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Two men and zero women have been

executed in the United States in 2019.

10 Killed in Brazil
Ten teenage football (soccer) players were killed after a fire broke out in their dormitory at a youth team training centre in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Three other teenagers were taken to the hospital for injuries. According to one of players, the cause of the fire was the air conditioner, however an investigation is ongoing. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
6 Killed in Chile
Extreme rainfall in Chile has led to floods and the reactivation of a waterfall in the Atacama Desert. The waterfall had been dry for a decade. The extreme rainfall has killed at least 6 individuals and has also forced residents to flee their homes, due to the overflowing rivers. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for all those affected.
4 Killed in Haiti
At least four individuals have been killed, and dozens of others injured during four days of, often, violent protests in the capital of Haiti, Port-au-Prince. The protests are against current President Jovenel Moise, with calls for him to step down, after accusations of corruption. Other government officials have also been accused of corruption. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Pleas pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.
Yellow Vest Protests Continue in France
As the protests enter their 13th week, a protester has had his finger blown off after attempting to pick up a rubber pellet grenade. The protests began over fuel taxes in November 2018, and have since evolved as a general protest against President Emmanuel Macron and the political class, who the protesters see as out of touch. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for a resolution.
US Government Funding Talks Stall
If no legislation is passed by Friday, the US government could face another shutdown, three weeks after the last shutdown ended. Please pray for wisdom among the elected officials. Please pray for a resolution.
100 Car Collision in China
At least two individuals have been killed, and 50 others injured, when over 100 vehicles were involved in a pile-up in southwest Guizhou province. While the cause of the accident is under investigation, officials note that the pile-up occurred on slippery roads, with the temperature dropping after a rain. Pleas pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the healing of the injured.
97 Children Killed in Democratic Republic of Congo
Last year, an Ebola outbreak began in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It has since resulted in the death of the 97 children, with the number of new cases doubling in January. Over half of those deaths were children under the age of 65. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the infected. Please pray that a cure may be found.

March 18, 2014

 

Stephen Rex Edmiston's execution was scheduled for 7 pm EDT, on April 16, 2014, at the State Correctional Institute Rockview in Rockview, Pennsylvania. Stephen's execution has been stayed by US District Judge Kim Gibson to allow time for Stephen to complete his federal appeals.  Fifty-five-year-old Stephen is convicted of killing 2-year-old Bobbi Joe Matthew on October 5, 1988, after kidnapping her from her house in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania.  Stephen has spent the last 26 years on Pennsylvania's death row.

 

On the night of October 4, 1988, Bobbi Joe Matthew went to bed wearing a pair of purple shorts in the home she lived in with her father, Harold Matthew, her grandmother, Nancy Dotts, and several other children.  Harold later fell asleep on the couch.  Around 3:30 am, Harold was awakened by a man with a beard and wearing a ball cap.  The man apologized for waking Harold and after the two a brief conversation, Harold went back to sleep.

 

Two children identified a man of similar description entering their bedroom just moments later.  According to the children the man walked over to talk to Bobbi Jo, left the bedroom, and then returned, whisper something to Bobbi Jo, and leave again.  A few minutes later, a vehicle was seen leaving the home.

 

Nancy arrived home around 5:30 am on October 5, 1988.  She went to the children's bedroom to check on them but did not see Bobbi Jo.  Nancy awoke Harold to ask him about the missing child.  Harold and the children all described the man they had seen.  Nancy recognized the description as the nephew of the man she was dating.  This information was reported to the police who tracked down the nephew, Stephen Edmiston.

 

A search of Edmiston's pick-up truck revealed blood on the driver's side seatbelt receptacle, blood in the middle of the bench seat, a blood stained towel, bloody scissors, and purple shorts, similar to the ones Bobbi Jo wore to bed.  Edmiston eventually confessed to police to raping Bobbi Jo in his truck and then hitting her several times with his fists until she stopped moving.  Edmiston also drew the police a map of where Bobbi Jo's body was located.  When police asked him what they would find at the site he indicated on the map, Edmiston replied "a dead, raped little girl."

 

Medical testimony at Edmiston's trial claimed that Bobbi Jo's cause of death was a combination of the several severe injuries the young child suffer including scalping, blunt force injuries, and trauma to the genital area.  Bobbi Jo was scalped from her ear, across her front hairline and down to her other ear.  Her scalp was peeled back to the nape of her neck, exposing her entire skull.  The blunt force trauma to her torso caused her liver and lungs to tear.  Her intestines protruded from her genital area, which was completely obliterated and ripped.  There were also areas of burning on her body along with many other lacerations, abrasions, and a skull fracture.

 

Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Bobbi Jo.  Please pray for strength for the family of Stephen Edmiston.  Please pray that Stephen may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he had not already found one.

 

 

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