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Two men and zero women have been

executed in the United States in 2019.

10 Killed in Brazil
Ten teenage football (soccer) players were killed after a fire broke out in their dormitory at a youth team training centre in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Three other teenagers were taken to the hospital for injuries. According to one of players, the cause of the fire was the air conditioner, however an investigation is ongoing. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
6 Killed in Chile
Extreme rainfall in Chile has led to floods and the reactivation of a waterfall in the Atacama Desert. The waterfall had been dry for a decade. The extreme rainfall has killed at least 6 individuals and has also forced residents to flee their homes, due to the overflowing rivers. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for all those affected.
4 Killed in Haiti
At least four individuals have been killed, and dozens of others injured during four days of, often, violent protests in the capital of Haiti, Port-au-Prince. The protests are against current President Jovenel Moise, with calls for him to step down, after accusations of corruption. Other government officials have also been accused of corruption. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Pleas pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.
Yellow Vest Protests Continue in France
As the protests enter their 13th week, a protester has had his finger blown off after attempting to pick up a rubber pellet grenade. The protests began over fuel taxes in November 2018, and have since evolved as a general protest against President Emmanuel Macron and the political class, who the protesters see as out of touch. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for a resolution.
US Government Funding Talks Stall
If no legislation is passed by Friday, the US government could face another shutdown, three weeks after the last shutdown ended. Please pray for wisdom among the elected officials. Please pray for a resolution.
100 Car Collision in China
At least two individuals have been killed, and 50 others injured, when over 100 vehicles were involved in a pile-up in southwest Guizhou province. While the cause of the accident is under investigation, officials note that the pile-up occurred on slippery roads, with the temperature dropping after a rain. Pleas pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the healing of the injured.
97 Children Killed in Democratic Republic of Congo
Last year, an Ebola outbreak began in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It has since resulted in the death of the 97 children, with the number of new cases doubling in January. Over half of those deaths were children under the age of 65. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the infected. Please pray that a cure may be found.

FORGIVENESS IS HARD

The Forgiveness Foundation was pleasantly surprised by the large number of e-mails we received regarding our Website, www.theforgivenessfoundation.org, coverage of the execution of Richard Lynn Bible. Bible was executed for kidnapping, murdering, and raping 9-year-old Jennifer Wilson. It was a brutal crime that polarized the camps of pro-death penalty people and anti-death penalty people.

 

Last week, The Forgiveness Foundation, heard from both camps, with a great deal of unflattering comments about forgiveness, God’s forgiveness. We received e-mails from people who knew the family of the victim, law enforcement, and groups that really didn’t have an interest in forgiveness; God’s forgiveness or the imperfect variety that man offers. Fifty people showed up to see Richard executed, twenty of those people were family members. Jennifer’s mother and brother appeared before the Arizona Board of Pardons to encourage them to carry out Richard’s execution on June 30. Their request was carried out. Richard was executed.

 

Although difficult, after praying diligently for what I needed to say, I responded to every, most openly hostile to our ministry, email keeping in mind the words of Proverbs 15:1, “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”(ESV) I am happy to report that everyone replied to my emails and we have begun a discourse about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Please don’t misunderstand what I am saying; we have begun a discourse, no has come to Jesus through this yet. Please pray for the Holy Spirit to bring our new email friends to the knowledge that Jesus is Lord; that they may accept Him as their personal Lord and Savior.

Jennifer Wilson died at the age of nine. Her life was a short life by almost any standard. Her death was a tragedy that propelled her parents to reach out to the Arizona legislature to enact laws to protect victims. There is an elementary school named after her in her home town of Yuma, Arizona. Now, her death, is allowing The Forgiveness Foundation to share the love of Jesus Christ with people she and I have never met.

 

The theme of most of the emails that I received was that the execution and eternal interment of Richard Lynn Bible to hell will grant all parties involved closure. Being a Christian I know that closure comes from Jesus Christ through forgiveness. The message I feebly attempt to share with everyone I encounter.

 

Among the 50 people (An extraordinarily large group of people allowed to witness an execution.) attending Richard’s execution, was his family. I cannot imagine what Richard’s family was thinking, feeling, as their son and brother was put to death knowing that most of the people present that day hated their son. I can’t imagine what they felt; what they thought – after all was said and done, Richard was still their son.

 

Please pray for Jennifer’s family, the members of Arizona law enforcement who worked on this particularly gruesome murder, and Richard Bible’s family.

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