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US Capitol: Police officer dies after car rams security barrier; The capital building was closed

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Washington — A U.S. Capitol Police officer was killed Friday after a car rammed a security barricade protecting the complex, locking down the building for two hours and reigniting tensions in a city still struggling to return to normalcy after the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection.

According to Capitol Police, a man drove his car into two officers and then crashed into the barricade. The blue sedan appeared to hit a barrier that can be raised while Capitol Police search a vehicle and verify its occupants’ identities. The driver exited the vehicle with a knife, “lunged” at one of the officers and was shot by police, officials said.

The suspect was taken into custody. He and the two seriously injured officers were transported to hospitals, where one officer and the suspect died, officials said.

“It is with a very, very heavy heart that I announce one of our officers has succumbed to his injuries,” said Yogananda Pittman, acting chief of the U.S. Capitol Police. “This has been an extremely difficult time for the U.S. Capitol Police.”

She later identified the officer as William “Billy” Evans, an 18-year veteran of the Capitol Police force who was a member of the division’s first responders unit.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) called Evans a “martyr for our democracy” and ordered flags at the Capitol to be flown at half-staff.

President Biden, who is spending the weekend at Camp David, sent condolences to Evans’ family.

“Jill and I were heartbroken to learn of the violent attack at a security checkpoint on the U.S. Capitol grounds, which killed Officer William Evans of the U.S. Capitol Police and left a fellow officer fighting for his life,” Biden said. “We know what a difficult time this has been for the Capitol, everyone who works there and those who protect it.”

Biden ordered flags to be flown at half-staff at the White House and all public buildings and grounds through Tuesday.

Police said later Friday that the second officer struck by the car, who was not identified, was in stable condition. One law enforcement source said the officer had broken bones.

Evans’ death is the second in the line of duty for the U.S. Capitol Police this year. Officer Brian Sicknick died from injuries sustained during the Jan. 6 insurrection; two other officers died by suicide in the weeks after that attack. Prior to this year, a total of four officers had died in the line of duty in the history of the force, according to the Capitol Police.

The incident does not appear to be related to terrorism, according to Robert Contee, acting chief of D.C. Metropolitan Police.

“We need to understand the motivation,” he said.

Pittman said Capitol Police did not have the suspect on file, and there were no early indications that the incident was related to a threat to any specific member of Congress.

A law enforcement official familiar with the case identified the suspect as Noah Green, 25, of Indiana. Investigators were digging into Green’s background in search of a motive.

“We haven’t found any manifestos,” a senior law enforcement official said. “We haven’t found anything like he hates cops or Congress.”

In the last month, Green lost his job and apartment in Indiana, the official said, and police were trying to determine where he had been living.

Green was a 2019 graduate of Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va., with a degree in finance. He played on the university’s football team in the fall 2017 and fall 2018 seasons.

Two law enforcement officials told the Los Angeles Times that authorities were reviewing social media posts made by Green, including items related to the Nation of Islam. A Facebook page that appeared to belong to him had been taken down Friday night, according to multiple media reports.

At approximately 1:10 p.m. Friday, Capitol staff were instructed by Capitol Police to remain indoors and away from external windows due to an “external security threat.”

Video shot by reporters on the scene showed at least two dozen National Guardsmen running in a line toward the intersection as people trying to enter the Capitol were directed away. Other uniformed security forces were deployed around the area. Another video showed what appeared to be a National Park Service helicopter landing on the lawn on the East Front of the Capitol.

Tensions have been high in Washington since the Jan. 6 insurrection, when mobs of violent supporters of President Trump stormed the Capitol.

“It did bring back memories of Jan. 6,” Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Fremont) told.

The black fencing and enhanced security that enclosed the sprawling Capitol complex in the wake of that attack had started to come down in recent weeks. The security perimeter shrank, although the fencing is still up at the intersection on the north side of the complex where the incident took place.

Security recommendations have called for additional permanent fencing at the Capitol, but lawmakers of both parties have been hesitant to support this, worried about the optics of Congress walling itself off from the public. Friday’s incident is likely to reignite those conversations.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) called for a review of the Capitol’s security provisions.

“This is the second attack on the Capitol in just three months, and it has become clear the Capitol is increasingly seen as a target,” she said.

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), who leads one of the subcommittees that oversees the Capitol Police, said the incident would spark closer scrutiny of the fences that have lined the complex for three months and calls to remove them.

“It’s a disturbance. It’s an eyesore. It sucks. Nobody wants that there,” Ryan said of the fence. “But the question is whether the environment is safe enough to be able to take it down and, in the meantime, maybe that fence can prevent some of these things from happening.”

In 2016, Capitol Police shot a man who tried to bring a fake Beretta into the Capitol Visitor Center.

Congress is on recess this week for the spring holidays, so the Capitol complex had far fewer people than normal. The vast majority of lawmakers were expected to be in their districts and not in the Capitol. On a recess day, the building is still populated by staff members, reporters and police officers.

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Mission group urges Christians to pray for release of missionary pilot, 2 volunteers imprisoned in Mozambique

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The U.S.-based ministry Mission Aviation Fellowship is urging Christians to pray for the release and safety of one of its pilots, Ryan Koher, and two South African volunteers who have been detained for nearly a month in Mozambique on suspicion of supporting insurgent activity.

Koher, 31, and two South Africans — 77-year-old W.J. du Plessis and 69-year-old Eric Dry — were detained in the coastal city of Inhambane on Nov. 4 while they were loading supplies into the aircraft to be taken to church-run orphanages in the Montepuez district in the troubled Cabo Delgado Province.

“I urge Christians around the world to pray for Ryan’s safety and swift release, and call on those in power both in Mozambique and here in the U.S. to do everything they can to resolve this wrongful detainment,” MAF President and CEO David Holsten said in a statement Friday.

While conducting the normal security scan at the airport, police asked about the supplies — vitamins, over-the-counter medications and food preservatives — Koher was to deliver for the orphanages and adult staff, the ministry said, adding that Koher is a pilot for its partner, Ambassador Aviation Ltd.

“None of the confiscated material belonged to Koher nor had it been loaded onto the airplane. AAL has been conducting these annual supply charter flights to the orphanages since 2014.”

The three men have been jailed on a still undetermined written charge, according to MAF.

While the three men were suspected to be supporting insurgency, “Ambassador Aviation has long sought to care for those who have been harmed by the insurgency, including evacuating innocent residents following a March 2021 insurgent attack.”

Islamic extremists have been exploiting a crisis in the coastal province of Cabo Delgado. A civil war started in 2017 over the area rich with gas, rubies, graphite, gold and other natural resources. Protesters demonstrated against what they say is profits going to an elite in the ruling Frelimo Party, with few jobs for local residents.

In the mostly Muslim region of Cabo Delgado in the otherwise Christian-majority country, Islamic extremists kidnap women and force boys to become child soldiers, The Washington Post reported in October.

“In 2017, jihadist insurgents began in the Cabo-Delgado province, winning over some locals due to the fact that they gave back resources to villagers from the government, and killed no one,” the U.S.-based persecution watchdog International Christian Concern reported. “This did not last, however, as IS started setting fire to Christian villages, and killing those who lived there.”

A lawyer from AAL the U.S. Embassy are engaged in the situation, MAF said, adding, however, that Embassy officials were denied access to Koher at a prison in Inhambane. Koher was later moved to the Machava High Security Prison near Maputo.

“Ryan is a caring and gentle individual,” Holsten said. “Over the last couple of years, he and his wife have worked hard to learn the language and culture of Mozambique to better serve those who rely on our service. Understandably, this situation has been very challenging for the family. We fully believe in Ryan’s innocence, and we are all praying that this issue will be resolved very soon with the charges dismissed and Ryan released.”
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Do Christians Really Donate More? Bible’s Stunning Impact on Charitable Giving Revealed in Fascinating New Study

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As the debate over the impact of Christianity on charitable behavior forges on, a new study reveals Scripturally-engaged Americans are “far more likely than others to donate to charity.”

In fact, the majority of these individuals — people who interact consistently with Scripture and allow it to shape their lives and relationships — report giving to such causes, according to the eighth chapter of “The State of the Bible” report.

“Americans who are engaged with the Bible gave $145 billion to charitable causes in 2021,” a statement from the American Bible Society read. “And … Practicing Christians, those who are actively living out their faith, are much more likely to give.”

The results are pretty stunning when comparing people engaged in the Bible with those who are disengaged as well as the so-called Moveable Middle, a group falling between those dynamics.

Bible-engaged Americans gave a total of $145 billion to charities in 2021, amounting to about $2,907 per household. The same figure for the Bible disengaged was just $924.

To underscore the monumental nature of that giving, consider that Scripturally engaged Americans account for just 19% of adults yet give 44% of every dollar donated.

The finer details point to the fascinating nature of this group’s generosity.

“People who are Scripture-engaged gave six-times as much to churches as those in the Movable Middle and 13-times as much as those who are Bible-disengaged,” a statement explained. “When it comes to non-church giving, Scripture-engaged Americans gave 9% more than the Bible-disengaged and 165% more than the Movable Middle.”

Giving among active believers is, thus, much higher than for other cohorts.

Dr. John Farquhar Plake, director of ministry intelligence for the American Bible Society, said his organization’s research continues to show “a strong correlation between charitable giving and human flourishing.” This is particularly relevant among Christians surveyed in the annual report.

“Engaging with the Bible and actively living out our faith doesn’t simply mean reading the words in the pages of Scripture — rather, it is a transformation of the heart that inspires us to love and live well,” Plake said.

The results for this chapter of the “State of the Bible” were collected from 2,598 phone and online responses from American adults in January 2022.

Atheists will often decry the Bible and its contents, yet study after study shows the strong benefits faith offers individuals and, in turn, the culture at large.

As Faithwire reported, an earlier chapter from the “State of the Bible” report showed “Americans who consistently read and apply the Bible report greater levels of hope and resilience.” Read more about the Bible’s significant impact on the faithful here.
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PASTOR JACOB MATHEW – 57 MEMORIAL SERVICE 12/02/2022

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For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel,and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.

To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. We walk by faith, and not by sight! Pastor Jacob Mathew (57 ) has been promoted to his eternal home and went to be with Jesus on 11/24/2022 . He served as the assistant Pastor of the Mizpah Church of God. Pullad. He lived a life that exampled Jesus Christ, a life of servitude,faith,and love. He will be missed by his family, his wife Shiney,daughter Jesna Jacob and son Joel Jacob.

We kindly request for prayers at this time for the family. He is Survived by his mother, Thankamma Mathew, sister Mary Mathew, and brother Paul Mathew and family.


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