Monday, March 29, 2010

.. update!
Tuesday March 30, 2010
The crisis is over, thank God. Thank you for your prayers. The Drs don't know the cause, but thank God for prayer.

Urgent prayer request from Javon Allen, pastor of Peace Temple, in Newark.

Javon's brother Benjamin Allen Jr. has been rushed to the hospital with serious convulsions. He lives in Gary Indiana.

Further details when they become available.

Also see:


'Prayed and praying' George Flores On-Air Personality Ministry relations Manager Star 99.1 HD

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

"I want to express my heartfelt thanks to all of you who prayed and sent cards with words of comfort and love.

I embraced the prayers .. you will never know how much I depended on them and the Lord during the last weeks (especially) of my mom's life.

The Lord comforted me with the same comfort I know He has comforted many of you who have lost loved ones.

I am also comforted with Christ's Words in John 14:27
"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you:
not as the world giveth, give I unto you.." Amen!

Love to you all, Joan

Monday, March 22, 2010

Jason Mahmoud Ibrahim, 29, passed away in Altoona, Pa., on Feb. 26, 2010, due to an undetected heart defect from birth. His funeral was held in Altoona, Pa., on March 3, 2010, at Calvary Baptist Church. There will be a memorial service to celebrate Jason's life at Long Hill Chapel, Chatham, on April 10, 2010, at 11 a.m.

Family, friends and neighbors are welcome to attend the service. There will be a luncheon imm ediately following the service. Jason was a graduate of Chatham High School with the Class of 1999 and of Grove City College in 2003.

He worked as a senior web developer at Link Computer and was also a newly elected member of the City Council in Altoona, Pa. Jason was a devoted husband to Elizabeth (Henry) Ibrahim and a loving father to their three children.

He was the beloved son of Mahmoud and Mary Ann (Hammer) Ibrahim and loving brother of Noelle (Ibrahim) Witthohn.
Published in Star-Ledger on March 21, 2010

House Republican Leader John Boehner: Abortion-Executive Order Won't Work

by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 21, 2010

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Washington, DC ( -- House Republican Leader John Boehner issued a statement this morning saying he opposes the idea to exchange pro-life votes for the pro-abortion health care bill for a promise of an executive order from President Barack Obama. He says the idea won't work and that pro-life groups oppose it.

Several pro-life groups have already spoke out against the idea, that would have Rep. Bart Stupak and several pro-life Democrats give Nancy Pelosi 216 votes for the measure in exchange for an order to ban abortion funding in it.

“The law of the land trumps any Executive Order which can be reversed or altered at the stroke of a pen by this or any subsequent President without any congressional approval or notice," Boehner said.

"Moreover, while an Executive Order can direct members of the executive branch, it cannot direct the private sector," he added.

Opposition to the idea comes in part because technically it won't work to authentically ban abortion funding and can easily be reversed.

“Because of Roe v. Wade, courts have interpreted the decision as a statutory mandate that the government must provide federal funding for elective abortion in through federal programs. In other words, no Executive Order or regulation can override a statutory mandate unless Congress passes a law that prohibits federal funding from being used in this manner," Boehner explained.

The GOP leader then cited the opposition from pro-life the statement he sent to

"Legal experts at the US Catholic Conference of Bishops, National Right to Life Committee, Americans United for Life, and Family Research Council have confirmed this view that if the Senate bill is signed into law, it is a statutory mandate for the new health plans to include federal funding of elective abortion," he continued.

"The need for an Executive Order is evidence that this is true, and Congressional Democrats know it. Make no mistake, a ‘yes’ vote on the Democrats’ health care bill is a vote for taxpayer-funded abortions," Boehner concluded.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Dear Gateway family,

Please be in prayer for Joan Vitale, our Associate Director (Elizabeth). Her mom, Margaret Giannico, passed away this morning at 7am. She was 82. She was predeceased by her husband.

A funeral service will take place at 11:30 am (visitation 10:00-11:30am) on Friday March 19, 2010 at the Hooper Funeral Home, Beverely Hills, Florida.

Please scroll down for Margaret Giannico's obituary.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that gifts be made to:

Hospice of Citrus County
P.O. Box 641270
Beverley Hills, Florida 34464

Dear Joan,

I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Please accept mine and Jim's deepest sympathy. We just lost my dad this past summer at the age of 91 and my mom a few years earlier, so I know how it feels. You and your family will be in our prayers. We miss you and love you. Much love in Christ, Kathy & Jim Nilla /

Please convey to Joani my sincere condolences to the whole family.

Thanks. Fernando (Rodriguez)

An online donation to Hospice of Citrus County in honor of Margaret Giannico has been made by the Rodriguez family.

In a way, I know Joan is glad that she was there for her mom till the end! That she was close to her and not states away from her. Yes, we shall PRAY! Jackie (The West family)

Please pass on our deepest sympathy to Joanie. Karen and David Barker, Westfield, NJ

Dear Joan and Family,
I was so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. It is so hard to say good-bye to those who are so very dear to us. I pray that you will experience the Lord's abundant strength, comfort, and love as you grieve the passing of your mom. May the blessed hope of seeing her again be a source of comfort to you as well. With Our Love and Prayers, Cathy Carolan and Family

May God strengthen and bless the family. Alveda

In and For Christ, Dr. Alveda C. King

I have prayed that God will keep her strong. God is able to do the impossible and with His help we can do the same. Sharon Vann-Williams, Richmond, Virginia

"I am thinking about you Joan and I love you." Alison White, Columbia S.C.

A donation in memory of Margaret Giannico has been made to the Hospice of Citus County by the Gavaris family

Margaret Giannico
January 31, 1928 - March 15, 2010
Beverly Hills, Florida

Margaret Giannico, 82, of Beverly Hills, died March 15, 2010 at the Citrus Hospice House. She was born Margaret Drake on Jan 31, 1928 in Elizabeth NJ. There she and her future husband, Ernest, grew up, later married and raised a family. They settled in nearby Union Township NJ in 1962, where they remained until moving to Beverly Hills in 1991. Margie and Ernie, as they were known, were married for 55 years before Ernie, a WWII Army veteran, died in July 2002.

A devoted wife, mother, and homemaker, caring for and enjoying her family were her passions. She excelled at crossword puzzles, card and word games. She loved talking and learning about food and cuisine, and was a wonderful cook herself. Margie also appreciated a wide array of musical styles, classic movies, comedy shows, talking and laughing.

She will be missed by her survivors, including four children: Rodger Giannico of Nice, France; Donald Giannico and wife Diane of Barnegat NJ; Joan Vitale and husband Gary of Elizabeth NJ, and; John Giannico and wife Rita of Spotsylvania VA. She was the proud grandmother of Andre Giannico and wife Laura of Hillsdale, NJ, and Brice Giannico of Ceyreste FR. She also leaves a sister, Gertrude Michalko and sister-in-law Kathleen Drake (both of Beverly Hills), and a brother-in-law Attilio Giannico and wife Gloria of Holmdel NJ.

The Service of Remembrance for Mrs. Giannico will be held 11:30 AM, Friday, March 19, 2010 at the Beverly Hills Chapel of Hooper Funeral Homes with Rev. L. B. Thomason officiating. The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service on Friday at the Beverly Hills Chapel. Interment will follow at 2:00 PM at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. Expressions to the family may be made through the funeral home website at under “obituaries”. In lieu of flowers, Margaret requested that any remembrances be made to Hospice of Citrus County, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills FL 34464.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Please pray for the family of Jason Ibrahim

Jason, age 29 (third from the left in the photo below) was the son of Gateway supporters, Mary Ann and Al Ibrahim.

He loved the Lord and was outspokenly pro-life.

Jason Ibrahim: In His Own Words

Below is an obituary as well as links to stories about Jason as well as a fund set up for his family.

Jason Mahmoud Ibrahim Jan. 5, 1981 - Feb. 26, 2010

Jason Mahmoud Ibrahim, 29, Altoona, died unexpectedly Friday of natural causes. He was born in Ridgewood, N.J., a son of Mahmoud and Mary Ann (Hammer) Ibrahim. He married Elizabeth Henry June 12, 2004, in Meadville.

Surviving are his wife; three children: Elise, Noah and Zoe; his parents; and a sister, Noelle (John) Witthohn. He was a graduate of Grove City College and was employed by Link Computer Corporation as a senior web developer.

Friends will be received from 1 to 3 and 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, 2010, at Calvary Baptist Church, where a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 3, 2010. Interment will be at Grandview Cemetery. Arrangements are by Mauk & Yates Funeral Home Inc. A dinner will follow the service.

WJAC TV story about Jason

Cause of death explained

To contribute to the care of his family:

Additional links to stories about Jason:

Condolences received by Gateway:

'May the Lord bless and comfort during this difficult time'
Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

'Our sincerest condolences to all the family and friends of this Man of God'
George Flores - on-air personality Star 99.1HD
, Zarephath, NJ

'May God grant them comfort and strength both now and in the days to come'
Lady Amanda and Bishop Hilton Rawls, Dr. / St. Paul's UFWB Church, Newark, NJ

'I will certainly be praying for Elizabeth and all the family'
Lynn Moorhead

Jason's family are in our prayers.
Grove City College is the site of an annual Christian conference and we have had the privilege of sending students there (I even performed a wedding there). This college accepts no federal monies in order to stay faithful to scriptural morals and values which pleases God. By what you wrote, Jason has left a legacy. May the Holy Spirit comfort his family during this time.
God blesses you! Johnny Hunter
Dr. Hunter is National Director of L.E.A.R.N., the largest African-American Prolife group in America:

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