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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.

“We have a tendency to condemn people who are different from us, to define their sins as paramount and out own sinfulness as being insignificant.”  He is a speed reader, reading 2,000 words per a minute with a 95 percent accuracy rate.  He studied nuclear physics and is the only president to have commanded a submarine.  Because of his daughter’s school project, all trees at the White House are labeled with their common and Latin names, as well as with information about who planted them or gave them as gifts.  He is James “Jimmy” Earl Carter, Jr., 39th President of the United States, serving from January 20, 1977, until January 20, 1981.  Jimmy was born on October 1, 1924, in Plains, Georgia.  He was not only the first (and only) president born in Georgia, he was also the first president to be born in a hospital.  Jimmy’s father owned a peanut farm, along with a warehouse and store, where Jimmy worked when he was young.

 

Jimmy’s parents were devout Baptists, requiring that Jimmy also regularly attend church.  Jimmy would identify as Baptist throughout most of his life.  Growing up, Jimmy was very aware of segregation, yet also had friends in the African American community.  His mother, a registered nurse, would frequently counsel African American women on health care issues.  When the Great Depression struck, Jimmy’s father managed to prosper and supply work to over 200 individuals.  In 1941, Jimmy became the first member of his family to graduate high school.

 

Jimmy, with a love for learning, went on to attend Georgia Southwestern Junior College, before enrolling in the Naval ROTC (Reserved Officers’ Training Corps) with Georgia Institute of Technology.  In 1943, Jimmy began attending the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, a dream since he was 12 years old.  He excelled and graduated in the top ten percent of his class in 1946.  In June of that year, Jimmy married Rosalyn Smith, whom he had known since childhood.  Jimmy and Rosalyn had three sons over the next several years, and, eventually, a daughter.  Shortly after his father’s death in 1953, Jimmy moved his family back to the peanut farm, where he became successful.  He also began his career in politics.

 

Jimmy’s career in politics began controversially.  In 1955, he was elected to the Sumter County Board of Education, where he eventually became chairman.  Jimmy became the only white man in Plains, Georgia, to refuse to join the White Citizens’ Council, a group that protested the desegregation of schools (among others) in the South.  Jimmy’s actions and opinions were not popular, however, with the redrawing of voting districts in 1962, required by the Supreme Court of the United States to decrease voting disadvantages for African Americans, Jimmy finally saw a place for him in Southern American politics.

 

In 1962, Jimmy ran for a seat in the Georgia State Senate.  Initial results showed his opponent as the victor, however, obvious voting fraud had occurred.  Jimmy appealed and was eventually declared the victor.  During his time in the state Senate, Jimmy became known as a tough, independent politician who cut wasteful spending and supported civil rights.  After losing the 1966, gubernatorial election, Jimmy refocused and won the 1970 election, by distancing himself from civil rights issues and even speaking out against desegregation.  Following his election, Jimmy once again returned to showing his support for civil rights, including desegregation, which angered several of his supporters.

 

Jimmy sought, and won, the 1976 Democratic presidential nomination.  During his campaign, Jimmy famously said, “I’ll never tell a lie,” and “I’ll never avoid a controversial issue,” helping reassure the American public that he could be trusted, an important factor following the Watergate Scandal years earlier.  Jimmy was expected to easily win the election, however he made several mistakes, most prominently regarding comments about sex, marriage, and adultery, but he did ultimately managed to win the election.

 

Jimmy’s first executive order was to declare unconditional amnesty for draft evaders during the Vietnam War.  He also canceled military pay raises during times of high inflation and government deficits.  Jimmy’s domestic priority as president was to decrease dependence on foreign oil, as the 1973 oil embargo had caused oil prices to rise.  While Jimmy was initially successful, it was overshadowed by the Iranian Revolution of 1979, which once again drove up oil prices and led to long lines at gas stations.

 

During his time as president, Jimmy had a poor relationship with the press, Congress, and other politicians, including his own party.  Due to these poor relationships, Jimmy was unable to enact legislation and effectively communicate his policies.

 

Jimmy’s most notable achievement as president was his mediation of the Camp David Accords between Israel and Egypt.  A historic peace treaty was signed at this meeting in which Israel withdrew from the Sinai and the two nations officially recognized the other’s government.

 

Supporters of the Iranian Revolution, on November 4, 1979, took over the US Embassy in Tehran, Iran, holding 52 American diplomats and citizens hostage for 444 days.  Jimmy remained secluded in the White House for a portion of the crisis.  On April 24, 1980, a mission was ordered to attempt to rescue the hostages.  The mission failed during its first phase when several of the aircraft became unfit for duty.  While attempting to return, two aircraft crashed into each other, killing eight servicemen.  Many, including Jimmy, believe that his unsuccessful handling of this crisis cost him his re-election.  The hostages were eventually released on January 20, 1981, shortly after Ronald Reagan was sworn in as president.

 

Following his landslide defeat for re-election, Jimmy, after venturing overseas to welcome the hostages from Iran, returned with his wife to their peanut farm.  Jimmy remained active following his presidency, by writing books and becoming active in Habitat for Humanity.  Jimmy is the longest-living former president.

 

Jimmy has also remain internationally active, working to resolve conflicts in Haiti, Bosnia, Ethiopia, North Korea, and Sudan, among other countries.  He has also championed human right defenders and, in 2002, received a Nobel Peace Prize for working “to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.”  Jimmy has also continued working for peace in the Middle East.

 

Happy Birthday Mr. President!

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