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CWA of Hawaii To Host National Day of Prayer Event

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Do you, or someone you know, live on the Big Island? Please join Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Hawaii in Hilo on May 2, for our National Day of Prayer event.

This year’s theme is Love One Another. National Day of Prayer President, Dr. Ronnie Floyd, said this about this year’s theme, “The vast majority of America understands America is broken. And they understand that God is the only one who can fix it. We have an opportunity to create a theme that will engage all Americans. The theme must be biblical, relevant, clear, simple, and understandable. ‘Love One Another’ accomplishes those five things. From the church house to the state house and all the way to the White House, we need to learn to love one another.”

It is time to call down the powers of heaven upon both Hawaii and the nation.

We will be praying for our state, our nation, and our president, Donald J. Trump, along with his cabinet members and White House staff. We will be praying for Gov. David Y. Ige, Lt. Gov. Josh Green, Hawaii Attorney General Clare E. Connors, our state representatives and senators, and our County Mayor Harry Kim.

Event Details:
Date: Thursday, May 2, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Wailoa River State Park, Hilo, Hawaii
Refreshments will be provided.
Download flyer here.

Please join us!

Barbara Ferraro
State Director

Background on the National Day of Prayer
The National Day of Prayer was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. In 1988, the law was unanimously amended by both the House and Senate to designate the first Thursday of May as a day of national prayer. President Ronald Reagan signed it into law on Thursday, May 5, 1988.

Every president since 1952 has signed a National Day of Prayer proclamation.

State Director Submits Testimony in Support of Protection for Born Alive Infants as a Result of Abortion

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Testimony in support of HB 1184 – Relating to born alive infants

February 6, 2019

Dear Mr. Chairman and members of the committee. My name is Barbara Ferraro, State Director for Concerned Women for America of Hawaii. Concerned Women for America is the largest public policy women’s organization in the nation with thousands of members across the country.

We are supporting this legislation because HB 1184 would ensure the protection and promotion of the health and well-being of all infants born alive as a result of an abortion performed in the state of Hawaii.

It is no longer an abortion when the baby is delivered alive: it is a birth! Doctors and nurses must be equipped to do everything they can to save that live baby.

It is inhumane to leave a premature baby cold and alone on a table while it takes its last breath because of blatant neglect. What does it say about our society if we are okay with such practices? Once a baby is born alive, it has every legal right to life-saving measures, just the same as all the other babies born in the state of Hawaii.

As State Director for Concerned Women for America of Hawaii, I respectfully encourage you to support the passing of HB 1184 – relating to born alive infants and their medical care.

Barbara J Ferraro

State Director
Concerned Women for America of Hawaii
(808) 965-9834

[email protected]
hi.cwfa.org

 

 

 

 

 

State Director Submits Testimony in Opposition to SB 386, Legalization of Marijuana for the personal use, possession, and sale

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January 30, 2019

Opposition to SB 686 – Legalization of Marijuana for the personal use, possession, and sale.

My name is Barbara Ferraro, State Director for Concerned Women for America of Hawaii. Concerned Women for America is the largest public policy women’s organization in the nation with hundreds of thousands of members across the country.

We are opposing this legislation because SB 686 would be detrimental to the state of Hawaii if passed.  We do not want to be like Colorado, which has passed similar legislation.  They are now experiencing more crime because of it.

Here is some information about Colorado after marijuana was made legal for personal use, put out by Rocky Mountain HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area).  There is a plethora of information about the problems caused by legalizing marijuana, though the information below is reason enough to avoid having the same problems here in Hawaii.

The Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado: The Impact, Volume 5, September 2018 update (https://rmhidta.org/files/D2DF/FINAL-%20Volume%205%20UPDATE%202018.pdf)

  • The yearly rate of emergency department visits related to marijuana increased 52 percent after the legalization of recreational marijuana. (2012 compared to 2016)
  • The yearly rate of marijuana-related hospitalizations increased 148 percent after the legalization of recreational marijuana. (2012 compared to 2016)
  • Marijuana-only exposures more than tripled in the five-year average (2013 – 2017) since Colorado legalized recreational marijuana compared to the five-year average (2008 – 2012) prior to legalization.

As State Director for Concerned Women for America of Hawaii, we oppose the legalization of marijuana in Hawaii. We oppose the passing of SB 386.

Barbara J Ferraro

State Director
Concerned Women for America of Hawaii
(808) 965-9834
[email protected]
hi.cwfa.org

Prayer Volunteers Needed! Join the 2019 Encourage-A-Legislator Program!

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Dear Friend,

We are excited to continue our Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) program into 2019!

Our EAL program is one of our most important programs. When fully implemented, each member of our Hawaii state legislature (25 Senators and 51 Representatives) will be lifted up in prayer each week that they are in session and receive an encouraging post card.  The EAL program is not an expression of political or public policy views. It is a program for encouragement and prayer for our state legislators. The goal is to simply uplift the legislator and to remind him or her that they are being prayed for regularly.

It’s easy! You commit to adopting a legislator and praying for him or her each week during the 2019 legislative session (January 16 – May 2).  After praying for your adopted legislator, you will mail the CWA of Hawaii provided postcard that is pre-printed with a meaningful quote and a corresponding Scripture verse. Simply write a few encouraging words on the card or just sign it, affix a postcard stamp and mail the card.

Are you interested? Now more than ever our leaders need our prayers and encouragement. 

Prayer moves the hand of God in the affairs of this state and nation!   I Timothy 2:1-2 commands us 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 …”

We are looking for your commitment today! Please reply by calling me at 808-965-9834 or

email me with your name and physical mailing address. I will then send your postcards and instructions just prior to the opening of the 2019 Hawaii legislative session.  

Also, please visit our webpage to find out how you can become involved in CWA of Hawaii. You are needed!

Barbara J. Ferraro
State Director
CWA of Hawaii
15-682 Puni Mauka Loop S.
Pahoa, Hawaii 96778
[email protected]
hi.cwfa.org

CWA Files Brief on Important Religious Liberty Case

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Aloha Bed & Breakfast v. Cervelli

Phyllis Young operates the “Aloha Bed & Breakfast” out of her home, renting about three rooms to guests in Hawaii. The house is a four-bedroom house that is not sectioned off. Guests are treated as part of the family during their stay.

For these reasons, as a Christian, Phyllis applies the same rules to guests that she would to family members. She does not facilitate sexual relationships outside of marriage as defined by her Christian beliefs. This means that she would not rent one room to unmarried couples or those in a same-sex relationship.

When two women in a same-sex relationship sought to rent a room with her, Phyllis declined, and they filed a complaint with the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission for sexual orientation discrimination.

The Alliance Defending Freedom, representing Phyllis, argued that Hawaii’s public accommodation law, which makes sexual orientation discrimination unlawful, did not apply in this situation because of the nature of the business (renting only three rooms in her primary residence).

The Constitution also protects the free exercise of religion so that Phyllis should have the right not to promote behavior that her faith teaches is immoral. She should be able to conduct her small business in a way that can respect her deeply held religious beliefs.

As we have seen in other cases, the lower courts have ordered Phyllis to violate her Christian beliefs if she wants to make a living. This is a plain violation of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Americans should be able to operate a business according to their deeply held religious beliefs and without being compelled to endorse a government-approved view that contradicts those.

That is why Concerned Women for Americas has joined a brief asking the United States Supreme Court to take the case and reverse the lower court’s decision penalizing Mrs. Young for refusing to condone that which is contrary to her faith. In it, we argue:

Mrs. Young, the homeowner, acted out of her religious conviction that renting a single room to other than a married husband and wife would engage her in facilitating and endorsing immoral sexual conduct. She not only held a sincere belief to that effect, well buttressed by Biblical teaching, but her action in refusing quarter to the unmarried and same-sex cohabitants was conduct protected by the First Amendment’s prohibition of state interference with her free exercise of religion and with its similar prohibition of interference with her freedom of assembly, which incorporates the right not to associate with those engaging in behavior with which one disagrees.

The brief was filed alongside the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Samaritan’s Purse, the National Association of Evangelicals, the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation, the National Legal Foundation, and the Pacific Justice Institute sending a strong message to the Court of the importance of the religious liberty interests and concerns at play.

Please continue to pray for this case and the justices as they consider this case in the coming weeks.

Prayer Action Alert – November 24 – Take Up the Whole Armor of God

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Dear CWA of Hawaii Friend,

“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm” (Ephesians 6:13).

As I watched and listened to the dreadful attacks on Judge Kavanaugh, I couldn’t help but remember the time Beverly LaHaye spoke about how, when watching feminist Betty Friedan on TV claiming that she represented all American women, Mrs. LaHaye jumped up and said, “That’s it! She doesn’t speak for me or any of the women I know!” She then gathered like-minded women around her kitchen table and Voila, CWA was born in 1979! Mrs. LaHaye stood up against the anti-God, anti-family feminist movement, and now, nearly forty years later, the organization she founded is stronger than ever, still protecting and defending the family unit God created, sanctity of human life, parental authority, religious liberty, respect for Biblical values, national sovereignty, support for Israel, and more, all through the prayers and actions of our members!

We’ve Had Enough! Over the past few weeks, I understood how Mrs. LaHaye felt over 40 years ago as I witnessed multiple women in their diatribes against men, the rule of law, and even us, conservative Christian women. You know what I’m talking about; you felt the same way.  We’ve had enough! Christian women do not live on the left’s thought plantation, and we’re not enslaved by feminism’s, nor the media’s, perspective of the world.

Did you know that there were 400 women praying and rallying behind the Russell Senate Bldg. during the Kavanaugh hearings at CWA’s Women for Kavanaugh event? Some even dared to go into the Russell Senate Building and pray in the middle of all the chaos. I wish the mainstream media outlets had picked it up to counter the other side’s disrespectful and furious behavior. Penny did, though, do some great interviews on Fox. And President Trump tweeted about Women for Kavanaugh on the day of the vote as a group was in the Russell Senate Building once again!

Many Thanks! I thank Mrs. LaHaye for starting CWA, CEO and President Penny Nance, staff in Washington, D.C., and members around the nation for continuing to stand for Biblical principles through prayers and actions! CWA is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization, and since 1979 CWA has stood firmly and consistently for our shared Judeo-Christian values and for our faith in the one, true God of the Holy Bible, knowing He is our Creator and has the best guidance for all of His people.

The 40 Days for Life Campaign is up and rolling with some amazing results to save the unborn. The current campaign runs until November 4. Click here for more information about 40 Days for like and here for information about the vigil in Honolulu.

Remember to VOTE!  As CWA Legal Counsel Mario Diaz writes in his book, Be Spent: Winning the Fight for Freedom’s Survival, “If we as Christian citizens apply these (leadership) principles when exercising our right to vote, America would have a better chance of continuing to be that ‘city set on a hill.’  Remember what the Proverbs say, ‘When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when a wicked man rules, the people groan.'”

Please remember to PRAY FOR AMERICA! Pray for all those in leadership that they will acknowledge God’s prominence in the founding of this nation. As so many founders and others have stated, this nation cannot exist without religion and morality.

“If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.” -President Ronald Reagan

Pray for those who continue to stand and fight for their and our religious liberty and the free exercise thereof: Florist Baronelle Stutzman of Washington state, Coach Joe Kennedy of Washington state, Baker Jack Phillips of Colorado, and the Kleins of Oregon.

Pray for the upcoming elections.

Stand fast therefore!

Barbara J. Ferraro
State Director
CWA of Hawaii
15-682 Puni Mauka Loop S.
Pahoa, HI  96778
[email protected]
cwfa.org
(808) 965-9834

Thank you for supporting CWA through your prayers, actions, and financial support.

CWA of Hawaii: Human Trafficking in Our Back Yard

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Saturday, October 13, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

New Hope Christian Fellowship Church Pahoa
15-3084 Government Main Road
Pahoe, HI 96778

Human Trafficking
in Our Back Yard
We defend the unborn, support the traditional family, fight sexual exploitation, and most importantly, we stand on Biblical principles. We are feisty; we are feminine, and we are making an impact in today’s culture.

This Feisty & Feminine Workshop will be on the status of human trafficking in Hawaii. It will include how to recognize it and what to do. We are honored to have Naomi Whitney, who is a member of an anti-sex trafficking group called Hoʻōla Nā Pua (hoolanapua.org) based on Oahu with members and various people involved on the other Islands as well.  Naomi is one of the main contacts here on the Big Island for this organization.

Light refreshments will be served.

If desired, for a $20 donation, attendees will receive both a Feisty & Feminine book and a CWA membership.

Time to Pray and Act on Behalf of Judge Kavanaugh

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Dear friend,

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,” (James 2:24). Let us keep this in mind as we consider the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Time to Pray and Act on Behalf of Judge Kavanaugh
The circus continues with regards to the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U. S. Supreme Court.  As you know, his opponents continue to promote confusion and hysteria about Judge Kavanaugh’s character day after day.

CWA CEO and President Penny Nance wrote about Christine Blasey Ford’s recent accusation against Kavanaugh in USA Today: Kavanaugh, too? Christine Blasey Ford’s Account is Missing Key Details of Assault.

Our own U.S. Senator and Judicial Committee member Mazie Hirono (D) has been outrageous in this process, demanding, “men of this country and the men in this committee” need to “just shut up and step up.” This is unacceptable! CWA’s Doreen Denny, Director of Government Relations, had a great comeback to Hirono’s comments, Sen. Hirono Should Step Up for Justice.  (Note that since the writing of this article a date of this Thursday has been set for the accuser to testify.)

Please continue to contact Sens. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) about this nomination, despite their public statements of opposition to Kavanaugh.  Just as with nominations to lower courts, the opposition is attempting to obstruct this nomination by using delay tactics.  If our senators don’t hear from us and only hear from the other side of the debate, they’ll be able to say that we don’t appear to care or have given up on this nomination. Please do not give them reason to oppose President Trump’s second nominee to our highest court in the land.

If you don’t do it, who will?

Take Action:

  • Call and email both of our Hawaii Senators Brian Schatz (D) and Mazie Hirono (D), and politely ask them to confirm the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Hawaii.

Sen Schatz: email and call 202-224-3934 (D.C.) or 808-523-2061 (Hawaii)

Sen. Hirono: email and call 202-224-6361 (D.C.) or 808-522-8970 (Hawaii) As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, please ask Sen. Hirono to both vote for the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh as committee member as well as when it goes to the Senator floor for a vote.

  • Please send this e-alert to friends and family and also encourage them to both pray and act.

Please Pray: “Dear Father, thank You for Your mercy on our nation. We pray right now that You will lead the senators to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court to continue that mercy. Help us thirst for justice and remember its true meaning. Forgive us for perverting it and seeking our own prideful ways, instead of what is truly good and true. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” ― Edmund Burke

Barbara J. Ferraro, State Director
CWA of Hawaii
[email protected]
808-965-9834

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