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A Prayerful Perspective from Fort Myers

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My heart has been heavy and hurting, as I am sure yours has been, too, for those who suffered from Hurricane Ian. A week before the hurricane hit, I attended the Fort Myers Prayer/Action Chapter meeting and met the lovely ladies who are Spirit-filled, powerful, praying women, who love what God loves, hate what God hates, fight for the vulnerable, and stand for righteousness.

 
Fort Myers took a direct hit from the hurricane, which devastated the community. I was eager to hear from them when they got cell service and respond to my texts about how they were doing and how we could help. The following responses give you a feel for what some endured and how to pray.
 

Nancy Mastous, Fort Myers Prayer/Action Chapter secretary: We feel the prayers – we fared fair, but that was the scariest day of my life. My daughter and her family, who live two doors away, stood for almost three hours in sewage and spent three hours in the attic with their girls and two dogs with floaties from their pool. As the water receded, they walked, tied together, in raw sewage to my house. We tore up the carpet and have a mess, but thanks be to God, we are livable. It’s heartbreaking but being safe is amazing. Our God has protected most bodies, and most things can be replaced.
 

Karen Dorfman, Fort Myers Prayer/Action Chapter Leader: The hurricane has left me feeling many emotions. Tears flow over the sadness that so many around me have lost everything. Their entire life is out on the street to be thrown into the garbage. Worse, some have lost loved ones. Yet there is a sweetness in the midst of it. The endless stories of people helping dig mud from homes, pull up carpets, and tear out drywall. Washing sewage from a friend’s clothes. Giving strangers meals and churches piled high with supplies. We are on mission. This is what missionaries do. I thank the Lord that He has given me the gift of Hurricane Ian. The Lord has provided, strengthened, and shown His steadfast love throughout this tragic act. Tragedy changes hearts. It is easy to be complacent and take simple things like water and electricity and to be able to read your Bible for granted. When our electricity came on after five days and the water after nine days, both times, I instantly fell to my knees in tears and thanked the Lord. My heart will never be the same after this, and that is exactly what God wanted all along. My Heart.
 

I am proud of these ladies and their faithfulness and trust in God. They decided they would still hold their monthly meeting in October and not let anything stop them from interceding in prayer for our nation. May we pray for them. May we follow their example.
 

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble…The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Psalm 46:1,7

 

Serving together,

Sincerely,
Ruth Smith
State Director

CWA to Host Morning Coffee Talk in Pinellas Park, Florida

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Do you or someone you know live in the Tampa, Pinellas Park area? If so, I invite you to join me for coffee and conversation on Saturday, October 22!

 

Gloria Savalli of Pinellas Park will be hosting a Morning Coffee Talk, and I will be speaking about the hard issues that impact our nation, state, and communities and proactive ways to engage from a Biblical perspective.

 

God has been stirring believers to pray and get informed about the issues affecting life, faith, and family. Learn how to use your voice to influence policy.

 

Here are the details:

Date: Saturday, October 22

Time: 10:30 -11:30 a.m.

 

RSVP me at [email protected] with your name and how many will be attending. Directions to the Coffee Talk after RSVPing.

 

Mark your calendar, make plans to attend, and be sure to invite some friends!

 

If you do not live in the Pinellas Park area, would like to host a Coffee Talk in your area, and/or would like more information about CWA of Florida, contact me! I’m happy to let you know of the many opportunities for involvement in our great state.

 

I look forward to hearing from you!

 

Sincerely,
Ruth Smith
State Director

CWA to Host Morning Coffee Talk in Lake Mary, Florida

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Do you or someone you know live in the Lake Mary area? If so, I invite you to join me for coffee and conversation on Wednesday, October 5!

 

Janet Quinones of Lake Mary will be hosting a Morning Coffee Talk, and I will be speaking about the hard issues that impact our nation, state, and communities and proactive ways to engage from a Biblical perspective.

 

God has been stirring believers to pray and get informed about the issues affecting life, faith, and family. Learn how to use your voice to influence policy.

 

Here are the details:

Date: Wednesday, October 5

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Location: Panera Bread, 864 S. Sun Dr., Lake Mary, FL 32746

 

RSVP me at [email protected] with your name and how many will be attending.

 

Mark your calendar, make plans to attend, and be sure to invite some friends!

 

If you do not live in the Lake Mary area, would like to host a Coffee Talk in your area, and/or would like more information about CWA of Florida, contact me! I’m happy to let you know of the many opportunities for involvement in our great state.

 

I look forward to hearing from you!

 

Sincerely,
Ruth Smith
State Director

Meet Ruth Smith – Florida’s New State Director

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I am thrilled to introduce you to Ruth Smith, Concerned Women for America’s (CWA) new Florida State Director. Ruth is no stranger to CWA, having served as a CWA of California Prayer/Action Chapter Leader and California Area Director since the early 1990s.

 

In her role as Area Director in California, Ruth assisted in building a robust network of Prayer/Action Chapters across the state. She engaged in policy issues where she lobbied on issues impacting life and the family, along with assisting in planning pro-life/pro-family rallies. And now, Ruth is ready to bring this experience to Florida.

 

A note from Ruth:

“I love that CWA is rooted in prayer and action. I am a firm believer that we fight our battles on our knees. We have to pray, or we are powerless, and we have to take action, or our prayers are meaningless. As Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, ‘Silence in the face of evil is itself evil; God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.’

 

“I am grateful for the work of former State Director Terri Johannessen, now State Director Emeriti,  and look forward to continuing to provide a Christian conservative woman’s voice on current issues in Florida, and building a network of Prayer/Action Chapters around the state.”

 

A little bit more about Ruth: She has been a soprano soloist and piano teacher for decades and has performed major works with the local Master Chorale and Orchestra. Ruth is also a woman of the Word and a gifted Bible study teacher. Ruth leveraged the COVID restrictions and started teaching Bible studies online. She and her husband were missionaries to Peru, where they planted a church and taught missionary children at the Wycliffe Center in the Amazon jungle. Ruth and her husband George live in Palm Bay and have five children and 17 grandchildren.

 

Tanya Ditty
Vice President of Field Operations
Concerned Women for America

 

PS: Seek the Lord and ask if He is calling you to join CWA and its movement to impact the culture for Christ through education and public policy. Contact Ruth at [email protected] or at 760-815-9803. She would love to talk with you, answer your questions, and get you involved in Florida.