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Join CWA of Hawaii’s Encourage-A-Legislator Project

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

With the state legislature beginning this week, our Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) Project will be in full swing by the end of the month.   We need encouragers to pray for our 76 State Legislators, our four U.S. Members of Congress, our Governor and Lt. Governor. Our prayer is that each and every one of them will be covered in pray and encouragement this legislative session.

If you have not participated in our EAL Program in the past, know that this program is focused solely on prayer and encouragement to our state legislators.  Participants simply pray for an assigned legislator every day of the legislative session and send a postcard once a week to their assigned state legislator with encouraging words letting them know that they are being prayed for each day.  We will do monthly Prayer post cards for our U.S. Members of Congress, Governor and Lt. Governor the rest of the year.  The state legislative session goes until May 3.  This is not a lobbying effort but a ministry to the legislators.  Whether a legislator is a believer, non-believer, conservative, liberal, democrat, republican, independent or other, they are in desperate need of prayer.  This legislative session, CWA of Hawaii plans to deliver those prayers.  If you have participated before, please join us once again.

Once signed up, participants receive a packet with the name and biography of their assigned legislator, and a sufficient number of Hawaii EAL postcards, suggestions to write on the postcard (optional) and the dates on which to send the postcards.

Seen or unseen, prayer always has a significant impact. Year after year, we receive letters of appreciation from the legislators expressing their gratitude for the many postcards of prayer and encouragement.  They often communicate how they need and want to be upheld in prayer as they serve the people of Hawaii.

Sign up today by e-mailing me at [email protected],  or call  808-965-9834.   I will need your name, address, phone number and how many legislators you would like to encourage.

Please forward this on to friends and family who you think may be interested in participating.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Praying along with you,

Barbara J. Ferraro
State Director
CWA of Hawaii
[email protected]
hi.cwfa.org

Find Out How to Impact Our State Legislators Through Prayer and Encouragement

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Dear Friend,

Do you want to make a “powerful and effective” investment in the state of Hawaii? Consider participating in the annual Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) Prayer Project sponsored by Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Hawaii.  The project is designed to be simple, yet effective, as we pray for the hearts and minds of our legislators and their families.

We are very excited to be embarking on our eighth year of prayer and encouragement, and we want to invite you to join us! The EAL Prayer Project consists of sending postcards of encouragement and a commitment to pray for your assigned state legislator(s) during the 2018 Hawaii legislative session. The EAL Prayer Project is not used for lobbying purposes.

The EAL Prayer Project impacts state legislators in two ways. First and foremost, it intensifies and ensures consistent prayer for each legislator. Second, it encourages and builds bridges with the conservative legislators, as well as those who do not normally agree with CWA. As prayers are offered on behalf of the legislators, and as they receive your postcards, hearts are changed and encouraged.

CWA is prayerfully seeking faithful volunteers so that the 71 legislators, the governor, our two U.S. senators, and our two U.S. representatives will be individually prayed for during the 2018 legislative session, which begins January 17th and continues through the first week in May.  We will provide the postcard. All you have to do is provide the stamps and a commitment to pray and encourage.

If you would like to participate, please e-mail CWA of Hawaii’s state office. Specify whether you would like to pray for one or two legislators, and provide your name, address, phone number, and email address.

I can’t think of anything more powerful than praying for those in authority, as they are responsible for making policy decisions that impact our daily lives. This is a great project for churches, homeschoolers, women’s groups, and more.  I hope you will join us!

We are looking for your commitment today! Your packet will be mailed to you this coming January.

Barbara Ferraro
State Director
CWA of Hawaii
[email protected]
hi.cwfa.org

 

Modern Medicine Proves Life is Worth Protecting at 20 Weeks, May Our Laws Concur

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Next Tuesday, October 3, there will be a vote on H.R. 36, Pain Capable Unborn Child Act, in Washington, D.C.  We have tried for some time now to get this passed into law so that a fetus 20 weeks or older will not be destroyed through abortion.  This life-saving legislation would ban abortions at the point when scientists agree unborn children begin to feel pain in the womb (approximately 20 weeks).  There is a young boy right now who is five years old who was born at 20 weeks gestation.  Years ago this would not have been possible; yet through continually advancing medicine, this child is now thriving.

Please act now to support this bill.

  1. First, contact your Representative and asking her to vote yes on H.R. 36 on Tuesday. Click here to find out who your representative is.  Click on “Representative” and then fill in your address.
  2. Then, contact your senators and ask them to do the same when it comes before them.

President Donald Trump has already said he will sign this bill when it comes to his desk.

 Please take a moment now to prayer for the success of this bill.  Pray for your representative by name.  Pray her eyes will be opened to the reality of abortion and that she will have the courage to do the right thing.

Barbara J. Ferraro

State Director
CWA of Hawaii
[email protected]
hi.cwfa.org

Hawaii Dependent on Outcome of California Supreme Court Case to Defend their Crises Pregnancy Centers

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California: On September 25, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is scheduled to consider whether to grant cert. (a hearing) in the case of NIFLA v. Becerra. The suit challenges the state of California on an unconstitutional law that mandates and compels prolife pregnancy centers to refer for abortion, just like Hawaii’s S.B. 501 does.

Hawaii: Attorney Jim Hochberg, along with the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) and Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), has filed a case against the state of Hawaii for passing a similarly unconstitutional law, S.B. 501. This requires crisis pregnancy centers to refer patients for abortions against their moral and religious convictions.

This California case will, of course, set precedent for the Hawaii case because both states fall under the jurisdiction of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Please pray regularly for these cases.

Prayer Requests 

  1. Pray SCOTUS will agree to hear the California case.
  2. Pray that at least four Supreme Court justices will vote in favor of granting the California appeal.
  3. Pray for each Supreme Court justice by name:
  • John Roberts, Chief Justice, appointed to the high court by President George W. Bush
  • Anthony Kennedy, Associate Justice, appointed by President Ronald Reagan
  • Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice, appointed by President George H.W. Bush
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice, appointed by President Bill Clinton
  • Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice, appointed by President Bill Clinton
  • Samuel Alito, Associate Justice, appointed by President George W. Bush
  • Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice, appointed by President Barrack Obama
  • Elena Kagan, Associate Justice, appointed by President Barrack Obama
  • Neil Gorsuch, Associate Justice, appointed by President Donald Trump
  1. Pray for wisdom and guidance for Attorney James Hochberg, NIFLA’s attorneys and ADF’s attorneys.
  2. Pray for the prolife pregnancy centers in our state. Pray for courage as they continue to stand against the current law.

Take Action:

  1. Find out if there is a crisis pregnancy center in your area. Pray for them regularly and even send them an encouraging card.
  2. Forward this to others who may want to join us in prayer.

For Life!

Barbara Ferraro
State Director
CWA of Hawaii
[email protected]
hi.cwfa.org

Last Chance to Stop Attack On Hawaii CPCs! – Contact The Governor TODAY!

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Please be in prayer for Gov. David Ige. Yesterday, members of the Hawaii Christian Coalition met with the governor to voice their opposition to SB501. This bill threatens the very existence of crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) and the unborn lives they seek to save.  It forces CPCs to give information about local abortion clinics as legitimate options to expectant mothers.  Simply, it’s a bullying bill, and it does not support free speech. Pray the Lord uses the information that was presented to Gov. Ige to motivate him to veto this bill that is currently on his desk.

If you haven’t already voiced your opposition, please do so NOW!  Go to our state webpage for background information on this horrendous bill and its journey through the legislature. Prior to the Intent to Veto deadline of June 26, Gov. Ige will be considering public comments on bills that he has not yet approved or vetoed. This Intent to Veto deadline is the last date that he can send a notice to the legislature that he is considering a veto on any unapproved bills. However, just because a bill is on the list does not mean he will veto it. He can also decide to let it become law without his signature. If a bill is NOT on the veto list, it will become law, with or without his approval, no later than July 11.

Take Action: If you haven’t already, please contact Gov. Ige. Ask him to veto SB501.
1.     Click here to submit your comments to Gov. Ige online.
2.     Call the Governor’s office at (808) 586-0034. The fate of SB501 and crisis pregnancy centers hangs in the balance.

Continue to pray!
1.     Pray that Gov. Ige puts SB501 on the Intent to Veto deadline list before June 26.
2.     Pray that he vetoes it before July 11 to prevent SB501 from becoming law.
3.     Pray that his heart is softened towards the unborn, CPCs, and the Lord. Proverbs 21:1 says, “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.” Pray that the Lord will do just that. 

Together, we can make a difference! 

Barbara Ferrara
State Director
CWA of Hawaii
[email protected]

Wilma Youtz
Legislative Liaison
CWA of Hawaii
[email protected]

Anti-Crisis Pregnancy Center Legislation Now in the State House and Senate

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SB105 has passed out of the Conference Committee and is now before the House and Senate.  It is schedule to be in the House at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow and in the Senate at 10:00 a.m.

Go to our state webpage for background information about this horrendous bill and its journey through the legislature.  Click here to read the bill.

Take Action: Please contact both your Representative and Senator by phone and/or e-mail.  Ask them to vote NO on SB501.  Click here to find out who your legislators are and how to contact them.  Go the upper right hand corner where it says “Find Your Legislator.”  Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Hawaii.

There were some members of the Conference Committee who had some reservations about this bill so perhaps there may be some more in the House and Senate.  Regardless, we have to at least make an attempt to stop it.

Please Pray. Pray for the defeat of SB501 in the House and Senate.  “The fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” (James 5:16)

Thank you for continuing to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.

In His service,

Barbara Ferraro
State Director
CWA of Hawaii
[email protected]
hi.cwfa.org

Wilma Youtz
Legislative Liaison
CWA of Hawaii
[email protected]

Anti-Crisis Pregnancy Center Legislation Continues Through the Hawaii Legislature

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SB501 passed out of the House Committee on Judiciary earlier this month and passed out of the House last week. The efforts to promote abortion clinics through Crisis Pregnancy Centers is abominable! Go to our state webpage for background information about this horrendous bill.

The Conference Committee has now scheduled a meeting for tomorrow, April 21 at 1:00 p.m. in conference room 016.  No written or verbal testimony is allowed.  We can though call the committee member offices and e-mail them our disapproval.

This is one more opportunity for us to pray and speak our piece.  It is not the time for the people of God to be silent on behalf of the least of these.  Regardless of the outcome, before God, we must not be silent.

If this bill passes, rumor has it that an immediate lawsuit will be filed against it as being unconstitutional because it is forcing these Pregnancy Centers to promote or offer info regarding positions they do not believe in, such as abortion.

Prayer is our most important weapon, so we must pray before we act.

Please Pray that SB501 will miraculously be stopped in Conference Committee tomorrow.  Pray for each committee member by name.

Action must not be overlooked.  For a faith is dead without it.

Take Action: Please contact each member of the committee.  Email and then follow-up with a phone call.  Respectfully communicate to them the disgust you have for SB501. Assure them that it is unconstitutional to force someone to do something like this against their religious beliefs.  Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Hawaii.

Rep. Della Au Belatti, Chair: [email protected] / 586-9425
Senator Rosalyn H. Baker, Chair: [email protected] / 586-6070
Rep. Scott Y. Nishimoto, Co-Chair: [email protected] / 586-8515
Sen. Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran, Co-Chair: [email protected]/  586-7344
Rep. Joy A. San Buenaventura – Co-Chair: [email protected] / 586-6530
Sen. Jill N. Tokuda, Co-Chair: [email protected] / 587-7215
Rep. Roy M. Takumi, Co-Chair: [email protected] / 586-06170
Senator Maile S.L. Shimabukuro, Co-Chair: [email protected] /586-7793
Rep. Bertrand Kobayashi – Co-Chair: [email protected] / 586-6310

Thank you for speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves.

For His service,

Barbara Ferraro
State Director
CWA of Hawaii
[email protected]
hi.cwfa.org

Wilma Youtz
Legislative Liaison
CWA of Hawaii
[email protected]
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