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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.

Updated: Thursday, October 5, 2017 5:30 pm EDT

 

Chief U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins has granted a stay of execution of Jeffrey Borden.  The Alabama Attorney General's Office has chosen to not appeal the stay, meaning the execution will not proceed this evening as planned.  In a statement, the Attorney General's Office noted that the Supreme Court of the United States had already overturned one stay of execution granted by the District Court, however, due to the late hour that the second stay was granted, there was insufficient time to appeal the stay and have it lifted before the execution warrant expired at midnight.  The Attorney General's Office has also announced that they will seek a new execution date soon.

 

Updated: Wednesday, October 4, 2017 4:50 pm EDT

 

The Supreme Court of the United States has overturned, by a vote of 6-3, the stay of execution granted to Alabama inmate Jeffrey Borden ahead of his October 5, 2017, execution.  Jeffrey was previously granted a stay of executed by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals due to challenges to the lethal injection protocol.  With the stay lifted, Alabama can proceed with the execution as planned.

 

Updated: Monday, October 2, 2017 8:23 pm EDT

 

The Alabama Attorney General's Office has asked that the Supreme Court of the United States lift the stay granted to Jeffrey Lynn Borden by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals late last week.  The 11th Circuit Court of appeals granted the state of execution over challenges to Alabama's lethal injection protocol.

 

Updated: Monday, October 2, 2017 9:23 am EDT

 

Jeffrey Lynn Borden was scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CDT, on Thursday, October 5, 2017, at the Holeman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama  His execution has been stayed..  Fifty-seven-year-old Jeffrey is convicted of the murder of Cheryl Borden and Roland Harris on December 24, 1993, in Gardendale, Alabama.  Jeffery has spent the last 22 years of his life on Alabama’s death row.

 

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has stayed Jeffrey's execution due to challenges over the lethal injection protocol for the state.

 

Jeffrey had no previous criminal history.

 

On Christmas Eve 1993, Roland and Juanita Harris were hosting a family gathering at their home in Gardendale, Alabama.  Cheryl Borden was to attend, along with the three children she had with her husband Jeffrey Borden, although they were legally separated by that time.  Around 6:45 pm, Jeffrey arrived at the home with his and Cheryl’s three children.  Roland began helping him carry in presents and bags from the vehicle.

 

Cheryl arrived at the house a short time later.  She also began helping carry items into the house.  Jeffrey then took out .380 caliber semiautomatic pistol and shot Cheryl in the back of the head.  Roland, who was also outside, began running for the house, yelling for someone to call the police.  Jeffrey chased Roland and shot at him several times, including after he ran into the house.  Jeffrey kept shooting, shattering the glass on the storm door.  After entering the house, Roland collapsed; he had been shot in the back.

 

The children and several other families members took cover, with the children yelling that their father had killed their mother.  Both Cheryl and Roland were taken to a local hospital, where they died later that evening.  Jeffrey was arrested and charged with murder.  The murder weapon was recovered from the scene of the crime.

 

Please pray for peace the families of Roland Harris and Cheryl Borden.  Please pray for strength for the family of Jeffrey Borden.  Please pray that if Jeffrey 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 Jeffrey may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.

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