up for life and show your support for the proposed rule.  In less than five short minutes, you can add your support for the proposed “Protect Life Rule” by sending a comment to HHS letting them know that funds should not go to agencies that support abortions.

Take Action:

  • Submit your comment to the U.S. HHS Secretary Azar regarding Title X Funds for family planning. Simply go to the Concerned Women for America website link, The Protect Life Rule, and follow the instructions.  It’s easy and only takes a few minutes.  We have even put together a suggested comment that you can use as is or edit to your liking.  It is best if you add personal comments.
  • Be sure to let them know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Georgia.
  • Please send this e-alert to your like-minded friends, pastor, lawmakers, family and acquaintances.

Please Pray: “Father, Proverbs 31:8 tells us, ‘Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.’ Please work on our behalf and protect us from paying for abortion with our taxes.  May our efforts be used to drastically hinder the deadly efforts of Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers?  Amen.”

It is imperative that Secretary Azar hears from all of us.  Planned Parenthood is angry about this, and they are mobilized with an army contacting Azar.  They will sue and do what they always do, so we must be vigilant, mobilized, passionate, strong and courageous on behalf of babies.

It’s time to stand up, speak up, and let your voice be heard.  This is our moment to stop taxpayer funding for abortion, and we only have June and July to stop Planned Parenthood and others from the misuse of this program.  

Tanya Ditty
State Director
CWA of Georgia
director@georgia.cwfa.org
ga.cwfa.org
770-617-1987

Partner with CWA of Georgia through your financial support. We are continually grateful for those who give to the work of CWA of Georgia. When you give to the state, all funds are used for state projects like the Feisty & Feminine Workshops. To contribute your tax-deductible gift to CWA of Georgia, please send a check written out to “Concerned Women for America” with “CWA of GA” on the memo line, and send to CWA of Georgia P.O. Box 671374 Marietta, Ga 30066. Or click here to contribute online.

Your involvement, financial gifts, and prayers could not be more appreciated.  Thank you!

Voter guides for Georgia’s May 22 primary election

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Political television ads, radio ads, mail pieces, and yard signs must mean one thing – this is election season!  If you have not voted early, please be sure to vote this coming Tuesday in the May 22 primary election. Voter turnout is typically low in a non-presidential election year, but I cannot think of a more critical year to cast your vote than this year when all of Georgia’s Constitutional officers are up for election, starting with the Governor.

Voters have a significant impact upon the laws and government of this state and nation. It is important that we be informed, educated voters. We should know the candidates and the issues.

  • Who will best represent your values and concerns?
  • What are the candidates’ positions on current issues affecting you and your family?
  • Are the candidates’ campaign speeches in alignment with their voting record?
  • Who is endorsing each candidate?
  • How did each candidate vote on important issues in the past?

Be proactive – an uneducated vote is a wasted vote!

#1 Study voter guides/candidate surveys. Here are candidate surveys for Governor, Lieutenant Governor and State School Superintendent. *

#2 Attend candidate forums or watch them online. The Atlanta Press Club Loudermilk-Young Debate Series is a great resource to learn where the candidates stand on issues. The debate series included the primary election debates for Governor, Lt. Governor, Insurance Commissioner, Secretary of State, State School Superintendent, Public Service Commission districts three and five, and Congressional Districts six, seven and ten. You can view any of the archived debates here.

#3 Visit the website and social media pages of each candidate.

#4 Listen to talk radio and watch state and national news.

While we are citizens of the United States of America, foremost, we are citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven and our vote should mirror God’s views.

The institution of government was ordained by God. It is our duty, as Christians and citizens, to be active participants in the governmental process. Therefore, seek the Lord’s wisdom through prayer (and fasting) before you cast your vote. 

View CWA’s brochure What’s Your Vote Worth?

“Select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and ten”(Exodus 18:21).

Thank you for making a difference for the Kingdom of God here in Georgia!

Tanya Ditty
State Director

*Concerned Women for America is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and does not endorse candidates for political office.

Updated 3-17-18: Stay Informed: CWA of Georgia Capitol Watch

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Read our 2017-2018 – Targeted Legislation List (updated 3-17-18)

The Georgia General Assembly convenes on Monday, January 8, and will run 40 days. Religious freedom, predatory gambling, marijuana cultivation, and LGBT special rights are among the issues we will be monitoring in the 2018 session. This is the second year of the 2017-2018 legislative cycle, so any bill introduced during the last session is still active until the end of this year.

You can depend on CWA of Georgia to actively represent you at the State Capitol in Atlanta. We have made it easy for you to track the progress of bills involving our 2018 legislative priorities that are aligned to CWA’s seven core issues. The targeted bill list and legislative scorecard will be updated regularly to include action items, links to committee and floor votes, and talking points to help you lobby from your kitchen table or laptop! In addition, we will provide specific ways to pray for pending legislation.

Helpful resources:

3-12-18 State Legislative Update – Faith-Based Adoptions and Hate Crimes (Again)

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Hate Crimes

Legislation is never considered dead until the legislative session is over. And that cannot be truer concerning the resuscitation of the “hate crimes” bill. Last Thursday, in a crafty maneuver, the “hate crimes” bill found new life by placing the “hate crimes” language into SB 373.  The bill passed out of the House Judiciary Committee and is now in the Rules Committee. The bill would add additional punishments for crimes committed against protected classes of people based on race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, and more.

Please read our talking points concerning the dangers of “hate crime” laws. 

Should this bill pass, individuals in Georgia could claim, and courts interpret, that merely expressing one’s sincerely held beliefs is “intimidating” or represents a “threat” of force. “Hate crime” laws are already being used to intimidate and punish people who honor natural sexuality and value marriage as the union of one man and one woman. If a person speaks out against various sexual behaviors, they may be accused of “hate speech” and promoting “hate crimes.”

Action Item: SB 373 (committee substitute) is moving quickly and phone calls are needed immediately. Would you make three phone calls today to stop this very dangerous bill?

  1. Contact the Speaker of the House, David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge), and respectfully urge him to stop SB 373 from moving forward. E-mail him and/or call his office at (404) 656-5020.
  2. Contact Rules Chairman John Meadows, and respectfully urge him to stop SB 373 from moving forward. E-mail him and/or call his office at (404) 656-5141.
  3. Contact your state representative and urge him or her to OPPOSE SB 373 should it come to a floor for a vote. If you do not know who your representative is, click here.

Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Georgia.

Please pray for the Lord’s intervention on the hate crimes bill.  Ask the Lord to stop the bill in its tracks and claim Jeremiah 32:27, “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh; is anything too difficult for Me?”

Adoption and Foster Care Legislation

Status: SB 375, the “Keep Faith in Adoption and Foster Care Act”, is languishing in the House Judiciary Committee. SB 375 will ensure that the State of Georgia will continue to respect the special missions of faith-based child-placing agencies as this State has always done. Georgia has the constitutional duty to proactively protect the first freedom of the First Amendment for religious persons and their institutions.

Action: Contact Gov. Nathan Deal and urge him to put his support behind SB 375 and help move the bill forward. Use the Online Contact Form or call his office at (404)656-1776. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Georgia.  

Please pray that Gov. Deal will recognize the importance of protecting faith-based adoption agencies. James 5:16 promises that, “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”

Once again, thank you for both your prayers and action.

Tanya Ditty
State Director
CWA of Georgia

State Legislative Update: Faith-Based Adoptions and Marijuana

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Last Wednesday was Crossover Day in the state legislature. Crossover Day is the last day for bills to “cross over” from one chamber to the other and still have an opportunity to become law. Many bills we opposed (casinos and “hate crimes”) failed to pass out of either chamber so they are most likely dead. There are only ten days left in the 2018 session, and I wanted to update you on two bills that we will focus on until the end of the session.

Adoption and Foster Care Legislation
The House and Senate passed HB 159, the massive rewrite of Georgia’s adoption code which had not been updated since 1990. Because faith-based adoption agency protections were removed from HB 159, Sen. William Ligon (R-Brunswick) has introduced SB 375, the “Keep Faith in Adoption and Foster Care Act.”  SB 375 will ensure that the State of Georgia will continue to respect the special missions of faith-based child-placing agencies as this State has always done. Georgia has the constitutional duty to proactively protect the first freedom of the First Amendment for religious persons and their institutions.

Status: SB 375 passed out of the Senate and is now in the House Judiciary Committee for consideration.

Action: Call or e-mail your state representative and urge him/her to support SB 375 if it comes to the House floor for a vote. Click here if you do not know the name of your state representative.  Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Georgia.

Watch for additional action items on SB 375 later this week.

Please pray that SB 375 will pass the House and that Gov. Deal will sign the bill. It will be an uphill fight to get this bill passed. However, James 5:16 promises that, “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”

Marijuana
HB 764, a bill that would add intractable pain and post-stress disorder (PTSD) to the list of conditions that are permitted to be treated with THC oil (cannabis oil), passed the House and is now being considered by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. Let’s Get Clear Georgia, who advocates preventing marijuana abuse, says this about HB 764, “Because so many persons will claim to have intractable pain, whether they do or not, including intractable pain as a condition will mean de facto recreational legalization of marijuana in Georgia.”   Educate yourself by reading 3 Reasons to Oppose Chronic Pain As Yet Another Condition.

Action: Call or e-mail your state senator and urge him/her to oppose HB 764 when it comes to the Senate floor for a vote.  Click here if you do not know the name of your state senator.  Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Georgia.

Pray that HB 764 will not move in the Senate.

Additional Legislation
We are monitoring several other bills on issues such as casinos, sex trafficking, pornography, and more. Click here for the latest updates on CWA of Georgia’s targeted list of bills.

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”  – Galatians 6:9

Once again, thank you for both your prayers and action.

Tanya Ditty
State Director
CWA of Georgia

Information: CWA of Georgia Day at the Capitol

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I am excited about our CWA of Georgia Day at the Capitol this Wednesday, February 21! We will have the unique opportunity to pray together and lobby on issues critical to Georgia.  We will start at 10:00 a.m. and conclude by 1:30 p.m.

You will enter the State Capitol on the first-floor level. You will need to show your government ID as you go through security. Once inside the Capitol, proceed to Room 122 (same floor as security).  Click here for driving and parking instructions.

It’s not too late to RSVP. Please email me at director@georgia.cwfa.org  to RSVP or if you have any questions.  You can also reach me at 770-617-1987.

Tanya Ditty
State Director

 

State Legislative Update: Adoptions, Hate Crimes, and Religious Freedom

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The 2018 legislative session is at its halfway mark, and CWA of Georgia is actively representing you at the State Capitol on issues that are important to you.  I wanted to update you on three issues that we have been working on very closely.

Adoption and Foster Care Legislation
The House and Senate passed HB 159, the massive rewrite of Georgia’s adoption code which hadn’t been updated since 1990. Because faith-based adoption agency protections were removed from HB 159, Sen. William Ligon (R-Brunswick) has introduced SB 375, the “Keep Faith in Adoption and Foster Care Act.”  SB 375 will ensure that the State of Georgia will continue to respect the special missions of faith-based child-placing agencies as this State has always done. This State has the constitutional duty to proactively protect the first freedom of the First Amendment for religious persons and their institutions.

Status: HB 375 is working its way through the Senate. I testified in support of SB 375 at the subcommittee hearing. It should be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee this week.

Action: Call or e-mail your state senator and urge him/her to support SB 375 when it comes to the Senate floor for a vote. Click here to locate your state senator.  Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Georgia.

Please pray that SB 375 will pass both the House and Senate and that Gov. Deal will sign the bill. The spiritual warfare is great on this bill. There are many who want faith-based adoption agencies and faith-based foster care organizations eliminated in Georgia.

Hate Crimes Legislation
Three state-level “hate crimes” bills have been filed in the Georgia legislature. HB 660 has been introduced by Rep. Megan Hanson (R-Brookhaven). HB 663 and SB 316 have been introduced by Rep. Karen Bennett (D-Stone Mountain) and Sen. Lester Jackson (D-Savannah), respectively.  All three bills would add additional punishments for crimes committed against protected classes of people based on race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, mental disability, and physical disability.

Please read our talking points concerning the dangers of “hate crime” laws.

 Status: HB 660, HB 663, and SB 316 were heard in subcommittee this week, but no votes were taken. I testified at all three hearings in opposition to the bills. Read my testimony here.

Action: No action is needed at this time. 

Religious Freedom Legislation
The fight to pass modest religious freedom legislation still continues! SB 233, a state-level Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) that provides religious liberty protections for people of all faiths living in Georgia, is languishing in committee.

Watch this video that explains why Georgia must pass SB 233, a state-level Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Action: No action is needed at this time.

Pray that SB 233 moves and that the Senate will have an opportunity to vote for the bill.

Additional Legislation
We are monitoring several other bills on issues such as casinos, marijuana, sex trafficking, and pornography. Click here for the latest updates on CWA of Georgia’s targeted list of bills.

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”  – Galatians 6:9

Once again, thank you for both your prayers and action.

Tanya Ditty
State Director