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Missouri State Legislators Need Your Prayers and Encouragement

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Dear Friend,

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

I often say that our EAL program is the most important program we have. When it is fully implemented, each member of our Missouri General Assembly will be lifted up in prayer each Monday that they are in session and receive an encouraging post card a day or so later! It 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.

This is how it works: You commit to adopting a legislator and praying for him or her each Monday during the legislative session (January – May), and then once a month for the remainder of the year (June through December.) After praying for your adopted office holder, you will mail the CWA of Missouri provided postcard, pre-printed with a meaningful quote and a corresponding Scripture verse. Simply write a few encouraging words on the card or just sign it, add a postcard stamp and mail the card.

As CWA of Missouri’s EAL Coordinator, Ginger Yoak is committed to continuing to oversee this wonderful ministry. She desires to not only encourage our legislators but to also encourage YOU!

Ginger’s message to our volunteers: “I am honored to oversee this program. We have received wonderful feedback from legislators. Many have responded to your prayers and encouraging postcards over the years with words of appreciation. Your efforts encourage and build bridges. We hear back from both conservative legislators as well as those who do not typically agree with CWA. As a part of this effort, I know you too will be energized and blessed!”

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 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 2:1-2).

We are looking for your commitment today! Please reply by calling Ginger Yoak at (636) 561-3145 or e-mail her at [email protected]. She will explain the program to you and enlist you as an Encourager! You will receive your postcards and instructions just prior to the opening of the 2019 Missouri legislative session in early January.  

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

Bev Ehlen
State Director
CWA of Missouri
PO Box 1352
St. Peters, MO 63376
[email protected]
mo.cwfa.org
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Are You Ready to Vote on November 6? Check Out Our Helpful Missouri Resources!

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There are many candidates and ballot issues for the voters in Missouri to consider on the November ballot. CWA of Missouri has assembled some resources for you to use, share with your friends, and/or download and print for your church.

Candidate Voter Guides:

  • Variety of issues for the U.S. Senate, U.S. House and State Auditor candidates – iVoterGuide.org
  • Variety of issues for the U.S. Senate, U.S. House and State Auditor candidates – votesmart.org
  • Variety of issues for the U.S. Senate candidates – FRC
  • Sanctity of Life ratings for Federal, Statewide and State Legislature candidates – MRL 

Area Specific Sample Ballot and Polling Place* (Click on “Candidates and Issues” to get your sample ballot.) 

CWA’s Party Platform Comparison – Comparison of the Republican and Democrat platforms on the issues we care about.

CWA of Missouri’s Statewide Ballot Issues description of all seven issues 

Two push cards to freely print and distribute:

 The Courts:

The first two members, Powell and Russell, of the Missouri Supreme Court, are up for a retention vote on all the ballots statewide. The remainder are each on a Court of Appeal and up for a retention vote. One won’t have all the Court of Appeal judges on one’s ballot since there is Eastern, Western and Southern.

  • Judge Colleen Dolan was appointed to the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District by Gov. Jay Nixon in 2016.
  • Chief Judge Lisa Page was appointed to Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District by Governor Nixon in 2015. 
  •  Judge Jeffrey Bates was appointed to the Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District by Governor Holden in 2003.
  • Edward Ardini, Jr. was appointed to the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District by Governor Nixon in 2016.

Judge lookup based on county

In the majority of Missouri counties, judges will be running as either a Republican or Democrat. Hopefully you will already know the belief system of a sitting judge who is running for re-election or a candidate for judge.

If you live in the city of St. Louis, St. Louis County, Clay County, Jackson County, Platte County and Greene County your county is included in the Missouri “Non-partisan” Court Plan. One can go to yourmissourijudges.org to get the links to judges who are up for retention in those circuits/counties. Using your sample ballot you downloaded from the Secretary of State’s website* enter the last name of the judges up for retention in your county’s circuits in the search bar found in the upper right corner. That should bring up that particular judge so you can read the bio and the Missouri Bar’s recommendation.

Bev Ehlen
State Director
CWA of Missouri
[email protected]
mo.cwfa.org

 

Get Out the Vote with CWA of Missouri!

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Dear Friend, 

As you know, we are at a breaking point in history where the rule of law and civil discourse are being threaten by some politicians and radical activists who insist on getting their way, no matter what. Some are actually inciting that violence be directed at those with whom they disagree.

It is up to you and me to stand up to this mob mentality by praying against these malicious tactics and voting this November.  Will it be mob rule or the rule of law?!

There are three simple steps that can have a significant impact on our state and nation’s future.  Please join us in carrying them out.  

#1 Pray
As a Christian organization, we are first and foremost committed to prayer. As November 6 approaches, will you join us in praying for our state and nation? Please join us by setting a time daily to pray for this next election. Will you do that? Set an alarm on your phone, your computer, put a sticky note on your mirror, whatever works.

#2 Encourage
As a Christian organization, we are committed to educating and encouraging others to vote. Will you join us in this? Encourage friends and family through Facebook, twitter, email, etc.

#3 Vote
It is our duty, as citizens and as Christians, to participate in the process by both praying and voting. The institution of government was ordained by God as seen in Romans 13:1-4.

It’s that simple, vote.  Vote on November 6 or vote absentee ballot. In Missouri, we can vote by absentee ballot in person starting 42 days before and ending one day prior to Election Day with a valid excuse. Absentee ballots by mail are due seven days before Election Day. For more information, visit: sos.mo.gov/elections.

Take a look at the Candidates for U.S. Senate: 

Voted NO on Justice Kavanaugh: Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri), “I will vote NO on Judge Kavanaugh.”

Supported Justice Kavanaugh: Josh Hawley (R-Missouri), “These were deliberate maneuvers … to exploit Dr. Ford and ultimately block Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation process. All of this for political gain and at the price of smearing Judge Kavanaugh.”

Information on additional candidates to come. 

Two push cards to freely print and distribute:

Helpful Missouri Voter Resources – Be watching for my email tomorrow that will include a variety of voter guides, ballot measure descriptions, and more.

Together we will impact our state and nation’s future – Pray, Encourage, and Vote!

Bev Ehlen
State Director
CWA of Missouri
[email protected]
mo.cwfa.org

A Thank You is in Order for Five Missouri Members of the U.S. House of Representatives

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Dear Friend,

Five of our U.S. Representatives from Missouri have been successful in dealing another blow to those who traffic in human fetal tissue!

Last week, Congressman Ralph Abraham (R-District 5-Louisiana), announced that the FDA canceled a contract with Advanced Bioscience Resources (ABR), which was one of the tissue procurement labs that, due to 2015’s undercover videos, is currently under investigation by the U.S Department of Justice. In 2015 the Center for Medical Progress videos revealed that ABR had set up a model that broke federal law by allowing clinics to profit from the sale of fetal tissue. Although fetal tissue research is legal, the profiting from said tissue is not. Federal law allows for costs like transportation and storage to be covered, but no one may profit from the sale of fetal tissue.

The contract was canceled in part because U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-District 4-MO), U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner (R-District 2-MO), U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-District 3-MO), U.S. Rep. Sam Graves (R-District 6-MO) and U.S. Rep. Jason Smith (R-District 8-MO) along with 80 other members of Congress, wrote to FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb earlier this month urging him to cancel the contract with ABR.  

Additionally, groups like CWA worked with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to voice concerns over this contract and fetal tissue research in general. In a release, HHS said they cannot be sure the contract with ABR meets current federal requirements for fetal tissue procurement and, therefore, terminated it.

In addition, HHS has initiated a comprehensive review of all research involving fetal tissue to ensure consistency with statutes and regulations governing such research, and to ensure the adequacy of procedures and oversight of this research in light of the serious regulatory, moral, and ethical considerations involved. Finally, HHS is continuing to review whether adequate alternatives exist to the use of human fetal tissue in HHS funded research and will ensure that efforts to develop such alternatives are funded and accelerated. This administration is vocally and unabashedly pro-life. It is unacceptable that ANY research is being funded by tax dollars that utilize fetal tissue.

Federal law prohibits profiting from the sale of human fetal tissue, yet we know that it happens all too often. When the tissue of aborted children becomes a lucrative enterprise, the possibility of human pregnancy mills growing babies only to abort them and sell their tissue, becomes a horrific possibility. Medical research should be focused on ethical alternatives that are producing results; fetal tissue research has yet to successfully produce any therapies to this day. Thank goodness for pro-life elected officials like Congressmen Hartzler, Wagner, Luetkemeyer, Graves and Smith who work to restrain such evil acts.

However, Congress had the ability, through the appropriations process, to end the federal funding of this practice. There was an amendment offered and adopted into the House version of the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education bill that would have made such practices illegal. It is disappointing that after getting this rider in the bill last year and again with significant support this year, the House and Senate leadership yet again failed to push for such a basic pro-life provision and instead rolled over to give Democrats everything that they wanted.

Let Us Both PRAY and ACT. 

Please Pray: Pray for Congressmen Hartzler, Wagner, Luetkemeyer, Graves and Smith to continue to be bold in their fight for pro-life values and that God would give them the knowledge, wisdom, and courage to continue to engage the enemy in an effective way. “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong” (1 Corinthians 16:13).

Please Take Action: 

  1. Contact U.S. Rep. Hartzler, Wagner, Luetkemeyer, Graves and Smith to thank them for being aware of this atrocity and for taking decisive action to stop it.

U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler at (202) 225-2876 and email

U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner at 202-225-1621 and email

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer at 202-225-2956 and email

U.S. Rep. Sam Graves at 202-225-7041 and email

U.S. Rep. Jason Smith at 202-225-4404 and email

  1. Contact members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committee and ask them to support a federal ban on fetal tissue research.

House Appropriations Committee (Contact the entire committee in one email)

Senate Appropriations Committee (Each individual must be contacted)

Let our voices resound in the heavens through the power of our prayers, and, on earth, as we take action.

For Truth and Righteousness,

Bev Ehlen
State Director
CWA of Missouri
P.O. Box 1352
St. Peters, MO 63376
(314) 608-0168
[email protected]
mo.cwfa.org

Would you like to partner with CWA of Missouri? Please DONATE to CWA of Missouri and/or consider volunteering. Our state is run exclusively by volunteers and supported 100 percent through donations.  Regardless of the amount, it will make a difference in Missouri.  Thank you for prayerfully considering these opportunities.

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