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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.

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieve his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”  He did not consider being president one of the top three achievements of his life.  He helped restock the Library of Congress after it was burned with 6,487 of his own books!  He was an early archeologist and attempted to build skeleton of a mastodon in the White House.  Although he was a gifted writer - helping write the US Constitution - he was not a good public speaker.  He is Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States of America (March 4, 1801–March 4, 1809)!  He is a Virginian by birthright, and was born on April 13*, 1743, at Shadwell Plantation, Goochland County, Virginia, as the third child of Peter and Jane (Randolph) Jefferson.  


Little is known of Jefferson’s youth.  Education is the only surviving recollection of the life of young Thomas Jefferson.  Peter Jefferson, Thomas’ father, cherished education.  Peter was a self-educated man; a vociferous reader who saw that Thomas had the formal education which he never had. This belief required Thomas to spend a great deal of time away from Shadwell during his early years being formally educated.  This experience appears to have created conflict for Thomas, not with his father, Peter, but with contemporary religious thought of the time.


Thomas married Martha Wayles Skelton, his third cousin, on January 1, 1772.  Martha, a widow, shared her husband’s passion for reading and was a skilled pianist, who often had Thomas accompany her on the violin or cello.  Martha was able to manage the large house and together the couple had six children, two of which survived into adulthood.  Sadly, Martha died on September 6, 1782, leaving Thomas grief-stricken.  Thomas fulfilled his deathbed promise to Martha and never remarried.  However, DNA evidence indicates that Thomas had an affair with one of his slaves, Sally Hemings and fathered her children.


As Americans we see our third President as author of the Declaration of Independence, the Louisiana Purchase, the Lewis and Clark expedition, the formation and construction of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York; Native American Policy, relocating American Indians west of the Mississippi River; and signer of the Act Prohibiting the Import of Slaves on Mach 7, 1807, which abolished slave trade in the United States beginning January 1, 1808.


Jefferson’s view of himself can best be seen through the home he designed, built, and loved throughout his lifetime in central Virginia’s Albemarle County: Monticello. He was a student of architecture, law, and horticulture. He maintained journals concerning the happenings of nature at Monticello. He was conflicted by religious leaders and sought to understand liberty, freedom, and independence. He saw himself as a man of the world seeking knowledge with unbridled passion. His passion for education lead him to found the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. It appears to this outsider looking in - Thomas Jefferson enjoyed observing and contemplating upon his observations.  Jefferson himself expressed what he valued most in the simple concise statement he wrote for his gravestone:


"Here was buried Thomas Jefferson Author of the Declaration of Independence, of the Statutes of Virginia for religious freedom, Father of the University of Virginia, because of these, as testimonials, that I have lived, I wish the most to be remembered.”


Jefferson's grave marker expressed what he valued most in life: freedom for all mankind to choose their path in life, freedom to practice individual faith or lack thereof, and the ongoing quest for understanding. It fails to mention that he was President of the United States. Maybe Mr. Jefferson came to know; to understand that genuine freedom is more important than government to establish a great nation filled with people, like our third President, seeking to be the best they can be making a better life for all who share in liberty. His epitaph echoes the values of the country he helped found over 200 years ago. Thomas Jefferson died at his beloved Virginia home, Monticello, on July 4, 1826.  He was 83 years old.


Happy Birthday Mr. President!


*Some historians claim his birthdate to be April 12, 1843.


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