It’s Time to Take the Next Step – Join or Start a CWA Prayer/Action Chapter in Your Area!

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Hello to all our fellow women of prayer!  As you may know, Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Louisiana holds monthly Prayer/Action Chapter meetings to address the issues that affect our government on the state and national level. You are invited to attend one of our meetings and bring a friend. These meetings are only less than two hours, free, and open to the public. I pray that you turn out in great numbers to help us pray God’s will for government.

CWA of Louisiana Prayer/Action Chapters:
June 8 (The first Thursday of every month) – Alexandria – 6:00 p.m. – Leader: Kemberly Jones
June 9 (The first Friday of every month) – Lafayette – 10:00 a.m. – Leader: Debbie Hoehl
June 12 (The second Monday of every month) – Lafayette – 10:00 a.m. – Leader: Janet Jackson
June 15 (The second Thursday of every month) – Ragley – 3:00 p.m. – Leader: Nancy Tower

If none of these are in your area- no problem!  Consider starting a CWA chapter of your own. A chapter’s purpose is to educate, to pray, and to take action and we provide everything you need.  Every chapter leader receives a manual, a monthly Prayer/Action Newsletter from the national office and regular communication from our state office.

If you would like to educate and empower other women in your area or if you would like the contact information of one of the chapters listed above, please contact Janet Jackson, CWA of Louisiana Prayer/Action Chapter Coordinator. Her number is 337-852-2497 and her email address is [email protected].

Contact us today!  We would love to get you plugged in.  You are needed!


Sancha Smith
State Director
CWA of Louisiana
[email protected]

Urgent Alert: Shorter Waiting Periods for Divorce Are Not Good for Louisiana Families

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On Tuesday, April 18, HB136, allowing no fault divorce, passed out of the House Civil Law and

Procedure Committee and will make its debut on the House floor Tuesday, April 25.

Your voice needs to be heard tonight or tomorrow morning at the latest!  Leave a message for your Representative TONIGHT or call their office first thing tomorrow morning.

HB136 reduces the one-year waiting period to 180-days when seeking a divorce when children are involved. Proponents testified that “Louisiana’s waiting period was a failed experiment in reconciling marriages.” But we at Concerned Women for America of Louisiana believe, along with others, that this year-long period for those who seek counsel (from someone other than a divorce attorney) gives couples a better chance at reconciliation.

In addition, there is evidence that longer waiting periods lead to less divorce and benefit people who are ambivalent about getting divorced. Studies have shown that up to 1/3 of divorcing parents believe their marriage could be saved and would be open to help with reconciliation. This argues for longer waiting periods to allow time for this to occur.

Finally, since studies show that children of divorce are more likely to be in poverty and to live with their mothers, we believe that this additional time gives mothers more opportunity to establish themselves and their children prior to the potential cessation of spousal support.

“So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” Matthew 19:6

Prayer: Pray that our legislators will look more closely at strengthening our families as well as focusing on the needs of the children as they vote on this issue.

Action: Please contact your representative tonight by leaving a message or call first thing in the morning.  Ask him/her to VOTE NO on HB136. Click here to find out who your representative is and how to contact him/her.  Be sure to identify yourself as a member of Concerned Women for America of Louisiana.

Stay informed!  Go to or regularly to find out what we are doing on the state and nation levels.

Motivated by Love,

Sancha Noel Smith
State Director
CWA of Louisiana
[email protected]

CWA of Louisiana To Participate in Alexandria-Pineville Louisiana Life March – Join Us!

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CWA of Louisiana will be participating in Louisiana Right to Life Federation’s annual Louisiana Life March, which will take place tomorrow, Saturday, February 4, 2017.

The Louisiana Right to Life Federation sponsors several marches throughout the state and CWA of Louisiana is proud to partner with them for the success of these endeavors. Last year, we participated in this event in Baton Rouge which concluded on the steps of the Capitol.

This year, our focus is the center of our great state — Alexandria — where we hope to make new friends and develop new relationships.

The walk will begin at 10:00 a.m. and end at noon.

It will commence on the grounds of Louisiana College in Pineville. The 1.6 mile March will go down Main Street toward the Jackson Street Bridge, cross the bridge and conclude at the Amphitheater on the Alexandria side of Red River after a rally consisting of a host of guest speakers.

I am excited to be one of the speakers.

Come join us at the March and stop by our CWA of Louisiana table after to find out more about this wonderful organization.  Hope to see you there!

For more information on the Pineville-Alexandria event, as well as the Baton Rouge and Shreveport-Bossier events, click here.

Blessing to you,

Sancha Smith
State Director
CWA of Louisiana
[email protected]


CWA of Louisiana Adds to Our Ranks! Could You Be Our Next Leader?

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Dear Friend,

I am proud to say it has been a great honor serving as Prayer/Action Chapter Coordinator for Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Louisiana while working under the excellent guidance of State Director Sancha Smith and Associate Director Nedra Epps. In doing so, there have been endless meetings to develop strategies for growth.

With careful consideration of applicants to join CWA of Louisiana, we are extremely proud to launch our newest Prayer/Action Chapter in Ragley under the leadership of Mrs. Nancy Tower. We have no doubt that she was a missing link, especially considering the plethora of ideas with which she has already strengthened our team.

Npac2ancy has already proved herself faithful. Her commitment and outspoken voice is a strength that will serve as a catalyst for not only what she is doing in her congressional district but throughout our great state of Louisiana. We graciously welcome Nancy Tower aboard. Nancy responded by stating,

“I’ve felt a calling on my life to serve in the political process since I was a little girl. I’ve engaged with political party activities, participated in good government organizations and served on a city council, but something has always been missing. Concerned Women for America brings it all together for me. Participating in this non-denominational, non-partisan effort to pray for our elected officials and contact them with Biblically-based positions is one of the most rewarding activities I’ve ever undertaken. I’ve often heard people say, ‘All we can do is pray,’ but I firmly believe that the most important thing we can do is pray. Sancha and Janet have been a joy to work with. They are prayer warriors and I am blessed to serve with them in the battle.”

CWA of Louisiana is on assignment to launch and build more Prayer/Action Chapters just like the Ragley Chapter throughout the state. You can impact America by getting connected and being a righteous voice from wherever you are in Louisiana. To learn more about CWA Prayer/Action Chapters, check out the links below:

What is a Prayer/Action Chapter?

What does a typical CWA Prayer/Action Chapter Meeting Look Like?

CWA of Louisiana would love to have you join our team! For more information on how you can get involved, please contact me using the information below. It will be my joy and privilege to help you every step of the way, and I look forward to hearing from you!

Motivated by Love,

Janet Jackson, MA
Prayer/Action Chapter Coordinator
CWA of Louisiana
[email protected]


The CWA of Louisiana Mandate

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As the state director for Concerned Women for America of Louisiana, I am humbled and count it a privilege to serve the people of the Pelican State.

My mandate to serve the people of Louisiana has a dual/twin purpose, that is, to teach Kingdom to government and teach government to Kingdom.  One “twin” reminds the Kingdom that the purpose of government is to protect its citizens and punish evil – Romans 13:3-4; while the other “twin” commands us to pray for those in authority – 1 Timothy 2:1-4

Teaching Kingdom to government involves educating believers about our core values and how to effectively communicate these values to our elected officials, thereby dismantling (first through prayer, then action) the lies and deception masquerading as truth through some of our city ordinances and/or state and national legislation.

Likewise, teaching government to Kingdom educates and equips the believer on public policy, key “hot-button” issues and the protocols needed to effectually influence all levels of government and public policy.  This equipping helps us to understand the rules of engagement, i.e. the political process by which we see the changes we support or those we oppose.


Speak the truth in love (motivated by love).  Remember to act on the truth you know … for faith without works is DEAD! – James 2:14-17

“And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”  I Corinthians 2:4

To effectively help lead Louisiana to higher moral ground, we must be willing to first pray then act.  Sitting on the sidelines and cursing the darkness is futile.  Light a candle.  Better yet, be that candle!  It’s time for the REAL believers to suit up and show up.


As believers in Jesus Christ we have authority to SPEAK life and SPEAK the TRUTH in love.  Our goal is to love one another in TRUTH and in DEED.  When we do this, lives are changed and righteousness is further established in the nation.

As citizens we have a responsibility to hold our elected officials accountable, and if they do not represent us well, we elect others who will.

Micah 6:8 says, “He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” This is God’s requirement for all those who serve Him, both those who are called to help fulfill this mandate through CWA of Louisiana and those who serve in government office. CWA of Louisiana has been assigned to remind men and women of this truth.


Remain motivated by love,


Sancha N. Smith

State Director

CWA of Louisiana

[email protected]

URGENT: Our Pro-Life Efforts in Louisiana Will Not Be Undone!

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Attorney General Jeff Landry is fighting to ensure that the pro-life bills passed in the 2016 legislative session will stand. We MUST stand with him!

Urgent!  We need for you to make some phone calls TODAY concerning this matter before Friday’s meeting!

The Situation:

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has submitted a budget request to the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget which will meet on Friday, September 16, 2016, to discuss important issues, one of which includes mid-year adjustments to the state’s budget.  He is asking for sufficient funds to defend the lawsuit that has been filed by pro-abortion groups challenging the seven pro-life bills that were signed into law during the last legislative session.  Louisiana is a strong, pro-life state, and we have been blessed with tremendous support and approval for our pro-life legislation from our legislators and by Gov. Edwards.

Pro-abortion legal groups have gotten bolder because of recent court decision striking down laws dealing with hospital admitting privilege requirements for abortionists. They are relentless and are taking every opportunity to defy the will of Louisiana’s citizens.  Concerned Women for America of Louisiana stands firm against these legal antics to undo our effort to protect the lives of the unborn and regulate the abortion industry.

Working to safeguard our pro-life laws, the Attorney General’s office will need additional resources, research, additional staff, attorneys, and expert witness testimony.

Sadly, the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget has yet to add the Attorney General’s request for these additional funds to the meeting agenda. But we intend for that to change!

We are asking the members of the Committee to add the Attorney General’s request for additional funding to their agenda. We are asking them to honor the will of the people of Louisiana and to help protect and defend our pro-life bills!

 Please Pray:

  • Pray that Attorney General Landry’s budget adjustment request to the September 16 meeting agenda will be approved. Approval of this funding is necessary to protect the lives of women and unborn children of Louisiana.
  • That Attorney General Landry and our legislators will be strengthened in their call to fight for the lives of Louisiana’s unborn babies and the health and life of women.
  • That God will uphold Louisiana’s efforts to remove the evil of abortion from our great state.
  • That Louisiana’s win in this fight will embolden many other states to stand and fight and win.

Please Act:

  • Contact Attorney General Jeff Landry and thank him for his work to safeguard our pro-life, pro-women bills. Let his office know that you have been kept up to date by Concerned Women for America of Louisiana and that you are now going to call each member of the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget to express your support of his budget adjustment request to the September 16 meeting concerning for funds to help protect the current pro-life pro-women bills.
  • Contact each member of the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget and ask them to approve Attorney General Landry’s budget adjustment requests to the September 16 meeting agenda. Let them know that you have been kept up to date on this issue by Concerned Women for America of Louisiana.

Call the House (H) switchboard at 225-342-6945 and the Senate (S) switchboard at 225-342-2040 and ask for each Committee member by name.

Eric LaFleur S-D, Chairman
Cameron Henry H-R, Vice Chairman
Mark Abraham H-D
Neil C. Abramson S-R
John Alario S-R
L. Bret Allain S-R
Beryl Amedee H-R
Norbert N. “Norby Chabert S-R
Conrad Appel S-R
James K. Armes H-D
Tony Bacala H-R
Larry Bagley H-R
Taylor F. Barras H-R
Regina Barrow S-D
John A Berthelot H-R
Robert E. Billiot H-D
Wesley T. Bishop S-D
Gary Carter H-D
Charles R. Chaney H-R
Jack Donahue S-R
Rick Edmonds H-R
James R. Fannin S-R
Franklin J. Foil H-R
Lance Harris H-R
Bob Hensgens H-R
Sharon Hewitt S-R
Valarie Hodges H-R
Ronnie Johns S-R
Walt Leger III H-D
Gerald Long S-R
Daniel R. Martiny S-R
Jack McFarland H-R
Blake Miquez H-R
Dustin Miller H-D
Jean-Paul J. Morrell S-D
Dan W. “Blade” Morrish S-R
Steve E. Pylant H-R
Jerome Richard H-I
John M. Schroder H-R
Scott M. Simon H-R
Patricia Haynes-Smith H-D
Gregory Tarver S-D
Francis C. Thompson S-D
Michael A. Walsworth S-R
Mack “Bodi” White S-R
Jerome Zerinque H-R

  • Lastly, please forward this to like-minded friends and family and ask them to pray and act today.

Go to our webpage regularly at to find out what’s happening in our state and to support us in our fight for justice in our nation and our state.

We thank you in advance for your prayers, action and financial support!  You are appreciated!

For Him!

Sancha N. Smith
State Director
CWA of Louisiana
[email protected]


CWA of Louisiana is Giving Help and Hope in the Midst of Catastrophic Flooding!

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Through the generosity and love of CWA’s national leaders, the women of CWA of Louisiana are preparing to provide financial support, as well as spiritual and emotional support, to those affected by the Louisiana floods.

On August 11, 2016, prolonged rainfall began in southern parts of state of Louisiana resulting in catastrophic flooding that submerged thousands of houses and businesses. Louisiana’s governor, John Bel Edwards, called the disaster a “historic, unprecedented flooding event” and declared a state of emergency. Many rivers and waterways, particularly the Amite and Comite rivers, reached record levels, and rainfall exceeded 20 inches in multiple parishes.

Because of the large number of homeowners without flood insurance that were affected, the  federal government is providing disaster aid through the Federal Emergency Management  Agency (FEMA). The flood has been called the worst U.S. natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Thirteen deaths have been reported as a result of the flooding.

However, many other organizations are stepping in to help, including Concerned Women for America. A gift of $5,000 was given to the Louisiana organization which will be used to provide Walmart gift cards to those in need in the two hardest hit areas in the state — the Lafayette/Acadiana area and the Baton Rouge area.

We are SO proud of the people of Louisiana who have come to the aid of their fellow citizens throughout this entire catastrophic event, and of the timely and effective efforts of state        government to bring in the help needed.  We definitely learned from experiences of previous catastrophic weather occurrences. We are also grateful for the aid of national organizations such as FEMA and the American Red Cross.

 However, Concerned Women for America is a national organization that not only prays, but takes action, and we want to be “boots on the ground” in this effort to help the people of Louisiana.

For we know …  this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His       glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

Please Pray: 

  • That those affected by the flooding will KNOW that God will supply all of their needs from His glorious riches which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.
  • That the people of Louisiana will cry out to God in the midst of this tragedy and discover something so much greater than they even imagined.
  • That the people of Louisiana will continue to stand together until every family affected by this tragedy is restored to a place of safety and stability.

Please Act:

  • Contact CWA of Louisiana to help with the distribution of the gift cards.
  • Check with organizations across the state to see how you can join them in their efforts.
  • Find a way in which your community can assist those in need.
  • Give to support the work of CWA of Louisiana. Go to and click on “Donate to your State”.

 We thank you in advance for your love and action!

Sancha N. Smith
State Director
CWA of Louisiana
[email protected]