PODCAST: 9 Christians Killed by Muslims in Kenya (Whyte House Report 12.18.19)

According to CBN News, At least nine Christians were recently murdered in Kenya for not reciting the Islamic statement of faith, the Shahada. International Christian Concern in an exclusive report said the attack occurred earlier this month when nine Christians who were traveling by bus to Mandera were separated from the other passengers and killed in northeast Kenya. When they would not recite the Islamic creed, the Shahada, they were “paraded out of the bus and shot dead at close range by those believed to be Al-Shabaab militants.” Two passengers are still missing. Local authorities believe they were also killed by the militants. The names of those confirmed as killed are Athanus Kiti, Enos Odhiambo, Kelvin Mandela, Wisely Meli, Tikane Kasale, Leonard Mukanda, Francis Mbuvi, Rodgers Machuka, and Anchari Okerosi. The two still missing are Emmanuel Barasa and Nathan Bett, according to the ICC. “We are deeply saddened to hear of the murders of Kenyan Christians simply going about their day,” said Dede Laugesen, executive director of Save the Persecuted Christians. “Muslims must speak out on these seemingly endless, senseless killings of innocent people holding different beliefs than theirs. Freedom of religion or belief is a universal human right that must be protected and promoted by all for the sake of peace and prosperity. This must end, but it won’t until Muslims en masse demand an end to violence against others in the name of religion, which is generally successful when it does happen.”

According to NBC News, Two young siblings who disappeared from the front yard of their Jacksonville home over the weekend have been found, authorities said Tuesday. Braxton Williams, 6, and Bri’ya Williams, 5, were last seen at about 11:30 a.m. Sunday outside their home in the Paradise Valley mobile park, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said. Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said the children appeared to have wandered off and took shelter in a dilapidated pumphouse about 400 yards from their home at about 3:30 p.m Tuesday. Authorities were still trying to get more details from the children. “As far as their condition goes, they’re lively and talkative,” the sheriff said. “They asked for a cheese pizza that we quickly delivered to them.” Braxton, who authorities said is “on the Autism Spectrum but will communicate with others,” and Bri’ya were being treated for dehydration and minor injuries Tuesday.

According to The New York Times, They were two teenagers — once in love, now just friends — working the overnight shift at a McDonald’s in Lima, Peru, when they were electrocuted by a loose cable over the weekend. The deaths of Alexandra Porras Inga and Gabriel Campos Zapata inside a popular McDonald’s have shaken Peru, a nation already mired in a debate about how to tackle precarious labor conditions, particularly at the large companies that have aided Peru’s supercharged growth. And they come as McDonald’s faces increased scrutiny over treatment of workers around the world. On Monday, Arcos Dorados, the company that runs McDonald’s in Peru, announced a two-day mourning period in which it would close all its restaurants in the country. “We share the sorrow and extreme pain of the affected families,” the company wrote in a statement, adding that it was cooperating fully with authorities to uncover what had happened. McDonald’s, based in Chicago, said that safety was a “global priority” and that it was examining the matter with Arcos Dorados. Police have opened an investigation into the deaths.

According to ABC News, Officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say they are investigating a multi-state outbreak of a drug-resistant infection believed to be linked to puppies purchased from pet stores. At least 30 people across 13 states have been infected with a multi-drug resistant strain of Campylobacter jejuni, a bacterial infection that’s generally mild but can be fatal among very young children or people with weakened immune systems. There have been no reported deaths, though at least four people have been hospitalized, according to the CDC. “Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicate that contact with puppies, especially those at pet stores, is the likely source of this outbreak,” CDC officials said in a statement Tuesday. A majority of the affected people reported having contact with a puppy, including one puppy that came from a pet store. More than half of these people were linked to Petland, an Ohio-based pet store chain with 131 locations across the United States. At least five of those infected were Petland employees, according to the CDC.

According to NPR, When LSU quarterback Joe Burrow won the Heisman Trophy on Saturday, he used his acceptance speech not only to thank his teammates, his family and his coach – but also to highlight the struggles of people in his small Ohio hometown. “Coming from Southeast Ohio, it’s a very impoverished area,” Burrow said, in an emotional address during which he frequently brushed away tears. “The poverty rate is almost two times the national average, and there’s so many people there that don’t have a lot. I’m up here for all those kids in Athens and in Athens County that go home to not a lot of food on the table, hungry after school,” he continued. “And you guys can be up here too.” A lot of people in Athens County watched that speech, and at least one of them had the idea to use the moment to support a good cause. Athens resident Will Drabold quickly created a fundraising page for the Athens County Food Pantry on Sunday morning. “Let’s answer Joey’s call to action by supporting a local nonprofit that serves food to more than 5,000 households in Athens County each year,” Drabold wrote on Facebook. Answer they did. More than $250,000 has been collected for the local nonprofit organization in the last 48 hours, with donations from more than 7,300 people. For the Athens County Food Pantry, the windfall has been remarkable. “We’re still trying to come to terms with the reality that this isn’t a dream,” says Karin Bright, the food pantry’s president. “It’s amazing.” Many of the donations are coming from Ohio, but lots are coming from Louisiana, too. Bright described a call that her daughter received on the pantry’s phone on Monday. The person donated and then said, “Thank you for Joe, from Louisiana.”

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In closing, remember, God loves you. He always has and He always will. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you don’t know Jesus as your Saviour, today is a good day to get to know Him. Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead for you. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”