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Three men and zero women have been

executed in the United States in 2019.

3 Killed in Utrecht, Netherlands
Three individuals have been killed, and five others injured, after a shooting on a tram in the city of Utrecht, Netherlands. Police are calling the incident a terrorist attack and are have arrested a suspect. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
180 Killed in Africa
At least 180 individuals have been killed across southern Africa, including 84 in Mozambique, from Cyclone Idai. The official death toll is expected to rise drastically, with President Filipe Nyusi speculating that over 1,000 have been killed. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for those who are missing. Please pray for all affected.
5 Killed in Mumbai, India
At least five individuals have been killed, and over 30 others injured, when a footbridge to Mumbai’s main train station collapsed. The reason for the collapse is under investigation. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
8 Killed in Sao Paulo, Brazil
Eight individuals were killed at a school in Sao Paulo, Brazil after two former students opened fire inside the school. Five of those killed were students. The two gunman killed themselves as police arrived. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the community.
73 Killed in Papua
At least 73 individuals have died from a surprise flood in Papua, a province of Indonesia. The flash flooding was caused by torrential rain, which also caused mudslides and landslides. Over 60 others are missing. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the safety of the missing. Please pray for all those affected.
24 Killed in Democratic Republic of Congo
At least 24 individuals were killed, and over 30 others injured, when a train overturned in Kasai province in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Most of those killed were children. The cause of the accident is believed to be unmaintained tracks. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
Protests Turn Violent in Paris, France
For the past four months, “yellow vests” protests have occurred in France, initially as an protest against the increase of fuel taxes. For the most part, the protests have been peaceful, however, they have now turned violent, with protestors smashing shops on the famed Champs-Élysées in Paris. Please pray for those affected. Please pray for peace.
2 Israelis Killed in West Bank
An Israeli soldier and a rabbi were killed by an unknown Palestinian attacker in the West Bank. The soldier was stabbed to death and then his rifle was used to kill the rabbi. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for peace.
3 Killed in Midwestern Flooding
At least three individuals have been killed due to severe flooding in the midwestern part of the United States. Rain, along with melting of snow has caused the flooding. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the safety of all affected.
49 Killed in Mosque Shootings
At least 49 individuals have been killed, and 20 others injured, in two shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Four suspects have been arrested in connection with the shootings. Police also discovered explosive devices nearby. Officials has designated this incident as a terrorist attack. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.

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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