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No men and women have been

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.
2 Killed in Ski Resort Fire
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.
79 Killed in Mexico
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: 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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