Hello! I am Abigail DeJarnatt and I am thrilled to be the Young Women for America (YWA) intern at Concerned Women for America (CWA) this summer. I grew up in Northwest Arkansas in a wonderful Christian family who have helped me grow strong in my relationship with Jesus.
It is truly only by the grace of God that I am here today. When I started college at the University of Arkansas in the fall of 2019, I thought I had my life planned out—but God had other, better plans. Though I once thought I would be a speech pathologist, God has taken me on an incredible journey, destroying every single one of my plans and calling me into the intersection of Christianity and politics. Praise God that His ways are so much better than mine!
Part of God’s faithfulness was introducing me to CWA. In 2021, I attended Turning Point USA’s Young Women’s Leadership Summit and heard Annabelle Rutledge (YWA’s National Director) explain the heart of CWA. The fact that CWA is entirely focused on advocating for Biblical values in public policy was so appealing to me that I immediately left the session to find the YWA table to learn more about this organization. I loved that YWA’s conservatism was anchored in Jesus. By August, I joined the YWA Ambassador program and was so grateful for the opportunity to join CWA at the Supreme Court on December 1, 2021, for the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization oral arguments prayer rally.
I have been so blessed by the CWA and YWA community and cannot fully explain what a blessing it is to be around such Christlike women (and men) each day of this internship. Not only am I learning about how to grow the YWA program and write educational content, but I am learning about how to love and serve others well in the workplace.
As I move toward graduating in December of this year (with a degree in news/editorial journalism), my prayer is that I get to continue working in the intersection of Christianity and politics until God closes that door. I want to help Christian women understand how their faith directly applies to culture and public policy. It is truly amazing to me how the Word of God speaks to each and every issue our society faces. Jesus is the answer to all the questions our world is desperately asking—He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life! Consequently, I think that political discourse has an incredible capacity to advance the Gospel, and I am so thankful for the work CWA does to promote the good news of Jesus.
(As a side note, I praise God that He allowed us to be present when Roe v. Wade was overturned! That is a moment I will never forget—best internship ever!)