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Fifteen men and no women have been

executed in the United States in 2018.

Suspected Terrorist Attack in London, England
A man has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism after he crashed a car outside the House of Parliament. The vehicle was swerving into cyclist and pedestrians before it crashed. No one was killed, although three individuals were injured. The arrested man is not cooperating with the police. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.
35 Killed in Genoa, Italy
A bridge collapse in Genoa, Italy has killed at least 35 individuals. The exact cause of the bridge collapse is unclear, although it occurred during a heavy rainfall and there are some reports of lighting striking the bridge. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the safety of anyone still trapped under rubble.
67 Killed in Sarmada, Syria
At least 67 individuals have been killed, and 33 injured, in an explosion at an arms depot in northern Syria. The depot, located in the rebel held city of Sarmada, caused the collapse of two five story buildings. Most of those killed were civilians, while the others were part of al-Qaeda linked group Haya Tahir al-Sham. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.
9 Killed in Taiwan Fire
A fire at a hospital in New Taipei City, Taiwan, has killed at least nine individuals. At least 16 others were injured and remain in critical condition. The cause of the fire is currently unknown. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
300 Injured in Vigo, Spain
Over 300 individuals were injured after a wooden platform collapsed at an urban sports and music festival in Vigo, Spain. So far no fatalities have been reported, although five people remain seriously injured. Please pray for healing for the injured.
13 Missing in Mountains of Tajikistan
The 10 climbers and three crew members are missing after the helicopter they were traveling in had a “hard landing.” The helicopter was traveling to the Ismoili Somoni peak from a base camp on the Fortambek glacier. Please pray for the safety of the missing. Please pray for their families.
Wildfires in California
Wildfires have continued to spread in California, with at least one that is believed to have been set intentionally. Please pray for the safety of all those working to contain the fires. Please pray for the safety of those in the paths of the fires.
Drought in New South Wales, Australia
The entire eastern state of New South Wales in Australia is currently facing the worst drought in recent history. The severe drought is especially affecting farmers who have lost crops and are struggling to provide water for their livestock. Neighboring state, Queensland is also facing a drought, and dry conditions are found in Victoria and South Australia. Please pray for rain for the areas that need it.
12 Killed in Crash in Ecuador
At least 12 individuals have been killed during a bus trip to Cuenca, Ecuador to cheer on their favorite football team. At least 30 others were injured in the crash. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
Two Killed by Hippo in Kenya
In two separate incidents, two individuals were killed after getting too close to hippo. Hippos are the world’s deadliest large animals. Please pray for the families of the deceased.
94 Killed in Greece
The death toll from wildfires in Greece this year has risen to 94 individuals. At least 8 burn victims remain in intensive care. Wildfires have ravaged areas outside Athens. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for those fighting the fires. Please pray for healing for the injured.

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Update: Wednesday, June 3, 2015  11:39 am EDT

 

Hubert Lester Michael, Jr. was schedule to be executed at 7 pm EDT, on Friday, June 5, 2015, at the State Correctional Institute Rockview in Rockview, Pennsylvania.  His execution has been stayed.  Fifty-eight-year-old Hubert has been convicted of raping and murdering16-year-old Trista Eng, near Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, on July 12, 1993.  Hubert has spent the last 19 years of his life on Pennsylvania’s death row.

  

Hubert Michael first saw Trista Eng after answering an chair sale ad.  While at the house, Michael stole some wires.  A short time later, on July 12, 1993, Trista was walking to her summer job at a local Hardee’s.  Hubert Michael pulled up along side of her and offered her a ride, which she accepted.  After entering the vehicle, Michael bound Trista with the stolen wires.

 

Michael drove to the state game lands in Warrington Township.  After arriving, Michael raped Trista.  He then placed a bag over her head and shot her three times, killing her.

 

At the time of the murder, Michael was on bail for an unrelated rape in Lancaster County.  Following Trista’s murder, Michael fled to Utah, where he was arrested five days later.  While awaiting trial, Michael escaped from jail twice; once in November of 1993 and again in March of 1994.  He was recaptured both times.

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Update: Wednesday, June 3, 2015  7:56 pm EDT

 

Lester Leroy Bower, Jr., has been executed by the state of Texas, at 6:36 pm CDT. Read the full story here.

 

Update: Wednesday, June 3, 2015  6:18 pm EDT

 

The Supreme Court of the United States has rejected two requests to stay the execution of Lester Leroy Bower, Jr.  His execution is scheduled to occur later tonight.

 

Update: Monday, June 1, 2015  11:38 am EDT

 

Lester Leroy Bower, Jr.'s execution is scheduled to occur at 6 pm CDT, on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas.  Sixty-seven-year-old Lester is convicted of murdering 51-year-old Bob G. Tate, 39-year-old Ronald Mayes, 29-year-old Philip Good, and 52-year-old Jerry Mac Brown, on October 8, 1983, near Sherman, Texas.  Lester has spent the last 30 years on Texas’ death row.

 

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected a request for a stay of execution from Lester.  Lester argued that his jury did not have time to fully consider all mitigating evidence before sentencing him.

  

Lester was born in Kansas City, Missouri.  Lester graduated from high school and college, where he played football.  Lester had no previous criminal history.  Prior to his arrest, he worked as a chemical salesman and enjoyed rafting, hunting, backpacking, and archery.  He and his family, a wife and two daughters, moved from Colorado to Texas months before the murders.

 

In the fall of 1983, much to his wife’s objections, Lester Bower was contemplating purchasing and flying an ultralight aircraft.  Bower, unbeknownst to his wife, called Phillip Good after seeing his sale advertisement for an ultralight aircraft.  Philip introduced Bower to Bob Tate, who owned an ultralight he wanted to sell.

 

On October 8, 1983, Bower drove out to an airport hanger to meet withe Philip and Bob.  According to Bower, he purchased the ultralight from them, dismantled it, and went to store it in a local gun club so his wife would not find out about his purchase.  According to prosecutors, Bower “snapped” and killed Philip and Bob.  He then killed Jerry Brown and Ronald Mayes when they came over to investigate.  Bower initially lied to investigators about his whereabouts on the day the four men were killed, allegedly wanting to spare his family from the attention being involved in such a case would bring.

 

Bower was convicted based on circumstantial evidence.  Bower sold firearms on the side, had purchased prior to the murder a gun that used Julio Fiocchi .22 caliber bullets.  Casings for these bullets were found on the floor of the hanger where the four men were killed.  It was also believed that a silencer was used in the murders, although the murder weapon was never found.  Prosecutors said he killed the men in order to steal the plane.  Parts of the plane, with the name “Tate” scratched on them were found in Bower’s garage, along with fingerprints from Jerry, decals and materials which were traditionally found on the exterior of an ultralight aircraft, receipts for Julio Fiocchi .22 caliber bullets,  books and articles on weaponry and how to commit murder, instructional guides for using silencers, and manuals for construction of ultralight aircrafts.  Unidentified blood stains were also found on Bower’s boots.

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Update: April 24, 2014 7:00 pm EDT

 

Clayton Darrell Lockett is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CDT, on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Oklahoma. Thirty-eight-year-old Clayton is convicted of murdering 19-year-old Stephanie Michelle Nieman on June 3, 1999, in Perry, Oklahoma. Clayton has spent the last 13 years of his life on Oklahoma's death row.

 

Clayton's story is a sad one, beginning with his mother allegedly using drugs while pregnant with him. She then abandoned him at the age of three, which devastated him and caused him to become extremely attached to his father, whom he idolized. Unfortunately, his father was a poor role model. He physically abused Clayton and forced him into using drugs at a young age. He encouraged sexually activity and frequently watched pornographic movies in front of him. Clayton's father also taught him and encouraged him to steal, punishing Clayton if he got caught. Extended family members testified that they believe Clayton was sexually abused by his older brother. Allegedly, while Clayton was incarcerated at an adult correctional facility at the age of 16, he was raped by several older men.

 

Around 10:30 pm, on June 3, 1999, Clayton Lockett, Shawn Mathis and Alfonzo Lockett broke into the home of Bobby Bornt. Bobby was asleep on his couch. Upon entering, the three began to beat and kick Bobby. Bobby recognized Clayton, who was carrying a shotgun. Following his thrashing, Bobby's hands were secured behind him using duct tape. He was also gagged. Clayton, Shawn, and Alfonzo proceeded to search the house, looking for drugs.

 

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March 18, 2014

 

Thirty-three-year-old Jodi Arias was convicted on May 8, 2013, of the killing her boyfriend Travis Alexander in his Phoenix, Arizona home in June of 2008.The jury which convicted Jodi was unable to come to an agreement over her sentence.Under Arizona law, prosecutors were able to ask for a second penalty trial, which is scheduled to begin in September of this year, with jury selection beginning on September 8, 2014.The date for the second penalty trial was pushed back, as it was originally scheduled to begin Monday, March 17, 2014.Prosecutors are attempting to have her sentenced to death.In order to sentence her death, the jury must agree unanimously.If the second jury is unable to reach a decision, the judge would then decide if Jodi is to be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, or given the option of parole after serving 25 years.

 

The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries needs your help! We need to replace our computers because they are failing.  Our newest computer, andonly computer purchased new, was purchased in 2005. The other computers purchased, used, pre-date 2005.  An accurate diagnosis of their state of disrepair is that they are worn out.  Another serious problem The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries face is that our software is no longer being supported by the manufacturer. We need your help!
 

 

The following is the list of computers The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries needs to bring our ministry into the current technological age. With your help! We will purchase them!

 

 

MacBook Pro

$1,648.90

MacBook Pro

$1,648.90

iPad Air

$   548.90

Lenovo Convertible Twist (Used)

$   275.00

Total

$4,121.70

   

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Prayerfully consider a gift to help The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries purchase the computers we need.  Our need is immediate!  Your help is greatly appreciated. You may make your gift by going to the Support tab of our website, www.theforgivenessfoundation.org, and follow the instructions provided.

 

Our computers are worked hard! Several hundred hours each month researching the articles and Bible based messages that appear on our website, corresponding with the men and women on death row U.S. A., maintaining our website, www.theforgivenessfoundation.org, our twitter account, and our soon to be restored Facebook account. Our goal is to share the Gospel with every man and woman on death row in the U.S. A., and all the people of the world with internet access. We are currently viewed by 177 of the 196 countries in the world. Our goal and mission is simple; to encourage everyone we encounter to study the world of God to develop an intimate relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

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