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Friday, December 22, 2006

Gateway Pregnancy Centers

Dear Friends-

I ask for your prayers for a good friend of mine from work, named Kim. Prayer is needed for her husband Tommy, who was diagnosed with 3 cancer tumors in his liver. He will require a transplant very shortly but will first be receiving chemo. Please pray for healing for Tommy and that God will provide me with an opportunity to tell of His great love for them. Will try to keep you updated. Thank you.

Love

Penny

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

From Cathy Horling, Gateway's CPA:

Hi everyone,

I am delighted and very thankful to tell you that my aunt's cancer has NOT
spread to her lymph nodes! Thank you, Lord! And thanks to all of you for
your prayers! She has an appointment with her oncologist on Nov 1 to discuss
treatment options.

Please continue to lift my Uncle Rudy up for healing of his kidneys and
eyes, and that his diabetes comes under control.

Thank you all so much for your faithfulness!

God bless,
Cathy

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Dear friends of Gateway,

Our 21st. Annual Stewardship Banquet is just two days away!

If you or some folks you know plan to attend, would give us a call at 973-399-8378 or email me at dean@gateway.org?

We need to give a final 'headcount' to the our friends at Calvary Tabernacle, who are hosting the banquet.

Also, would you do two more things?

1) Ask that someone announce the Banquet this Wednesday at your church's
prayer meeting?

We've sent out personal invitations to pastors, asked supporters to be table
captains, distributed flyers,mailed bulletin inserts and posters to all our
supporting churches,sent dozens of personal and regularly emailed our supporters.

So, the word is out there!

2) Pray for the Lord's blessing on the evening. We're excited about the music,
message and testimonies. From our past experience, this Banquet will be great!

Below is a map and directions link to 69 Myrtle Avenue, Cranford, NJ
(the site of the banquet)



Thank you again for all you do for the Lord via the ministry of Gateway,

Dean

PS: We look forward to hearing from you!

"God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown
Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them." Hebrews 6:10

Thursday, October 12, 2006

..and abortion also?


Violence against children widely accepted: U.N. study By Michelle Nichols
Thu Oct 12, 10:05 AM ET

Violence against children is widely accepted as normal around the world, and at least 106 countries still allow physical punishment in schools, a U.N. report on the issue showed on Thursday.

The report, issued by U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan's office, found that 147 countries have not banned the punishment of children in other care settings and that up to 275 million children witness domestic violence annually.

"Legalized violence against children in one context risks tolerance of violence against children generally," said Louise Arbour, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, in a statement released with the report.

"Violence against children is a violation of their human rights, a disturbing reality of our societies," she said.

The report said World Health Organization data estimated that in 2002 some 150 million girls and 73 million boys were subjected to forced sexual intercourse and other forms of violence involving touch, while 53,000 were killed.

"Many people, even children, accept violence as an inevitable part of life," said the 45-page study by independent expert Paulo Sergio Pinheiro.

International Labor Organization data showed that in 2004 there were 218 million child laborers of whom 126 million did hazardous work, the report said. WHO estimates up to 140 million women and girls have undergone genital mutilation, it said.

"I urge states to prohibit all forms of violence against children, in all settings, including all corporal punishment, harmful traditional practices -- such as early and forced marriages, female genital mutilation and so-called honor crimes -- sexual violence and torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment," Pinheiro said.

The report also calls for the appointment of a U.N. special representative to act as a high profile global advocate to promote prevention and elimination of all violence against children.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

From Cathy Horling, our CPA:

Hi everyone,

Here are some updates and additions:

1) My aunt, Betty, is having a lumpectomy tomorrow. Her cancer is Stage one, praise the Lord! Please pray that it has not spread and for her complete healing.

2) My uncle, Rudy, whose doctors still want to set him up for kidney dialysis or a transplant, if a donor can be found. The bleeding in his eyes is coming under control, but damage to his vision has occurred from the treatments. All of his problems are the result of his diabetes, which we know the Lord can control. Remember the woman with the issue of blood?

3) My aunt, Renee, who is having a biopsy on a lump in her breast. Please pray that it is benign.

4) My friend, Fran, who has a tumor on her leg. Please pray that it is benign also.

Thank you so much for persevering in prayer and believing with me and my family for these healings.

God bless,
Cathy

Friday, September 29, 2006

Monday, September 25, 2006

A prayer update and request from Cathy Horling, Gateway's CPA:

Hi everyone,

It looks like we'll have to continue our prayers. My aunt received theresults of her biopsy and there is malignancy. She has an appointment withthe doctor tomorrow to discuss it further.

She know the Lord is with her andwill bring her through, and asked that you continue your prayers. Some ofyou are aware that she survived colon cancer a number of years ago, with theLord's help.

My uncle's doctors want to set him up for kidney dialysis. They claim that his extremely poor kidney function is the reason for all of his problems.

We're believing that the Lord will touch his kidneys and reverse the damagethe diabetes has caused. He thanks all of you for your continued prayers.

We know that with God, all things are possible. Amen.

God bless you all,Cathy

Tuesday, September 19, 2006




















Rev. James Fox will speak on Love That Gets Involved

at Gateway Pregnancy Center's 21st Annual Stewardship Banquet

Thursday, October 19, 2006

from 7:00-9:00 pm at Calvary Tabernacles Harvest Training Center,

69 Myrtle Street, Cranford New Jersey


Special music will be provided by Sarai Gardiner,

who sang at our 1999 Banquet and by the group Exhale

















Testimonies will be given by women helped through the ministry


























A freewill offering will be taken for the needs of the gospel ministry of

Gateway Pregnancy Centers.


Reservations may be made in advance by returning the form below

and payment of $20 for each person attending.



Please make your reservations before October 15, 2006..

Directions from your home to the Banquet













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Any questions?

Call us at 973-399-8378 for further details.









Send the form below to Gateway at 960 Springfield Ave, Irvington, NJ 07111

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Monday, September 18, 2006

Update on Olivia (see 9-8-06 BLOG): from Joan Vitale:

Thank you to all who prayed for Olivia. She was told to have an abortion
- refused - saw our pro-life doctor who took every step to help her.

Olivia had a miscarriage just a few days ago. It was a complete miscarriage,
no D & C necessary.

She is sad of course but realizes that God is in control and that she
made the right choice. She will no longer go back to that doctor who
told her to abort - she now has a good Christian pro-life doctor (Dr.. Pepe)

She is choosing to go through the process of grieving and knows that at the
right time she will conceive again. God Bless You Olivia!!!

Friday, September 15, 2006

From Cathy Horling, our CPA: (update on Rudy Seeger)

Hello everyone,

I ask that you continue to pray for my uncle. The eye that was hemmorhaging slightly is now bleeding as much as the other one and he can hardly see.

He is discouraged about this and really needs the Lord's healing touch.

Also, my aunt is going for her biopsy this afternoon.

Thanks so much and God bless!

Cathy

Saturday, September 9, 2006

Urgent request from Joan (Gateway - Elizabeth)

A young lady,Olivia, contacted Gateway Elizabeth because she was told by her regular OB GYN doctor that she had to abort her six week old unborn baby because she had pain and it may be tubal. Olilvia refused to abort and called Gateway she has been seen by Dr. A this morning (Friday 9/8).

He is going to call her with the blood results and see how he can help her further to carry this baby to term. Being the unborn baby is only six weeks old it is hard to get a clear ultrasound picture. At this time there is no threat of Olivia having to take the baby out due to tubal or any reason.. at this point.

SO please pray for Olivia and her baby. She and I prayed and she is
believing by faith for her baby to survive. So far so good. Praise God.
A prayer request from our CPA, Cathy Horling:

Hi everyone,

Could you please pray for the following?

1) My uncle, Rudy Seger, whose eyes are hemmorhaging from his diabetes. One is very bad and he can hardly see out of it. He has had some laser treatments in that eye, but if the situation is not much improved on its own by next week, he will require surgery. (Remember how Jesus healed the blind man? Nothing is too hard for Him!)

2) My aunt, Betty Hesse, whose mammogram shows some abnormal calcifications and she has to have a biopsy. Please pray that they are benign.

Thank you so much and God bless!
Cathy

Thursday, September 7, 2006

A prayer request from Sharon LaRose, director of the Pregnancy Support Center of Ulster County. Dean will be their 2006 Banquet
speaker on October 27th.

"Shana is a client who has been with us through her whole pregnancy. Charlene helped place her in a home for unwedded mothers. Her baby has had health problems throughout her pregnancy.

The baby was born this week many weeks early and is only two pounds. Shana (16 years old) goes to the hospital every day to give the baby breast milk. She baby...and Shana need our prayers.

Please take out time of your already busy lives to remember her and her child. Thank you very much.
Sharon/Mom/Aunt Sharon"

Tuesday, September 5, 2006

From Gateway supporter, Karen Dien

I have a friend named Josephine. She is currently going through a divorce with her husband. He has stripped her of any money, place to live, job, etc. She is a Christian, loving wife, mother, and friend.

She's a good worker and is looking for a job to support herself and to support her daughter (who by a course of bad events is under the custody of the father.)

I was wondering if you could lead me in any direction to help her. If you know of any jobs and resonably priced apartments in Essex or Union County, NJ).

Any one that can help her!

Thank you,
Karen
A prayer request from Anne Lawther (who led Dean to Christ)

Dan Preston's wife, Ada-May is in need of prayer.

She was admitted last Saturday and was in ICU until this afternoon.

They don't know what is the cause of extreme pain in her left arm and numbness in both hands. Her left leg is not working right either.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Prayer request from Gateway counselor, Francine Lee:

Amanda, her 13 year old niece has Down's syndrome. She has a pre-cursor to diabetes. Please pray for her physical well being.

Fran's brother, Tim, is seeking a decent truck. Please keep both Amanda and Tim in your prayers for their spiritual needs.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Senate wades back into abortion debate

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press Writer


WASHINGTON - The Senate reopened the abortion debate Friday in advance of the midterm elections, this time over a bill that would make it a federal crime to take a teenager across state lines to end a pregnancy without a parent's knowledge.

Supporters of the bill say such incidents often occur when a girl, or the man involved, wants to evade homestate parental consent laws. Opponents say the bill would make criminals of well-meaning confidants, such as relatives and clergy members, who might help a pregnant teen whose parents are abusive.

Much of the discussion Friday concerned how to balance a parent's right to know with a woman's right to end a pregnancy as spelled out by the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.

"How would you feel as a parent in a situation like that?" asked the bill's Senate sponsor, John Ensign, R-Nev.

"Those who would object to it have a high burden to show what is unreasonable about the legislation," added Sen. Jeff Sessions (news, bio, voting record), R-Ala.

Sen. Barbara Boxer (news, bio, voting record), D-Calif., who is managing opposition to the bill during floor debate, said, "Instead of doing something to improve the health of women and girls, the Republican leadership is spending precious time on a bill that protects incest predators, throws grandmothers in jail and violates our Constitution."

She said Democrats would try to amend the bill but predicted it would be approved considering the Republicans' 55-44-1 majority.

Polls suggest there is widespread public backing for the bill supporters' sentiments about a parent's right to know about a child's actions regarding abortion. In polls, almost three-quarters say they think a parent has the right to give consent before a child under 18 has an abortion.

Under the bill, anyone who helps a pregnant minor cross state lines to obtain an abortion without parental knowledge could be punished by unspecified fines and up to a year in prison.

The girl and her parents would not be vulnerable to criminal penalties. The measure contains an exception for those who help underage girls get such abortions to avoid life-threatening conditions.

Supporters contended the legislation is not really an abortion bill, but instead proposes new safeguards against exploitation of girls by the men who impregnate them and may put them in danger. They presented stories of girls transported over state lines who underwent botched abortions and later developed health problems.

Sessions said the legislation puts no new constraints on abortion.

But the bill's opponents say it amounts to a national parental consent law that would cut off an escape route for pregnant girls with abusive parents.

"It's very dangerous to young women," said Melody Drnach, vice president for grass roots activism for the National Organization for Women. "The most vulnerable young women it leaves out are those who are victims of incest and abuse within their own family and their own network of adults. And it is not going to help grandmothers and aunts and sisters who want to help out in a time of crisis."

Other opponents said the bill was just the latest in a line of socially conservative measures GOP leaders are bringing up for congressional votes in an effort to energize the Republican Party's most loyal base of voters.

The debate rhetoric closely tracked arguments over the right to abortion. Ensign and Sessions noted that a child needs parental permission to receive aspirin at school and to go on a field trip, but no parental consent is required for an abortion.

Democrats are expected to offer amendments to add exceptions for such confidants as grandparents and clergy. One proposed amendment would provide an exception for those who help girls get abortions in other states when their pregnancies result from rape or incest.

More than 30 states have parental involvement laws, but there is no federal policy requiring other states to honor them when girls cross jurisdictions secretly to obtain abortions.

The House passed a similar bill in April 2005.

The bills are S. 403 and H.R. 748.


In the first session of the current Congress, in April 2005, the House approved a similar bill, the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act, by a vote of 270-157.

For further information, see: http://www.nrlc.org/federal/CCPA/index.html



China Court Postpones Trial of Blind Activist Against Forced Abortions

by Steven Ertelt - LifeNews.com Editor - July 20, 2006

Linyi, China (LifeNews.com) -- A Chinese court on Thursday postponed the trial of a blind activist who, along with his family, has been subject to brutality and imprisonment for his international campaign against forced abortions.

Chen Guangcheng has been harassed by local Chinese officials in the eastern city of Linyi since he exposed a brutal family planning campaign.

The local court said prosecutors sought to postpone the case against Chen, his attorney Li Jingsong said. A new date for the trial has not been set.

The Associated Press spoke to a representative of Shandong's Yinan County Intermediate Court who wouldn't give his name but confirmed the trial had been delayed.

Li, a member of a legal team of a dozen attorneys trying to help Chen, told AP that he visited the activist on Wednesday at a detention center where local officials are holding him.

"He seemed to be in pretty good shape physically and mentally," Li said.

The trial comes after Chen exposed a family planning campaign that involved officials forcing as many as 10,000 women to submit to abortions or sterilizations. Chen brought international attention to the travesty with interviews in the Washington Post and Time magazine.

Anyone who attempted to flee the brutality was apprehended, beaten, and held hostage in city prisons until their relatives came forward and paid large fines for their release.

As a result of his actions, Chen was beaten and jailed, his family forced under house arrest, and attorneys and supporters who have been helping him have been assaulted.

Attorneys say the Chinese government is turning a blind eye because it often allows local governments great leeway in putting down political unrest. They also say leading Chinese officials have been lied to about Chen's situation.

"They're afraid of information getting out," Li, who has received deaths threats, said of Linyi officials. "They don't want the leadership in Beijing to know the truth about what's happening there."

Linyi officials have persuaded some top Chinese leaders that Chen's efforts are supported by overseas groups and they successfully lobbied the Foreign Ministry and the powerful Propaganda Department to ban any discussion of Chen's case in the state media or on the Internet.

Li has only been allowed to meet with Chen once and was prohibited from discussing the case with him.

Chen and his wife and 70 year-old mother were under house arrest beginning in September last year. The officials cut his telephone lines and used specialized equipment to prevent him from using his cell phone.

After the house arrest ended, Chen, and others who were helping him file a class action lawsuit against Linyi officials, protested his treatment. Linyi police arrested him and indicted him under the faked charges.

He has been detained at an undisclosed location ever since and Linyi police have placed Chen's mother, wife and child under house arrest.

"There isn't much hope," said Chen's wife, Yuan Weijing, told the Washington Post via telephone from their home recently.


"Everything that has happened runs counter to Hu Jintao's talk of democracy and governing by law. We live in a nation without law, a nation without morality," she explained.

Top U.S. officials have pressed the Chinese government to release Chen, but national officials have not intervened. Linyi officials, in late May, prevented two senior U.S. diplomats from trying to visit Yuan.

ACTION: Contact China's embassy in the United States and encourage officials there to help Chen Guangcheng. You can find contact information at http://www.china-embassy.org/eng/sgxx/dfzygy/t44338.htm

Related stories:
Family of China Activist Against Force Abortions Abducted, Lawyers Meet Chen - http://www.LifeNews.com/nat2396.html
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Also, check out:


http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1186887,00.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/08/26/AR2005082601756.html

http://72.14.209.104/search?q=cache:yuE8lEyFwRQJ:hrw.org/english/docs/2006/07/18/china13766.htm+Chen+Guangcheng&hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd=6


Blind rights activist Chen Guangcheng, who was detained in Beijing on Sept 6, 2005.
Photo: Gongmin Weiquan Wang.
www.gmwq.org

HONG KONG— September 8, 2005 :Chinese rights activist Chen Guangcheng has described being grabbed and forced into the back of a vehicle by unidentified men, taken to a hotel, and threatened with spying charges because he revealed abuses of rural women in the name of family planning policy.

Chen, who is blind, described being detained in Beijing by officials from his home city of Linyi, in the eastern province of Shandong, after fleeing to the capital to escape surveillance and threats at his home.

“They dragged me into the car, and my legs were hurt in quite a few places. Some of them pulled my hair and banged my head onto the wheel and hit my face and head. My nose still has two places which are hurt,” Chen, 34, told RFA’s Mandarin service.

“Then I was trying to shout, but one of them squeezed my neck with his arm, stopping me from shouting out,” he told RFA reporter Ding Xiao. “At that moment, I didn’t even dare to swallow. About twice I passed out.”


Requests for doctor denied


Chen said his requests for medical attention were refused, and he was taken to a hotel and visited the next morning by the head of the Linyi public security bureau and the city’s deputy mayor.

“The main purpose was to threaten me. He said, ‘You have revealed news information to foreign media and have been suspected of violating Article 111 of Chinese criminal law: illegally providing intelligence to foreign countries, for which the maximum sentence is life in prison. The minimum you can get is 5-10 years.’”
Officials then called in his family to persuade him to give up his activism.

“But then—I don’t know why—at a little after 6 o’clock in the evening, [they] abruptly let me go,” Chen told RFA.

The deputy mayor said the reason for Chen’s abduction was to protect him from “being used by the foreign media.”

“They don’t care about what the truth is. They just won’t allow any reporting. I think this is an issue of freedom of speech,” Chen said.

Family planning abuses

But if what you say is true, no matter where you say it, it’s still the truth.”
Chen was becoming widely known for exposing violence against women by Linyi municipal authorities in pursuit of family planning targets under China’s one-child policy, with his work against forced abortions and sterilizations featured in the Washington Post last month.

His writings, which blew the whistle of the use of forced abortions and other abuses in Linyi city and his home county of Yinan, were widely distributed on the Internet and read by many in China.

Chen was detained in Beijing Sept. 7. His lawyer Teng Biao called the police to report his disappearance, and was told that the “kidnappers” were police officers from Linyi city. “They didn’t show any identification, and they didn’t enter into any legal process,” Teng said.

A Chinese grass-roots advocacy group, the Chinese Rights Defenders (CRD), said his detention was illegal.

Calls for an investigation

“The CRD condemns Shandong public security’s actions in violating the relevant articles in the Constitution of the People’s Republic of China, and Chinese criminal law, which pledge to protect Chinese citizens’ basic human rights,” the group said in a statement carried on its Web site.

“CRD demands the immediate release of Mr. Chen Guangcheng and requests an investigation by the Ministry of Public Security, seeking accountability for the unlawful kidnapping and mistreatment of Mr. Chen,” said the group.

Chen’s lawyer Teng Biao called the Beijing police after Chen was seized. He told RFA’s Cantonese service: “They didn’t produce any identification, nor did they enter into any legal process.”

Teng said the Linyi municipal authorities sent people after Chen once they realized he had slipped through a security cordon outside his house and arrived in Beijing.
Chen’s wife, Yuan Weijing, said the Linyi municipal government had lured Chen out of his hiding place by persuading her father he could help the situation.

“They are now near our family home watching us,” Yuan told RFA’s Cantonese service Wednesday. “There are police vehicles and seven or eight officers. There are also officials from our local county government. They are there round the clock, and they change shifts every six hours.”

An official who answered the telephone at the Yinan county public security bureau near Chen’s home said he didn’t know anything about the situation.

Original reporting in Cantonese by Lillian Cheung and in Mandarin by Ding Xiao. RFA Cantonese service director: Shiny Li. RFA Mandarin service director: Jennifer Chou. Translated and written for the Web in English by Luisetta Mudie and edited by Sarah Jackson-Han.http://72.14.209.104/search?q=cache:Wrj1jeBWDQkJ:www.rfa.org

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Prayer Request:

Francine Lee is back from a short-term missions
trip to Columbia (see Blog of July 3, 2006. PTL!

She requests prayer for her mom, Betty Schaeffer,
age 79, who will have cataract surgery.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Pregnancy Centers: Pro-Abortion Report Biased on How They Help Women by Steven Ertelt

LifeNews.com Editor July 18, 2006

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A leading national network of pregnancy centers says a new report authored by a pro-abortion congressman is misleading and doesn't present a full view of what the centers to do help women in a variety of pregnancy situations.

The organization says the report is the latest attack on pregnancy centers by those who don't want women to know of abortion's risks and dangers.

Yesterday, pro-abortion Rep. Henry Waxman, a California Democrat, authored the report for the committee Democrats and claims "federally funded pregnancy resource centers often mislead pregnant teens about the medical risks of abortion."

Waxman's report says pregnancy centers wrongly tell pregnant women that abortion can increase the risk of contracting breast cancer, can lead to mental or psychological distress, and can cause future fertility issues.

Kristin Hansen, vice president of communications for Care Net, which provides assistance to more than 975 pregnancy centers nationwide, called Waxman’s report “an attempt to whitewash the risk of abortion on women’s health."

“Because abortion has become so grossly politicized, it is easy for proponents like Rep. Waxman to cite one or two studies on the risks of abortion and call it a day," Hansen explained. "But women's physical and emotional health hang in the balance.

They deserve a comprehensive look at the studies, not election year soundbites."

Hansen said Waxman's report and support for it from abortion advocacy groups has more to do with the financial loss abortion centers are experiencing because so many women are seeking tangible pregnancy help from centers like hers.

“What's clear in these attacks is that the multi-million dollar abortion industry is growing increasingly frustrated with the success of pregnancy centers, which, unlike abortion providers, offer a wide range of free services to men and women facing unplanned pregnancy and sexual health-related concerns," Hansen said.

Peggy Hartshorn, the president of Heartbeat International, another nation group that supports pregnancy centers, says Waxman needs to look into problems at abortion centers like Planned Parenthood, which are also federally funded.

“Mr. Waxman seems more intent to waste taxpayer's money to support his friends, the abortion lobby, by hindering and smearing the good work of life-affirming, faith-based pregnancy centers," she explained.

Using pregnant 17 year-olds posing as pregnancy center clients, the report claims twenty of the 23 pregnancy centers that receive federal funds "mislead" the teenagers.

On the issue of abortion's link to breast cancer, the pro-abortion Waxman report says eight centers told women that the breast cancer risk is increased.
Yet, that's what most research studies on the topic show.

A 1996 report published by the British Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health looked at 23 previous studies and found abortion increases the breast cancer risk by 30 percent.

Biochemist Joel Brind of the Baruch College of the City University of New York says abortion exposes women to high levels of estrogen and affects the breast in a negative way, allowing a greater chance of contracting breast cancer.

Waxman's report also alleges that pregnancy centers are giving women "and misleading information about the effect of abortion on future fertility." Saying that seven pregnancy centers told the teenagers this information, Waxman claims abortions "do not pose an increased risk of infertility."

But research shows that abortion can lead to infertility by increasing the risk of miscarriages.

A 1986 report in the medical journal Epidemiology reveals women with a history of abortion have a greater risk of fetal loss than women who had no previous abortions. Women with two prior pregnancies carried to term and no abortions had the lowest risk, while women with two prior abortions had the highest risk.

Meanwhile, a 1991 British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology article revealed that women with a history of abortion had a 1.5-1.7 times higher risk of ectopic pregnancy than women who had previously carried a pregnancy to term.

The Waxman report also said "pregnancy centers provided false and misleading information about the mental health effects of abortion." It said thirteen centers told the teenage callers that mental health effects from abortion are commonplace.

"Research shows that significant psychological stress after an abortion is no more common than after birth," Waxman suggested.

Yet, recent research from Norway and New Zealand has reported an association between abortion and subsequent mental health problems.

The New Zealand study, published by the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, found that mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, substance abuse and suicidal thoughts, were more likely to occur among women who had an abortion than women who had never been pregnant or pregnant women who did not have an abortion

The Norwegian study, published online by the journal BMC Medicine, compared the experiences of women who had miscarriages with those who had abortions. After 5 years, women who had abortions were more likely to suffer anxiety and intrusive thoughts of the event than women who miscarried.

The Waxman report is an effort to promote Congressional legislation that would limit the free speech rights of pregnancy centers.

Sponsored by Rep. Carolyn Maloney, a New York Democrat, the bill directs the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to create a rule prohibiting pregnancy centers from trying to deceive women into thinking they perform abortions.

Maloney did not provide any examples of crisis pregnancy centers falsely advertising abortions when she filed her bill and three groups that represent thousands of pregnancy centers across the country called it an "old recycled" attempt to attack pregnancy centers.

Related web sites:
Care Net - http://www.care-net.org
Heartbeat International - http://www.optionline.org
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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Happy Birthday Helen Sobchak!



Helen Sobchak is 88 years young (today)-- Tuesday, July 18th.

She has been a faithful volunteer at Gateway for many years. She volunteers elsewhere, is active in her church and reflects God's love to all.

Helen exemplifies a faithful worker and especially one who is not restricted by a number (in this case, the number 88). She fully intends to serve Him until He calls her home.
Abortion Risks -the truth!

A 1996 report published by the British Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health looked at 23 previous studies and found abortion increases the breast cancer risk by 30 percent.

Biochemist Joel Brind of the Baruch College of the City University of New York says abortion exposes women to high levels of estrogen and affects the breast in a negative way, allowing a greater chance of contracting breast cancer.


Recent newstory:


LifeNews.com Steven Ertelt - Editor
July 17, 2006


Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Abortion advocates in Congress are continuing their campaign against pregnancy centers that provide women with tangible pregnancy help and abortion alternatives. Democrats on the House Committee on Government Reform released a report Monday claiming pregnancy centers getting federal funds are misleading women about abortion.
Pro-abortion Rep. Henry Waxman, a California Democrat, authored the report for the committee Democrats and claims "federally funded pregnancy resource centers often mislead pregnant teens about the medical risks of abortion."

Waxman's report says pregnancy centers wrongly tell pregnant women that abortion can increase the risk of contracting breast cancer, can lead to mental or psychological distress, and can cause future fertility issues.

Using pregnant 17 year-olds posing as pregnancy center clients, the report claims twenty of the 23 pregnancy centers that receive federal funds "mislead" the teenagers.

On the issue of abortion's link to breast cancer, the pro-abortion Waxman report says eight centers told women that the breast cancer risk is increased.

Yet, that's what most research studies on the topic show.

A 1996 report published by the British Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health looked at 23 previous studies and found abortion increases the breast cancer risk by 30 percent.

Biochemist Joel Brind of the Baruch College of the City University of New York says abortion exposes women to high levels of estrogen and affects the breast in a negative way, allowing a greater chance of contracting breast cancer.

Waxman's report also alleges that pregnancy centers are giving women "and misleading information about the effect of abortion on future fertility." Saying that seven pregnancy centers told the teenagers this information, Waxman claims abortions "do not pose an increased risk of infertility."

But research shows that abortion can lead to infertility by increasing the risk of miscarriages.

A 1986 report in the medical journal Epidemiology reveals women with a history of abortion have a greater risk of fetal loss than women who had no previous abortions. Women with two prior pregnancies carried to term and no abortions had the lowest risk, while women with two prior abortions had the highest risk.

Meanwhile, a 1991 British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology article revealed that women with a history of abortion had a 1.5-1.7 times higher risk of ectopic pregnancy than women who had previously carried a pregnancy to term.

The Waxman report also said "pregnancy centers provided false and misleading information about the mental health effects of abortion." It said thirteen centers told the teenage callers that mental health effects from abortion are commonplace.

"Research shows that significant psychological stress after an abortion is no more common than after birth," Waxman suggested.

Yet, recent research from Norway and New Zealand has reported an association between abortion and subsequent mental health problems.

The New Zealand study, published by the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, found that mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, substance abuse and suicidal thoughts, were more likely to occur among women who had an abortion than women who had never been pregnant or pregnant women who did not have an abortion

The Norwegian study, published online by the journal BMC Medicine, compared the experiences of women who had miscarriages with those who had abortions. After 5 years, women who had abortions were more likely to suffer anxiety and intrusive thoughts of the event than women who miscarried.

The Waxman report is an effort to promote Congressional legislation that would limit the free speech rights of pregnancy centers.

Sponsored by Rep. Carolyn Maloney, a New York Democrat, the bill directs the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to create a rule prohibiting pregnancy centers from trying to deceive women into thinking they perform abortions.

Maloney did not provide any examples of crisis pregnancy centers falsely advertising abortions when she filed her bill and three groups that represent thousands of pregnancy centers across the country called it an "old recycled" attempt to attack pregnancy centers.

"This is nothing more than a routine attack on pregnancy centers by organizations seeking to limit their competition," Care Net president Kurt Entsminger said in a statement provided to LifeNews.com.

See the original report @: http://www.democrats.reform.house.gov/story.asp?ID=1080

Tuesday, July 4, 2006








Please pray for Francine Lee, a volunteer at Gateway who is going on a short-term missions trip to Columbia from July 6th through July 17th. Pray that the Word of God might go forward and lives be changed.

Friday, June 30, 2006

I can't wait until the 4th of July!

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Debbie Provencher, director of the Lighthouse Pregnancy Resource Center (formerly the Pregnancy Resource Center of Bergen and Passaic County) writes:

"We praise God with you and will pray for Adrianna. I do have a prayer request for Lighthouse (in Hawthorne). We are on the verge of a sorely-needed renovation of our rented facilities, but feel that God may be leading us to rent other facilities instead.

We are not on a main street and we are an extension of a church building,and can be difficult to find. I have sought advice from some other directors and would covet your prayers about this.

Thanks,
Debbie Provencher

Tuesday, June 6, 2006


Gateway Today June 2006




"Marriage is for White People"
..and other things your kids learn from their surroundings
by Randy Hicks, President of Georgia Family Council

***Rev. Michael Westbrook is Board Chairman of Gateway Pregnancy Center

A March 26 article in the Washington Post by Joy Jones created quite a stir with a comment by a 12-year-old male student in her career exploration class. When Jones offered to bring in couples to teach her students about marriage and child rearing, one pre-teen answered, "Oh no, we are not interested in the part about marriage.

Only the part about becoming good fathers. "Another boy spoke, according to Jones, 'as if the words left a nasty taste in his mouth: "Marriage is for white people.

"Now where would he come up with an idea like that? Set aside the shock factor in this child’s statement for a moment so we can look at how such an attitude would be groomed, and the bottom line is this: kids' attitudes are shaped by the culture they live in, by the things they see adults doing or not doing.In other words, what children are learning about marriage today comes from their parents-- both married and single and their peer’s families.

In this case, the culture these boys were growing up in told them that African Americans don’t marry, only white people do. So what is it that our kids are learning today about the value of marriage? What’s the culture doing to shape the opinions and values of our children, from elementary school to college? Here are just a few of the culture’s contemporary messages: Marriage is unnecessary (See recent cohabitation rates.)

If you do get married someday, it’s easily disposed of. (See cheap divorce billboards.)Children don’t need a mom and dad who are married to one another. (See the increase in adults who choose to get pregnant out of wedlock.) The good news is that there’s plenty of evidence that we as humans like marriage, at least as an ideal.

Virtually every research report on the topic shows that more than 90 percent of people enter marriage expecting it to last a lifetime. The other good news is that, though marriage may be weakened, it will never be entirely lost because there is something in the human soul that longs for the transcendent commitment of marriage.We had a conversation with someone in a culture nearly identical to Joy Jones' but with dramatically different results that illustrate the very point I’m making that our kid’s expectations and understanding of marriage are shaped by us.

Michael Westbrook is an African-American pastor and youth worker who has spent the last 20-plus years working with kids in the inner city of Newark, New Jersey. Westbrook said that he has never heard any of the kids at their community center make a statement about marriage being for white people only, and he would be surprised if they did. Why? And where do these types of statements come from?"

First, I wonder what role models are around the young man," Westbrook said, "what examples are being put forth that would cause him to come up with a statement like that. If I had heard him say that, I would have asked, 'Is anyone in your family married?Do you have grandparents, aunts, uncle’s cousins who are happily married? What about neighbors or teachers?' "If they were one of the kids in our neighborhood, I would have said, “You know that’s not true. Look at Maria and me. We’ve been married for more than 20 years.”

Which brings us to the key to unraveling this conundrum.Perhaps Westbrook has never heard a kid say, "Marriage is for white people’s because they have seen his example and that of other positive role models around them. And Westbrook is all about the example, the role model - living something out in order to teach it."

If we want kids to learn about marriage, we’ll have respected business leaders come in and talk to the kids about their lives. We’ve had a sound system engineer and a plastic surgeon come in recently and tell the kids what it takes to reach their goals.Along the way, they’ll talk about marriage and what it takes to succeed in their private lives as well as in business."

Westbrook said he and his wife constantly have kids in their home as a way of showing what a healthy, loving marriage looks like."We’ll even take kids to my board chairman’s house for dinner or other functions so they can see positive role models of marriage and parenting in the African-American community," Westbrook said.

Comparing these two stories from Washington, D.C., and Newark, New Jersey, shows that in an almost identical demographic, children’s views can differ dramatically based on the behavior of the adults around them.Take a minute as you read this to think about the messages you send to your kids or the kids around you about marriage. And realize that you are adding important information to their storehouse of knowledge about the way adults view this sacred union.

For the parents whose experiences have been negative in marriage, it would be wise to think more about what you long for in marriage than to dwell on the negatives of the past.Dare to dream big for your kids, then communicate your vision to them. Delivering bitter, tainted messages on the woes of marriage can negatively shape a child’s views of marriage, perhaps even contributing to future marital failure. In the absence of a healthy marriage to emulate, language that highly esteems marriage can still benefit a child.

What about single parents? Obviously, single parents can’t model marriage themselves in their singleness.But they can put their kids in situations where it’s modeled for them. In other words, follow Werstbrook’s example and find situations with happily married couples who can model mutual respect and commitment for one another.

In Michael Westbrook’s neighborhood, he and Maria may be the exceptions to the rule’s but they stand out by how they live their lives, by the deliberateness of placing positive examples before young people.

It’s why Westbrook isn’t hearing, “Marriage is for white people.” Georgia Family Council is a non-profit organization that works to impact communities, shape laws and influence culture in Georgia to strengthen marriage and the family.

For more information: www.georgiafamily.org, (770) 242-0001, gregg@gafam.org.
Update by Cathy Horling on Rudy Seger:

"He is wearing a nitroglycerine patch, so his heart has stabilized, but more tests will be done today to try to determine the problem with his heart; one of his kidneys is functioning very poorly, and the doctors are extremely concerned about it; and his hemoglobin count dropped significantly and he has been receiving blood transfusions.

So far, there are no signs of internal bleeding and tests are being done to try to find out why thishappened. Please lift up my aunt also; this is very difficult for her as well.

I can't thank you enough for your faithfulness and prayers! My uncle said to thank everyone; he truly appreciates all of your prayers as we trust the Lord to heal him. God bless, Cathy"
Planned Parenthood Abortion Business Makes Nearly $900 Million Last Year
by Steven Ertelt - LifeNews.com EditorJune 5, 2006 - New York, NY (LifeNews.com) --

Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion business, made nearly $900 million last year, according to its most recent annual report. The report showed the pro-abortion group made its second-highest profit ever and set new records for the number of abortions it did and the lowest rate of adoption referrals compared to abortions.

According to its records, Planned Parenthood had a record income of $882 million dollars and a profit of $63 million, the second highest it has ever recorded.

The report also shows Planned Parenthood did more abortions in a single year, 255,015, than ever before.

It also set a new low for the number of women it referred for adoption compared to the number of abortions it performed. Planned Parenthood's annual report shows it did 180 abortions for every one woman it sent to an adoption agency.

Jim Sedlak, the director of STOPP International, a Planned Parenthood watchdog group, compiled the data from the reports. He said he was surprised the abortion business continued to ask for state and federal taxpayer dollars despite receiving record income.

"Planned Parenthood must assume that elected officials can't read a simple annual report," Sedlak said. "While Planned Parenthood is begging for increased government funding, it's also admitting that it racked up record operating profits in its most recent fiscal year."

Sedlak also pointed out that Planned Parenthood set a record last year for the highest amount of taxpayer funding it received in a single year -- with a total of $272.7 million in government grants and contracts.

Since 1987, Planned Parenthood has now received a total of $3.9 billion in taxpayers' money, Sedlak explained.

"During that time it has surgically aborted more than 3.8 million babies in the womb," he said. "Just think of all the positive programs that could have benefited from our tax dollars had they not been wasted on such destructive efforts."

"It is absolutely incredible that, in these days of natural disasters and homeland security threats, our federal, state and local governments would fund this controversial organization to the tune of nearly $4 billion," said Sedlak.

"Why is our government so quick to finance such ruthless attacks on our own innocent children?" Sedlak concluded.

Related web sites:STOPP - http://www.StopPlannedParenthoodTaxFunding.com
Printed from: http://www.lifenews.com/nat2327.html

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Monday, June 5, 2006

From our wonderful CPA, Cathy Horling:

Sent: Monday, June 05, 2006 8:23 AM

Hello again,I have another prayer request - this time for my nephews (Joe's grandsons:Mike, age 14 and Tommy, age 10). They are both having a very rough time -not being able to sleep at night, not being able to concentrate in school,and sometimes having to be taken out of school because they are too upset tostay there, worrying that someone else will have a heart attack or get cancer, and in general wondering why this had to happen.

There are no easy answers, but the Holy Spirit is the Great Comforter and He can reach them the way no one else can. Please pray that they feel the peace and comfort that only the Lord can give. Thank you so much, again, for your faithfulness and prayers.

Sent: Monday, June 05, 2006 8:23 AM

Hello again,Please continue to pray for my uncle - he was coming along wonderfully through Saturday but yesterday he suffered a setback. He's having some problems with his heart; it could be a narrowing of the arteries; tests arestill being run. We know that the Great Physician hears our prayers and hasHis healing hand on Uncle Rudy. I thank you so much for your continued intercession. God bless, Cathy

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Members of South Dakota Indian Tribe to Protest Abortion Facility Proposal
by Steven ErteltLifeNews.com EditorMay 24, 2006

Pine Ridge, SD (LifeNews.com) -- Members of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation are meeting today to organize a protest against Sioux Tribe President Cecelia Fire Thunder's proposal to build an abortion facility on the reservation. Indian elders, youth and community members are slated to take part in organizing the protest.

Lily Mae Red Eagle, an 85 year-old woman who lives in Kyle, said the members of the tribe will meet this afternoon at the powwow grounds and will plan a march for the end of the month.
Fire Thunder proposed the abortion business after the South Dakota legislature approved a ban on virtually all abortions. Governor Mike Rounds signed it into law, but pro-abortion groups are hoping to put it on the November ballot and get state residents to overturn it.

Red Eagle told the Rapid City Journal the planned march would be peaceful and that those involved in the protest will also attend an Ogala Sioux Tribe Council meeting to discuss the issue with members of the council.

"We're not going to attack anyone, but we will listen to what council has to say about this," Red Eagle said.

A grandmother of nine children, she told the Journal newspaper that she didn't think the Indian tribe should be promoting abortion because it conflicts with the tribe's respect for life.
"I don't believe in killing babies, no matter what the circumstances," she told the newspaper.
Robert Benson of Pine Ridge agreed and said "We've never believed in killing our own." "It's dividing a nation of people," he added.

Former Pine Ridge council representative Eileen Janis told the Journal she plans to join the protest and worries the Indian reservation is exposing itself to unnecessary controversy because of the proposal.

"[I]t makes me feel bad that we would consider having something like this on our land," Janis said. Fire Thunder proposed the abortion business because she said it would get around the state law because only federal abortion law applies to the reservation. However, a former tribal judge says it would violate tribal law that respects the life of unborn children.

Patrick Lee, a retired chief judge for the Oglala Sioux Tribe who now teaches tribal law at Oglala Lakota College, wrote an op-ed in the Rapid City Journal in April.

"Life is sacred - the winged, two-legged, four-legged. You hear constant references to respect for life," Lee said. "Its the tribal law."

Lee told the Journal that Fire Thunder could press to change tribal law to allow for the abortion business but he indicated that the Native American tradition of respecting life would make it extraordinarily difficult.

"She could ask the tribe to change the law. And that would be an uphill battle," Lee explained.
Lee pointed to a specific portion of tribal law code about juveniles that indicates the right to life of babies before birth is respected.

The code says, "a child conceived, but not born, is to be deemed an existing person so far as may be necessary for its interests and welfare to be protected in the event of its subsequent birth."
Lee told the Rapid City newspaper that he used that section of law as a judge to require pregnant women abusing illegal drugs to get counseling or be charged with child abuse because of the injuries to the baby.

Fire Thunder is a longtime abortion advocate and formerly worked at an abortion business in California. She's on the steering committee of the pro-abortion group hoping to defeat the ban at the polls.

She originally planned to build the abortion business only if the attempt to defeat the ban failed. She told Indian Country Today that it will move ahead regardless.
She already has a name, too -- the Sacred Choices Clinic.

Planning for the abortion facility is already underway and she has put together volunteers to coordinate strategy, attorneys are drafting papers and looking at potential legal obstacles, Thunder explained.

Thunder has already raised $5,000 from pro-abortion activists across the country wanted to see the Indian abortion center succeed. She indicated she's received hundreds of emails in support.

Clementine Little Hawk Hernandez, the founder of Indians for Life, says Native Americans historically favor pro-life values.

"Our native people have such a rich tradition which is at its heart the love and respect for all life," Hernandez said. "It's truly amazing how pro-life our Native People are."
"As Native Americans, we must stand up and witness that all life is a sacred gift from God," she added.

Hernandez is a Lakota Sioux who was born on the South Dakota reservation and is an active member in the Tekawitha Conference. Her group is an outreach of the National Right to Life Committee.

TAKE ACTION: Voice your opposition to: Oglala Sioux Tribe, ATTN: President Fire Thunder, P. O. Box H, Pine Ridge, SD 57770. You can also call 605-867-6074 or fax a letter to 605-867-6076.

Related web sites:Oglala Sioux Tribe - http://www.lakotamall.com/oglalasiouxtribePrinted from: http://www.lifenews.com/state1674.html

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85 and still concerned about the life of the preborn!

Clinic protest planned by Jomay Steen, Journal Staff Writer

PINE RIDGE, South Dakota -- American Indian elders, youths and community members will meet today to organize a march protesting a proposed women's clinic offering abortion services on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Organizer Lily Mae Red Eagle, 85, of Kyle, said the meeting would begin at 1 p.m. at the powwow grounds in Pine Ridge.

She said the group will plan a march later this month to protest Oglala Sioux Tribe President Cecelia Fire Thunder's proposal to establish an abortion clinic on the reservation.
Fire Thunder proposed the clinic in response to a new state law, scheduled to take effect in July, banning almost all abortions in South Dakota. Fire Thunder said the reservation's sovereign status would allow doctors to perform abortions at a clinic there despite state law.

Red Eagle said the planned march will be peaceful, with protesters attending OST Council to listen as representatives discuss the issue.

"We're not going to attack anyone, but we will listen to what council has to say about this," Red Eagle said.

A grandmother of nine children, Red Eagle said she found it difficult to believe that women unconnected to Indian Health Services would come to the reservation for any kind of medical treatment.

"I don't believe in killing babies, no matter what the circumstances," she said.
Robert Benson of Pine Ridge agreed.

"We've never believed in killing our own," he said.
Benson said the proposed clinic is one of the biggest controversies to affect the reservation. It has pitted family and friends against each other.

"It's dividing a nation of people," he said.

Former Pine Ridge council representative Eileen Janis said she would join the protest, too. If allowed to succeed, the proposed clinic would be a target on the reservation for more controversy, she said.

"Like Lily Mae said, it makes me feel bad that we would consider having something like this on our land," Janis said.

Contact Jomay Steen at 394-8418 or jomay.steen@rapidcityjournal.com

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Pastor Joe went Home to be with the Lord on May 12, 2006.


Rev. Joseph DePasquale, educator, 75, pastor in Livingston 30 years
Friday, May 12, 2006

A service for Reverend Joseph R. DePasquale, 75, of Livingston will be at 10 a.m. Monday in the Full Gospel Church, 190 W. Northfield Rd., Livingston. Arrangements are by the Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home of Livingston.

Rev. DePasquale, who died Wednesday in Overlook Hospital, Summit, was a teacher, coach and principal at Harold G. Hoffman High School in South Amboy, where he worked for 30 years.
He was associate pastor for 14 years at Evangel Church in Elizabeth, where he started the Evangel Day School in 1970 as well as the bowling and softball leagues. He was also pastor of the Full Gospel Church for 30 years before retiring earlier this year.

Rev. DePasquale received his bachelors degree from the Central Bible College in Missouri in 1958 and a masters degree in education from New York University in 1959. He served in the Army during the Korean War.

A member of the Livingston Clergy Association, he was president of Teen Challenge New Jersey and the presbyter of the Northwest section of the Assemblies of God for the past 16 years.
Born in Elizabeth, Rev. DePasquale moved to Livingston in 1992.

Surviving are Marlene, his wife of 49 years; a son, Robert; a daughter, Barbara Kuran; sisters, Dorothy Sutera and Marylou Banning, and four grandchildren.

Friday, May 19, 2006




** New gospel tract at Gateway **





'Da Vinci Code' exposes Hollywood's double standard
By L. BRENT BOZELL III 5/19/2006




When Mel Gibson introduced "The Passion of the Christ" into the public conversation, Hollywood had a lot to say about it. Now Hollywood is offering its response to the release of "The Da Vinci Code," inviting commentary not on that movie, but on Hollywood itself.

Three years ago, Gibson gambled his own personal fortune on a great creative risk, going completely outside the established Tinseltown system to produce a horrifyingly realistic re-enactment of Christ's crucifixion and resurrection. It took not just sacrifice but also real courage to make that movie.

Film critics and political commentators didn't just pass judgment on the film's subject, but on the craziness of the director (and even his father). Gibson's devout Catholicism, so foreign to sybaritic Hollywood, was described as a crutch for a man with an addictive personality.
But perhaps harshest of all, these pundits claimed "The Passion" would cause hatred in the land and violence in the streets.


The "experts" strenuously connected Gibson's film to the notion that passion plays were traditional tinder boxes for anti-Jewish pogroms and inquisitions. Allegedly, Christians would see the film and head for the exits to deface synagogues and assault rabbis.
When the film succeeded and people attended in droves, and left in silent prayerfulness, the critics complained that Gibson was "marketing Jesus," that he was going to make millions by exploiting devotion for personal gain.


Now witness the coming of the movie version of "The Da Vinci Code." Think of it as the anti-"Passion." In one film, Jesus was Lord; in the other, Jesus was not only merely mortal, he was the center of an elaborate fraud. In one film, Jesus founded his church at the Last Supper; in the other, the Catholic Church unfolds as a secretive, murderous, thoroughly evil conspiracy. So what's Hollywood's take?

The studios reacted quickly, with Sony lapping up the film. The network news divisions have acted like devoted puppies, with Matt Lauer going "On the Road with the Code" for NBC. ABC has held "Da Vinci Code" contests on its morning show. Denying the divinity of Jesus - the central tenet of Christianity - is just fun and games, grins and giggles.

Film critics and political commentators have been largely silent, in part because Sony was so secretive with the film. When Gibson was slow to show his film to non-Christian audiences before its release, critics railed, but Sony is receiving limited guff for its handling of this film.
No one has predicted mass violence from the Christian faithful for this film's denial of the Christ, which is odd.


If they were willing to riot for "The Passion," shouldn't they be much readier to rumble after this flick finishes smearing Jesus and his church?

Certainly, no one accused Dan Brown or Sony of "marketing Jesus," since they're going to be making millions by pouring mud on him. Hostility or indifference to Christianity is just another day at the office for today's titans of popular culture. L. Brent Bozell III is president of the Media Research Center.

"The film is a vicious distortion of Christianity, demeaning the very idea of the divinity of Christ; His miracles are scoffed at, as is His resurrection; the church is alleged to be responsible for the biggest conspiracy in history; Langdon’s view of faith leaves much to be desired." Crosswalk.com

Resources to the truth:

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/145/story_14506_1.html

http://www.christianitytoday.com/biblestudies/areas/biblestudies/articles/060426b.html

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2003/144/52.0.html

http://www.probe.org/content/view/127/169/







Abortion clinic closedBy Jay ReevesThe Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM -- An abortion clinic was shut down Thursday after the state suspended its license amid allegations that a worker administered an abortion-inducing drug and performed other medical treatment on the patient without a doctor.

According to state health officials, the woman was told she was only six weeks pregnant but delivered a nearly full-term stillborn infant.

An order from the State Board of Health called the violations by Summit Medical Center in Birmingham "egregious," and the state health officer, Dr. Donald Williamson, said the clinic might not reopen.

"We feel we need to move toward revoking their license," said Williamson.

Officials from the clinic did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment. Neither did a lawyer who has represented Summit in past cases.

Williamson said an order issued Wednesday suspending the clinic's license was the result of a six-week investigation into the treatment of a woman who went to Summit seeking an abortion Feb. 20.

The patient, who was not identified in the suspension order, received an ultrasound examination from a clinic worker rather than a physician, as Williamson said is required by the law.
A staff member then gave the patient RU-486, an abortion-inducing drug, and follow-up medications that are supposed to be administered only by doctors, he said.

While the patient was told during the examination that she was only six weeks pregnant, she went to a hospital emergency room six days later and delivered a stillborn infant that weighed six pounds, four ounces, according to the order.

"It was nearly full term," said Williamson.

Once state health officials were notified, they found that Summit's records indicated that the ultrasound and medications were handled by a doctor, even though the physician was not present at the clinic that day, he said.

The state scheduled a public hearing for June 20 to determine whether Summit's license should be revoked.

State records show 11,370 abortions were performed in Alabama in 2004, the last year for which records are available. The state doesn't release records showing how many abortions are performed by individual women's clinics.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Thursday, May 11, 2006


A prayer request from Dorothy Barnes, Archway's former director and wife of Rev. Tim Barnes of Living Word Alliance Church, West Milford, NJ



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Hi Friends,

I learned yesterday that my neighbor across the street, Kathi, had a brain tumor which was surgically removed a few weeks back and for which she is now receiving radiation treatments. It's the second time it had to be removed since it had grown back in two months.

Kathi does not know the Lord (nor does her husband, Frank), and Tim, the girls and I will be reaching out to her and are hoping that we will have opportunity to present the gospel to her at some point.

Please keep Kathi in your prayers? She is not much older than me, and I cannot imagine what she is going through, especially not having the Lord to walk her through this.

Thanks so much,
Love, Dorothy

Tuesday, May 9, 2006

Joseph Forlini of Rockaway, owner of printing company
Tuesday, May 09, 2006

A service for Joseph Forlini, 70, of Rockaway will be 7 oclock Thursday evening (May 11, 2006)in the First Baptist Church of Union, 525 Thoreau Terrace, Union. Arrangements are by the McCracken Funeral Home, Union.

Mr. Forlini, who died Sunday in Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Hamilton, was the owner and president of Serafino Printing Co. Inc. in Verona since 1977.

Born in Newark, he lived in Rockaway for 26 years.

Surviving are daughters, Catherine Horling and Patricia Garofola; a son, Joseph A.; a sister, Carol Seger, and two grandchildren.

Monday, May 8, 2006

Abortion charge dismissed against pregnant woman who shot herself

Tammy Skinner By LINDA MCNATT, The Virginian-Pilot c. May 8, 2006
SUFFOLK - - Charges of inducing an abortion were dismissed today against a 22-year-old woman who, in February, shot herself in the stomach on the morning her infant was to have been born.

Tammy Skinner told police about 4 a.m. on the morning of Feb. 23 that a man had picked her up, shot her in the stomach and pushed her out of the car. Then, she told investigators that the child's father did it.

Finally, the mother of two other children - - both girls, as was the infant who died -- admitted that the wound was self-inflicted.

Skinner was also charged with using a firearm in the commission of a felony, but that charge was not prosecuted because it did not apply to the class-four felony of producing an abortion or miscarriage.

Skinner was found guilty of filing a false police report. For that, in the preliminary hearing, General District Judge James A. Moore Jr. found the woman guilty and suspended a 30-day jail sentence.

Background: Woman charged with shooting self to cause abortion

[Virginia's Fetal Homicide Law: Effective July 1, 2004, Code of Virginia Section 18.2-32.2 provides: "Any person who unlawfully, willfully, deliberately, maliciously and with premeditation kills the fetus of another" may be imprisoned from 20 years to life; and any person who does so without premeditation may be imprisoned for not less than five nor more than 40 years.]



Saturday, May 6, 2006

Guttmacher Report Says Abortions Up for Poor Women, Down for Affluent

by Steven ErteltLifeNews.com EditorMay 5, 2006

New York, NY (LifeNews.com) -- Looking into the details of the new abortion report released by the Alan Guttmacher Institute, a Planned Parenthood affiliate, it says poor women are increasingly likely to get pregnant and have abortions while more affluent women are less likely.
Based on nationwide information gathered by the National Center for Health Statistics and other places, AGI reports that the rates of unplanned pregnancies for poor women, increased by almost 30 percent from 1994 to 2001 while they fell 20 percent for women in more affluent families.

Abortion rates also rose and fell for the same groups during the time period, even though abortions are on the decline as a whole nationwide.

"Clearly, something is changing, and it doesn't bode well in terms of unplanned pregnancies and abortions for poor women, in particular," Heather Boonstra, an AGI report author, tells the Washington Post.

But when asked why this was happening, Boonstra claimed it was because state and federal governments are shifting resources away from contraception and towards abstinence education.
Leslee Unruh, president and founder of the Abstinence Clearinghouse, told the Post she disagreed with that assessment.

"Programs for poor women are often so condescending, even degrading," she said. "They teach how to put on a condom rather than how to take control of their lives."
The study also found that abortions are occurring earlier in pregnancy but that poor women have abortions on average six days later than women who are more affluent.
The AGI study found there were 6.4 million pregnancies in the United States in 2001 and four million babies were born from them. There were 1.3 million abortions and 1.1 million miscarriages.

The pregnancy were roughly divided in half between unintended and planned and unplanned pregnancies split in almost even numbers of abortions and births, the Post reported.Printed from: http://www.lifenews.com/nat2240.html

Tuesday, May 2, 2006

Andrea Clark Will Live!

"Greetings Friend of Life!

Texas Right to Life has been working for the last three weeks with the family of Andrea Clark, a patient at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in Houston, who was slated to have all life-sustaining treatment (including food and water) removed against her wishes on Sunday, April 30th.

This decision was made by Andrea's primary physician and then approved by the St. Luke's ethics committee—chaired by a prominent Houston abortionist. With mounting pressure from the public generated by Andrea's family and pro-life activists, St. Luke’s arranged to transfer Andrea to an acute care facility in Illinois rather than withdrawing care. (See the transfer story in the Houston Chronicle http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/3826053.html.)

However, minutes before the transfer was to occur last Friday, April 28th, St. Luke’s realized that the Illinois facility was not adequately equipped to care for Andrea. Andrea's family was distraught to think that Andrea's life would be hanging in the balance at a facility that considered her life futile and effectively wanted her dead. The attorneys began some fast talking, and the withdrawal of Andrea's treatment was indefinitely postponed.

On Tuesday, May 2nd, the treatment team at St. Luke's convened to further discuss Andrea's condition and treatment plan. At this meeting, Dr. Matthew Lenz, a physician with privileges at St. Luke's, transferred Andrea's care into his own hands. Dr. Lenz became involved at the request of Texas Right to Life and has since taken a personal interest in protecting Andrea's life.

His goal is to nurse Andrea back to a point where she can then be transferred to another facility for further rehabilitation. Andrea's condition is very fragile, and she requires a lot of specialized care, yet her condition is no justification for speeding her to her death by abruptly ending treatment and care that has been working. Dr. Lenz is now the new attending physician, and he has already begun to see improvements in her condition.

Andrea must undergo a surgery tomorrow to have her septic gall bladder removed. Despite this surgery posing risks to Andrea's fragile condition, the removal of the diseased organ should lend to Andrea's overall improvement. While St. Luke's has not made this process easy, St. Luke's has now offered the full support of the administration and of other specialists to assist Dr. Lenz in caring for Andrea.

While the futility law and St. Luke's policy remain problematic, St. Luke's is now committed to preserving Andrea's life and confirmed that the futility statute will not again be invoked as long as Andrea is under Dr. Lenz’s care. Andrea would not be alive today if St. Luke's had not provided care and treatment for Andrea up to this point.

The heroes in this battle are Andrea's siblings and son who fought for her life and cried from every mountaintop for help. Please join Texas Right to Life in praying for Andrea's recovery and in thanksgiving for the moral courage exhibited by Dr. Lenz in challenging St. Luke's and dedicating his personal time to treat and protect Andrea.

Please forward any kudos for Dr. Lenz to ProLife@TexasRightToLife.com, and your praise will be forwarded to him."

Reprinted from: ProLife@TexasRightToLife.com
Legal Battle Heats Up Over Andrea Clark and Potential Euthanasia Death Case
by Steven ErteltLifeNews.com EditorMay 1, 2006

Houston, TX (LifeNews.com) -- The legal fight in the battle to save the life of disabled patient Andrea Clark continues to heat up. Her case is the latest fight in the post-Terri Schiavo world where doctors employing what detractors call the "futile care theory" saying a patient is beyond medical help and are refusing to treat her.

Clark, 54, suffered complications following open heart surgery and required a ventilator and dialysis to survive. Her motor control faculties were damaged but, her family says her cognitive abilities were unaffected.

However, on April 19, St. Luke’s Hospital in Houston, where Clark is a patient, informed her family that her medical care would be discontinued in 10 days -- following a Texas law that provides medical facilities the right to give a family 10 days notice that treatment will be withdrawn.

In what pro-life advocates say is a direct act of passive euthanasia, a hospital committee decided Clark's condition was beyond hope and refused further medical treatment.
Clark's family, working with the hospital, found a hospice in Chicago that would take her, but the arrangement fell through. As a result, the hospital now plans to move forward on its threat to withhold treatment, but Andrea’s attorney, Jerri Lynn Ward, has served St. Luke’s with a cease and desist order.

LifeNews.com has been provided with a copy of the order. In it, Ward tells the hospital, "Because Andrea is heavily sedated and is limited in her ability to communicate treatment decisions to her physicians and the hospital, the family is empowered under law to make such decisions on her behalf."

"The family is united in its decision that life-sustaining treatments should NOT be withdrawn or withheld from Andrea Clark pending transfer to another physician or facility," Ward writes.
Ward said Clark's family does not believe she is a "futile case" and cited at least one physician who says otherwise. The letter says the family is having a hard time finding another medical facility for Clark because of the "futile case" label applied to her.Meanwhile, the The Terri Schindler Schiavo Center for Health Care Ethics has weighed in on the case and is siding with Clark's family.

"Andrea Clark is not comatose nor is she brain dead and yet, her life hangs in the balance because a hospital ethics committee has decided that her life is not worth living," Terri's family's foundation said. "This case is another example at how we have lost compassion not only for the disabled and elderly but for the medically dependent as well."
Wesley J. Smith, a noted author and attorney who monitors end of life issues, has written that Clark's case should be a warning for Americans.

"Clark's case involves value judgments rather than medical determinations," he says adding that it is increasingly becoming a case where money dominates decisions.
"Illustrating the level of hardball some hospitals play against patients and families, the Clark family's lawyer Jerri Ward told me that St. Luke's agreed to pay the $14,806 transportation costs to transfer Clark to a hospital in Illinois — more than 1,000 miles away — if the decision to transfer is made on Thursday," he wrote.

"If the family doesn't decide until Friday, the hospital will pay only one-half of the cost of transportation. Thereafter, it would pay nothing."

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Tuesday, April 25, 2006


Native Americans to Lead Pro-Life T-Shirt Day With Message on Abortion

by Steven ErteltLifeNews.com EditorApril 24, 2006

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Native American teenagers in South Dakota will be leading the way on Tuesday as tens of thousands of pro-life teens across the nation wear their pro-life t-shirts to school. The Indian teens will be sending a strong message to their tribal leader that they don't favor her idea to built an abortion facility on their reservation.

"Native American teens in South Dakota are showing their support for the pro-life movement by participating in this year's National Pro-life T-shirt Day," says Erik Whittington, who heads up the national project.

The national day tomorrow is a chance for teens in the Oglala Sioux Tribe to show their opposition to an idea by Tribal President Cecelia Fire Thunder, who wants to build an abortion business on tribal lands to get around a new South Dakota ban on abortions.

Whittington recently traveled there and met with pro-life teens who are excited about the opportunity to share their pro-life views.

"It is ironic that the pro-life teens we met were part of the same reservation where a Lakota woman recently pledged to have an abortion clinic built now that the state has outlawed the despicable practice," said Whittington. "This once again proves that America's youth are solidly pro-life."

Students of all ages are invited to wear a pro-life t-shirt or to purchase and wear the official shirt.

This year's campaign takes a page out of the playbook of those who back embryonic stem cell research, which destroys days-old unborn children. The military green shirts for the 2006 campaign feature the slogan, "Help Cure Abortion."

The back of the t-shirt explains that 1.2 million babies die annually from abortions and they're available for just $5 -- a price that fits into any student's budget.

"Wearing a T-shirt with a pro-life message is about more than just making a statement. It presents the truth about the horrors of abortion, while at the same time offers hope for the future," said Whittington. "Pro-life T-shirts save lives."

Unfortunately, some teens have run into problems wearing their pro-life shirts.
Last year, in Des Moines, Iowa, two Roosevelt High School students say their First Amendment rights were violated when school officials told them to remove the shirts. Sisters Brittany and Tamera Chandler said they were threatened with suspension.

Tamera Chandler agreed to wear a sweatshirt over her shirt, but felt her rights had been violated.

"I was upset because they violated my rights, but I didn't want any trouble because graduation's right around the corner," she told the Des Moines newspaper.

This year, as in years past, pro-life teens have no legal reason to worry about repercussions from wearing a pro-life t-shirt as Whittington has enlisted a nationally renown pro-life law firm to help any student who runs into problems.

"As you might expect, there are some public school administrators who don't quite know what to do when dozens-even hundreds-of their students show up for class wearing pro-life messages," said Whittington. "Some have even threatened students with detention, suspension and expulsion. However, the Constitution is on the side of free speech."

He indicated the Michigan-based Thomas More Law Center will again be available to assist any students who encounter problems with teachers or school officials.

Related web sites:National Pro-Life T-Shirt Day - http://www.nationalprolifetshirtday.com

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Friday, April 21, 2006

Current Prayer Items and Needs:

Primary in the need of any a pregnancy center is more individuals to support the work with their prayers and their giving. Volunteers are the next greatest need. No one can be a volunteer without being trained. A commitment of at least 6-months is required, along with the evidence of salvation and growth in Christ.

Training classes are held three to four times a year and comprise of an intense 18 hours of lecture, discussions, role-play and viewing of videos used in counseling. Both male and female volunteers are needed. Only males counsel males, and only females counsel females.

The addition of a sonogram machine was an example of the Lord's supply. Currently there is a need for two to three nurses to be trained to operate the state of the art ultrasound equipment. Training is free and a one-year commitment is requested.

There is always a need for newborn baby items (sleepwear, outfits, blankets, diapers, lotion, etc). We are requesting only NEW items, except for slightly used small cribs or port-a-cribs, infant cars seats, umbrella type strollers No maternity wear is needed.

Prayer is paramount. Pray for the abortionists that operate in New Jersey. Pray that they will come to Jesus. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stated 'Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that' Gateway posts on its internet site www.gateway.org) a clear Statement of Non-Violence along with their Statement of Faith and Principles.

Pray for the current women seen by Gateway, that they will:


* Make a personal commitment to Jesus for salvation

* Carry their babies to term

* Live responsibly and abstain from pre-marital sex

* Pray for past clients, who have accepted Jesus, that they will grow in faith.

* Pray for the fathers and other family members

* Pray for support of the mothers desire to carry the baby to term.

* Pray for the church, that she will see the need to both love in word and deed.

* Pray for a continuing and increasing support base for Gateway, that Jesus may be glorified.