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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.

Updated: Monday, November 27, 2017  11:39 am EST

 

Bobby Wayne Stone was scheduled to be executed at 6 pm EST, on Friday, December 1, 2017, at the Brood River Capital Punishment Facility at the Brood River Correctional Institute in Columbia, South Carolina.  Bobby’s execution has been stayed.  Fifty-two-year-old Bobby is convicted of the murder of Sumter County Sheriff Sergeant Charlie Kuala on February 26, 1996.  Bobby has spent the last 20 years of his life on South Carolina’s death row.

 

According to testimony provided during Bobby’s trial, Bobby suffers from brain damage and significant intellectual impairment.  The brain damage allegedly affects the area of the brain that regulates behavior.  Bobby also had a family history of depression and schizophrenia.  Due to the depression, Bobby did not have a stable and loving childhood.  The family struggled to hold down jobs and had a history of alcohol and drug abuse.  Bobby struggled in school and his family was unable to help him.

 

On February 26, 1996, Bobby Stone purchased two firearms and some alcohol, after which, he spent most of the day wondering around a wooded area while shooting his firearms and drinking alcohol.  Towards the end of the day, Stone attempted to visit an acquaintance, Mary Ruth McLeod, who lived nearby with her aunt, Ruth Griffith.  Mary refused to let Stone into the home and asked him to leave the property.  She then reported the incident to the police.

 

Shortly thereafter, Ruth heard banging on her door and gunshots outside.  Mary had left the house by this time.  Ruth again called the police and Sumter County Sheriff Sergeant Charlie Kuala was the first officer to respond.  Ruth directed the officer to the side porch, which is where the noise was located.  Ruth and a neighbor who was inside with her, heard a voice yell “halt” or “hold it,” followed by several gunshots.  As Sergeant Kuala approached the porch, he was fatally shot twice.  Stone would later claim that he was startled and fired his weapon accidentally.

 

Stone was discovered hours later by Sumter County Sheriff officers.  Stone was lying motionless in the woods, with the murder weapon under him.  Stone confessed the next morning, explaining the murder as an accident.  Stone was convicted by a jury and sentenced to death.

 

Bobby Stone’s execution has been stayed by the South Carolina Supreme Court in order to allow Bobby to complete his appeals.  Additionally, South Carolina’s Department of Correction has announced that they cannot purchase the drugs needed for the lethal injection.  According to Governor Henry McMaster, the state is unable to purchase the drugs because the state does not have a law in place that would protect the identity of the seller, commonly referred to as a shield law.  

 

Inmates in South Carolina can choose to be executed by electric chair, however, Bobby has asked for lethal injection.  Bobby’s execution is the first scheduled execution in the state in six years.

 

Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Charlie Kuala.  Please pray for strength for the family of Bobby.  Please pray that if Bobby is innocent, lacks the competency to be executed, or should not be executed for any other reason, that evidence will be presented prior to his execution.  Please pray that Bobby will come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.

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