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No men and women have been

executed in the United States in 2019.

3 Killed in Paris, France
At least two firefighters and a civilian were killed in a gas explosion at a bakery in Paris, France. Dozens of others were injured in the explosion, with at least 10 in serious condition. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
15 Killed in Iran
At least 15 individuals have been killed after a Boeing 707 came off a runway and went through a nearby house in Tehran, Iran. All killed were Iranian citizens. Only one crew member survived the accident. Please pray for the families of the deceased.
Polish Mayor Pawel Adamowicz Killed
Fifty-three-year-old Pawel Adamowicz, the mayor of Gdansk, Poland, has died after he was stabbed on stage at a charity event. A suspect has been arrested. The motive for the murder appears to be political. Please pray for Pawel’s family. Please pray for peace.
Protests in Zimbabwe
Portests have broken out in two major cities in Zimbabwe over a steep increase in fuel prices, which have more than doubled. President Emmerson Mnangagwa has claimed that the increase was necessary. Please pray for a peaceful resolution and for understanding.
7 Killed in Cuba
At least 7 tourists have been killed between Baracoa and Guantanamo, Cuba, after the bus they were traveling on crashed. There were 40 individuals on the bus, including 22 foreigners. The driver blamed the crash on wet roads. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
Partial United States Government Shutdown
Approximately 800,000 federal workers have been furloughed, or working without pay, since December 22, 2018, when a partial government shutdown began after politicians were unable to agree upon a budget. Please pray for wisdom for all politicians. Please pray for all those affected.
3 Killed Near Lech, Austria
Three skiers have been killed near the Austrian Ski resort of Lech am Arlberg after an avalanche. A fourth person is missing, with search efforts hindered by the ongoing risk of an additional avalanche. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the safety of the missing skier. Please pray for the safety of search teams.
6 Yemeni Soldiers Killed by Drone
Six Yemeni soldiers have reportedly been killed, after a drone from the rebel Houthi movement exploded near them while they were watching a parade. The country has been in a civil war for several years. Recently the United Nations has attempted to reach a peace between the two sides. Some fear this action could hinder that effort. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.
15 Indian Miners Remain Trapped
Fifteen Indian miners, working in an illegal mine remain trapped and missing as divers struggle to find a way to locate them. There are no maps of the illegal mine and no sign of the miners have been discovered, except three helmets found early on. Please pray for the safety of the missing men and for their families. Please pray for wisdom and safety for the rescue workers.

Updated: Tuesday, January 31, 2017  8:24 pm EST

 

Mark Anthony Christeson has been executed in Missouri.  Click here for more information. 

 

Updated: Tuesday, January 31, 2017  7:14 pm EST

 

The Supreme Court of the United States has rejected a request to stay the execution of Mark Anthony Christeson.  Missouri Governor Eric Greitens has also refused to grant clemency.

 

Updated: Monday, January 30, 2017  11:51 am EST

 

Mark Anthony Christeson is scheduled to be executed at 6:00 pm CST, on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, at the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic, and Corrections Center in Bonne Terre, Missouri.  Thirty-seven-year-old Mark is convicted of the murder of Susan Brouk and her children, 12-year-old Adrian and 9-year-old Kyle, on January 31, 1998, near Vicky, Missouri.  Mark has spent the last 16 years on Missouri’s death row.

 

Mark had a difficult childhood.  He was abused and had several traumatic experiences.

 

Mark Christeson and his cousin, Jesse Carter, planned to run away from the relative’s home at which they were staying.  On February 1, 1998, the two each took a shotgun and went to the nearby home of Susan Brouk, who was home with her two children, Adrian and Kyle.  Carter tied up the children while Christeson took Susan into a bedroom and raped her.

 

Christeson returned Susan to the room with the children, one of whom recognized Carter.  Since they were recognized, Christeson decided they had to “get rid of ‘em.”  Susan, Adrian, and Kyle were forced, at gunpoint, into the back of Susan’s Bronco.  Christeson and Carter also loaded a television, VCR, stereo, video game player, and other small items into the vehicle.  Christeson drove the group to a nearby pond, where everybody exited the vehicle.   

 

Christeson kicked Susan hard in the ribs, causing her to fall.  He then slit her throat twice with a bone knife.  Susan did not die immediately.  Christeson then slit Kyle’s throat and held him under water until he died.  Adrian attempted to free herself, but was unsuccessful.  Carter held her feet while Christeson suffocated her with his hands.  Kyle and Adrian were pushed into the pond.  Susan, still alive, was thrown in on top of them.  Christeson used a stick to push them further out into the water. 

 

Christeson and Carter returned to the Bronco and drove it to their relative’s home, where they loaded it with their belongings.  They then headed west, selling their stolen merchandise for food and gas.  They were arrested on February 9, 1998, in Blythe, California. 

 

Jesse Carter testified against Mark Christeson.  Jesse received three life sentences.  Mark received the death sentence.

 

Mark was previously scheduled to be executed on October 29, 2014, however his execution was stayed by the Supreme Court of the United States due to his attorneys failing to meet deadlines for appeals and for failing to even meet with their client prior to the deadlines.  US District Judge Dean Whipple recently ruled, however, that Mark's attorneys failing to meet a filing deadline did not constitute abandonment.  Judge Whipple ruled that the attorneys worked diligently on Mark's behalf but miscalculated the date, which, according to Judge Whipple, does not constitute abandonment.  Mark is appealing to the Supreme Court of the United States.

 

Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Susan, Adrian, and Kyle.  Please pray for strength for the family of Mark.  Please pray that if Mark is innocent, lacks the competency to be executed or should not be executed for any other reason, that evidence will be presented prior to his execution.  Please pray that Mark may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.

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