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Muslim mob destroyed church in Indonesia

The Pentecostal Missionary Church in Kabil Village, Indonesia, was recently destroyed by a radical Muslim mob that was protesting its construction in a majority-Muslim area, reports an Indonesian news website.
Pastor Jacksean Napitupulu estimated that a mob of about 30 people caused considerable damage to the newly constructed building. He said, “The church building, which was still only halfway finished, is now destroyed. The walls of the building have holes and the windows and doors are broken.”

Legislation Around the US:

South Carolina Supreme Court upholds Heartbeat Law

On Wednesday, the South Carolina Supreme Court upheld the state’s Heartbeat Law. 
Back in May, Republican Governor Henry McMaster signed the bill. It bans the killing of unborn babies with detectable heartbeats but includes some exceptions. 
A state judge had placed an injunction on the legislation. But with the high court’s ruling, the law is now fully enforceable. Praise the Lord!
(Source: recent abortion stats in SC)

Court: Alabama’s law can protect kids from transgender drugs and surgeries

The 11th circuit court of Appeals ruled this week that Alabama can enforce a law to protect children from transgender drugs and surgeries, ruling that “States have a compelling interest in protecting children from (these) drugs…” The law at issue is the Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act, passed last year, which was immediately enjoined by a federal judge, and is only now able to go into effect.
Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said, “The Eleventh Circuit reinforced that the State has the authority to safeguard the physical and psychological wellbeing of minors, even if the United States Attorney General and radical interest groups disapprove. … This is a significant victory for our country, for children, and for common sense.”

Indiana Supreme Court’s pro-life position

Speaking of laws going into effect, Indiana’s new anti-abortion law bans nearly all abortions with some exceptions, reports Life News. 
On Monday, the state’s Supreme Court refused to rehear challenges to the law by pro-abortion groups. The law is expected to save the lives of about 9,000 unborn babies per year.

Humanitarian Crisis in Azerbaijan

Since the 2020 war between Armenia and Azerbaijan, the latter has controlled a disputed mountainous regain called the “Republic of Artsakh, which has over 120,000 Armenians - primarily Christians.
Since December 12, 2022, government supported Azerbaijani protestors posing as environmentalists, have blocked the Lachin Corridor - the only land link through which supplies and infrastructure is supported to this region.
As the months wear on, the Armenian government has accused the Azerbaijani government of genocide due to starvation. “Azerbaijan has now cut off all shipments of food, fuel, and other critical supplies to the breakaway territory of Nagorno-Karabakh from Armenia.” . . . “This genocide does not feature crematories or machete attacks. Rather, the blockade of food, oil, medicine, and other essential goods to a protected group should be considered a genocide under Article II (c) of the Genocide Convention, which addresses ‘Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction.” 
To end the blockade, Azerbaijan has presented two options to Artsakh: submit to Baku (Azerbaijan’s Capitol) government rule or the blockade continues, causing continued untold deprivation and suffering. The Armenians have flatly rejected the proposal. “How can we accept humanitarian aid from the country that has led us to this disaster? It is using one hand to strangle us and the other hand to feed us,” said the territory’s de facto president, Arayik Harutyunyan.
Pray for this whole situation, that the Lord’s will would be done, that His hand would be shown mighty on behalf of His children under siege, and that He would bless and protect them during this time.

In Christ,
Taylor Hawkins

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