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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 ship of democracy, which has weathered all storms, may sink through the mutiny of those on board.”  He was the first and only president to get married at the White House.  He was also the first president to have a child born in the White House.  The Baby Ruth candy bars are named for her.  He did not like the press, refused to give them a working area within the White House (making them stand outside waiting for people to leave), and refused to attend the Gridiron Club dinner, an event held by Washington journalists.  He is Stephen Grover Cleveland, the 22nd and 24th President of the United States of America, serving from March 4, 1885, until March 4, 1889, and again from March 4, 1893, until March 4, 1897.  Grover, as he was always known, was born on March 18, 1837, in Caldwell, New Jersey, as the fifth of nine children.  His father was a Presbyterian minister, who died when he was 16, forcing Grover to forgo his remaining education in order to help support his family.  Eventually, Grover would work as a clerk and part-time law student in Buffalo.  The knowledge gained on the job allowed him to pass the bar exam in 1858, without any formal study.


Grover began his own law practice and was appointed assistant district attorney of Erie County in January of 1863.  Grover evaded the Conscription Act of 1863, which required able-bodied men to serve in the military during the Civil War if called upon, by hiring a substitute, which was permissible.  Grover was one of two presidents who never completed formal education or served in the military.  Grover earned a reputation of a hard worker and single mindedness as a lawyer. 


Grover became Sheriff of Erie County on January 1, 1871.  Grover did not believe in passing on less desirable tasks to others, and served as hangman for two executions during his tenure.  Grover opted not run for re-election, instead returning to his law practice.  It was during this time that the unmarried Grover began a relationship with a widow, Maria Crofts Halpin.  The two had a child together, for which Grover eventually accepted responsibility, supporting both mother and child.  This would later become a campaign issue during Grover’s first presidential run.


Grover became mayor of Buffalo, New York in 1882, and then governor of New York shortly thereafter.  During his time as governor, he worked to cut needless spending and political corruption.


In 1884, with a weak Republican nominee, Grover Cleveland was selected to run as the Democratic nominee.  The leading issue during the campaign was corruption in politics, as Grover’s opponent had been involved in several questionable deals.  In an attempt to discredit Grover, his opponent brought up his illegitimate child.  Grover insisted that his campaigners “tell the truth” about the affair.  The election was close, with Grover winning.  Grover delivered his inaugural address without notes, as he had an excellent memory.


One of his first acts as the 22nd President was reduce the number of federal employees.  Grover refused to appoint individuals, or fire them, based solely on their political party.  Ignoring the traditional spoils system, Grover instead evaluated their job performance, however, as his term went on, Grover replaced more and more Republicans with members of his own party.  Grover became well known for his use of vetoes, vetoing hundreds of private pensions bills by Civil War veterans.  Grover believed in the power of limited government, which was the reason behind many of his vetoes.


During his first term, Grover also became the first president to get married in the White House.  He married his ward, the daughter of his former law partner, 21-year-old Frances Folsom.  Frances was the youngest First Lady ever and despite the wide age difference between her and her husband, she was warmly welcomed by the public.  Grover and Frances went on to have five children together.  Also during his first term, Grover oversaw the dedication of the Statue of Liberty and saw the end of the Apache wars with the surrender of Geronimo.


Grover was easily nominated to run for re-election in 1888, however his campaign was poorly managed.  He even lost his home state of New York in the election!  In a narrow race, Grover’s opponent, Benjamin Harrison was elected president, while Grover returned to New York.  Grover and his wife spent considerable time over the next four years at their vacation home, where Grover took up and became obsessed with fishing.


In 1892, Grover was once again selected to run for president, due to his favorable reputation, and he was once again running against Benjamin Harrison.  Due to policies over the last four years, the price of imported goods had increased and tariff reform, an issue Grover supported, was gaining large general support.  Grover easily won the election, making him the only two-term, non-consecutive president.


As 24th President of the United States, Grover had to deal with an economic depression as soon as he regained office.  A falling stock market and a gold shortage worsened the situation.  Grover also had to deal with the Pullman strike, where over 125,000 railroad workers went on strike due to long working hours and low pay.


Also during his second term, the Hawaiian monarchy was overthrown, an act which was not supported by Grover, but set in motion during Harrison’s time in office.  Grover also admitted Utah as a state during his second term.  He continued his frequent use of the veto power, using it more than any other present except Franklin Roosevelt.  Grover also opposed women’s suffrage, believing sensible women did not want to vote.


In 1893, in the midst of the economic panic, it was discovered that Grover needed to have surgery to remove noncancerous tumor.  The surgery was done in secret, on a yacht, under the guise of Grover being on vacation.  It was many years before the truth of the surgery was made public.  Grover was succeeded in 1897 by William McKinley.


Grover and his wife returned to their home in New Jersey, where they spent the remainder of their lives.  Grover stayed involved in politics, consulting with Theodore Roosevelt and writing for various publications.  In 1907, Grover’s health began to fail.  He died of a heart attack on June 24, 1908, at the age of 71.


As the son of a Presbyterian minister, Grover identified as a Presbyterian, although he was tolerant to nearly all religions.  He had openly spoken of concern over admitting Utah as a state due to the high population of Mormons, although his chief objection seemed to be directed at a polygamous lifestyle as opposed to the religion itself.  Following the death of his first daughter, Ruth, Grover took comfort, that his daughter was in Heaven with “her Savior.”


Happy Birthday Mr. President!


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