Pray Against Incorrect Convictions

 

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Since 1973, there have been 333 post-conviction DNA exoneration in the United States. African-Americans make up two-thirds of the exonerees.

  • A research study published in 2014 estimated that 4 percent of defendants sentenced to jail the United States are innocent. This accounts to roughly 96,000 people wrongly convicted.

Pray Against the Rise of Sicknesses

  • Influenza activity has increased in this past month in the United States. Already this month, there have been two influenza-related deaths in central Iowa. According to the Center of Disease Control, there are more than 3 million cases of influenza each year. Of those cases, 200,000 people are hospitalized. Within the past 40-year period, the annual estimates of flu-associated deaths range from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people.
  • According to the CDC, the E. coli outbreak linked to Chipotle restaurants has now caused 45 cases of illness across six states; sixteen of those ill individuals have been hospitalized. The first reported cases became ill on October 19. The youngest patient is 2 and the oldest is 94.

Pray for Peace in all the Nations of the Earth

  • On November 24th, at least 12 people are dead after an explosion tore through a bus full of Tunisian presidential guards today in a suspected suicide bomb attack on the country’s capital. It is the third major attack in Tunisia this year, after an Islamist militant killed 38 foreigners at a beach hotel in June, and gunmen killed 21 tourists at the Bardo Museum in Tunis in March – both of which ISIS claimed responsibility for.
  • Between November 21st-22nd, Boko Haram has employed a series of terror attacks in Cameroon and Nigeria. On November 21st, one girl detonated explosives strapped to her body at a military checkpoint guarding an entrance to the northeastern city of Maiduguri, Nigeria. She killed herself and seven other passengers who got off a bus to be searched. A dozen people were injured.
    • On November 23rd, four teenage suicide bombers had killed themselves and a family of five when a self-defense militia in Fotokol, Cameroon stopped them. A government minister said, “On hearing the explosion, soldiers fired into the air to frighten [any attackers]. The three others panicked and detonated explosives tied round their bodies, but they only killed themselves.”
  • *Update*- The ringleader behind the November 13 shootings and bombings in Paris was on the verge of launching an attack on a financial district in the city when he was killed in a raid last week.

Pray for Peace in the United States

  • On November 23rd, five people were wounded when gunfire erupted near a Minneapolis police precinct where demonstrators have been protesting the shooting death of Jamar Clark, police said. The police department is currently searching for three white male suspects.
  • On November 22nd, several hundred people — estimates range between 300 and 500 — had gathered at Bunny Friend Playground in New Orleans for an impromptu music video filming when two groups began firing on each other. Ten women and seven men — 11 of them younger than 21 — were injured.

Pray for the Nations of the Earth

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  • On the  morning of November 20th, assailants with guns blazing attacked the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, Mali, which was hosting diplomats and others. The attack left at least 21 people dead, 6 injured, and trapped dozens in the building for hours. Al Mourabitoun, an Islamist militant group, claimed it was jointly responsible for the attack with al Qaeda.
  • Two bomb attacks in 24 hours — one of them involving an 11-year-old female bomber, the other was a 18-year-old female bomber — killed 46 people and wounded more than 200 others in the Nigerian cities of Yola and Kano on Tuesday and Wednesday evening, within 24 hours apart from each other. The attacks occurred in public marketplaces. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack however Boko Haram is the prime suspect
    • Boko Haram was responsible for 6,644 deaths in 2014, an increase of 317% from the previous year, according to the Global Terrorism Index, released Tuesday.
  • In a new video released on Friday, ISIS threatened to burn down the White House and promised the commander-in-chief more attacks across the world. In the video they said the following statement: “”We started with [France] and we shall finish with the false White House, which we shall render black with our fire,” one of the extremists said in the video.” In addition, they also implied an impending attack on Rome.
    • Another video released by ISIS on Thursday morning warns of an impending attack on New York City. The video mentions Times Square and purports to show an explosive device being put together and a bomber zipping his jacket over a suicide belt.
  • On November 18th, five Syrians trying to make their way to the United States using stolen Greek passports were arrested in Honduras. They were trying to make their way to northern Honduras to complete their journey to the U.S. by land, crossing Guatemala and Mexico to reach the southwest border of the U.S.

 

Prayer for God to Alleviate Health Concerns Worldwide

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  • Two months after Liberia was declared free of Ebola, three confirmed cases of the deadly disease have emerged in the West African nation on Thursday.
  • Antimicrobial resistance is on the rise. Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die as a direct result of these infections. Up to 50% of all the antibiotics prescribed for people are not needed or are not optimally effective as prescribed.
    • The “overuse” and “misuse” of antibiotics in animals and in people in largely to blame for antibiotic resistance. In 2012, most antibiotics in the United States weren’t sold to help humans. Some 80%, or 32.2 million pounds, of antimicrobial agents were for use with animals.
  • The number of children in the United States who have autism spectrum disorder has grown significantly. As of right now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates a growing number of children, one in 68, are believed to have an autism spectrum disorder. That’s a 30% increase from estimates in 2012. In addition, autism spectrum disorder is almost 5 times more common among boys (1 in 42) than among girls (1 in 189).

Pray for Peace in all the Nations of the Earth

  • The Islamic State claimed responsibility for a series of terror attacks (via suicide bombers, explosives, and gunshots) at four public venues in Paris, France on November 13th, which killed at least 127 people. As of this morning, the President of France has declared a state of emergency and three days of national mourning. This comes 11 months after 16 people were killed in terror attacks on the Paris offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and a grocery store.
  • On November 12th, at least 37 people have been killed and 181 wounded in two suicide bomb attacks in a residential area of the Lebanese capital, Beirut. Once again, the Sunni jihadist group Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility. This has been the deadliest bombing in Beirut since the civil war ended 25 years ago.
  • Earlier this month, a flight from Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt to St. Petersburg, Russia exploded in the air, killing all 224 on board. U.S. and British officials believe a bomb downed that the Russian metrojet.

On Monday, students at Washington College in Maryland were sheltered in place after an alert went out about a student, whose parents called college officials early in the morning to tell officials that he had left their home in Pennsylvania with a gun and they were not able to reach him. He is still at large.

*Update: 11/22/2015*- The Washington College student who had been missing since Monday when he left his parents’ home with a gun was found dead Saturday with what police said was a self-inflicted wound to the head.

Pray for the Nations of the Earth

  • On November 16th, the Islamic State released a video warning of deadly consequences for the United States or any other country that joins the French in their punishing airstrikes against the radical group’s training camps and other facilities in Syria and Iraq. In the video, they said the following statement:
    • “We say to the countries who participate in the crusader campaign, I swear to god that a similar day that France went through, you will go through. I swear to god that as we struck France in its stronghold Paris, we will strike America in its stronghold, Washington, with god’s will.”
    • *Note: Each month this year, the United States is sending American fighter planes to bomb oil trucks and other facilities used by ISIS*
  • Update on the airplane from Egypt to Russia that killed 224 people on October 31st. This morning, the head of the Russian Federal Security Service said the Russian passenger jet that crashed over Sinai, Egypt, was brought down by an intentional bomb estimated to contain 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) of explosives (TNT).
  • Police have cancelled a soccer match between Germany and Holland after the stadium in Hanover was evacuated on November 17th when a suspicious object was found inside. Hanover’s chief of police told German news agency: “We have received concrete information that someone was planning to set off explosives inside the stadium.”
  • The bodies of eight babies have been found wrapped in towels and inside plastic bags in an apartment in Germany’s Bavaria state, police said on November 13th, — a gruesome discovery that spurred authorities to hunt for the woman who last lived there as they try to explain why and how this happened.
  • For weeks, blockades along the border between Nepal and India have caused fuel and medical shortages. The blockade started during the third week of September when Nepal’s parliament passed a new constitution. The Nepal Red Cross Society told CNN it is running out of empty blood packets. The recent supply received from China is only expected to last for around 10 days. Some hospitals predict that they will run out of supplies within the week.
    • Info about Nepal: As of the 2011 census, 81.3% of the Nepalese population was Hindu, 9.0% Buddhist, 4.4% Muslim, 3.0% Kirant/Yumaist, 1.42% Christian, and 0.9% followed other religions or no religion.

Pray for the Protection of our Students

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  • Since the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting in 2012, there has been 142 school shootings in the United States. In 2015 alone, there has been 45 school shootings.
  • Current racial tensions at the University of Missouri. Two students were arrested for making terrorist threats that read “I’m going to shoot any black people tomorrow, so be ready.”
  • At Howard University, an anonymous death threat has been made against students at Howard University, according to a statement issued by the university on Thursday. The threat included things such as, ““After all, it’s not murder if they’re black.”
  • At Bowie State, hate crimes have been seen on campus. On Thursday morning, Bowie State University in Maryland found a swastika scrawled on a building named after a civil rights movement hero.

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