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CWA of Missouri Applauds Missouri’s Human Trafficking Rescue Operation

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Missouri applauds the Missouri Attorney Generals’ office for taking the lead in a recent human trafficking operation rescue. Human trafficking is a modern plague and CWA works against this travesty as a part of our seven core issues. We are thankful that our Attorney General’s office continues to fight the fight.

Join Us At A CWA of Missouri Event

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(Descriptions of the events are located at the bottom.)

Critical Race Theory Exposed with Dr. Mary Byrne 

Date: 6:00 p.m., Thursday, August 19
Location: The Elks Lodge No. 919, 1705 Christopher Road, Mexico, MO 65265
Contact: Jennifer Gore 573-473-0079

Date: 9:30 a.m., Saturday, August 21
Location: Heritage Bible Church, 301 Droste Road, St. Charles, MO 63301
Contact: Bev Ehlen 314-608-0168

Date: 6:30 p.m., Monday, August 23
Updated Location: Eagles No. 3775, 321 North Spring Street, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Contact: Bev Ehlen 314-608-0168

Date: 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 24
Location: Historic Post Office, 204 East Main St., West Plains, MO 65775
Contact: Bev Ehlen 314-608-0168

Date: 6:30 p.m., Monday, August 30
Location: Wallace Center, 325 Harwood Avenue, Lebanon, MO 65536
Contact: Karen Nixon 417-322-5918
This event is hosted by the Lebanon Tea Party

Date: 6:30 p.m., Thursday, September 2
Location: Church of the Word, 801 Hawkins Road, Fenton, MO 63026
Contact: Bev Ehlen 314-608-0168

Date: 6:30 p.m., Thursday, September 16
Location: Convergence Point, 4220 S. Hocker Drive, Independence, MO 64055
Contact: Shelley Lowery 417-861-9646

Date: 9:30 a.m., Saturday, September 25
Location: Mannah Fellowship Church, 17617 Route 291, Pleasant Hill, MO 64080
Contact: Bev Ehlen 314-608-0168


Protecting Young Minds Online Act with Alissa Johnson 

Date: 6:30 p.m., Friday, August 13
Location: First State Community Bank, 1022 Highway 47, Warrenton, MO 63383
Contact: Bev Ehlen 314-608-0168

Date: 9:30 a.m., Saturday, August 14
Location: Pillar Foundation, 15820 Clayton Road, Ellisville, MO 63011
Contact: Bev Ehlen 314-608-0168

Date: 7 p.m., Thursday, September 2
Location: Granny Schaffer’s Restaurant, 2728 North Range Line Road, Joplin, MO 64801
There is an optional dinner at 6 p.m. at the guest’s expense, in the Trolley Room.
Contact: Bev Ehlen 314-608-0168


Update on All Things Israel with Jon Bierman 

Date: 6:30 p.m., Thursday, September 9
Location: Convergence Point, 4220 S. Hocker Drive, Independence, MO 64055
Contact: Shelley Lowery 417-861-9646


 

Event Descriptions:

Critical Race Theory Exposed with Dr. Mary Byrne, Ed.D.
Dr. Byrne’s presentation will explain how current events, most notably the recent violence ignited by claims of systemic racism, are grounded in critical race theory; and how critical race theory is grounded in Karl Marx’s writing instructing followers how to start a revolution in a nation.

Please plan to attend to find out what Critical Race Theory (CRT) is, why it is very concerning for our public schools, and what you can do to protect the children in your community.

Dr. Byrne’s presentation will reveal how almost two centuries of Marxism have infiltrated the U.S. government, the law, churches, the military, and education. She will explain how there is a current concerted effort to indoctrinate Missouri school children by instilling the Critical Race Theory curriculum into the public school system.

Dr. Mary Byrne, Ed.D., is a national speaker and co-founding member of Missouri Coalition Against Common Core. She has an M.A. in special education and an M.Ed. in curriculum and instructional design, and a doctorate in special education from Teachers College at Columbia University.

Protecting Young Minds Online Act with Alissa Johnson 

Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Missouri invites you to a presentation by CWA of Missouri’s Legislative Liaison Alissa Johnson, on the Protect Young Minds Online Act (PYMOA).

Alissa leads the CWA of Missouri legislative team at the Missouri State Capitol advocating for the passage of PYMOA – legislation that will require internet service providers in the state to add a filter to protect children from viewing pornography/obscenity online.

More than forty years ago, Missouri lawmakers created a Missouri statute that would make furnishing pornographic material to minors a Class A misdemeanor. The statute has never been updated to include the internet. Presently, minors are accessing pornography/obscenity via the internet on their cell phones, home computers, friends’ laptops/tablets, etc. The PYMOA will help remedy this.

Update on All Things Israel with Jon Bierman 

Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Missouri is excited to announce that Jon Bierman will be back with us to share what has been happening in Israel. There were a few good, calm years during the Trump Administration, but in the last eight months, things are once again erupting – from the change in Prime Ministers, the newly seated Knesset, continued threats from Hamas, and COVID-19 restrictions.

Jon has practiced law as a commercial litigator in St. Louis, first at the law firm of Gallop, Johnson & Neuman and then with Polsinelli, P.C. Bierman’s degree in history from Washington University focused on the history of the Middle East. He has a J.D., magna cum laude from Saint Louis University School of Law, 1998, and a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, 1995.

More about the event

The discussion of “All Things Israel” will include the results of the recent election. Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud party were unseated after 12 years of service as Prime Minister. Netanyahu was replaced by Naphtali Bennet. Bennet assembled a fragile coalition of eight diverse political parties to attain power. He won by one vote in the Knesset vote.

Hamas recently depleted their stockpile of 4,300 Iranian supplied rockets, firing at populated areas, including Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. During the current “cease-fire,” Hamas reverted to launching helium balloons carrying firebombs, along the Gaza border.

The chairman of one of the Arab political parties, in the newly seated Knesset, recently declared, “Jerusalem will one day be the Capital of Palestine. Our people will cause them (Jews) to be ashamed and withdraw from these places.” This indicates the new Prime Minister will be tested as he seeks to lead the State of Israel.

Israel is leading the world in Covid-19 injections, with a goal of 100 percent citizen participation. Policies that restrict employment, activities, and travel are in place. This has been a severe blow to their lifestyle, economy, and tourism business, which is most critical to the Israeli economy.

Critical Race Theory Exposed Events in Missouri

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Missouri has scheduled Critical Race Theory Exposed (CRT) events in Missouri. The CRT event is an important educational presentation presented by Mary Bryne, Ed.D.

Dr. Byrne’s presentation explains how current events, most notably the recent violence ignited by claims of systemic racism, are grounded in critical race theory; and how critical race theory is grounded in Karl Marx’s writing instructing followers how to start a revolution in a nation.

Dr. Byrne’s will reveal how almost two centuries of Marxism have infiltrated the U.S. government, the law, churches, the military, and education. She will explain how there is a current concerted effort to indoctrinate Missouri school children by instilling the Critical Race Theory curriculum into the public school system.

Dr. Byrne is a national speaker and co-founding member of the Missouri Coalition Against Common Core. She has an M.A. in special education and an M.Ed. in curriculum and instructional design, and a doctorate in special education from Teachers College at Columbia University.

Plan to attend to find out what Critical Race Theory (CRT) is, why it’s very concerning for our public schools, and what you can do to protect the children in your community.

Click here for the CRT events listing.

Bev Ehlen
State Director

CWA of Missouri Applauds Missouri Attorney General’s Request

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Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt has asked the Supreme Court to formally review the 2019 “Missouri Stands for the Unborn Act” after a judge granted Planned Parenthood’s request for an injunction, stopping the law from being enacted.

Concerned Women for America of Missouri State Director Bev Ehlen had this to say about the review request, “We are pleased that the Missouri Attorney General has appealed to the United States Supreme Court concerning the pro-life bill. The Missouri General Assembly voted overwhelmingly (110-44 in the House and 24-10 in the Senate) to pass this bill. We hope the U.S. Supreme Court will take it up and decide it on behalf of the unborn.”

CWA Event: Protect Young Minds Online Act

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If you live in or around Camdenton, Missouri, Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Missouri invites you to come to hear CWA of Missouri Legislative Liaison, Alissa Johnson, speak on the Protect Young Minds Online Act (PYMOA), Tuesday, July 27 in Camdenton, Missouri.

The Missouri State Capitol in advocating for the passage of PYMOA – legislation that will require internet service providers in the state to add a filter to protect children from viewing pornography/obscenity online. This legislation is the first and only of its kind and has been vetted and supported by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.

More than forty years ago, Missouri lawmakers created a Missouri statute that would make furnishing pornographic material to minors a Class A misdemeanor. The statute has never been updated to include the internet. Presently, minors are accessing pornography/obscenity via the internet on their cell phones, home computers, friends’ laptops/tablets, etc. The PYMOA will be a partial remedy for that.

According to the testimony of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners in Missouri, they are finding that over 40 percent of perpetrators who assault minor children are minor children themselves – ages 10-14. These assaults by children are attributed to the acting out of what they have observed while watching online pornography.

We Need You! This is the third year that PYMOA has been filed, and movement for its passage made in the Missouri General Assembly. Each year that the PYMOA is not passed, the problem grows exponentially. It will take an active, grassroots outcry to motivate elected members of the General Assembly to pass this bill.

Meeting Details:
When: Tuesday, July 27 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Key Gathering Place, 1163 Business MO 5, Camdenton, MO 65020
Who: The general public is invited to attend this free event. Men, women, and teens are welcome to attend.

About Alissa Johnson
Alissa Johnson is a member of the CWA of Missouri leadership team. Her duties as a Legislative Liaison include meeting with legislators in both chambers of the Missouri General Assembly to discuss legislation, testify at legislative hearings, pray for and encourage legislators, as well as participate in activities designed to educate lawmakers and communities statewide on important legislation.

We hope to see you there.

Bev Ehlen
State Director

Update and Prayer: A Chance to Stop the Reframing of U.S. History!

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Update on HB 952– Bill Prohibiting the Rejection of American Exceptionalism in Schools

Good news!

Recently, I wrote to you (see below my signature)  about HB952, a good bill that would prohibit public schools from teaching, using, promoting, or providing students the 1619 Project as part of the curriculum course materials or instruction. The 1619 Project teaches Missouri students to reject the truth of American exceptionalism. It seeks to create the myth that our country, and all its accomplishments, both as a whole and individually, are founded upon, and the direct result of, racism.

HB 952 was heard in the General Laws Committee on Monday, April 19. Bill sponsor, Rep. Brian Seitz (R-District 156), did an excellent job presenting his bill and answering questions from the committee. I had the privilege to testify in support of the bill on behalf of our Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Missouri members, along with other outstanding testimony given by Don Hinkle, editor of the Pathway, a mom from St. Louis County, and a former schoolteacher. There were 588 witness forms submitted on HB952, with 373 in support of the amendment. Thank you to those who submitted forms in support.

Current status of HB 952:
The bill passed out of the General Laws Committee and now goes to the Rules: Legislative Oversight Committee. If voted do pass by the committee, the bill could go on the House Calendar for perfection.

Prayer Alert:
With just over two weeks left in the legislative session, would you please pray for the members on the Rules: Legislative Oversight Committee by name. Please pray that God would give them the wisdom and understanding to accomplish His purpose.

Bev Ehlen
State Director


Previous Alert

Voice your support for a good bill that will stop the reframing of U.S. history and eliminate any curriculum that teaches our students to distrust our Founding Fathers and our founding documents. 

You can make a difference in Missouri by praying and acting on an important bill being heard in the General Laws Committee on Monday, April 19. HB952, sponsored by Rep. Brian Seitz (R-District 156), defines the “1619 Project” and prohibits public schools from teaching, using, promoting, or providing students the 1619 Project as part of the curriculum course materials or instruction.

The 1619 Project teaches students to reject the truth of American exceptionalism. And it seeks to create the myth that our country, and all of its accomplishments, both as a whole and individually, are founded upon, and the direct result of, racism.

“Our country has a complex and rich history,” says Rep. Seitz. “Parts of that history are hard to fathom and accept, including the issue of slavery. All of that history, both the bad and the good, should be taught to our students without bias or revision. My bill stops the bias, keeps the history, and stems the Leftists’ tide.”

This Monday, April 19, I will testify in favor of HB952 and urge the General Laws Committee members to give the bill a do-pass recommendation. I covet your prayers. The General Laws Committee will vote on the bill at a later date.

Take Action!

If you take action BEFORE 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 19, submit your support online for HB 952 online with this easy two-step process. 

  1. Click here for the online form. (a) Check the box by HB 952; (b) Select the “In Support Of” option; (c) Type in a statement (optional); (d) Complete Details section; (e) Check Acknowledgement box and then submit.
  2. Check your email inbox for an email message that requires you to verify your submission.

If you take action AFTER 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 19, please call or email the members of the General Law Committee (you will need to scroll for the committee name) and ask them to vote a “Do Pass” on HB952. If you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Missouri, please let them know. Do not hesitate to leave a message on their voicemail.


Suggested message:

Please vote “Do Pass” on HB952. HB952 will prohibit public schools from teaching, using, promoting, or providing students the 1619 Project. The 1619 Project’s intent is to reframe U.S. history and teach our students to distrust both our Founding Fathers and our founding documents.

Sincerely,
Your name and town


Forward this email to family and friends! Every email message and every phone call is counted!

Please pray: Pray for our legislators on the General Laws Committee by name that God would give them the wisdom and understanding to accomplish His purpose.

“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in humility that comes from wisdom.” – James 3:13

Bev Ehlen
State Director

Join Us at the National Day of Prayer Event

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Americans will gather across the nation to lift up our country in prayer at the 70th observance of the Nation Day of Prayer (NDP). This year’s event theme is Love, Life and Liberty!

We invite you to join Concerned Women for America of Missouri at the event in Jefferson City. The event will include prayer, music, and special guests. If you cannot come to Jefferson City, we encourage you to see if there is a NDP event in your area.

Here are the Jefferson City event details:
Day: Thursday, May 6
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: Rotunda inside the Missouri State Capitol, 201 W Capitol Ave, Jefferson City, MO

Invited guests include Gov. Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson, U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley (R), Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe, Sec. of State Jay Ashcroft, Attorney General Eric Schmitt, State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick, State Auditor Nicole Galloway, State Sen. Dave Schatz (R-26), President Pro Tem of the Senate, Speaker Rob Vescovo (R-112), and The Hon. John Ashcroft.

Join us as we pray for those who lead and those in need in our nation.

Bev Ehlen
State Director

CWA of Missouri Recommended Event

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As Christians, we celebrate the beauty of God’s creative design for manhood and womanhood.

However, we are witnessing moral anarchy as Western nations abandon all semblance of Biblical authority. Untold numbers of boys and girls are being harmed. Most significantly, God is not honored or obeyed.

Concerned Women for America of Missouri invites you to join us at a timely event that will instruct us on how we can respond Biblically to the sexual chaos happening in America today. We will also hear how to train our children to thrive in a sexually confused society.

Event Details:|
What: Unlocking Biblical Truth: Gender and Sexuality Issues
Date: Monday, May 3
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Fellowship Church, 1601 W. Main Street, Greenwood, Missouri.

Guest speakers include:

  • J. Alan Branch, Professor of Christian Ethics, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Dean Greer, USA Manager Desert Stream/Living Waters
  • Amanda Smith, Care Minister, Redeemer Fellowship, Kansas City, MO.

Register online or email Bev Ehlen at [email protected] to guarantee your seat.

For additional information about the event, visit Unlocking Biblical Truth: Gender and Sexuality Issues.

This meeting is sponsored by the Christian Life Commission of the Missouri Baptist Convention.

I hope to see you there!

Bev Ehlen
State Director

Join Us For Two Great Events at State Capitol!

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Missouri invites you to participate in two great upcoming events at the State Capitol in Jefferson City.

2021 Midwest March for Life!

Join CWA f Missouri at the 2021 Midwest March for Life on Wednesday, April 14, in Jefferson City, Missouri. This is an event you do not want to miss! Bring the whole family!

The March begins at 10:00 a.m. on the South Lawn of the State Capitol. Before and after the March, there will be several notable pro-life speakers and an opportunity to meet with legislators to inform them of your stand on the sanctity of life. At 2:00 p.m. there will be a performance of the one-act play “Viable.” You are welcome to bring a box lunch or eat in the Capitol cafeteria. And be sure to stop by the CWA of Missouri table located on the South Lawn anytime between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Click here for all the March for Life event details. Be sure to wear RED for Life!

I hope to see you there as we endeavor to honor and glorify Jesus Christ by defending innocent human life!

CWA of Missouri Lobby Day

Are you ready to get more involved in having an impact on issues that affect our great state, your community, and your family? Now is the time! We will show you how!

Join us on Tuesday, April 20, for our 2021 Lobby Day at the Missouri State Capitol. You will have the opportunity to hear from like-minded state legislators of the Missouri General Assembly, meet your state representative and senator, as well as attend hearings and observe sessions from the House and Senate Galleries.

Here are the details:

  • Date: Tuesday, April 20
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Location: Missouri State Capitol, 201 W. Capitol Ave, Jefferson City, MO 65101

(Meet us in the First Floor Rotunda at 10:00 a.m.)

  • Lunch: Bring a sack lunch or eat in the Capitol cafeteria.
  • RSVP: Please email me by Saturday, April 17, for planning purposes.

Be sure to invite family and friends! Women, men, and teens are all welcome and encouraged to attend.

I hope to see you there!

Sincerely,
Bev Ehlen
State Director

An Opportunity to Meet CWA of Missouri

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We invite you to stop by the Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Missouri table at a rally event on Wednesday, April 7, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., in the first-floor rotunda of the Missouri State Capitol.

The featured speakers are Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the now-famous couple from St. Louis, who bravely defended their home from rioters and looters.

Organizations will be in attendance and have tables with information about their group. These include CWA of Missouri, Educational Choice Activist Cecilia Johnson, The Conservative Americans Club, Informed Health Choice Missouri, Missouri’s Coalition for Transparent and Secure Elections, and the Missouri Precinct Project. Additional invited organizations will include groups focused on pro-life, the Second Amendment, and voter security.

Join with fellow conservatives as we remind the members of the Missouri General Assembly that they need to boldly stand for Missouri values and our Constitution.

Agenda:

  • 10:00 a.m.: Visit booths and connect with fellow conservatives.
  • 11:00 a.m.: Rally begins (participate if you choose to do so).
  • 1:00 p.m.: Visit your legislators.

Capitol Address:
201 W Capitol Ave, Jefferson City, MO 65101

Sincerely,
Bev Ehlen
State Director

A Few Minutes of Your Time Needed to Protect Young Minds

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You have an opportunity to weigh in on an excellent bill – HB919, the Protect Young Minds Online Act. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Doug Richey (R- Excelsior Springs) and is set to be heard in the General Laws Committee on Monday, March 29.

Thank you, Rep. Curtis Trent (R-Springfield), Chairman of the General Laws Committee, for scheduling this hearing so quickly!

Action Needed!

  1. Please go here and voice your support of HB919. You can mark in support of the bill or go ahead and submit written testimony. The important thing is for the General Laws Committee members to hear from as many Missourians as possible in support of the Protect Young Minds Online Act. After you submit your testimony, be sure to check your email inbox for the confirmation of receipt of your testimony.
  2. Send a quick email of thanks to Rep. Trent in appreciation for scheduling the hearing quickly. His email address is [email protected]. 

Important!
This action must be done by 3:00 p.m. on Monday, March 29. If you cannot submit your online support by the deadline, please contact the following representatives and let them know you support HB 919.

  • Curtis Trent (R-Springfield): 573-751-0136 or [email protected]
  • Phil Christophanelli (R-St. Peters), Chairman of Rules – Legislative Oversight Committee: 573-751-2949 or [email protected]

Be sure to forward this information to family and friends.

Please pray for the members of the House General Laws Committee to do the right thing. Please pray for Rep. Doug Richey as he carries the Protect Young Minds Online Act. Please pray for God to intervene and change the hearts and minds of those who are not normally interested in doing the tough thing to protect young minds.

Learn more about the Protect Young Minds Online Act here.

Sincerely,
Bev Ehlen
State Director

Calls Needed to Shield Children from Pornography

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SB 336, the Protect Young Minds Online Act, is a very good bill. Sponsored by Sen. Rick Brattin (R-District 31), SB 336 will require internet providers to provide a filter so that when a person searches online and is directed to an obscene website, the person will be required to enter a password to proceed to that website. SB 336 will better protect minor children from accessing online pornography. A similar bill, House Bill 919, is sponsored by Rep. Doug Richey (R-District 38.)

Read more about the Protect Young Minds Online Act.

Advancing Technologies Necessitate Updated Statutes
A statute established more than 40 years ago made furnishing pornographic material to minors a class A misdemeanor. In the past, a cover was put over a magazine, the magazine was put behind the counter, and pornographic videos were moved to a back room, out of the reach of minor children. The problem today is technology has advanced, and statutes have never been updated to incorporate this technology. We need this legislation to include pornographic websites for the protection of innocent minor children.

Take Action

  1. Contact your state senator and urge him or her to support SB 336 and contact your state representative and urge him or her to support HB 919. Click here to find your state representative and state senator. If you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Missouri, be sure to let them know.
  2. Contact Speaker of the House Rob Vescova (R-District 112) and request that Speaker Vescova give his full support to HB 919. Phone: 573-751-3607 or email ([email protected]).
  3. Forward this information to other concerned family and friends.

Please pray: Father, please help our senators and representatives understand how important it is to protect our children from the harms of pornography. Give them the wisdom and COURAGE to say “yes” to these bills. Lord, may Your will be done in Missouri. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Bev Ehlen
State Director

Protect Young Minds Online Act Will Shield Missouri Children from Pornography

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(From the left, President and Founder of Stop Trafficking Project, Russ Tuttle, Concerned Women for America (CWA) Missouri Legislative Liaisons Jennifer Gore, Chriss White, and Trish Mitchell,  CWA of Missouri State Director, Bev Ehlen, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Heidi Olson, CWA Legislative Liaison Alissa Johnson, Sen. Rick Brattin, (R. District 31), Internet Engineer Jerry Angelo, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Miriam Crandall met to debrief and plan in Sen. Brattin’s office at the Missouri State Capitol after the hearing on SB 336 on Wednesday, February 24. (photo by Senator Brattin’s Chief of Staff, Tucker Jobes))

Consumer Protection, Energy and Environment Committee on Wednesday, February 24, at the Missouri State Capitol. Sponsored by Sen. Rick Brattin (R-District 31), SB 336 will require internet service providers to authenticate access to obscene websites and provide subscribers the ability to create an authentication to access such websites. A similar bill, House Bill 919, is sponsored by Missouri Representative Doug Richey (R-District 38.)

Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Missouri State Director Bev Ehlen had this to say about the bill, “A statute established over 40 years ago created the offense of furnishing pornographic material to minors as a class A misdemeanor.” Back then, a cover was put over the magazine, the magazines were put behind the counter, and pornographic videos were moved to a backroom out of the reach of minor children. The problem today is technology has advanced, and the statute has never been updated to include technology. We need this legislation to cover the internet, so our minor children are protected.”

Filters and Passwords to Protect
In a nutshell, SB 336 will require internet providers who want to do business in Missouri to provide a filter to shield ages 17 and under from obscenity. Subscribers over the age of 18 will have the ability to create a password, so when an obscene website is flagged, the subscriber enters the password and continues to the website. The bill also prohibits the collection or use of information about the use or user of the password.

“I am honored to sponsor SB 336,” stated Sen. Brattin. “It will protect young minds from the devastating effects of pornography that is far too easily accessible online. Today, we heard heartbreaking testimony from health professionals and others of real-life horrors that have occurred to young children. Thank you to those who testified in support of this bill to help protect our most vulnerable.”

The Hearing
During the hearing on SB 336, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Heidi Olson testified, “One third to one-half of the perpetrators of sexual assault on minors are other minors between the ages of 12 and 14 who watch online pornography.” According to Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Miriam Crandall, this number does not include the perpetrators under the age of 12 because the state of Missouri does not prosecute minors under the age of 12 who commit sexual crimes. “In my experience, the number is much higher,” Crandall revealed at the hearing.

President and Founder of Stop Trafficking Project, Russ Tuttle, also testified at the hearing on SB336. Tuttle travels across Missouri making presentations to students on the dangers of social media and online activities. His testimony included horror stories of young students who talked to him after he spoke at their school. “One young girl, in tears, showed me the choke marks on her neck. She said her boyfriend choked her the day before, after viewing the act in online pornography,” Tuttle testified. “Another young girl, also weeping, told me that her best friend had just committed suicide because another student was using a nude photo of her to blackmail her.”

What is Next?
CWA of Missouri Legislative Liaison, Alissa Johnson, has been working on the Protect Young Minds Online Act for three years. According to Johnson, lawmakers do not hear the full outcry from Missouri families because those families, which have been affected by sexual assault, want privacy. “There were many in the hearing yesterday who were brought to tears, including me, by the devastating testimonies of what is happening to our children. We hope that the impact of the hearing yesterday will move this bill to a vote out of committee quickly, and then it will be brought to the floor for debate and passage, and the precious children of Missouri will be better protected.”

Take Action!
Click here for CWA of Missouri’s request for prayer and action for the bills.

We Have a Place for You! Interested?

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Missouri is excited to announce our new Prayer/Action Chapter Coordinator Tracy Dougan. We are thrilled to have Tracy on board!

At this critical time in our nation’s history, many individuals are asking what they can do. I would like to share with you a powerful and effective way to make a difference: join or start a CWA Prayer/Action Chapter.

CWA’s Chapters are the heartbeat of our organization. The chapters consist of faithful women and men who meet regularly to pray for leaders and issues and then take action. Chapters make a difference by fighting to keep pornography out of communities, supporting crisis pregnancy centers, educating others on critical cultural issues, and organizing voter registration drives, just to name a few.

We would love to share more information about joining a Prayer/Action Chapter or becoming a Chapter Leader. Tracy can speak with you to discuss the responsibilities of a chapter Leader and the possibilities of making a difference at the local, state, and federal levels. You can contact her at [email protected] or 417-766-2281. She is happy to discuss this with you.

Maybe you’re not quite ready to become a chapter leader but would like to know more about CWA of Missouri. We would love to come to your town or community and share about the work of CWA of Missouri. Would you consider hosting a meeting in your area, or maybe know someone who would? Again, reach out to Tracy at [email protected] or 417-766-2281.

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that
from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” -Colossians 3:23-24

Gratefully,
Bev Ehlen
State Director

January 9 Event: Liberty and Property with Featured Speaker Dan Ford

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Join us Saturday, January 9, 2020 at 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.!
The Pillar Foundation, 15820 Clayton Road, Ellisville, MO 63011

Liberty and Property
American Colonization and the Founding of a Nation

Author and speaker Dan Ford will recall for us the foundational contribution of Christianity in the historic struggle for constitutional government as well as the cause of religious and civil liberty. He will unfold America’s genuine cultural inheritance and to demonstrate by way of facts and artifacts that modern caricatures of our nation’s history often prove to be misrepresentations that run counter to a rich, robust, and well-documented past.

He will also cover the rise of Socialism and how it’s antithetical to the principles of our nation’s founding (including the love of freedom that carried us through the Cold War.)

An avid collector of artifacts and historic documents, Dan Ford delights in using his original source documents to demonstrate the abundant evidence of our Godly cultural inheritance. Dan is the author of the illustrated work, In the Name of God, Amen.

Men, women, and teens are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Click here to view and print flyer.

January 11 Event: Liberty in Law with Featured Speaker David Barton

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Join us Monday, January 11 at 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.!
Missouri Baptist Convention Building
400 E. High Street, Jefferson City, MO 65101

Are you concerned about what we see happening around our country – the social unrest, tearing down
of statues, the increased efforts to rewrite America’s history? Do you want the truth about 1619 America vs. 1620 America? Do you want to know the facts about slavery in America, in the world?

At this critical time in our nation’s history, we invite you to hear David Barton, who has been named “America’s Historian” and who has a personal collection of tens of thousands of American historical documents! David will share the historical perspective of our freedoms and the role God had in creating our great nation.

David is the author of numerous best-selling books, addresses well over 400 groups each year, and Time magazine called him “a hero to millions.” Time magazine named David one America’s 25 most influential evangelicals.

Women, men, and teens are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Reserve your seat now! RSVP at tinyurl.com/y8yexsdo. Reservations close Saturday, January 9, or when capacity is reached.

If you have questions, call Bev Ehlen, State Director, at 314-608-0168.

Click here to view and print flyer.

Event: October 3 Prayerfest at State Capitol

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Missouri invites you and your family to come to the Missouri State Capitol on Saturday, October 3, for the Missouri Prays Prayerfest when God’s people will assemble in public prayer. Our guest speakers will be prayerfully focusing on 2 Chronicles 7:14 as it relates to praying for our local communities, state, and national leadership.

This incredible event is hosted by Vanguard Marriage and Family Advocates, Jerry and Kate Angelo.

Event Details:
Date: Saturday, October 3
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Please arrive early due to parking and security checks at the Capitol.
10:00 a.m. – Prayer walk throughout the capitol building (meet in the Capitol Rotunda at 9:45 a.m.)
11:00 a.m.  – Main prayer event in the Capitol Rotunda.
Location: Missouri State Capitol, 201 W Capitol Ave, Jefferson City, MO 65101
Registration: Click Here for FREE Registration for Missouri PrayerFest 2020

Special Guests and Prayer Leaders

  • Secretary of State of Missouri – Jay Ashcroft
  • Missouri House of Representatives – Mike Moon
  • Missouri House of Representatives – Tim Remole
  • Executive Editor of Pathway Magazine – Don Hinkle
  • Concerned Women for America of Missouri – Bev Ehlen
  • Capitol Commission of Missouri – John Battaglia
  • Family Research Council – Howard Boyd
  • FREE International – Andrew Dawson
  • 40 Days for Life – Kathy Forck
  • Capitals Prayer Tour – Mike McGee

Special Musical Guests: Kathryn Fergerson and Silas Brown

I hope to see you on Saturday, October 3, at our State Capitol!

“For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have

Bev Ehlen
State Director

October 10 Event: Understanding Gender Identity Issues From a Biblical Perspective

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Concerned Women for America of Missouri is hosting Jim Venice, Founder and Director of Pure Heart Ministries, a sexual purity ministry to those in the greater St. Louis area, as their guest speaker for the Second Saturday in October. Mr. Venice will help attendees know how to react to those who are deceived and caught in the world of sexual brokenness – homosexuality, gender identity disorder, porn addiction, etc.

Event Details:
Date: Saturday, October 10, 2020
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location: The Pillar Foundation, 15820 Clayton Rd., Ellisville, MO 63011

This event is free, and registration is not required.
Women, men, and teens are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Download the event flyer for additional information.

Event: David Barton – America’s Historian – Coming to Springfield

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Join us Saturday, October 3, in Springfield, Missouri!

Are you concerned about what we see happening around our country – the social unrest, tearing down of statues, the increased efforts to rewrite America’s history?

At this critical time in our nation’s history, we invite you to hear David Barton, who has been named “America’s Historian.” David will share the historical perspective of our freedoms and the role God had in creating our great nation. David will share the historical perspective of our freedoms and the role God had in creating our great nation. David will also talk about the cultural clash happening in America and how we as Christians can respond in love to the world around us.

Click here for more information and to view and print the flyer.

Event Details:
Date: Saturday, October 3
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: High Street Baptist Church, 900 N. Eastgate Ave., Springfield, MO 65802
RSVP: This event is free, but registration is required to accommodate social distancing. Register here.
A love offering will be taken.
Questions? Contact Haven Howard at 417-263-0425 or [email protected].