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Merry Christmas Greetings (and Looking Ahead to 2018)

By December 9, 2017Georgia
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We at Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Georgia wish you the happiest of all Christmases!

Thank you for joining with CWA of Georgia in our efforts. Throughout the year, I have been reminded of your faithfulness to defend America’s Judeo-Christian heritage and Biblical values in public policy. Thank you for your commitment to pray, your voice for truth, and your generosity in resources! You have impacted our great state and nation by your service to God, family, and country. Be as encouraged as we are! Because of you, we have been able to take a stand for the unborn and against Planned Parenthood, for the privacy of women and children in restrooms, for the end of casino gambling, and much more.

Prayer continues to be the strength of CWA of Georgia. The backbone of our organization is our Prayer/Action Chapters – where attendees pray for their community, are educated on issues that affect our families, and then take action on those issues. Our goal is to have a chapter in all fourteen congressional districts. If you’re interested in starting a Prayer/Action Chapter, please e-mail me today to find out more!

Our much-loved annual Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) Prayer Project matches a state legislator with a prayer partner who is committed to sending pre-printed EAL postcards and covering their assigned leader in 1 Timothy 2:13-14 prayers during the legislative session. Legislators frequently thank us for these beautiful postcards and often display them on their desks. Learn how to sign up to participate here.

We also took our prayer efforts to the grounds of the state Capitol. Partnering with Cry Out America, we developed an 11-week prayer strategy to “plow” the ground at the Capitol to prepare Georgia for a “harvest” for Christ and His Kingdom. CWA of Georgia led a prayer walk at the Capitol, and for those unable to attend the prayer walk, we created an online virtual prayer walk. You can access the virtual prayer walk videos here.

Additionally, we hosted our inaugural Feisty & Feminine workshops this year. It was exciting to be with women who truly care about the condition of our culture and who desire to be an agent of change! We spent time sharing our concerns as women and identifying specific tools we can use to counter the message of the extreme feminist agenda. We explored Penny Nance’s book, Feisty & Feminine, and challenged ourselves to seize our Esther moment!

January through March, CWA of Georgia represented your interests at our state’s Capitol during the legislative session. We testified on bills, lobbied hard, and prayed even harder! Because of your voice, we were able to stop the casino and Daily Fantasy Sports bill for this year. We were not able to move forward on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act legislation, but we look forward to continuing the fight for its passage in 2018.

Throughout the year, I was able to represent you at many events and speaking engagements.  It was a joy to meet many of you at these events, especially at the City Schools of Decatur school board meeting. Several CWA members attended the meeting to oppose the radical transgender policy that was implemented single-handedly by the superintendent without any vote by the school board. While they refused to take heed of our concerns, their deeds were no longer hidden.

CWA of Georgia partnered with other organizations to host the “Counting the Cost” luncheon event in Atlanta. The guest speaker, floral artist Barronelle Stutzman, shared her very personal story of how she was simply living according to her faith when she was attacked by the government and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).  Former Atlanta Fire Chief, Kelvin Cochran, was also in attendance and shared his extraordinary testimony.  The highlight of the luncheon was the opportunity we had to pray for Barronelle and Kelvin.

Several dozen people attended our 100 No More Human Rights Prayer Rally in Marietta. We stood outside of the Planned Parenthood clinic to speak out and pray for the unborn and their mothers. The keynote speaker was Dr. Alveda King, Martin Luther King Jr.’s niece, who is a strong pro-life advocate.  Following the prayer rally, we went to a local women’s pregnancy center where we heard from the director of the center. At the end of our meeting, Dr. King led us in prayer for the work of the center.

Now is the time to build on the conservative momentum happening across the nation and to pursue policies that will honor God, family, and country at all levels of government. Next to prayer, the strength of CWA is each of you. CWA allows flexibility for volunteers to maximize or minimize their participation while being edified, educated, and equipped to speak out on issues. If you feel called, we have a place for you in Georgia.

Have you ever considered lobbying? CWA has trained many Georgians on how to lobby from their laptops, at home, or in person at the legislature. Now is the time to press forward and take the next step!

As we approach 2018, I hope you will partner with CWA of Georgia in prayer, with volunteer opportunities, and with a gift of any size. Click here to give a tax-deductible gift online.  For your gift to stay in Georgia, be sure to click on the “Donate to Your State” box below my picture (not the donate button at the top of the page).  Or, send a check to CWA of Georgia, PO Box 671374, Marietta, GA 30062. Write it out to “Concerned Women for America” and put “CWA of GA” on the memo line. All donations designated to Georgia are used for God’s glory inside our state, and we work to be good stewards of every precious dollar you give.

Our prayers in the coming year are that the name of Christ will be lifted high, that we will continue to make progress in our state and nation for truth and righteousness, and that many will join us.

May you and your family have a blessed Christmas and a healthy, happy, and peaceful New Year.

Season’s Blessings to You and Yours,

Tanya Ditty
State Director