U.S. Plans Test to Thwart North Korean Missiles

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The Pentagon has announced it will be conducting a test of our missile defense system in order to prepare for a possible attack from North Korea. The test will happen on Tuesday, and it works like this:

  1. The military is alerted to an incoming missile from a hostile country such as North Korea
  2. A rocket is fired into space and releases a 5-ft. “kill vehicle” device
  3. The device has an internal guidance system to steer it into the path of the incoming missile
  4. Upon impact, the device will destroy the missile’s warhead

The operation can be compared to hitting a bullet with a bullet.

The agency will launch a “threat-representative” intercontinental ballistic missile from a test site on the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands and a ground-based interceptor (pictured) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

The U.S. interceptor has a spotty track record, and has succeeded in only nine of 17 attempts since 1999. The latest test three years ago was a success, but the three before it were failures. President Ronald Reagan began the defense effort, called “Star Wars,” in 1983 because of threats from the Soviet Union.

Why this Matters: North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un has been continuously firing test missiles and has vowed to continue until he can hit American territory. Many in the defense arena believe Kim will eventually succeed if left unchecked. 

Pray that the “bugs” will get worked out of the interceptor and the test will prove successful. Pray for peace and that the President and his advisors will use wisdom as they strive to keep us safe.

Prov. 16:7 – When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.
Coptic-murders
ISIS gunmen killed 44 Egyptian Christians and wounded 100 others who were on their way to a monastery to pray.

ISIS: Four Deadly Strikes in Seven Days

Islamic terrorists are waging war across the globe, and the most recent attacks have targeted “innocent children,” Christians, and the Pacific Rim.

Manchester, England – Suicide bomber killed 22 children and adults and wounded 100 others at an Ariana Grande concert. Five percent of England’s population is Muslim.

Minya Province, Egypt – Between 8 and 10 masked gunmen opened fire on a group of Coptic (Egyptian) Christians, killing 26 and injuring 25 others. They were on their way to a monastery to pray. Egypt is a Muslim nation, with a small percentage of Jews and Christians. Last month twin bombings left 44 dead and more than 100 injured. The government of Egypt has called a three month state of emergency to deal with the surging threat of ISIS.

Marawi, Philippines – A local extremist group raised the ISIS flag over the city after overtaking it. At least 46 people have died, including 11 civilians, and thousands have fled this city which has a population of 200,000. President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to extend martial law across the Philippines in order to quell the violence. He has accused foreign fighters of infiltrating local rebel groups, who have overtaken a hospital, and set fire to a church, a college and a prison. Malawi is a 99 percent Muslim city, while 86 percent of the nation is Christian. Duterte gave Muslims autonomous zones, many of which have fallen to ISIS.

Jakarta, Indonesia – Suicide bombings at a bus terminal killed three police officers and wounded twelve others. The two ISIS attackers used pressure cookers packed with explosives. Indonesia is a Muslim majority country where extremists are gaining momentum.

Why this Matters: Persecution strengthens believers. Christians in Egypt packed out churches on Easter–even after two Cairo churches were bombed on Palm Sunday, killing 45 and wounding 26. Persecution strengthens believers. 

Pray that Christians in “safe” societies will pursue relationship with the Lord, that those being persecuted will be strengthened in their faith, and that God will receive the glory.

Romans 8:36, 37 – As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

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