Did You Know?

Three men and zero women have been

executed in the United States in 2019.

3 Killed in Utrecht, Netherlands
Three individuals have been killed, and five others injured, after a shooting on a tram in the city of Utrecht, Netherlands. Police are calling the incident a terrorist attack and are have arrested a suspect. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
180 Killed in Africa
At least 180 individuals have been killed across southern Africa, including 84 in Mozambique, from Cyclone Idai. The official death toll is expected to rise drastically, with President Filipe Nyusi speculating that over 1,000 have been killed. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for those who are missing. Please pray for all affected.
5 Killed in Mumbai, India
At least five individuals have been killed, and over 30 others injured, when a footbridge to Mumbai’s main train station collapsed. The reason for the collapse is under investigation. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
8 Killed in Sao Paulo, Brazil
Eight individuals were killed at a school in Sao Paulo, Brazil after two former students opened fire inside the school. Five of those killed were students. The two gunman killed themselves as police arrived. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the community.
73 Killed in Papua
At least 73 individuals have died from a surprise flood in Papua, a province of Indonesia. The flash flooding was caused by torrential rain, which also caused mudslides and landslides. Over 60 others are missing. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the safety of the missing. Please pray for all those affected.
24 Killed in Democratic Republic of Congo
At least 24 individuals were killed, and over 30 others injured, when a train overturned in Kasai province in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Most of those killed were children. The cause of the accident is believed to be unmaintained tracks. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
Protests Turn Violent in Paris, France
For the past four months, “yellow vests” protests have occurred in France, initially as an protest against the increase of fuel taxes. For the most part, the protests have been peaceful, however, they have now turned violent, with protestors smashing shops on the famed Champs-Élysées in Paris. Please pray for those affected. Please pray for peace.
2 Israelis Killed in West Bank
An Israeli soldier and a rabbi were killed by an unknown Palestinian attacker in the West Bank. The soldier was stabbed to death and then his rifle was used to kill the rabbi. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for peace.
3 Killed in Midwestern Flooding
At least three individuals have been killed due to severe flooding in the midwestern part of the United States. Rain, along with melting of snow has caused the flooding. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the safety of all affected.
49 Killed in Mosque Shootings
At least 49 individuals have been killed, and 20 others injured, in two shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Four suspects have been arrested in connection with the shootings. Police also discovered explosive devices nearby. Officials has designated this incident as a terrorist attack. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.

January 7, 2016


Oscar Ray Bolin, Jr., was executed by the state of Florida on Thursday, January 7, 2016.  Oscar was pronounced dead shortly at 10:16 pm EST, inside the execution chamber at the Florida State Prison near Raiford, Florida.  His execution was delayed by appeals for several hours.  Oscar was 53 years of age.  He was executed for the rape and murder of 17-year-old Stephanie Anne Collins, 25-year-old Natalie “Blanche” Holley, and 26-year-old Teri Lynne Matthews.  All three women were kidnapped, raped, and murdered in Florida in 1986.  Oscar has spent approximately the last 25 years of his life on Florida’s death row.


Oscar allegedly had an unstable childhood.  He claims his mother was an alcoholic, leading him to develop his own substance abuse problems.  He also alleges that he was abused as a child.  Oscar had previously worked for a carnival and a tow company.  


On December 4, 1986, Teri Lynn Mathews worked at a Land O’Lakes, Florida bank until approximately 11 pm.  After getting off work, she went to spend time with her boyfriend, Gary McClelland, leaving his home around 2 am on December 5, 1986.  Teri would typical call Gary and let him know that she had arrived home safely, but the call never came.  Gary grew concerned and called Teri’s mother, with whom she lived.  Teri had never made it home.  Gary began driving along the route she would likely have taken.  He discovered her vehicle outside of a post office, with the parking lights still on and mail strewn on the ground, addressed to Teri and her parents.


Teri’s body was discovered later that day.  She had been raped, stabbed, and bludgeoned to death.  Also discovered that day was the body of teenager Stephanie Anne Collins, who had disappeared from a shopping mall in early November of 1986.  Police did not know it at the time, but the two women’s deaths were connected.


As police investigated the death of Teri, no leads were forthcoming until the summer of 1990, when Cheryl Coby told police she had previously been married Oscar Ray Bolin.  During that time, he confessed to her of killing Teri and enlisted the help  of his then 13-year-old half-brother Phillip to dispose of Teri’s body.  When police questioned Phillip, he confirmed Cheryl’s story.  Police were then able to arrest Bolin, who was serving a 25- to 75-year sentence in an Ohio prison for kidnapping and raping a 20-year-old waitress.


Bolin’s arrest and subsequent investigation revealed his connection to the other body found the morning of December 5, 1986, that of Stephanie Collins.  Furthermore, police also connected Bolin to the rape and murder of Natalie “Blanche” Holley, who had been killed on January 25, 1986, in Florida.  Her body was discovered in an orange grove.  Bolin’s ex-wife Cheryl, was also able to testify to Blanche’s murder.  Cheryl remembered Bolin waking her up, with blood on his shoes and carrying a women’s purse.  She went with him to wipe down Blanche’s car.


Following Bolin’s arrest, multiple others have come forward to claim that Bolin had confessed one or more of the murders to them.  Bolin was eventually separately convicted and sentenced to death, for murdering Teri, Stephanie, and Blanche.


Please pray for peace and healing for the families of Teri, Stephanie, and Blanche.  Please pray for strength for the family of Oscar Bolin.


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