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Use Your Voice – Episode 5, Adoption – A Celebration of Life

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Did you know that in Virginia alone, there are about 5000 children in the foster care system and about 1000 children who are available for adoption AT THIS MOMENT. And that is just one state.

DJ Jordan joins Penny Nance to celebrate November as National Adoption Awareness Month. After a career in journalism, DJ spent almost a decade on Capitol Hill including as a spokesperson for Rep. Aderholt (R-Alabama) and as Communications Director for Sen. Lankford (R-Oklahoma). At this time, DJ is running for the state legislature in Virginia and he joined Use Your Voice this month to share his family’s heart for adoption and the story of their daughter, Tori.

This month’s episode is our favorite to date. Adoption is a beautiful expression of the heart of God and DJ’s incredible personal insight is worth hearing.

Voter Registration Deadlines!

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Find your state’s registration deadline below and click here to register! 

Alabama 10/22

California 10/22

Colorado 11/6 (election day)

Connecticut 10/30

DC 11/6 (election day)

Idaho 11/6 (election day)

Illinois 11/6 (election day)

Iowa 11/6 (election day)

Maine 11/6 (election day)

Minnesota 11/6 (election Day)

Montana 11/6 (election Day)

Nebraska 11/6 (election Day)

New Hampshire 11/6 (election Day)

North Dakota – none, just bring ID

South Dakota 10/22

Utah 10/30

Vermont 11/6 (election Day)

Washington 10/29

Wisconsin 11/6 (election Day)

Wyoming 11/6 (election Day)

Pray for Kavanaugh!

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A special message from Concerned Women for America CEO and President Penny Nance.


Also, remember to pray for our Women for Kavanaugh, “I Stand with Brett” Rally at in D.C. Thursday, September 27, 2018, 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. If you are in the area, click here to RSVP.

Kavanaugh Confirmation Legislative Update: What Now?

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The Kavanaugh hearings have officially come to an end after no shortage of political theater by both Senators and paid disrupters. There’s still a lot that needs to happen before he can be confirmed. The Senate Judiciary Committee must give his nomination either a favorable or unfavorable recommendation to the entire Senate. This vote in the committee will be scheduled next week, but Democrats can object to a motion to proceed to a vote and delay the process.  If they do (and we fully expect that they will), the committee must wait one week before meeting again to consider the nomination. Once this time is burned, the vote can be taken, and then the committee can report the nomination to the full Senate.  Cloture can be filed the day after the committee gives their final report (cloture is a vote to end debate) and then the clock starts ticking to burn 30 hours of Senate floor debate.

It normally takes 60 votes to stop debate, but remember former Majority Leader Harry Reid changed the Senate rules in 2015 to allow for a simple majority (51) to end debate for lower court judges and cabinet nominees. When Democrats obstructed the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to be an associate justice for the Supreme Court in 2017, Majority Leader McConnell was forced to change the Senate rules again to lower the cloture threshold for Supreme Court nominees to a simple majority. The vote to end debate on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination will require this same simple majority. After debate is over, the final vote will occur for confirmation; this vote also requires a simple majority of Senators present to pass.

This will likely take us into the end of September, and if all goes according to plan, including a successful floor vote, it appears that Judge Kavanaugh will be Justice Kavanaugh in time for the Supreme Court’s term beginning the first Monday in October (October 1).

Kavanaugh Confidential Briefing 003 – Hearings Set

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Resource:
Click here (private PDF file, use the same password) to find out where does your senators stand on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. This document was created and is being updated regularly by our very own Jaime Ballew (thank you Jaime!). If you have updates to the list for your own states feel free to send that to her through your field contact.

Take Action:
Be sure to send a message to the Senate Judiciary Committee by clicking here. And be sure to tell your family and friends to do that same. They can take action by going to WomenForKavanaugh.com or use by going directly to this link: https://www.votervoice.net/CWFA/campaigns/60540/respond.

CWA Leaders Kavanaugh Confidential Briefing 002

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Women for Kavanaugh Bus Schedule August 6-21, 2018

 

Monday, August 6 –
Sen. Grassley’s Townhall Meeting –
Palo Alto County Townhall Meeting
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Palo Alto County Courthouse
1010 Broadway
Emmetsburg, Iowa

 

Tuesday, August 7 –
Sen. Grassley’s Townhall Meeting –
Audubon County Town Meeting
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Audubon County Economic Development Corporation
800 Market Street
Audubon, Iowa

 

Wednesday, August 8 –
Des Moines, Iowa –
State Fair Parade – 6:00 p.m. – Bus will be staged along the parade route

 

Thursday, August 9 –
Meet and Greet – State Fair – Des Moines – Morning
Sen. Grassley’s Adams County Townhall Meeting – 4:45 –5:15 p.m.
Corning Opera House
800 Davis Avenue
Corning, IA 50841

Meet and Greet – Corning, Iowa
After the townhall meeting at the bus

 

Friday, August 10 –
Indianapolis, Indiana –
Meet and Greet – State Fair – 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Meet and Greet – State Capitol – 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
200 W. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204

 

Saturday, August 11-
Charleston, West Virginia
Meet and Greet – State Capitol – 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
1400 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305

Fairlea, West Virginia
Meet and Greet – State Fair – 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

 

Sunday, August 12 –
Louisville, Kentucky
Meet and Greet – TBD

 

Monday, August 13 –
St. Charles, Missouri
Meet and Greet – TBD

 

Tuesday, August 14 –
Columbia, Missouri –
Senator McCaskill’s office
28 N. 8th Street, Suite 500
Columbia, MO 65201

 

Wednesday, August 15 –
Jefferson City, Missouri –
Meet and Greet – TBD
Meet and Greet – State Fair – Time TBD

 

Thursday, August 16 –
Omaha, Nebraska; Sioux City, Iowa; Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Stops – TBD

 

Friday, August 17 –
Fargo, North Dakota
Meet and Greet – Noon
Location TBD

 

YWA in Israel: Gaza and Tel Aviv (Days 9 & 10)

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DAY 9

This was one of the most impactful visits for our bus! We drove from Jerusalem to the border of the Gaza Strip and toured Nativa Elseron, a Kibbutz right on the border.

A woman from the community, Ronni, shared her story and the realities of living on the border with constant threats, bomb shelters, and missile alarms. On our way to visit with Ronni, we walked past a children’s daycare. Toddlers played outside as Ronni explained the reason for the layout of the play area and the system for gathering children inside when there are security threats. It was sobering to understand the reality of their life. Many of our girls raised the question, “Why do you stay here?” Their response, “Why would we leave? This is our home.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Israel is a small nation, and there aren’t many places to which you can run. The Israelis who live in the border towns near Gaza are not willing to uproot their lives and allow Hamas terrorists to win. They have adjusted. They rely on excellent Israeli security, the Iron Dome, and the Israeli Defense Forces to keep them safe. They understand that there is risk to living there. In actuality, they explained how their daily lives are similar to Israelis across Israel. Walking through their Kibbutz and driving in the bus, it was easy to understand their point of view that day. It was a beautiful sunny day with no threats from across the border. Kids were playing outside, and moms were sitting on their porches. It was a normal day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the flip side of the same coin, Sderot, the city where we were, is different from other cities in Israel. In Sderot, it is hard to look around without seeing a bomb shelter. At first you might not see it, but that bus stop is a shelter and so is the play structure at the playground. This is an area where when the siren goes off, you have eight seconds to find shelter. Israel has made sure that bomb shelters are abundant. Each house is equipped with one room that acts as a shelter. This is their reality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our young ladies were thankful for the opportunity to tour this area, meet Ronni and tour this Kibbutz. Because of fire kites sent from Gaza to ravage the Israeli border towns and intense rocket fire from Hamas that has significantly increased this summer, we were one of the few buses who were cleared to visit Sderot on their tour.

 

DAY 10

We spent our last full day in Tel Aviv before flying out late that night to the United States. We toured Jaffa, the port from which Jonah fled, and the House of Simon. We also visited Independence Hall where Israel declared its independence on May 14, 1948. We sat in the room and listened to recordings of David Ben-Gurion pronouncing the establishment of the State of Israel.

The 10 days spent in Israel were FULL, a little exhausting, but absolutely life-changing. Thank you to everyone who prayed for us and followed along!

Here are some closing thoughts from participants:

“From being baptized in the same river where Jesus was baptized to floating in the Dead Sea, sailing on the Sea of Galilee, reading the Scripture in the land where the stories took place, praying and crying at the Western Wall, observing traditional and modern Israeli culture, visiting the Garden Tomb where Jesus was buried and where He rose again, learning about the geopolitical issues that plague the region, worshipping in Jerusalem, and making new best friends, Israel was an absolute dream! I embarked on this journey to discover the roots of my faith, and I left having accomplished that and so much more. I was blessed to grow not only in my faith, but in my role as a leader and advocate for the peace of Israel. I am in awe of the resilience of this nation and its people, and I am eternally grateful to have been a part of God’s story in the Holy Land.” Brittany McMillian, YWA Chapter member, University of Alabama

“When I first heard about the YWA trip to Israel, I was instantly interested and had a desire to go; however, I thought that I would just forget about it and never follow through. Fast forward to the day that the application was due, I found out the cost of the trip, the details of the schedule, and that three of my best friends had decided to apply. I had gotten the “okay” from my parents to apply, and the only thing that was holding me back from attending the trip was an overwhelming sense of fear and worry. I was fearful of going to a country with such controversy, fearful of traveling there, and was feeling as if the Lord was telling me that this trip might not be for me. I prayed about it and went to a worship night on campus to gain some clarity and realized that fear and worry are not of the Lord; they are from Satan. I realized that only fruitful and glorifying things for the Lord would occur from a trip to Israel, and that I was letting Satan get ahold of me. With only about 10 minutes left until the deadline, I quickly submitted my application, and am so grateful I did. This trip to Israel blessed me in so many ways, and I had the most incredible experience learning more about who Jesus is and taking some of His very same steps in the Holy Land. I grew in my relationship with Him and was constantly encouraged and inspired by the amazing group leaders and other girls on the trip. It truly was an experience of a lifetime!” Olivia Szolack, YWA participant, Liberty University

“My time in Israel changed my life. From picking up rocks at the Sea of Galilee to visiting the peace wall along the Gaza Strip, I learned so much about all that has happened and is happening there. Coming home I brought with me a bag of Israeli snacks, but also a passion for Israel and all of its people! I will never stop praying for the Israeli people, especially the ones that had such a huge impact on me while I was there. And to the amazing girls I got to travel with; each one of you taught me so much about life and friendship. I am so, so blessed. The past eleven days have given me memories that I will carry with me forever. Thank you to each person who poured into me during this trip; our God is real. He is alive! And we all got to walk in His holy land! I am so thankful.” Abby Voggenreiter, YWA member, Liberty University

Deadline is Approaching – Protect Life Rule Comment Period – Tuesday, July 31

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“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand” (Ephesians 6:13).

One Week Left to Support the Protect Life Rule!
This is the final week to submit comments on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Protect Life Rule. We have a great and urgent opportunity to shift taxpayer funds away from abortionist facilities and direct funds toward real health centers. Planned Parenthood alone receives at least $50 million from Title X, and 90% of the women who enter their clinics have abortions. A new proposed rule directs money away from abortion providers.

The deadline is Tuesday, July 31
Please Take Action: If you have not yet submitted your comment, please add yours to thousands of others.  Click here to do so now.  If time allows, it’s important to personalize your comments.  Feel free to use one or more of these talking points.  And, please encourage others to make their voice heard.  This is something we all can do to make a difference.

After the 60-day comment period is up, HHS will review the comments and issue a final rule based on the public’s feedback.   So far about 90,000 comments have been posted. We do not yet know how many are positive or negative. But, it has been reported that HHS was anticipating 10% positive and 90% negative. So, we are praying that all pro-life warriors will unite and let your voices be heard!

Together we can influence the right to life on a national level. The opposition will not take their hand out of the cookie jar without significant opposition.  

Forward this onto others and encourage them to not miss out on this opportunity to both pray and act during this time in American history.

God bless you for your faithfulness in prayer and action.

Linda Schauer
State Director
sd.cwfa.org
[email protected]
(605) 380-6914

YWA in Israel

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DAY 1

Everyone was tired when we landed in Israel, but our excitement trumped our lack of sleep! We landed around noon and headed straight to Ceasarea, a town on Israel’s Mediterranean Coast. Ceasarea was a magnificent port city built by Herod the Great. The 2000-year old Roman Amphitheatre, the city’s center of entertainment, still stands and is used today. We actually sat inside while a band set-up for a concert that night.

Ceasarea is breathtaking. It was our first glimpse of the Mediterranean before we got to our hotel that night which was right on the beach.

Photos by Annabelle Rutledge, CWA Communications Coordinator and Alixanne Kramer, YWA Tucson Chapter President

DAY 2

In the morning we visited Alfei Menashe, a town overlooking the West Bank and took a tour of an archeological site, Tel Shimron, in the Jezreel Valley. From there we went to Nazareth, Jesus’ childhood home. We visited a museum, toured the old village of Nazareth, had an authentic Nazarene lunch and toured the Church of Annunciation. We ended the day at Mount Precipice. This is the cliff where Jesus passed through the crowds who attempted to throw him off the edge. (Luke 4:16-30)

Photos by Alixanne Kramer, YWA Tucson Chapter President

“The grounds of the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth were remarkable.  I marveled at the beautiful mosaics along the walls, which showcased different depictions of Jesus’ Mother from around the world. Once I entered the basilica, I began to contemplate how impactful Mary’s ‘yes,’ or fiat in Latin, was to the life of Christ.  By Jesus calling her ‘woman,’ she became the ‘New Eve’ whose ‘yes’ to Gabriel overcame Eve’s ‘yes’ to the serpent in the Garden of Eden.” -Valeria Tkacik, former YWA Chapter President, now alumni, of Ave Maria University

Photos by Valeria Takcik, former YWA Chapter President, now alumni, of Ave Maria University

“As I look back on our first full day touring Israel, I am touched by how fitting it was that one of the first sites we visited was the Basilica of the Annunciation. Our pilgrimage began where salvation history began all those centuries ago. It was here that Our lady’s humble and obedient ‘yes’ procured for humanity, Salvation itself, through the immaculate conception of Our Lord Jesus Christ. As I looked upon that Holy grotto where the Archangel Gabriel appeared to Mary, I was struck by the unassuming and lowly nature of the place. How modest and plain the spot where the Divine would make an entrance into our everyday world. This mystery is so compelling because it mirrors the interior experience of our souls, as Our Lord reveals Himself to us, though unfit and limited, and we are to then respond to His grace. And so I uttered once more, yes, to Our Lord, in that same place as did The Sweet Virgin, whose trust was so fearless and so complete in The Divine Will.” -Veronica Hays, YWA Member at George Mason University