U.S. Drops “Mother of All Bombs” on ISIS 

On Thursday, U.S. military dropped their largest non-nuclear weapon containing 11 tons of explosives. The target was ISIS caves and tunnels on Afghanistan’s border with Pakistan. The bomb was designed for the Iraq war, but was not used until Thursday.
On the campaign trail in 2015, Trump pledged he would “bomb the s*** out of ISIS” if he became president. He called Thursday’s bombing “another successful job” and said he had not personally given approval for the strike, but had delegated authority to his military commanders.
On Saturday, a U.S. soldier was killed by small arms fire in the same region where the bomb was dropped. Staff Sgt. Mark De Alencar of the 7th Special Forces Group (Green Beret) was cut down by enemy small arms fire while his unit was conducting counter-ISIS operations.
The administration stressed this bombing was not in retaliation for De Alencar’s death.
 There are 8,400 U.S. troops on the ground in Afghanistan.
The U.S. military reported that a misdirected airstrike this week killed 18 American allies fighting against ISIS. According to U.S. Central Command, the coalition aircraft were given wrong coordinates by the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces. It is not clear which country is responsible for the airstrike.
Why this Matters: This marks a dramatic shift in how military is being used, and gives U.S. diplomats more clout.
How to Pray: Thank God for the service of Staff Sgt. De Alencar and others who are willing to lay down their lives for the countrymen. Pray for his wife and five children that God would provide for them. Pray for His protection over all American troops in harm’s way.
Pray for continued success against ISIS and other Islamic terror organizations and also for a de-escalation of tensions with North Korea.

Border Patrol Agent’s Killer Caught 

Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes, a drug cartel membersuspected of shooting and killing Border Patrol agent Brian Terry in 2010 has been arrested in Mexico.

Agent Brian Terry

Terry’s death exposed Operation Fast and Furious, a federal operation under President Obama. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives put marked guns into Phoenix gun stores, with the intention of tracking the guns that were sold. The agency lost track of most of the guns–1,400 of the 2,000. Two of those lost guns were found at the scene of Terry’s murder.
Four members of the cartel have already been caught and sentenced. One member is still at large.
Praise God for this good news! Pray that the remaining killer will be caught and successfully prosecuted.
Pray for the Wall – Funding for the wall along our southern border is in jeopardy. Republican leaders have proposed delaying a decision on Trump’s initial request of $1.5 billion for the wall and an additional $2.6 billion for more border security. They want to wait until after a new spending bill is approved. Pray for them to have wisdom.

Making America Great Again!

President Trump signed into law on Thursday a bill allowing states to withhold family planning funds from Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers. This reverses a law put into affect under President Obama.

Detroit Doctor Charged with Female Genital Mutilation

Dr. Jumana Nagarwala
In the first case of its kind in the U.S., a Detroit emergency room physician was charged with mutilating the genitalia of two 7-year-old girls. The procedure removes all or part of female external genitalia and is a felony; it violates both state and federal law.
Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, 44, works for the Henry Ford Health System and has hospital privileges in Detroit and West Bloomfield Township. She has been put on administrative leave. A hospital spokesman claimed that the mutilation did not occur at any Henry Ford facility.
FMG is also called “female circumcision.” It is practiced by Muslims who want to curb a girl’s sexual desire and preserve their honor before marriage, and by other cultures in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. FMG causes emotional trauma, profuse bleeding, and infection, and can result in death. Those who perform the mutilation believe it is religiously mandated.
Why this Matters: With the tremendous number of Muslim refugees and immigrants in the U.S., the number of women and girls nationwide who are at risk of FMG is around 513,000.
How to Pray: Muslims need Jesus! Pray the Father would send believers into the lives of Muslims that we might share the freedom of knowing and loving Christ.
Gal. 3:28 – There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

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