Did You Know?

Two men and zero women have been

executed in the United States in 2019.

78 Killed in Dhaka, Bangladesh
At least 78 individuals have been killed, and dozens injured, after a fire in the historic Dhaka district, the capital of Bangladesh. In the area of the fire, buildings are closely packed together, with narrow streets, and many buildings are run-down. The fire is believed to have been caused when fuel cylinder in a car exploded. The fire spread rapidly. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for all that are affected.
9 Killed in Chittagong, Bangladesh
At least nine individuals have been killed, and over 50 others injured, after a fire in a slum in Chittagong, Bangladesh. The cause of the fires is suspected to be a short circuit. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for all those affected.
5 Killed in Aurora, Illinois
Five individuals were shot and killed at a manufacturing plant in Aurora, Illinois. Five police officers were injured and the gunman was eventually killed by the police. On the day of the shooting, the shooter was being fired from his position at the plant, where he had worked for the last 15 years. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.
4 Killed in Kashmir
Four Indian soldiers have been killed in India-administered Kashmir, following a clash with militants. Recently, in the same region, over 40 others were killed in a suicide attack. Pakistani and Indian forces have been battling over the area. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for peace.
Flooded Gold Mine in Zimbabwe
Nine miners have been rescued alive from a flooded, illegal gold mine in Zimbabwe, while the bodies of 24 others have been recovered. Flooding occurring after a dam burst. While nine have been rescued, dozens of others remain missing and are feared dead. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the missing miners and for their families.
Force Withdraw Agreement in Yemen
Government and rebel forces have reached an agreement to withdraw forces around the port of Hudaydah. The withdraw is part of a ceasefire agreement reached last year. The conflict began in 2015, and has resulted in thousands of civilian deaths and injuries. Please pray for peace in the region. Please pray for the families of the deceased and for healing for the injured.
7 Killed in Haiti
At least seven individuals have been killed as a result of protests against the government in Haiti. Protesters are protesting the soaring inflation and accuse the government of corruption and misappropriation of funds. The protesters have also asked for the resignation of President Jovenel Moise. The President has rejected the idea. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Pleas pray for peace.
17 Killed in New Delhi, India
At least 17 individuals have been killed after a fire in a hotel in New Delhi, India. Thirty-five others were rescued from the fire and 19 were taken to the hospital for injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
Heat Wave in Australia
A record heat wave, following a record drought, in Australia have farmers, and others, worried. The drought and heat have caused animals to die and worries that crops will not be able to be planted. Across the globe, the United States is experiencing record cold temperatures. Please pray for all those affected by extreme temperatures. Please pray for their safety and health.

March 18, 2014


Stephen Rex Edmiston's execution was scheduled for 7 pm EDT, on April 16, 2014, at the State Correctional Institute Rockview in Rockview, Pennsylvania. Stephen's execution has been stayed by US District Judge Kim Gibson to allow time for Stephen to complete his federal appeals.  Fifty-five-year-old Stephen is convicted of killing 2-year-old Bobbi Joe Matthew on October 5, 1988, after kidnapping her from her house in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania.  Stephen has spent the last 26 years on Pennsylvania's death row.


On the night of October 4, 1988, Bobbi Joe Matthew went to bed wearing a pair of purple shorts in the home she lived in with her father, Harold Matthew, her grandmother, Nancy Dotts, and several other children.  Harold later fell asleep on the couch.  Around 3:30 am, Harold was awakened by a man with a beard and wearing a ball cap.  The man apologized for waking Harold and after the two a brief conversation, Harold went back to sleep.


Two children identified a man of similar description entering their bedroom just moments later.  According to the children the man walked over to talk to Bobbi Jo, left the bedroom, and then returned, whisper something to Bobbi Jo, and leave again.  A few minutes later, a vehicle was seen leaving the home.


Nancy arrived home around 5:30 am on October 5, 1988.  She went to the children's bedroom to check on them but did not see Bobbi Jo.  Nancy awoke Harold to ask him about the missing child.  Harold and the children all described the man they had seen.  Nancy recognized the description as the nephew of the man she was dating.  This information was reported to the police who tracked down the nephew, Stephen Edmiston.


A search of Edmiston's pick-up truck revealed blood on the driver's side seatbelt receptacle, blood in the middle of the bench seat, a blood stained towel, bloody scissors, and purple shorts, similar to the ones Bobbi Jo wore to bed.  Edmiston eventually confessed to police to raping Bobbi Jo in his truck and then hitting her several times with his fists until she stopped moving.  Edmiston also drew the police a map of where Bobbi Jo's body was located.  When police asked him what they would find at the site he indicated on the map, Edmiston replied "a dead, raped little girl."


Medical testimony at Edmiston's trial claimed that Bobbi Jo's cause of death was a combination of the several severe injuries the young child suffer including scalping, blunt force injuries, and trauma to the genital area.  Bobbi Jo was scalped from her ear, across her front hairline and down to her other ear.  Her scalp was peeled back to the nape of her neck, exposing her entire skull.  The blunt force trauma to her torso caused her liver and lungs to tear.  Her intestines protruded from her genital area, which was completely obliterated and ripped.  There were also areas of burning on her body along with many other lacerations, abrasions, and a skull fracture.


Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Bobbi Jo.  Please pray for strength for the family of Stephen Edmiston.  Please pray that Stephen may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he had not already found one.




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