In addition to ongoing prayers from the previous posts, let’s be thankful for the end of the government shutdown and pray for the well-being of persons who lost salary and otherwise suffered during that time.
Food supplies in rebel-held areas in Syria is running out, where civilians are starving.
A gunman opened fire on a Coptic Christian wedding in Egypt, killing two and wounding seven. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/20/egypt-christian-shooting_n_4133237.html
At least 67 people died during the Kenya Mall siege. Al Shabab, which claimed responsibility, is an Al Qaeda-linked Somali militant group that fosters radical Islam.
I found an interesting story about a revival of “born again” Christian faith in New York City: http://jonathanmerritt.religionnews.com/2013/10/17/new-york-christian-renaissance/
This past week was Eid Al-Adha for American Muslims: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/14/eid-al-adha-2013-feast-of-sacrifice_n_4096669.html
Sikhs have been suffering harassment in New York and Mississippi: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mike-ghouse/harassment-of-sikhs-in-ne_b_3997899.html
Peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians continue, but reports of new Israeli housing starts on the West Bank may jeopardize the talks. http://news.yahoo.com/70-rise-israel-settler-construction-starts-ngo-082032410.html
A magnitude-7.1 earthquake struck the central Philippines this past Tuesday. The death toll has rise to 183, and over 8600 homes were destroyed in Quezon City.