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Two men and zero women have been

executed in the United States in 2019.

10 Killed in Brazil
Ten teenage football (soccer) players were killed after a fire broke out in their dormitory at a youth team training centre in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Three other teenagers were taken to the hospital for injuries. According to one of players, the cause of the fire was the air conditioner, however an investigation is ongoing. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
6 Killed in Chile
Extreme rainfall in Chile has led to floods and the reactivation of a waterfall in the Atacama Desert. The waterfall had been dry for a decade. The extreme rainfall has killed at least 6 individuals and has also forced residents to flee their homes, due to the overflowing rivers. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for all those affected.
4 Killed in Haiti
At least four individuals have been killed, and dozens of others injured during four days of, often, violent protests in the capital of Haiti, Port-au-Prince. The protests are against current President Jovenel Moise, with calls for him to step down, after accusations of corruption. Other government officials have also been accused of corruption. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Pleas pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.
Yellow Vest Protests Continue in France
As the protests enter their 13th week, a protester has had his finger blown off after attempting to pick up a rubber pellet grenade. The protests began over fuel taxes in November 2018, and have since evolved as a general protest against President Emmanuel Macron and the political class, who the protesters see as out of touch. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for a resolution.
US Government Funding Talks Stall
If no legislation is passed by Friday, the US government could face another shutdown, three weeks after the last shutdown ended. Please pray for wisdom among the elected officials. Please pray for a resolution.
100 Car Collision in China
At least two individuals have been killed, and 50 others injured, when over 100 vehicles were involved in a pile-up in southwest Guizhou province. While the cause of the accident is under investigation, officials note that the pile-up occurred on slippery roads, with the temperature dropping after a rain. Pleas pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the healing of the injured.
97 Children Killed in Democratic Republic of Congo
Last year, an Ebola outbreak began in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It has since resulted in the death of the 97 children, with the number of new cases doubling in January. Over half of those deaths were children under the age of 65. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the infected. Please pray that a cure may be found.

Updated: Monday, October 5, 2018  10:36 am EST

 

Emanuel Kemp, Jr., was scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CST, on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas.  His execution has been stayed.  Fifty-three-year-old Emanuel is convicted of the murder of 34-year-old Johnnie Mae Gray, which occurred on May 28, 1987, in Fort Worth, Texas.  Emanuel had spent the last 30 years on death row in Texas.  

 

Emanuel’s execution was stayed after his attorney requested that evidence be DNA tested, as it has never been done in this case.  Attorneys for the state of Texas agreed that the evidence should be tested prior to the execution, as Emanuel’s trial was held before DNA testing was common and considered reliable.  Beginning in 2001, Texas law requires that DNA testing be performed on evidence.

 

Emanuel, who dropped out of school after the ninth grade, worked as a laborer prior to his arrest.  Emanuel had previously served time for robbery with a deadly weapon and for violating his parol.  

 

On May 28, 1987, Emanuel Kemp, Jr., had been released on parole for five days.  Using a knife, he forced the bus driver to drive around while he raped and stabbed the lone passenger of the bus, Johnnie Gray.  Johnnie died from her injuries.  Kemp then stabbed David Jeanfreau, the driver of the bus, in the neck.  David fled and survived his injury.

 

Police arrested Kemp three days after the crime and the bus driver was able to positively identify Kemp in a line-up.  He was convicted and sentenced to death for the crime.  Since his conviction and imprisonment, Kemp’s lawyers allege that he has been experiencing a mental breakdown that has gotten progressively worse over the years.  He has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.  He has had numerous evaluations throughout the years, with varying results regarding his competency.

 

Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Johnnie Gray.  Please pray for peace for David Jeanfreau.  Please try for strength for the family of Emanuel Kemp.  Please pray that if Emanuel 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 Emanuel may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.

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