Newspaper Prayers: Tuesday, October 17th

Headlines from the NPR Online for Tuesday, October 17, 2017

For Half A Million Rohingya Fleeing Myanmar, Bangladesh Is A Reluctant Host

537,000: That’s the number of Rohingya who have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh in the past seven weeks, according to the U.N.

It’s the largest migration of people in Asia in decades. The Rohingya are fleeing a campaign of terror by the Myanmar military and Buddhist vigilantes, something the U.N. has called the world’s “fastest developing refugee emergency” and a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.” Continue reading “Newspaper Prayers: Tuesday, October 17th”

Newspaper Prayers: Monday, October 16th

Headlines from the New York Times for Monday, October 16, 2017

Mogadishu Truck Bombings Are Deadliest Attack in Decades

When a double truck bombing shattered the night in Mogadishu on Saturday, rescue workers began the grim search for survivors that has become all too common as Somalia battles an Islamist insurgency. They picked through burned-out cars and hunted as best they could in a collapsed hotel. Continue reading “Newspaper Prayers: Monday, October 16th”

National Anthem Protests: What If?

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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Charles Moore and I are often customers of Starbucks near the Walmart on 40 Highway. As we drank coffee and visited, we pontificated on many subjects. One topic was the discussion of standing or kneeling during the National Anthem. Our discussion could easily be summarized with a few “what if” questions. Continue reading “National Anthem Protests: What If?”

Newspaper Prayers: Friday, October 13th

Hands Tied by Old Hope, Diplomats in Myanmar Stay Silent

(There are people and places in the world where we are unaware or ignorant of their situation. That is the case of a Muslim ethnic group in Myanmar. God is not ignorant and neither is he uncaring about their plight. As you read excerpts from this Times article, please include the Rohingya people group in your prayers.)

It is unfolding again: Troops have unleashed fire and rape and indiscriminate slaughter on a vulnerable minority, driving hundreds of thousands of civilians to flee and creating a humanitarian emergency that crosses borders. Continue reading “Newspaper Prayers: Friday, October 13th”

Newspaper Prayers: Thursday, October 12th

Headlines from the New York Times for Thursday, October 12, 2017

Trump’s Scary Strategy on North Korea

(Below are excerpts from an editorial by Nicholas Kristof, who has spent years covering Asia and has recently visited North Korea.)

On just the first day of a war between the United States and North Korea, according to a Stanford University assessment, one million people could be killed.

Yet after my five-day visit to North Korea with three New York Times colleagues, such a nuclear war seems terrifyingly imaginable. In the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, it was clear that President Trump’s threat to “totally destroy” North Korea had backfired and is being exploited by Kim Jong-un for his own propaganda and military mobilization. Continue reading “Newspaper Prayers: Thursday, October 12th”

Newspaper Prayers: Wednesday, October 11th

Headlines from NPR On-line for Wednesday, October 11, 2017

‘Here, We Are United’: A Puerto Rico Church Offers Comfort After Hurricane Maria

Every Sunday since Hurricane Maria ripped through Puerto Rico, Ada Reyes and her four children have walked half an hour to church. Down a winding road, dodging fallen trees and debris, they walk past concrete houses still bearing flood marks, and finally cross the Vivi — a small river in Utuado, a city in the central mountain region.

People here are about to start their third week without electricity or water. Nearly 90 percent of the island is still without power. Continue reading “Newspaper Prayers: Wednesday, October 11th”

Newspaper Prayers: Tuesday, October 10th

Headlines from the New York Times for Tuesday, October 10, 2017

After White House Issues Demands, Hopes for an Immigration Deal Dim

The list of hard-line immigration demands that President Trump said he needs to back protections for young undocumented immigrants triggered a furious response on Monday from Democrats and immigration activists, who gave no indication they were willing to strike any deal. Continue reading “Newspaper Prayers: Tuesday, October 10th”