PODCAST: ‘Stampede at church gathering in Monrovia kills 29 people’ (BCNN1 01.21.22)

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According to Reuters, A stampede at a church gathering in Liberia’s capital Monrovia killed 29 people overnight, the deputy information minister told state radio on Thursday. The incident occurred during an all-night Christian worship event at New Kru Town, a neighbourhood on the outskirts of the capital, Jalawah Tonpo said. “The doctors said 29 persons died and some are on the critical list,” Tonpo said, calling into state radio from a nearby hospital. “This is a sad day for the country.” Exodus Morias, a resident who attended the event, told Reuters the stampede began after a group of armed men rushed the crowd in an attempt to stage a robbery. “We saw a group of men with cutlasses and other weapons coming toward the crowd,” Morias said. “While running, some people dropped and others fell on the ground and walked over them.” Bands of Liberian street gangs known as Zogos commonly commit robberies with machetes and other small weapons. Police spokesman Moses Carter declined to comment on what caused the
incident. He said an investigation is under way. President George Weah, who is expected to visit the site on Thursday afternoon, declared a three-day period of national mourning and said the Liberian Red Cross and Disaster Management Agency had been called in to assist victims, his office said.

According to ABC News, A 70-year-old nurse who dedicated her career to caring for others was killed in a random assault at a Los Angeles bus stop, officials said. Sandra Shells was hit in the face while at a downtown LA bus stop at about 5:15 a.m. Thursday, the Los Angeles Police Department said. Shells fell to the ground and suffered a fractured skull, police said. She died at the same hospital where she worked on Sunday, police said. The suspect, a transient, Kerry Bell, was apprehended about 90 minutes after the assault, police said. Officers found him asleep “a short distance away from the incident,” police said. Police said “Bell struck the victim without provocation and for no reason.” Bell does not have a court date listed. Shells was a dedicated nurse who spent 38 years at LAC+USC Medical Center, according to the hospital.

According to Dallas Morning News, Four years after a woman’s Facebook post led to a spate of sexual and physical abuse allegations against Dallas megachurch pastor Rickie Rush, police have referred a criminal case to prosecutors, The Dallas Morning News has learned. The case, delivered to the Dallas County district attorney’s office in late October, involves multiple accusers, police said. Officials declined to identify them or specify the allegations against the 61-year-old evangelist and founder of Inspiring Body of Christ Church. For accusers and their advocates, the move marks a key step toward holding Rush accountable amid doubts about whether the probe had been stalled and police were taking it seriously. Last year, after Dallas police Chief Eddie García was hired, he sought to assure the public his department was serious about the case and urged anyone with information to come forward. Rush’s alleged abuse dates to the mid-1990s. Through his attorneys, Rush has denied all allegations and called them ludicrous. They said Rush’s accusers are trying to use law enforcement to buttress potential lawsuits. No claims have been filed. On Monday, Rush lawyer Michael Heiskell said he had shared with police and the DA’s office results of a polygraph test Rush took last year showing his denials were “truthful with no deception detected.” Polygraphs are not considered reliable and are inadmissible in Texas courts. Those who say Rush abused them were relieved to hear a case is progressing. “This is the best news I’ve heard concerning the pain that was inflicted on us,’’ Renee Phillips, 45, the first to go public, told The News. “Now I understand how imperative it is to speak out. It’s never too late. You never know how your story connects with other silent voices.’’ A News investigation identified 11 other former church members who said Rush abused them sexually or physically when they were teens or younger. Among them: Phillips’ older half-sister, Donna Fields, and Fields’ son Marcus Bell Jr.

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In closing, remember, God loves you. He always has and He always will.
John 3:16, “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, 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.”

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