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.

July 18, 2018


Robert J. Van Hook was executed by the state of Ohio on Wednesday, July 18, 2018.  He was pronounced dead at 10:44 am EDT, inside the execution chamber at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Mansfield, Ohio.  He was 58 years of age.  Robert was executed for the murder of 25-year-old David Self on February 18, 1985, in David’s Cincinnati apartment.  Robert has spent the last 32 years of his life on death row in Ohio.


Robert’s parents were both heavy drinkers and Robert began drinking as a toddler.  His father started taking him to bars at the age of 9.  Robert began using drugs, provided by his father, at the age of 11, and continued using drugs and alcohol into adulthood.  Robert’s father was violently abusive to his mother, and at least once towards him.  Robert was kicked out of the military for his drug and alcohol abuse, to his great distress.  Robert had also attempted suicide numerous times.


On February 18, 1985, Robert Van Hook went to a gay bar in an attempt to find someone whom he could rob.  Van Hook approached David Self.  The two men talked and drank for several hours before leaving the bar and going to David’s apartment.  Van Hook maneuvered David into a “vulnerable position,” and strangled David until he was unconscious.  Using a kitchen knife, Van Hook killed and mutilated David and then fled the apartment, taking several of David’s valuables with him.  


Van Hook fled to Florida, where he was arrested by police six weeks later.  Van Hook confessed to the crime.  He was convicted and sentenced to death in August 1985.


This was not Van Hook’s first execution date.  After the controversial January 2014 execution of Dennis McGuire, executions were halted in Ohio due to ongoing legal challenges to the execution protocol.  Read more information here.  As Ohio schedules its executions several years in advance, numerous execution dates were rescheduled, and sometimes multiples times for the same person.  Executions resumed in Ohio on October 19, 2016, with the execution or Ronald Phillips.


Please pray for peace and healing for the family of David Self.  Please pray for strength for the family of Robert.


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