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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.

“The Bible is the best of books, and I wish it were in the hands of everyone.  It is indispensable to the safety and permanence of our institutions.  A free government cannot exist without religion and morals, and there cannot be morals without religion.  The first presidential election he voted in was his own.  He delivered America’s first victorious battle in the War of 1812, and led troops into a small battle that would begin the Mexican-American War.  He kept his Army horse, Whitey, on the front lawn of the White House.  Horse hair from Whitey was a frequent souvenir to visitors.  He is Zachary Taylor, 12th President of the United States, serving from March 4, 1849, until July 9, 1850.  Zachary was born on November 24, 1784, and was a descendent from one of the signers of the Mayflower Compact.  Zachary was one of six presidents to be born in a log cabin and one of eight presidents to be born in Virginia.  Although born in Virginia, Zachary spent most of his young life on his family plantation in Kentucky, where he was taught by his mother due to the lack of formal schooling available.  He married his wife, Margaret Mackall Smith on June 18, 1810.  They had six children together, four of which survived into adulthood.


Unlike most presidents, Zachary was more interested in serving in the military than in law or politics.  After winning the first US victory for the War of 1812, he was promoted to brevet (temporary) major.  He gained the official rank of major in 1816.  Zachary spent much of his time in army traveling, although he eventually purchased a home in Louisiana for his family.  Zachary battled Indians throughout present-day Wisconsin, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Kansas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Florida, and Texas, eventually became a brigadier general due to his success in the Second Seminole War.  It was during his time in command of all American troops in Florida that he gained the nickname “Old Rough and Ready.”  The nickname came, in part, due to his plain and often messy look, as well as his willingness to share in the hardships of field duty with his men.  In 1844, Zachary was sent to Texas, where he helped start the Mexican-American War and lead the United States to victory.  Zachary returned home to a hero’s welcome in 1847.  


Because Zachary had constantly been moving due to the military, Zachary had never had a chance to vote in an election.  His political views were also not made public.  Although Zachary grew up in a slave-owning home and owned slaves himself, he was against the expansion of slavery.  He was against secession (and civil war) and a firm nationalist.  Although he considered himself an independent, he aligned himself with the Whig party.  He agreed with the party that a President should only be able to veto a law that was against the Constitution and that the office should not interfere with Congress, however, he did not agree with protective tariffs and expensive internal improvements.  

Zachary’s nomination for President in 1848 received mixed reactions, due to his mixed response to slavery.  He was a slave owner, but did not support expansion of slavery into new states because he viewed it as impractical, as cotton and sugar could not be grown in the west.  However, Zachary also supported states’ rights, even if he did not agree with succession.  Zachary was also popular due to his successful service in the military.  Upon being nominated and selected to run for president, Zachary remained unaware for several days because he refused to accept mail that was marked postage due!


As president-elect, Zachary kept his distance from Washington DC, and quietly formed his cabinet selections, much to the frustration of those who helped elect him.  Zachary despised political games.  He ensured that his cabinet was politically diverse, to reflect the diversity of the nation, although it was purposefully lacking in prominent political members, frustrating the leading members of the Whig party.


Zachary spent the first several months traveling to familiarize himself with the northern part of the nation, of which he had previously seen little.  Zachary worked to admit California, which was in the midst of the Gold Rush, as a state and allow them to determine their own laws on slavery.  Zachary also worked to settle a border dispute between New Mexico and Texas, encouraged New Mexico to apply for statehood, which became a federal territory instead, and to help alleviate concerns by Mormons in Utah.  On the issue of slavery, he refused to abolish the practice, but he did fight against expanding slavery to new states.


Zachary, and his Secretary of State John Clayton, both had relatively little international diplomatic experience, however, it was not needed.  During his presidency, there was very little international politics to attend to and no significant foreign policy decisions were made while Zachary was in office.


During his time as president, Zachary’s wife did not make public appearances, leaving her daughter to act as First Lady at social events.  Zachary attended two funerals during his time in office, that of James Polk and Dolly Madison.  While giving a speech a Dolly’s funeral, Zachary coined the term “First Lady.”


Zachary died while in office on July 9, 1850, approximately 16 months after being sworn in.  He was 65 years of age.  Zachary exact cause of death is unknown, although there was some speculation of poison, which was ruled out when his body was exhumed in 1991.  The same testing also led to the conclusion that he died from contaminated food or drink, which likely occurred at the 4th of July celebration a few days earlier, where he consumed raw cherries and milk at a fundraising event at the Washington Monument.  Several of his cabinet members also fell ill.  Following Zachary’s death, Vice President Millard Fillmore became President.


Happy Birthday Mr. President!



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