Did You Know?

Fourteen men and no women have been

executed in the United States in 2018.

19 Killed in Sichuan Province, China
At least 19 individuals have been killed, with 12 others injured, due to an explosion at an industrial park in Jiang’an county in Sichuan Province, China. The cause of the explosion at the chemical plant is currently under investigation. Those injured in the explosion are expected to survive. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for the families of the deceased.
3 Killed in Tour Bus Crash in New Mexico
Three individuals have been killed, and at least 24 others injured, during a crash involving a tour bus and three other vehicles near Albuquerque, New Mexico. The accident occurred after the bus driver swerved to avoid hitting another crashed car and lost control. The bus was then sideswiped by a semi-truck. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
149 Killed in Pakistan
At least 149 individuals have been killed, and over 180 injured, after a suicide bomber detonated during a rally in Mastung. Terrorist group, the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes shortly before the general election. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for safety and peace during the upcoming election.
Five Dead in Bangladesh
Five teenagers died shortly after playing a football match in Cox’s Bazar district in south-eastern Bangladesh. The boys entered the Matamuhuri River after their game and were swept away by strong currents. Please pray for the families of the deceased.
10 Killed in Nicaragua
At least 10 individuals have been killed by security forces in Masaya, Nicaragua. Currently in Masaya, there is a standoff between government and anti-government forces, with protesters demanding the resignation of President Daniel Ortega. The government is trying to retake control of the city. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for peace.
Rescued Boys Heading Home Soon
The 12 young boys, and their coach, are expected to be able to leave the hospital and return to their homes later this week. They are reportedly in good condition, although many remain on antibiotics. They have also recently been informed of the death of Saman Gunan, a diver who lost his life while helping prepare for their rescue. All were saddened to hear of his death. Please pray for Saman’s family. Please pray for the boys as they return home and to their normal lives.
54 Killed in Syria
At least 54 individuals, including 28 civilians, have reportedly been killed in a US-led coalition air strike. Others killed were Islamic State militants. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for peace.

On Friday, February 13, 2015, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf joined the governors of Oregon, Washington, and Colorado, in issuing a moratorium on executions within their states.  The recently elected Pennsylvania Governor, defended his position, saying the death penalty in the state was a “flawed system” that is “ineffective, unjust, and expensive.”  In accordance with this announcement, Wolf stayed upcoming executions.  


Governor Wolf does, however, leave the door open for possible future executions.  Wolf stated that the moratorium will remain in effect until he has “received and reviewed the forthcoming report of the Pennsylvania Task Force and Advisory Commission on Capital Punishment, established under Senate Resolution 6 of 2011, and there is an opportunity to address all concerns satisfactorily.”


Pennsylvania currently has the fifth largest death row in the nation with 186 inmates.  Since the reinstating executions in 1978, Pennsylvania has only carried out three executions, all voluntary.  Additionally, six people who were on death row have been exonerated since 1978.


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