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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.

“I contend that the strongest of all government is that which is most free.”  He is the great uncle of Harry Truman.  He was an avid reader, with a large personal library.  His favorite author was Shakespeare.  He was the first vice-president to become president.  He is John Tyler, 10th President of the United States of America, serving from April 4, 1841, until March 4, 1845.  John was born on March 29, 1790, in Charles City County, Virginia, on his family’s slave-owning estate called the Greenway.  He was one of eight children and one of seven presidents born in Virginia.  John had an excellent education, graduating from the College of William and Mary at the age of 17 and being admitted into the bar two years later.  When John was 21, his father became governor of Virginia, which allowed John to obtain a position in the Virginia House of Delegates.  John married his first wife, Letitia Christian in 1813.  They had eight children together, one of whom died as an infant.

 

John served as a military captain in the War of 1812, after which he was elected to the House of Representatives from 1816 to 1821.  In 1825, John became governor of Virginia for two years before becoming a senator.  In opposition to President Andrew Jackson, John joined the Whig party, founded by Henry Clay and Daniel Webster.

In 1840, John was selected to run as vice president, with William Henry Harrison as the presidential nominee.  Together, with their catchy slogan - “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too!” - the duo won their bid for the White House.  Harrison was inaugurated in March of 1841.  One month later, President Harrison died, the first president to die while in office.  One legend says that John was on his knees playing marbles when he received the news of Harrison’s death, although this is unconfirmed.  

 

With Harrison’s death, uncertainty abounded regarding the office of the Presidency.  Was John Tyler, the vice-president simply to assume the powers of the president’s office?  Was he actually the President of the United States?  The presidential Cabinet determined that John was simply “Vice-President acting President,” however John believed differently.  John believed that with Harrison’s death, he now was the President, shortly after returning to Washington DC, had himself sworn in, without any qualifiers.  John did not believe that it was necessary to take the Presidential oath, as he had already taken the Vice-Presidential oath, however, he wanted to squash any doubt regarding his accession.  He also went on to issue an inaugural address on April 9, 1841.

 

John’s presidency was difficult.  There were those legislatures that did not immediately accept him as President.  John remained firm in his belief that he was president, returning any correspondence that was addressed to the “Vice President” or “Acting President,” unopened.   Additionally, he was immediately at odds with his inherited Cabinet, as he was unwilling to allow them to continue making policy by a simple majority vote as Harrison had done.  Further, John became at odds with his own Whig party, when he demonstrated that he was not a man who could be managed.  The Whig party eventually expelled him and attempted to have him impeached for misuse of veto power.  The attempt failed to gain support.  It was the first time impeachment proceedings were ever started against a President.

 

The major division between John and the Whig party occurred over a national banking act, which John opposed and the Whigs supported.  John twice vetoed such an act.  Shortly thereafter, his Cabinet began resigning, all but one, an act orchestrated by Henry Clay in an attempted to force John’s resignation.  When John did not resign, the Whigs in Congress refused to allocate funds to repair the White House.

 

In September of 1842, John’s wife, Letitia died of a stroke.  He was the first president whose wife died while he was in office.  He married his second wife, Julia Gardiner in 1844.  They went on to have seven children, all of whom lived into adulthood.  John had a total of 15 children, more than any other president. 

 

President Tyler and Congress continue to oppose each other on several issues, such as the tariff rate, the government debt, and a distribution program.  Due to several vetoes by John, the first impeachment proceedings in American history took place against President Tyler.  The Congress also refused to accept a number of the Presidential nominees for his Cabinet.  He was the first president to have his nominees reject.  He continues to hold the record for the most rejections.

 

Despite the domestic issues, John was successful on several foreign and military affairs.  He began a process that would eventually lead to Hawaii becoming a state.  On his final day in office, he admitted Florida into the Union.  He also advocated for Texas to become a state.  John improved relations with Britain regarding several disputed borders and brought an end to the Second Seminole War.  He also advocated for the establishment of a chain of forts from Iowa to the Pacific.

 

John sought to run for second term and was using the annexation of Texas to gain favor.  Unfortunately, following a deadly incident onboard the USS Princeton, John was unable to complete his plan prior to the election, as several key Cabinet members were killed.  John also sought to reshape his public image by distributing a favorably biography of himself.

 

Unfortunately, neither the Whig party, nor the Democratic party was willing to accept him and nominate him for another term.  John, therefore formed his own party - the Democratic-Republicans, who nominated him to run for a second term.  However, John eventually dropped out of the race and supported James Polk of the Democratic party for President.  

 

Following his time as President, John retired to a Virginia plantation that he renamed Sherwood Forest, after the legend of Robin Hood.  He spent much of the time on his plantation, rarely receiving friends or giving public speeches, although he did attempt to help with a compromise that would avoid Civil War.  Following the breakout of the Civil War, John did not hesitate to support Virginia and join the Confederacy, where he was elected to the Confederate House of Representatives, although he never lived to see the opening session.  John, who had frequently suffered from poor health, died on January 12, 1862, at the age of 71.  His cause of death is believed to have been a stroke.  John became the only president to not have his death officially recognized in Washington, as many believed him to be a traitor.  Confederate President Jefferson Davis insisted that he be given a hero’s burial, with his coffin draped in the Confederate flag.  Over a century later, President Jimmy Carter restored John’s US citizenship.

 

John is believed to have been Episcopalian.  He would occasionally make references to God in speeches, however he was not known as a strong proponent of religion.  John believed in religious tolerance and freedom for all religions - “The conscience is left free from all restraint and each is permitted to worship his Maker after his own judgement.”  John also believed that religion did not have a place in politics.

 

Happy Birthday Mr. President!

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