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Lafayette Chapter Hosts Memorable Christmas Event

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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.

CWA Prayer/Action Chapter Opportunities

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Are you ready to take your knowledge and put it into action? If so, a CWA Prayer/Action Chapter is the perfect place to do so. “What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works?” James 2:14

First: Find out what a Prayer/Action Chapter is as well as what a typical one looks like.

Second: Click here to find a Prayer/Action Chapter in your area and learn more.

CWA of Louisiana Hosts Encourager Awards Breakfast and Lobby Efforts

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Louisiana recently recognized state and federal legislators with Ambassador Awards for their work to advance CWA core issues. Additionally, each of the Ambassador Award recipients was asked to recognize their greatest encourager as part of the event. The award ceremony was held in Baton Rouge on May 8.

Sancha Smith, CWA of Louisiana State Director, stated, “As an organization, we really appreciate our lawmakers who align with our faith-based policies. We realize that it is often difficult to stand for Biblical principles in this culture, and the most successful legislators usually have solid encouragers who stand with them through thick and thin. These ‘Encourager Awards’ allow us to recognize both the legislators and those people who have supported them in so many ways. It was truly an honor to host this event.”

Ambassadors were each recognized by listing some of their major accomplishments in support of the core issue for which they were awarded. Beautiful bronze statues of a woman in prayer were given to each of the recipients as a token of appreciation and to remind the legislators that CWA members are praying for them. The recognized “Encouragers” received Louisiana state flags, which had been recently flown over the state capitol.

The Ambassador recipients and their recognized encouragers:

Defense of Family – State Sen. Beth Mizell
Encourager – Julie Stewart

Fight Sexual Exploitation – State Sen. Ronnie Johns
Encourager – Father Jeff Bayhi

Religious Liberty – Congressman Mike Johnson
Encourager – Patrick Johnson (deceased)

Sanctity of Life – State Rep. Katrina Jackson
Encourager – Dorinda Bordlee

Education – State Rep. Beryl Amadee
Encourager – John Amadee

National Sovereignty – Congressman Clay Higgins
Encourager – Becca Higgins

Support for Israel – State Rep. Valarie Hodges
Encourager – Carla Roberts

Leadership Award – State Sen. John Milkovich
Encourager – Carola Milkovich

Keynote speaker at the event was Dr. Shea Garrison, Vice President for International Affairs for Concerned Women for America in Washington, D.C. Dr. Garrison spoke of her work on U.S. foreign policy and aid, women’s economic and social empowerment, religious freedom, and human rights. She cited numerous studies and experiences to highlight the importance of bringing the Biblical perspective into what is typically an overtly humanist worldview.

Two Legislative Victories!
The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was up for a vote on the floor of the Louisiana senate the afternoon of the awards breakfast. Dr. Shea Garrison joined other Louisiana conservative leaders in speaking to Louisiana senators at the state capitol on the dangers of passing the ERA.  CWA’s presence was felt there, as was the groundwork laid earlier by State Director Sancha Smith and her team. The ERA failed to pass by an unexpected vote of 26 “Against” and only 9 “For” the amendment!! State Sen. Beth Mizell was the only senator (brave enough) to stand and speak out against the ERA during the debates on the floor. Earlier in the day, Sen. Mizell received CWA Louisiana’s recipient of the Defense of Family Award.

Rep. Valarie Hodges, who won CWA of Louisiana’s award for Support for Israel, was the sponsor of HB 245, a Louisiana anti-Boycott Divestment and Sanctions bill which “authorizes a public entity to reject the lowest bid on a procurement contract when a vendor engages in a boycott of Israel.” The bill was heard in the afternoon of the awards and it passed unanimously in the State House of Representatives! CWA of Louisiana lobbied for the passage of the bill.

You are Invited – Encourager Award Breakfast – May 8

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Don’t miss out. Join us for the Concerned Women for America of Louisiana Encourager Awards Breakfast!

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Capitol Park Event Center
702 River Road
Baton Rouge, LA

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Shea Garrison, VP International Affairs, Concerned Women for America, Washington, D.C.

This is an event you don’t want to miss!  Be informed by Dr. Garrison as she gives us insight into the international affairs that CWA is working on as well as how we in Louisiana can have an impact.  Join us in honoring several individuals who have been outstanding encouragers to several of our stellar state legislators – legislators who have been a leader in promoting CWA’s core issues.  Meet several state legislators, their families, and staff.

“Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.” (Romans 13:7)

Limited seating is available for a donation $15.00 per person.  Breakfast included.

Your Prayers are Necessary!

  • Please pray for the work being done through CWA of Louisiana!
  • Pray for the success and fruitfulness of this event!

Take Action!

  • Please RSVP by Monday, May 6.  Contact Nancy Tower at [email protected] or at 337-842-7849. Payment will be collected at the door.
  • Prayerfully consider if it is your portion and your season to join with us as members of CWA of Louisiana!
  • Contact me for further information.

For His glory!
Sancha Noel Smith
State Director
CWA of Louisiana
[email protected]
337-308-8696

Encourage-A-Legislator Appreciation Day 2019

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Encourage-A-Legislator Appreciation Day 2019
Thursday, April 25
State Capitol in Baton Rouge

This year, we are combining our Prayer Walk with the Encourage-A-Legislator Appreciation Day. All Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Louisiana members and EAL prayer volunteers are invited to join us.

We will meet at 10:30 a.m. and should conclude the day by 3:30 p.m. Click here to view the agenda. Come and meet other prayer volunteers as we pray, eat lunch together, and visit with our legislators.

For more information and to RSVP contact us at [email protected]