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Marching for Life Prayer Warriors

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By Dorana Sylvia, CWA of Virginia’s Stafford Prayer/Action Chapter Leader

 

I was absolutely overwhelmed by the love and joy I experienced at the Virginia March for Life. It was refreshing to see so many people in prayer, both young and old, marching with the common goal of celebrating life! I rejoice that I was able to have my three sons and my mother join me on this special day with my Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Virginia family.

 

The Lord moved me to share my testimony, with many at the March, of having once been a late-term abortion ultra-feminist activist. I had believed the lie, yet God had a plan for my life. The common question was, “What made you change?” My response was a simple one, “Jesus Christ and the prayers of faithful Christians.”

 

God strategically placed in my path to get my attention survivors of abortion, children who had been conceived through incest, and rape victims who had kept their babies. How could I ever again advocate for abortion?

 

The people I met at the Virginia March for Life are those warriors who continue to pray for the lost and for God to save and restore those affected by abortion. While at the March, I never heard an insult toward women who have had abortions or were considering abortion. The message was clear: God is love, He is a forgiving God, women are not alone in their pregnancy, and God alone owns life.

 

The Enemy may try to come after our families and our children, but he is no match for my Savior, the Hope of the world, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Join Us at the Virginia March for Life 2022

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Join Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Virginia and thousands of pro-life individuals from around the state at the Fourth Annual Virginia March for Life in Richmond on Wednesday, April 27.

Event Details:
Date: Wednesday, April 27
Time:
11:00 a.m.—Virginia March for Life Rally begins
Noon—Virginia March for Life begins
Where: The rally will be held on the Virginia Capitol Building steps, 1000 Bank St, Richmond, VA 23219-3673.
Signs: We encourage you to bring life-affirming homemade signs.

I hope you will make plans to attend. It is crucial that we come together and visually represent God’s unconditional love for life!

Teresa Pregnall
State Director

Committed to Prayer

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(Picture: Virginia Attorney General Jason S. Miyares is prayed for by CWA of Virginia State Director Teresa Pregnall (top right) and Prayer/Action Chapter Leaders Ann Robeson and Cathy Tankersley.)

“The weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood]. Our weapons are divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.” 2 Corinthians 10:5 (Amplified)

Concerned Women for America of Virginia is committed to prayer. We fully understand that there is a cultural battle raging in our state and across our nation. There is a spiritual battle for the hearts and minds of those in positions of authority, as well as every citizen of this great Commonwealth.

Both prayer and active involvement are necessary if we are to make a difference for the cause of Christ. We understand that nothing of eternal significance is accomplished apart from prayer.

Would you prayerfully consider joining us on the frontline in 2022?

Thank you,
Teresa Pregnall
State Director

Building Relationships in Richmond

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Virginia leaders and members continue to make visits to the State Capitol during our General Assembly Session. Our primary purpose is one of building relationships through prayer and encouragement.

Our prayer has been that the mighty name of Jesus Christ would be proclaimed in every office, every hallway, all along the way, and that many would be reassured, comforted, and emboldened by the mention of His name.

We are hopeful that by building stronger relationships with our legislators, an open door of opportunity will be had in forthcoming General Assembly Sessions, and that good dialogue, discussion, and legislation will be the fruit of our efforts.

What has God called on you to do in 2022?

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2022 is one month young and I have an important question to ask you, “What has God called on you to do in 2022?” Concerned Women for America of Virginia is growing and expanding our reach and influence and I want to personally invite you to prayerfully consider engaging with us through statewide involvement.
 
We are women of prayer and action.

  • We are pro-life
  • We are pro-family
  • We stand for the Constitution
  • We support parental rights
  • We stand for religious freedom
  • We defend our children’s education and work to protect their future
  • We know men and women are EQUAL but not the same
  • We are strong, unified, and courageous

If this describes you, here are ways you can get involved with us.

Prayer/Action Chapters
To give CWA members a voice in their communities, CWA’s Prayer/Action Chapters meet regularly to encourage informed and strategic prayer and action for our nation and its leaders. We do this by educating Christians on issues that affect our Biblically-based standards. Consider starting or joining a Prayer/Action Chapter in your community.
 
CWA Influencer
CWA’s Influencers are Christian conservative women committed to staying informed on CWA’s current issues and activating prayer and action on a widespread scale by distributing CWA’s information to their CWA network via social media, email, and/or text, and also to their personal network and organization and church relationships. Consider becoming an Influencer today!
 
Whether you want to attend or lead a Prayer Action Chapter, be an Influencer in your network, or lobby state legislators, there IS a place for you! CWA of  Virginia is a place where you can impact the culture for Christ through education, prayer, and action. You ARE needed!

Email me directly at [email protected] or call me at 434-238-2770. I am here to answer any questions you may have. I hope to hear from you very soon!

Teresa Pregnall
State Director

Concerned Women Applaud the Virginia Supreme Court’s Decision to Restore Rights to Parents

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For media inquiries, contact:  

Katie Everett
(571) 420-2488
[email protected]

Mask mandates have proven harmful to children

Washington, D.C. – Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America (CWA), issued the following statement on the Supreme Court of Virginia’s dismissal of Castillo v. Youngkin:

“Today, the Supreme Court of Virginia rejected a challenge to Gov. Youngkin’s Executive Order Number 2 regarding mask mandates for students. Concerned Women for America along with many parents and schoolchildren across the Commonwealth of Virginia celebrate today’s ruling. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many state government officials enacted unnecessary policies that have proven to be harmful to our children, inhibiting their ability to learn, play, and interact with each other. After two years of the overreaching mandates, it’s time for our children to return to normal. We applaud Gov. Youngkin and Attorney General Miyares for defending the Executive order and protecting parental choice in education in Virginia.”

Read the full order here.

Forest Prayer/Action Chapter Heads to Richmond

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The Forest Prayer/Action Chapter participated in the February 2, 2022, Parent Advocacy Day sponsored by our ally, The Family Foundation. The Chapter attended a House Education Committee hearing and then headed to the House gallery to watch the Delegates gavel in for the session. Delegate Kathy Byron (R-District 22) recognized the Chapter from the House floor. It was also a day of connecting with local legislators and offering prayer and encouragement.

Before leaving Richmond, the group prayed around the flagpole at the Governor’s mansion, offering prayers for Gov. Glenn Youngkin, his family, and staff.

Marching for Life in D.C.

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By Ashley A. Reich, CWA of Virginia’s Lynchburg Prayer/Action Chapter Leader of the evening group.

On Friday, January 21, I joined thousands of people who met on the lawn of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., for the annual March for Life. The morning brought below-freezing temperatures, but the crowd was enthusiastic and knew their mission was greater than what weather could throw at them. Groups gathered at the National Mall all morning and enjoyed a concert prior to the many renowned speakers and elected officials.

Students, parents, children, and supporters were present, and many dressed in similar attire that represented their specific school or organization. Many carried signs, banners, and flags expressing their pro-life stance of “We ARE THE POST-ROE GENERATION,” “Love them BOTH,” “Voice for the Voiceless,” “Pro-Life is Pro-Woman,” and so many more. As the march began, you could hear the chants and cheers for the unborn as the crowd walked a mile to the steps of the Supreme Court. Along the way, many conversed about their beliefs and hopes for the upcoming cases such as the Texas Heartbeat Bill and Dobbs v. Jackson, and ultimately, an end to Roe v. Wade.

Please continue to be in prayer for these monumental cases over the next few months leading up to the final decisions. Join Concerned Women for America (CWA) in praying for the Dobbs case on the fourth Monday of every month until June, when a decision is expected to be handed down. If you would like to be regularly notified about the current issue of the day, as well as CWA’s monthly Dobbs webinar prayer call, be sure to sign up for e-alerts if you haven’t already.

Expose the Darkness

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My heart breaks for Scott Smith, the Louden County, Virginia dad whose daughter was raped in a school bathroom by a boy in a skirt, being arrested while protesting at a school board meeting.

He was mercilessly arrested and bloodied up in the process for defending his daughter. I cannot hold back the tears thinking of how he must have felt.

The school district’s superintendent Scott Ziegler claimed that there had been no assault in a school restroom anywhere in Louden County. The dad was painted as a liar and a right-wing extremist as he got agitated.

Based partly on Mr. Smith’s example, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) wrote a letter to President Joe Biden asking him to use the Patriot Act to crack down on these out-of-control parents. They wrote:

“As these acts of malice, violence, and threats against public school officials have increased, the classification of these heinous actions could be the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes.”

Think about that. You are out there fighting for justice for your daughter, and instead, you get labeled a domestic terrorist.

Five days later, the Biden Administration’s Department of Justice (DOJ), led by Attorney General (AG) Merrick Garland, took immediate action against parents based on the NSBA letter alone. AG Garland sent a memo saying, “While spirited debate about policy matters is protected under our Constitution, that protection does not extend to threats of violence or efforts to intimidate individuals based on their views.” The memo directed the Federal Bureau of Investigation (yes, the FBI) to go after these parents.

Again, DOJ and the FBI were not to focus on protecting Mr. Smith and his daughter; they were to work to suppress Mr. Smith’s efforts to protect his daughter.

But their evil scheme has blown up in their faces. Reports have surfaced of how the school board knew of Mr. Smith’s daughter’s assault, and they concealed it to protect their hideous transgender bathroom policy. They were so negligent that they actually transferred the “transgender,” biological male boy to another school where he assaulted another young woman. A criminal investigation is underway.

The backlash has been so intense that the NSBA has disavowed its letter comparing parents to terrorists, while many of its state members resigned in condemnation.

But the battle is far from over. Believe it or not, AG Garland has yet to renounce his shameful memorandum.

Please pray for this father and against these evil school board policies.

And speak up against it. Ephesians 5:11 says, “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.” To do one part of the verse is not enough. We cannot simply take no part in the works of darkness; we must also expose them. We cannot remain silent.

What’s at Stake in Virginia? – The Future of Women’s Sports

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The future of female athletics is on the line in the Virginia election. You need to know if the candidates will uphold the rights of female student-athletes to fair competition, or will force our daughters on the sidelines as boys identifying as girls cut in?

Next year will mark the 50th Anniversary of Title IX – the law that made it possible for women and girls to receive equal opportunities in education, including athletics.  So why are we having to fight to uphold these rights all over again?  Because liberals in the General Assembly passed a law signed by Gov. Ralph Northam that requires school districts to treat gender identity as a student’s sex.

We stand on the truth that God created male and female, and basic biology tells us that male bodies have advantages in athletic competition over female bodies. That’s not speculation – that is science.  But Democrats still press on with their radical agenda to overrule science and common sense at the expense of our daughters.

The only way to save women’s sports is by electing leadership from the statehouse to the Governor’s mansion who will protect our daughters and stop the push for destructive gender ideology in our schools.  Other states have succeeded; it’s time for Virginia to do the same.

We know that athletic participation is a key factor in developing confidence and leadership skills, but when girls feel defeated before the race even begins, they wonder why even try.  They deserve better.

Your vote matters.  Hold the line against radical gender ideology as you vote in this year’s election.  Give our girls the chance they deserve to excel in sports and in life.

Are You an Encourager? The Virginia State Legislature Needs You!

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Dear CWA Friends,

We are excited to launch our 2022 Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) program! For those who have not participated in our EAL program in the past, it focuses solely on prayer and encouragement for our state legislators. The EAL program is one of Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Virginia’s most valued programs. Though CWA members and friends regularly contact their legislators and pray concerning our core issues, the EAL program is designed to pray for and encourage the legislators with no mention of legislation or policy. Regardless of whether legislators are conservative, liberal, Republican, Democrat, Independent, Christian, or non-Christian, they need both our prayer and encouragement.

For more information about the EAL program click here. Please print and distribute to others who might want to participate in our program.

If you would like to participate, please contact CWA of Virginia’s EAL Coordinator, Janet Stasulli. She can be contacted at [email protected]. Provide your name, mailing address, phone number, and specify whether you would like to adopt one or two legislators.

Sincerely,
Teresa Pregnall
State Director

Help Us Get Out the Vote for November Elections

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It is election season in Virginia, where voters will go to the polls in November to elect our Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General and state legislative offices. Virginia’s off-year elections are so important, and that is why Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Virginia says it’s “game on” to get conservative women and men registered to vote and to the polls this November! CWA of Virginia is joining with other conservative organizations across the state to get out the vote through voter registration and voter turnout efforts.

I wanted to pass along some important Virginia voting registration 2021 deadlines:

  • Friday, September 17 – Early Voting Begins
  • Tuesday, October 12 – Deadline to register to vote, or update an existing registration
  • Friday, October 22 – Deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to you. Your request must be received by your Registrar by 5:00 p.m.
  • September 17 – October 30 – Early Voting
  • Tuesday, November 2 – Election Day

Get Involved in Virginia!

#1 – Ensure YOU are registered to vote. Go to the Virginia Department of Elections/Citizens Portal to check the following:

  • Voter Registration status
  • Mail-In application and ballot status
  • Poll location
  • Registration Form

#2 – Encourage others to register to vote. Let them know about the link above so they can check that they are registered; encourage them to register and vote.

We would LOVE to hear back from you if you have registered, if you register as a result of this email, or if you have encouraged and registered others to vote! Contact me at [email protected].

Thank you.
Teresa Pregnall
State Director

Join Us: Third Annual Virginia March for Life!

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Let’s show the nation that Virginia is for life by joining Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Virginia, along with thousands of pro-life individuals from around the state, at the third annual Virginia March for Life in Richmond on Friday, September 17. It is crucial that we come together and visually represent God’s unconditional love for life!

Here are the event details:
Date: Friday, September 17
Times/Location:
12:00 p.m. Rally in Capitol Square at the State Capitol (1000 Bank St., Richmond, VA 23218)
1:00 p.m. – March for Life around Capitol Square (approximately one mile)

Men, women, and families are all welcome and encouraged to attend.

We invite you to meet up and march with CWA of Virginia. Drop me an email if you plan to attend, and I will send a meet-up location as the event draws closer. 

Additional Information:

  • Homemade signs are great! If you would like to make your own sign and need ideas, check out the examples on the March for Life website.
  • Visit the March for Life website for FAQs and additional details such as vehicle parking options.

With Virginia currently funding the abortion industry with millions of taxpayer dollars and heading into a critical election season where we will choose new state leadership, we need to come together to speak up for unborn babies who cannot speak for themselves. Join us as we march in support of life!

Hoping to see YOU on September 17 in Richmond!

Teresa Pregnall
State Director

Forest Prayer/Action Chapter Holds Coffee and Conversation Event

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This month, Concerned Women for America of Virginia’s Forest Prayer/Action Chapter hosted a Coffee and Conversation event with Bedford County’s new Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Marc Bergin.

The meeting was opened in prayer and a short overview of Concerned Women for America was given. Dr. Bergin was given an opportunity to make remarks, followed by a time of Q&A.  Questions ranged from masking in the schools to transgender policies, Critical Race Theory, and curriculum development in the Bedford County Schools.

We encourage all CWA of Virginia members to be engaged locally by attending Board of Supervisors, school board, and city and town council meetings.

Meet CWA of Virginia’s New State Director!

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I am very excited to introduce to you Teresa Pregnall, CWA’s new Virginia State Director. Teresa’s involvement with CWA started several years ago when she became active in a local CWA Prayer/Action Chapter. Teresa was drawn to CWA because of our balanced emphasis on education, prayer, and action. Because of this, Teresa very much looks forward to visiting CWA of Virginia’s existing chapters and developing new ones throughout the state. In addition, she is excited to see what the Lord does as she and Janet Robey, friend and seasoned Associate State Director, prayerfully grow the steering committee, increase influence at the state capitol, and draw fellow believers into the ministry of CWA.

Teresa’s life as a homemaker, wife, and mother has been her primary ministry and has brought Teresa great joy and fulfillment. Additionally, Teresa served in active military service with the United States Marine Corps and has been a Bible teacher to young women since 1999, opening her home to many college-age, young professional, and married women over the years.

Teresa has been passionately involved in short-term missions for over 22 years, sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ in Eastern Europe, South America, Central America, and Asia. Teresa and her husband Herbert (Herb) Pregnall. Jr. resides in Forest, Virginia, and are the proud parents of daughter Christine and son-in-law Bryan.

A note from Teresa:
I look forward to promoting CWA’s purposes and concerns wherever possible, as well as being available to you for help and encouragement, as together we build a strong state organization that honors Christ and brings Him glory!

Tanya Ditty
Vice President of Field Operations
Concerned Women for America

Bedford Observes National Day of Prayer

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By Barb Sherman

“… if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. – 2 Chronicles 7:14

May 6 was the National Day of Prayer– a day set aside for a national observance of God’s sovereignty over our nation, whether it be His provision, judgment, blessing, or protection. Our country was founded on a Scriptural foundation and on prayer. If we are to see our country revived, we must return to those original moral roots and Biblical directives.

Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Virginia’s, Associate State Director Jan Robey, and the Forest Prayer Action/Chapter had the privilege to lead a time of prayer at the Bedford Town Clock at Main/Bridge Streets at noon. In an appeal to heaven, prayers were lifted up for each of the following centers of influence: family, church, workplace, education, military, government, and media.

Many private citizens, representing various local churches, were present, as were several local officials, including Delegate Kathy Byron (R-District 22), Delegate Wendell Walker (R-District 23), Tracey Good, wife of Congressman Bob Good (R-District 5), and Bedford Town Council member Bruce Hartwick. Delegate Walker gave the opening prayer, members of the Forest Prayer/Action Chapter read scripture, and each prayed over a center of influence. Lori Lewis, the Bedford Pregnancy Center Director, prayed over families, and local pastor Travis Witt prayed over the government. Delegate Byron gave a few remarks and closed out our event in prayer.

The National Day of Prayer theme for this year was “Lord, pour out Your Love, Life, and Liberty.” The theme comes from II Corinthians 3:17, which declares, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty.”

Jan Robey had this to say about the scripture: “How fitting this scripture is for our town of Bedford, as Bedford was established in 1782 as the village of Liberty.” Jan Expressed appreciation for all who turned out and implored all to continue to pray for revival in our country and our leaders – local, state, and federal.

Election 2021 – Are You Ready to Help Virginia?

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Every year is an election year for the Commonwealth of Virginia. This year, the Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, and entire House of Delegates will all be on the ballot along with some local races. The candidates for each party will be selected either by a primary or an unassembled convention. The Democratic primary is in June, and the Republican unassembled State Convention is May 8. Please visit each parties’ website for their process.

Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Virginia has embraced the challenge to register new voters early. On March 31, we trained a group of women on how to register new voters at local events such as farmer’s markets, gun shows, car shows, churches, and local festivals. Participants learned how to assist individuals in registering to vote, check their registration status, find their polling place, and/or apply to vote by mail. We also reviewed the paper voter registration application and noted what is required by the Commonwealth of Virginia for new voters.

  • Would you like to join us in registering voters?
  • Would you like to be trained on how to do a non-partisan registration table at your church or local event?
  • Would you like to assist someone in doing a non-partisan registration table in your area?
  • Is there an event(s) in your area that would benefit from a non-partisan voter registration table?
  • Might your church be open to having a non-partisan voter registration table?

There are already multiple opportunities to assist in tabling in the Lynchburg, Virginia, area. If you are interested in helping in your area, please contact Teresa, our Voter Registration Coordinator, at 434-238-2770 or [email protected].

Together we will cultivate voters who are ready to vote their values. You are needed!

We hope to hear from you soon!

Jan Robey
Associate Director

Calls Needed to the Governor and Legislative Wrap Up

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The very fast-paced state legislative session convened on January 13 and was adjourned on February 11.  Immediately following the adjournment, Gov. Ralph Northam (Democrat) called a Special Session,  supposedly to deal with the budget and COVID-19 response. Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Virginia’s volunteer legislative team (Cathy Tankersley, Carole Denner, Teresa Pregnall, Jan Robey) monitored and researched legislation and represented your interests throughout the legislative session. You can check out CWA of Virginia’s legislative priorities here.

Action Needed on Bad Election Bills
A priority for CWA of Virginia this session was election integrity. The right to vote in a free and fair election is the most basic civil right, one on which many of the other rights of the American people depend. Disappointingly, many bad election bills were passed by the legislature and now await the governor’s signature.

Please contact Gov. Northam today and urge him not to sign the following election bills. Let him know that you oppose these measures, which weaken election integrity.

HB1888 – Absentee voting; adding ballot drop-off locations.
SB1097 – Absentee voting; witness signature not required.

Contact information: 804-786-2211 | Online contact form

Wrap-Up on other legislative priorities

Good election legislation

Election bills supported by CWA of Virginia were defeated mostly along party lines. Thank you for adding your voice in support of these commonsense measures, which would have preserved election integrity.

  • HB1970 – Voter identification: photograph required.
  • HB1746 – Conduct of elections; vote counting, required live video recording.
  • SB1153 – Elections: absentee voting; ballots to be sorted and results by precinct.
  • HB1758 – Voter registration, transmit weekly list of deceased to Department of Elections.
  • HB2205 – Same-day voter registration; repeal.
  • SB1118 – Voter registration; verification of social security numbers, provisional status.

Sanctity of Life Legislation
Regrettably, companion bills HB1896 and SB1276 passed and will allow state health plans to cover abortions. Fortunately, HB1922 which would have expanded abortion coverage, did not pass out of committee.

Defense of Family Legislation
CWA of Virginia supported SB1235’s requirement that the Department of Health must have parental consent before communicating with a minor. This bill was drafted in response to the postcard that was mailed to Virginia minors from the Department of Health regarding sexual matters. Unfortunately, the bill did not come out of a House committee after passing the full Senate by a vote of 20-19.

We praise God that HB1932, which would have removed the conscience protections for agencies that place children in foster and adoptive homes, did not pass out of committee. Thank you to everyone who let committee members know your convictions. Your efforts made a difference!

May we continue to pray for our legislators to have discernment.  “May the Lord give you discretion and understanding when he puts you in command over Israel, so that you may keep the law of the Lord your God.” 1 Chronicles 22:12

In these difficult days, remember that our confidence must be established on God, not government.  Prayers and action at the grassroots level MUST continue.  “Duty is ours, results are God’s.” John Quincy Adams.

Thank you!
Janet Robey
Associate State Director
For Concerned Women for America LAC