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Three men and zero women have been

executed in the United States in 2019.

134 Killed Mali
At least 134 individuals have been killed, and 55 others injured, in an ethnic Peuhl village in Ogossogou, Mali. Among those killed were small children, pregnant women, and the elderly. An ethnic Dogon militia, who are Islamic extremists, is believed to be responsible for the attack. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Pleas pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.
417 Killed in Mozambique
At least 417 individuals have been killed in Mozambique as a result of Cyclone Idai. Approximately 300 others have been killed in Zimbabwe and Malawi as a result of the cyclone. There is also severe flooding, which has contributed to the many deaths, and risk of further flooding. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the safety of all in the regions. Please pray for all affected.
Flooding in Australia
Northern Australia has been struck by Cyclone Trevor, with another storm, Cyclone Veronica on its way. Cyclone Trevor has already caused significant damage with strong winds and rains. There have been nor reports of injuries or deaths. While Cyclone Veronica is not expected to make landfall, flooding is still a major concern. Please pray for all who have been, and could be, affected. Please pray for safety.
1 Injured in Nice, France
At least one elderly woman has been injured during a banned “Yellow Vest” protest in Nice, France. The 73-year-old woman was struck over the head with a metal post in an incident captured on video. She sustained a skull fracture and bleeding next to the brain. She is currently in the intensive care unit. During the protest, soldiers were deployed to help police maintain security. Please pray for healing. Please pray for any others that may have been affected. Please pray for peace.
Last Islamic State Stronghold Falls
The terrorist group known as the Islamic State no longer holds any territory, and thousands of its fighters have been captured in recent months. However, many fighters continue to carry out operations in secret. Please pray for peace. Please pray for all that have been affected since the Islamic State came to power.
3 Killed in Nebraska
At least three individuals have been killed as a result of severe flooding in Nebraska. Thousands have been forced from their homes in Nebraska, Iowa, and Missouri due to flooding. Further flooding is feared as temperatures increase and snow begins to melt. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for all those affected.
Protests in Morocco
Thousands of teachers are protesting in Morocco over working conditions. Among their demands are permanent contracts, better working conditions, and the rising cost of living. An overnight sit-in was broken up by police in riot gear with water cannons. Please pray for peace.
Protests in Algeria
Protests have been ongoing against current President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. President Bouteflika was planning on running for a 5th term in office, despite his declining health, however, he has announced that he will not seek another term. He has been in office since 1999. Protests initially began against his seeking a 5th term, but now protesters are demanding that he step down immediately, arguing that his health is allowing others to rule through him. Please pray for a peaceful resolution.
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.

“It is to be regretted that the rick and powerful often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes.”  He is the only president to have his birth state in question.  He was the first of six presidents to be born in a log cabin and the only president who was a first-generation American, as he was born to immigrant parents before the United States became a nation.  He is Andrew Jackson, seventh president of the United States of America, serving from March 4, 1829, until March 4, 1837.  Andrew was born on March 15, 1767, in Waxhaws.  The Waxhaws settlement was in South Carolina, however, it was extremely close to the North Carolina border.  Historians cannot definitively say in what state he was born.  Growing up, Andrew’s education was inconsistent.  He served as a courier during the Revolutionary War and by the age of 14, he was orphaned.  Andrew went to live with his uncles and began studying law, being admitted in the bar in 1787.


In 1796, Andrew helped establish the Tennessee Constitution and was then elected as Tennessee’s first representative in the US House of Representatives.  In 1797, Andrew was elected to the US Senate, where he served only eight months.  He was then elected as a judge on the Tennessee Supreme Court, serving in that position until 1804.


Andrew had been appointed commander of the Tennessee militia in 1801.  He continued to hold this position during the War of 1812, where he led his men to victory against the Creek Indians at Horseshoe Bend.  His success earned him the rank of major general.  On January 8, 1815, Andrew, outnumbered, defeated British troops in New Orleans.  He became a national hero, earning the nickname “Old Hickory,” after being described as “tough as old hickory wood” on the battlefield.  Andrew continued to serve in the military during the First Seminole War, capturing parts of Florida and then serving as Florida’s military governor.


Andrew returned to politics in 1822, after he was once again elected to the United States Senate.  He was nominated to run for President in 1824, but was defeated by John Quincy Adams in what became known as the Corrupt Bargain.  This bargain also split the Democratic-Republican Party.  In 1825, three years before the next presidential election, Andrew was once again nominated and selected to run for president!  He easily won the election in 1828, and became the first president to invite the public to attend his inauguration ball at the White House.


Andrew Jackson was the first and only President to pay off the national debt.  He was also accused of wasteful government spending for purchasing spittoons for the East Room in the White House, even though the spittoons likely saved the carpet!  Andrew was extremely popular with the public, earning the nickname the “people’s president.”   He believed that the people should elect the president and vice-president and wanted to abolish the electoral college.


Andrew was the first president to make use of his veto power, vetoing the re-charter of the Second Bank of the United States.  Andrew displayed hostility towards the bank and alleged that it had a disproportionate economic privilege.  His view was supported by the public and helped him win his second term.  Not all of Andrew’s actions were as supported.  His dealings with the Native Americans have come under scrutiny, especially his forced removal of Indians from their lands, which led to great suffering, such as the Trail of Tears.


President Jackson also faced threats of succession from southern states, including one led by his first Vice-President John C. Calhoun, who was from South Carolina.  Southern states were upset with the high tariffs on imported goods from Europe, claiming they only benefitted northern industrialism.  South Carolina determined that it had the right to nullify any federal laws that went against the state's interests.  President Jackson threatened military action against any state attempting to void federal laws.  Jackson denied the states' rights to succeed: "The Constitution... forms a government not a league... To say that any State may at pleasure secede from the Union is to say that the United States is not a nation."  One year later, after a compromise was reached, Jackson stated "the tariff was only the pretext, and disunion and southern confederacy the real object. The next pretext will be the negro, or slavery question."  Sure enough, nearly 30 years later, South Carolina was the first state to succeed over slavery!


Andrew Jackson was born and raised as a Presbyterian.  Frequently in his letters to his wife, Rachel (who died shortly before he became President), Andrew would refer to the Lord and to his prayers for her safety and protection.  During an undated meeting with Reverend Peter Cartwright, a young lawyer asked Cartwright if he really believed in hell.  When Cartwright affirmed his belief the lawyer replied, "Well, I thank God I have too much good sense to believe any such thing."  To Cartwright's surprise, Andrew replied "Well, sir, I thank God that there is such a place of torment as hell."  The young lawyer inquired as to why he would want such a place as hell to exist.  Andrew responded "To put such damned rascals as you are in, that oppose and vilify the Christian religion."  Upon his death bed, Andrew commanded his children, many of whom were adopted, not to cry for him, after all they would be together in heaven one day.  Andrew died on June 8, 1845, at the age of 78, from lead poisoning.  Andrew had two bullets lodged in his chest for several years.  One of the bullets was the result of a duel that occurred prior to his election for president.


Happy Birthday Mr. President!


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