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Fifteen men and no women have been

executed in the United States in 2018.

207 Killed on Lake Victoria, Tanzania
At least 207 passengers were killed when the ferry they were on capsized. An engineer has recently been rescued from an air pocket inside the ship. It is thought that the ship was carrying more than twice the recommended passengers and that it capsized when they moved to one side. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the safety of rescue workers. Please pray for healing.
Chinese Hospital Ship Docks in Venezuela
An economic crisis in Venezuela had led to a shortage of food, medicine, and public services. China has sent the hospital ship as a gesture of friendship between the two nations after Venezuela promised to increase oil exports. The ship will provide free healthcare for local patients for the next week. Please pray for the nation and citizens of Venezuela who are suffering. Please pray that they are able to receive the medicine they need.
Mud Volcano Erupts in Azerbaijan
The second largest mud volcano in the world has erupted near Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. The eruptions are expected to continue for some time and it is not yet clear if local residents are in any danger. Please pray for the safety of the residents.
12 Kidnapped in Nigerian Waters
A pirate gang has kidnapped 12, out of 19, crew members from a Swiss cargo vessel that was in Nigerian waters. The cargo vessel was carrying wheat. The crew members are from the Philippines, Slovenia, Ukraine, Romania, Croatia, and Bosnia. Please pray for the safe return.
18 Killed in Beni, DR Congo
At least 18 individuals have died, including 14 civilians, after a rebel attack, allegedly a Ugandan Islamist militant group. The attack has also interfered with the efforts to treat and trace individuals who have been in contact, or suspect of contact, with Ebola. At least 33 individuals have already been killed by Ebola this year. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for peace. Please pray for healing.
Severe Flooding Expected in Several Areas of the United States
While the southern east coast continues to work at recovering from the flooding from Hurricane Florence, several areas in the mid-west and north east are also preparing for flooding from heavy rains. In addition to rain, some areas will also experience damaging winds, hail, and tornadoes. Please pray for the safety of all.

October 28, 2014

 

Miguel Angel Paredes was executed shortly before 7 pm CDT, on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas.   Thirty-two-year-old Miguel is convicted of murdering 23-year-old Nelly Bravo, 23-year-old Shawn Michael Caine, and 37-year-old Adrian Torres on September 17, 2000, in San Antonio, Texas.  Miguel has spent the last 13 years on Texas’ death row.

 

Miguel was one of 20 children, although seven of his siblings died before he was born.  Miguel was born in Chicago, Illinois to Mexican immigrant parents.  Miguel’s parents eventually moved the family to San Antonio, Texas, where Miguel eventually fell in with the violent Hermanos de Pistoleros Latinos gang.  Miguel claimed he joined the gang thinking he had found loyalty and love.  By the age of 15, Miguel had a pregnant girlfriend and a criminal record.

 

Early in September of 2000, Adrian Torres, a member of the Mexican Mafia, had given John Anthony Saenz over $800 worth of cocaine.  Shortly thereafter, he began calling Saenz’s house seeking repayment.  On September 17, 2000, Saenz told his wife to leave because Adrian was coming over and he was “going to take care of business.”  Saenz called and asked Greg Alvarado and Miguel Paredes to come over with weapons for back up.

 

Adrian brought Nelly Bravo and Shawn Caine along with him.  The three were ambushed by Saenz, Alvarado and Paredes.  After Adrian, Nelly, and Shawn were killed, they were wrapped in carpet and placed in the back of a pick-up truck.  After driving for a while, they pulled over on a dirt road and burned the carpets and the bodies.

 

Saenz and Alvarado each received a life sentence.  Paredes was sentenced to death.

  

Please pray for peace and healing for the families of Adrian, Nelly, and Shawn.  Please pray for strength for the family of Miguel Paredes.  Miguel claimed that he had accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.

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