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16th World Day Against the Death Penalty - October 10, 2018

The 16th World Day Against the Death Penalty is on Wednesday, October 10, 2018.  This day is a time to educate and raise awareness about various issues surrounding the death penalty.  Each year, the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty focuses on a specific topic about which to raise awareness.  This year, they are seeking to raise awareness about the living conditions on death row.

 

The living conditions for death row inmate vary around the world.  In some African and Asian countries, death rows are often over-crowded and are intended to take away that person’s dignity.  In the United Staes, most death row inmates are kept in solitary confinement.  They are in their cells for 22 hours out of each day and have extremely limited contact with other people, including friends, families, lawyers, guards, and other inmates.  Scientists have been studying the effects of a person being isolated and have determined that it is extremely detrimental for their mental health. 

 

On this World Day Against the Death Penalty, we, at The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries, ask that you remember all the people on death row throughout the world; these fellow human being who are often made to live in inhumane places.  Please pray that if they are innocent of the crimes for which they have been convicted and sentenced to death, that their innocence will be proven prior to their execution.  Please also pray that all may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if they have not already.

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15th World Day Against the Death Penalty - October 10, 2017

The 15th World Day Against the Death Penalty is on Tuesday, October 10, 2017.  This day is a time to educate and raise awareness about various issues surrounding the death penalty.  Each year, the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty focuses on a specific topic about which to raise awareness.  This year, they are seeking to raise awareness about those who live in poverty facing a greater risk of being sentenced to death.

 

In the United States, everyone who is on trial is entitled to legal counsel.  As television shows have repeatedly informed us, if one cannot afford legal counsel, it will be provided for free.  However, free legal aid is frequently inferior to private lawyers.  Additionally, public aid lawyers are, many times, underpaid, understaffed, and overworked.  To complicate things further, death penalty trials are different from all other trials and require addition time for preparation.  Often, lawyers who represent defendants on death penalty cases are inexperienced in dealing with death penalty cases.  

 

There is also the larger problem of those living in poverty often having lower education levels and decreased employment opportunities.  This leads to increased crime by those who live in poverty in order to obtain goods that they cannot afford.

 

On this World Day Against the Death Penalty, we, at The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries, ask that you remember all those on death row throughout the world.  Please pray that if they are innocent of the crimes for which they have been convicted and sentenced to death, that their innocence will be proven prior to their execution.  Please also pray that all may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if they have not already.

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Prayer Thoughts for October - Bullying

The birthday camping trip came as a surprise!  All were looking forward to the weekend, even the birthday girl who only had a day to prepare!  A few days at a National Park, full of camping, hiking, unexpected rainstorms, cookouts, and, of course, s’mores!  The car trip was filled with talk of what they were going to eat and the trails they wanted to hike.  Several specific trails were picked; some for the views they offered and others for the hiking challenge they offered.  One afternoon road trip later, the group arrived at the campsite after dark, setting up the tent using flashlights before burrowing into sleeping bags intent on a good night’s sleep before a day full of adventure.  The excitement was somewhat tampered the following morning: some of the hiking trails were closed to allow park rangers to search for a missing hiker, including one of the planned trails.  No worries, there were several other trails.  Word came later that day.  The hiker, who had been missing for a week was found.  She was dead.  She had committed suicide.

 

Information later showed that she was a local woman, known for running those trails as training for trail races and to keep in shape for her job.  Shortly before she killed herself, a picture had been shared on a popular social media site, a picture she did not want shared with the world.  Under the picture were hundreds of disparaging comments, most criticizing her appearance.  Many of those comments came from co-workers.  She was bullied, resulting in her death.

 

She was not the first person to commit suicide due to bullying and, sadly, she will not be the last.  Over 42,000 individuals commit suicide every year.  It is the third leading cause of death among young people.  And, for every person that successfully kills themselves, 100 others attempt and fail.  Due to the nature of suicide, it is impossible to determine how many suicides are related to bullying. 

 

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14th World Day Against the Death Penalty - October 10, 2016

The 14th World Day Against the Death Penalty occurs on October 10, 2016.  This day is a time to educate and raise awareness about various issues surrounding the death penalty.  Each year, the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty focuses on a specific topic about which to raise awareness.  This year, the focus is on the use of the death penalty for terrorism charges.

 

No one can argue that in the past several years, the world has drastically changed.  Terrorism and terrorist acts have become a much more frequent occurrence, including nations once thought to be safe from such actions.  In response to these terrorist actions, some nations have expanded the death penalty laws, or are considering introducing the death penalty, for terrorist acts.  Other nations, who had not performed executions in years, have resumed carrying out the death penalty in an effort to curb terrorist activities.  Throughout the world, there are 65 countries and territories that currently retain capital punishment for terrorism charges, including the United States.

  

On this World Day Against the Death Penalty, we, at The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries, ask that you remember all those on death row throughout the world.  Please pray that if they are innocent of the crimes for which they have been convicted and sentenced to death, that their innocence will be proven prior to their execution.  Please also pray that all may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if they have not already.

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October 10, 2015: World Day Against the Death Penalty

October 10, 2015, is the 13th World Day Against the Death Penalty.  The goal of World Day Against the Death Penalty is to raise awareness about the death penalty and advocate against the death penalty.  Each year, the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty focuses on a different location or topic about which to raise awareness.  This year, they are focusing on raising awareness about nations who use the death penalty to punish drug offenders.

 

According to the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, there are 33 countries and territories worldwide who continue to use executions for drug related crimes, 12 of which have mandatory death sentences for drug related crimes.  Of those 33 countries and territories, 13 carried out executed for drug crimes within the past five years.  Perhaps most famously, 31-year-old Andrew Chan and 34-year-old Myuran Sukumaran, both Australians, were executed earlier this year in Indonesia for smuggling drugs in 2005.  They were the convicted ring leaders of the group known as the Bali 9, and the only members to have their death sentences upheld and carried out.

  

On this World Day Against the Death Penalty, we, at The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries, ask that you remember all the individuals on death row in your prayers.  Please pray that if they are not guilty of the crime(s) for which they have been convicted, their innocence will be revealed.  Please pray that all who are on death row may come to find peace through personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if they have not already.

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October 10 - World Day Against the Death Penalty

October 10, 2014, is the 12th World Day Against the Death Penalty.  The goal of World Day Against the Death Penalty is to raise awareness about the death penalty and advocate against the death penalty.  Each year, the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty focuses on a different location or topic about which to raise awareness.  This year, they are focusing on mental health issues among inmates on death row.

 

The mental health of inmates on death row is an ongoing legal battle.  International human rights standards, along with US laws, forbid the execution of inmates with mental illness or intellectual disabilities.  How those two terms are legally defined is subject for debate.

  

On this World Day Against the Death Penalty, we, at The Forgiveness Foundation, ask that you remember all the individuals on death row in your prayers.  Please pray that if they are not guilty of the crime(s) for which they have been convicted, their innocence will be revealed.  Please pray that all who are on death row may come to find peace through personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if they have not already.

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Mark arrived home from a hard day at work.  His wife berated him for forgetting to take out the trash before he left that morning.  She told him he would not be eating until he fixed the leaky pipe.  An hour later, Mark realized the problem was not one he could solve.  His wife called him “useless” and “pathetic.”   All evening she continued to criticize him.  She began swearing at him when he went to make himself dinner and relax before going to bed.  Mark is a victim of domestic abuse.

 

Jenny cracked open her door and peered out.  She had heard her parents screaming and cursing at each other.  Her father reached over and slapped her mother, knocking her down.  He picked her up and pushed her up against a wall, continuing to yell.  Her mother fought back, escaping his grasp.  Jenny wished she did not have to hear the yelling every night and see the fights.  Jenny is a victim of domestic abuse.

 

Katie and her husband both work hard.  When they get home, he cooks dinner and cleans the kitchen, while she works at laundry and vacuuming.  They enjoy a meal together and watch their favorite television show together, laughing at the ridiculous situations the characters get themselves into.  Katie is tired and has an early morning.  She wants to go straight to sleep.  Her husband has other plans.  He ignores her protests.  Katie is victim of domestic abuse.

 

Eric is in third grade, struggling with multiplication, just as he struggled with addition and subtraction for the past two years.  He does not understand his homework, but does not want to ask for help.  His mother, who used to help him died, and his father’s girlfriend laughs at his questions, calling him “dummy” and “slow,”  asking him how he can be so stupid.  Eric is a victim of domestic abuse.

 

October is national Domestic Violence Awareness Month.*  Domestic violence is a topic that has recently been brought into the spot light by accusations against star athletes like NFL players Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, Greg Hardy, and Ray McDonald, and professional soccer player Hope Solo.  

 

Although the issue has received recent attention, domestic violence is not a recent problem.  As illustrated above, it takes many forms, from the often identified physical violence, to the lesser thought of emotional and psychological abuse.  Domestic violence can also include sexual and verbal abuse.  There are over 1.3 million reported cases of domestic violence each year, however it is estimated that the true number of domestic abuse cases is significantly higher as most, especially male victims, are never reported. 

 

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