Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Louisiana’s Lafayette Prayer/Action Chapter wrapped up a remarkable year with a special Christmas luncheon on Friday, December 6, attended by local and state officials, CWA of Louisiana leaders from across the state, and enthusiastic members and guests. Leaders recapped CWA of Louisiana activities in 2019, highlighted a CWA core issue – fighting sexual exploitation – and armed attendees with biblical perspectives on current issues. There were also a few surprises.
Janet Jackson, state Prayer/Action Chapter Coordinator, set the tone by opening in worship, accompanied by Prayer/Action Chapter Leader Tara Baudoin’s 13-year-old daughter on piano. The luncheon was punctuated with prayer throughout, and with giveaways of Penny Nance’s book, Feisty and Feminine, and Baudoin’s original art.
Cindy Doré, long-time friend of CWA, shared how one group is fighting sexual exploitation in Acadiana by reaching out to strip club workers. She encouraged attendees to obey when God prompts them to step out of their comfort zones. Attorney General Jeff Landry’s representative distributed resource information to equip warriors in the fight against human trafficking.
The event culminated in a surprise tribute to State Director Sancha Smith for her integrity and faithful, prayerful work in Louisiana. A personal tribute from Tara Baudoin was followed by video accolades from CWA CEO and President Penny Nance, Louisiana Family Forum President Gene Mills, State Senator Beth Mizell, U.S. Congressman Clay Higgins, State Senator-Elect Heather Cloud, and Smith’s husband and youngest son.
“We think the event was a huge success, not only because the seats were filled, or because we gained several new members, but the men and women left energized and equipped to make a difference. All glory to God,” Baudoin reflected.