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executed in the United States in 2019.

10 Killed in Mali
Ten UN Peacekeepers from Chad were killed in an attack in northern Mali. The attack is believed to have been carried out by Islamist militants. Peacekeepers have regularly been deployed, and attacked in Mali since 2013. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for peace.
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At least two individuals have been killed, and 25 others injured, in a fire at the Courchevel ski resort in the French Alps. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
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At least 79 individuals were killed, and 74 others injured, after a fuel pipeline exploded in Tlahuelilpan. The explosion is believed to have been caused by a deliberate rupture in the pipeline, so that people could obtain fuel for the vehicles. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for Mexico.
4 Americans Killed in Syria
Two American soldiers, a civilian employee, and a contractor have been killed after a suicide bomber detonated next to the car in which they were traveling. Three other soldiers were injured in the attack. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.
2 Buddhist Monks Killed in Thailand
Two Buddhist monks have been killed, and two others injured, inside a Buddhist temple in Narathiwat province, in southern Thailand, near the border with Malaysia. Gunmen dressed in black stormed the temple and started shooting. Fighting between Muslim separatists and the Buddhist-majority state is common. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.
1 Found, 14 Missing in Indian Mine
The body of one miner, who was trapped when and illegal mine flooded, has been found by an underwater drone. The body is being recovered. The other 14 miners remain missing and rescue workers continue attempting to drain the mine. Please pray for the family of the deceased. Please pray for the families of the missing miners. Please pray for the safety of the missing miners.
Protests Continue in France
The Yellow Vest protestors continued protesting for the 10 consecutive week throughout France, despite the frigid weather. Over 84,000 participated in the protest, up from 80,000 the week before. The number of protesters had declined during the holiday season. Protestors are opposing the inequality between workers, rising tax rates and fuel prices, among other issues. Violent altercation have occurred between the protestors and the police. Please pray for peace.
Protests Continue in Sudan
At least 26 individuals have been killed by police during protests against the government and President Omar al-Bashir, according to government reports. Human Rights groups claim that over 40 individuals have been killed. The protests, which are demanding the resignation of the President, have entered their second month. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for peace.
Partial US Government Shutdown Continues
A partial US Government shutdown continues, with approximately 800,000 federal workers not receiving pay. The shutdown stems from the inability of the House, Senate, and President to agree upon a budget. Please pray for a resolution.

Updated: Tuesday, August 22, 2017  6:57 pm EDT

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens has issued a stay of execution for Marcellus Williams.  The stay was granted to allow a Board of Inquiry to further investigate Marcellus' case, including the results of recent DNA testing.

Updated: Monday, August 21, 2017  11:57 am EDT

Marcellus S. Williams is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CDT, on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, at the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Corrections Center in Bonne Terre, Missouri.  Forty-eight-year-old Marcellus is convicted of murdering Felicia “Lisha” Gayle on August 11, 1998, in University City, Missouri, while robbing her home.  Marcellus has spent the last 14 years on Missouri’s death row.

 

As a child, Marcellus alleges he was physically and sexually abused by family members.  He also says his family encouraged him into criminal behavior.  He was exposed to guns, drugs, and alcohol at a young age, which he later became addicted to.  His family was impoverished and dysfunctional.  Marcellus had a lengthy criminal record, including 16 convictions for robbery, burglary, assault, and unlawful use of a weapon, among others.  According to his family, Marcellus was a loving and supportive father to his son and step-daughter.

 

On August 11, 1998, Marcellus Williams took a bus to University City, Missouri and began looking for places to burglarize.  Williams noticed the home of Lisha Gayle.  He knocked on the door, and, after receiving no answer, broke into the home.  He heard water running from the bathroom.  He grabbed a butcher knife from the kitchen and waited of Lisha to come into the kitchen.

 

Williams stabbed and cut Lisha 43 times.  Seven of the wounds were fatal.  After killing Lisha, Williams washed his hands and put on his jacket to hide the bloodstains.  He also took Lisha’s purse and her husband’s laptop computer.  Williams then took the bus to return home.

 

Williams’ girlfriend discovered the stolen items and confronted him about them.  Williams confessed to her what he had done, but she did not go to the police, as Williams threatened her life, her children’s lives, and her mother’s life.

 

Williams was arrested on unrelated charges on August 31, 1998.  During his incarceration, Williams told his cell-mate about the murder, after they saw a news report about it.  Williams told his cell-mate considerable details of the crime.  Williams’ cell-mate went to the police after he was released in June of 1999.  He was able to provide details of the crime which had never been made public.  Police contacted William’s girlfriend, who told police what Williams had told her.  Police discovered several item belonging to Lisha after they searched Williams’ vehicle.  Williams was tried and convicted of Lisha’s murder.

 

The Missouri Supreme Court has refused to stay Marcellus Williams' execution.  Marcellus and his lawyers were requesting that his execution be halt and his sentence reconsidered as recent testing has failed to show Marcellus' DNA on the murder weapon.  While the Missouri Supreme Court has rejected the request, Marcellus' lawyers plan to appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States.  The Missouri Governor is also reviewing the case.

 

Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Lisha Gayle.  Please pray that if Marcellus is innocent, the truth will be revealed before his execution.  Please pray for strength for Marcellus’ family.  Please pray that Marcellus will come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.

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