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Tuesday, November 25, 2003

Would you pray concerning this?

North Dakota student missing after terrifying last phone call

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) � Hundreds of volunteers lined up Tuesday to join the search for a University of North Dakota student who has been missing since Saturday. Police believe she may have been abducted.

Dru Sjodin, shown here in an undated family photo, went missing Saturday.
From family friends via Grand Forks Herald, AP

Dru Sjodin, a 22-year-old senior in graphic arts from Pequot Lakes, Minn., was last seen late Saturday afternoon, as she was leaving the Columbia Mall in Grand Forks where she worked.

Her mother, Linda Walker, said her daughter was talking to her boyfriend on her cell phone about 5 p.m. Saturday when her boyfriend heard her say, "Oh, my God." Walker said the phone then went dead.

On Tuesday morning, the volunteers were given identification badges and assigned to teams, then bused to an area east of the city to search for Sjodin.

"I was up all night, because I've just been itching to get out and do this," said Jerrod Arneson, one of the searchers. "You never think something like this would happen here, and when it does, you want to do something."

The search was concentrated on an area around Fisher, Minn., east of Grand Forks, where police had traced a call from Sjodin's cell phone.

Police said Sjodin's red car, a two-door Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, was found in a Columbia Mall parking lot. Lt. Dennis Eggebraaten said a package that Sjodin apparently bought at the mall was inside the car.

"There was no sign of a struggle that we could determine," he said.

Police were investigating calls to Sjodin at the Victoria's Secret store where she worked. They said she had received at least one call from a man she did not know, who asked for her by name.

Monday, November 24, 2003

Gateway Need!

Are you able to set up a home computer? If you can, you can help Betty, aChristian woman who came to Gateway a couple of years ago, She lives in Iselin. If you can help with the basics of connecting and plugging in this computer, would you call Dean at 973-399-8378? Thanks

Friday, November 21, 2003

Al Sharpton's Actions Wouldn't Match Words on Abortion

by Paul Nowak
LifeNews.com Staff Writer
November 20, 2003

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- The Rev. Alfred "Al" Sharpton is a contradictory speaker when it comes to life issues. He may be the only candidate for the Democratic nomination that freely admits that he believes life begins at conception, but wants to give women the "right" to an abortion anyway.

In his book "Al on America" Rev. Sharpton writes that he believes "Life begins when a sperm meets the egg, and that only God should decide whether to take a life."

Yet in the very same publication, he declares that, as President, he "Would only appoint justices to the Supreme Court who are for women having the right to choose whether or not they will have an abortion."

On his presidential campaign website, his number one reason for becoming president is to raise awareness for ideals, explicitly including an anti-death penalty policy. But the tenth and final item on his list of reasons for running is to establish the Equal Rights Amendment for Women (ERA).

Pro-life groups, while supporting the equality of women, oppose the ERA because it has been used to mandate taxpayer funding of abortions.

"We've seen the 'personally opposed but' politician go down to defeat time after time," Carol Tobias, political director of National Right to Life told LifeNews.com. "Sharpton will be just one more."

Perhaps it is the Pentecostal minister's lukewarm stance that has kept him at the bottom of the polls. However, he is clearly recognized as pro-abortion by many.

Barbara Streisand, who has donated thousands of dollars to pro-abortion candidates, made a financial vote of support for Rev. Sharpton in May.

And yet, when pro-abortion groups criticized President Bush's nomination of California Supreme Court judge Janice Rogers Brown to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Rev. Sharpton urged Senate Democrats not to filibuster.

"I don't agree with her politics. I don't agree with some of her background," said Sharpton. "But she should get an up-or-down vote."

Sharpton's campaign declined to provide comment to LifeNews.com.
From our accountant and friend of Gateway, Cathy Horling, a prayer request:

"HI COULD YOU PLEASE REMEMBER PAUL KIM IN YOUR PRAYERS? HE IS THE FRIEND OF MY CO-WORKER'S BROTHER, AND HAS JUST BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH LIVER, TESTICULAR ANDLUNG CANCER. PAUL IS A VERY SWEET PERSON IN HIS THIRTIES WHO ALSO SUFFERS FROM DOWN'S SYNDROME. THE DOCTORS AREN'T OFFERING MUCH HOPE, BUT WE KNOW OUR GOD CAN DO ANYTHING!THANK YOU SO MUCH AND GOD BLESS,CATHY"




Thursday, November 6, 2003

Q: What will the signing of the Partial Birth Abortion ban by President Bush mean relative to the whole issue of abortion?

Our answer: Very little, unless believers begin to pray and act righteously within the church.

Perhaps praying that more light that is shown on the process of abortion in general, and specifically in the 2nd and 3rd trimester. This may move some hearts, but without Christians realizing the awefulness of EVERY abortion, we are just trying to bring life to dead bones without the power of Christ.