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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.

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or if we wait for some other time.  We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.  We are the change that we seek.”  He is one of three presidents to have won a grammy, although not for his singing.  He does not like ice cream after having worked at a BaskinRobins during his youth.  He has read every Harry Potter book. He is the first president to tweet and is most well known for being the first African American president.  He is Barack Hussein Obama, 44th President of the United States, serving from January 20, 2009, until January 20, 2017.  Barack was born on August 4, 1961, and is the first president to have been born outside the continental United States, in Hawaii.  When he was two years of age, his parent divorced.  Barack spent his early childhood in Hawaii being raised by his maternal grandparents, while his mother completed college.  When his mother remarried, they moved to Indonesia.  A few years later, Barack returned to Hawaii to, once again, live with his grandparents and attend school.

 

Barack attended Occidental College for two years before transferring to Columbia University, where he graduated in 1983.  After working two years in New York, Barack moved to Chicago, Illinois and began working for the Developing Communities Project.  After a visit to Kenya where he visited the graves of his father and grandfather, Barack decided he wanted to become a lawyer and entered Harvard Law School, where he graduated in 1991, after becoming the first African American to be elected editor of the Harvard Law Review.  After graduating from Harvard, Barack married Michelle Robinson in 1992.  The couple returned to Chicago where Barack briefly worked for a law firm, taught at the University of Chicago, and did advocacy work, which led him to pursue and win a seat in the State Senate in 1996.  

 

In 2004, Barack was elected to the United States Senate.  Four short years later, and eight years after being denied a floor pass to the Democratic National Convention, Barack was elected President of the United States.  After the election, Barack fulfilled his promise to his daughters to get a family dog if he won.

 

During his presidency, Barack had his official portrait taken with a digital camera, the first to do so.  Barack came into the presidential office while the United States was still involved in war in the Middle East.  He has worked to end the war and withdraw all US combat troops from the Middle East.  On May 1, 2011, he announced that Osama bin Laden had been killed by US Navy SEALs.  Although troops are no longer stationed in the Middle East, the United States has participated in airstrikes against the Islamic State terrorist group, which is gaining ground throughout the Middle East.

 

Barack also entered office while the economy was in a recession, which prompted him to sign an economic stimulus package aimed at helping the United State recover.  Barack has also worked at creating jobs and has advocated for a higher minimum wage.  Throughout his presidency, Barack has also advocated for increased gun control, especially following several mass shootings.

 

President Obama’s signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act (a/k/a ObamaCare), was passed in 2010, with the promise that it would help lower health insurance premiums and grant coverage to millions of uninsured individuals.  The effects of the bill remain disputed.  The bill has been highly controversial and there has been numerous attempts to overturn the bill.  The Supreme Court of the United States has upheld the constitutionality of the bill several times.

 

In late 2010, Barack repealed the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” police of the United States Armed Forces.  He also began speaking in favor of legalizing gay marriage, praising the Supreme Court decision doing so in 2015.  Barack became the first president to mention gay rights in an inaugural address in 2013.

 

In 2008, Obama ran on the platform of “Hope and Change,” a promising idea during a tumultuous time in world history.  The world continued to change while he was in office, and it will be years before history can truly judge his actions, for better or worse.

 

Although raised by individuals who did not regularly attend church, Barack, by his own admission, eventually came to understand the importance of religious tradition, specifically how African-American religious traditions spurred social change.  In 2008, Barack stated, “I am a devout Christian.  I believe in the redemptive death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  I believe that faith gives me a path to be cleansed of sin and have eternal life.”

 

Happy Birthday Mr. President!

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