JNN Readers, Meet ANN (American News Network)

“Judgment will again be founded on righteousness, and all the upright in heart will follow it. Who will rise up for me against the wicked? Who will take a stand for me against evildoers?” Ps. 94: 15-16

JNN READERS, MEET ANN (AMERICAN NEWS NETWORK). Ann, meaning grace, favor and prayer in Hebrew, is a brand new informative venture of the part of Vision for Israel and the JNN team. In addition to our thrice weekly Jerusalem News Report, we plan to present a twice monthly news update on what we see as vital for Americans and those who love America be informed of and about which to intercede. Many of us in Israel are proud and encouraged to by the Trump administration, his love for Israel, the godly men with who he has surrounded himself, the campaign promise he has been faithful to keep and the many fine policy changes that have been during his time in office. Even as America has supported Israel we want to support the USA by assisting vital issues in your country be know, and darkness exposed for intercessors and individuals with a public voice to further the trend towards a resurgence of godly morality, belief in the constitution and love for Israel to be ever on the increase. We invite your response as we continue the twice monthly ANN update for a few weeks. Please share these reports with your prayer groups, churches and make your voice heard on social media and in high places. With love and blessing to our readers and intercessors, JNN editors, writers and the entire vision for Israel team

‘LONER’ STUDENT SHOOTS AND KILLS 10 INJURES 11 AT TEXAS SCHOOL: A 17-year-old student dressed in a trench coat and armed with a shotgun and pistol opened fire at his high school outside Houston, Texas on Friday 18 May 2018, killing nine students and a teacher, before surrendering to officers, authorities said. Santa Fe High School, southeast of Houston, joined a long list of USA campuses where students and faculty have been killed in a spray of gunfire. The Texas shooting came about three months after 17 teens and educators were fatally shot in Parkland, Florida. Students said the gunman, identified by law enforcement as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, opened fire in an art class shortly before 8 a.m. Students and staff fled and a fire alarm triggered a full evacuation. Classmates described Pagourtzis as a quiet loner. Texas Governor Greg Abbott said Pagourtzis obtained firearms from his father, who had likely acquired them legally, and also left behind explosive devices. "Not only did he want to commit the shooting, but he wanted to commit suicide after the shooting," Abbott told reporters, citing a police review of the suspect's journals. He added that investigators had seen a T-shirt on the suspect's Facebook page that read "Born to Kill," and authorities were examining his journal. (Reuters) My those who have lost loved ones be deeply comforted in the terrible tragedy and the injured have quick and complete recovery. The matter of school shooting should be taken up by intercessory groups, while Christian school authorities and parents can pray over their children’s school buildings and property. Pray also that greater attention will be given to clues often given by those planning school violence through social media such as facebook, personal attire promoting violence, text messages, and withdrawn anti-social behavior.

McCONNELL AIMS TO RESHAPE COURTS IN CASE SENATE FLIPS: Mitch McConnell is making a last dash to stock the judiciary with conservatives this year as a hedge against the chance that Republicans lose the Senate in November 2018.The GOP may have only a few more months of unified control of Washington to repeal Obamacare or enact President Donald Trump’s infrastructure plan. But the Senate majority leader is taking a longer view — and confirming as many conservative judges as possible to lifetime appointment. It is part of McConnell’s years-long plan to reshape the courts after the presidency of Barack Obama shifted them to the left. McConnell is intent on filling as many judicial posts as he can this year, in part out of concern that Democrats will take back the Senate and exact retribution on McConnell and Trump for changing the face of the courts. (Politico) Intercessors, it is vitally important that the Senate majority leader is taking a longer view — and confirming as many conservative judges as possible to lifetime appointment. Pray that McConnell will get as many judges appointed to court vacancies that can restore a belief in the constitution.

TRUMP POISED TO UNVEIL POLICY CUTTING FUNDS FOR ABORTION PROVIDERS: The Trump administration rolled out a new policy on Friday 18 May 2018 that would place additional restrictions on Planned Parenthood and other reproductive health organizations administering abortions. What will the change mean? The new policy will prevent Clinics that receive federal money from a family planning program known as Title X from referring clients for abortion, discussing abortion with patients, or sharing space with abortion providers. If they do so, their funding will be withdrawn. In the USA nearly half of pregnancies are unintended and four in 10 of these are terminated by abortion. In the USA there are over 3,000 abortions per day. Yes, this is what Feminism and previous USA governments have allowed the most privileged women on the planet do to their children: To selectively murder their unborn children as a form of contraception. (Washington Examiner) As of May 19 2018 some 415530 abortions had taken place in the USA since 1 Jan. 2018. Please intercede for positive solutions such as adoption, better foster care homes and a wave of new love for children and family values to be cherished and renewed across the USA. Pray for the multitude of families, those with high moral standards and Biblical values, who wait to adopt unwanted children, to receive them without undue delay. Intercede that indeed federal funding will be cut for abortion providers and clinics who counsel women to terminate the lives of their unborn children.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT MS-13 GANG VIOLENCE AND MS-13 OVERALL: Gang Violence and MS-13 overall - MS-13 (Mara Salvatrucha; also known as simply MS or Mara) is an international criminal gang that originated in Los Angeles, California, USA in the 1980s. The gang later spread to many parts of the continental United States, Canada, Mexico, and Central America, and is active in urban and suburban areas. Most members are of Central American origin, principally El Salvador. In the USA MS-13 has an especially heavy presence in California, the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, New York City and New Jersey, Boston, Charlotte, North Carolina, and Houston. Members of MS are characterized by tattoos covering the body, and by the use of their own sign language. They are notorious for their brutal violence, murders and a subcultural moral code based on merciless retribution. The cruelty of the distinguished members of the "Maras" or "Mareros," and their wide-ranging activities have drawn the attention of the FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, who have initiated wide-scale raids against known and suspected gang members, arresting hundreds across the country. Minors make up the majority of suspects arrested for killings attributed to MS-13.

The gang uses Texas as a stopping point for travel from Los Angeles to the East Coast and for the trafficking of drugs, humans, and weapons between Mexico and the United States. The largest concentration of MS-13 in Texas is in Houston. Investigating sources have found MS-13 members identified in very serious crimes, including 207 murders. More than 100 were accused of conspiracy/racketeering, and dozens of others were charged with drug trafficking, sex trafficking, attempted murder, sexual assaults, and extortion. At a recent roundtable of officials convened at the White House by President Trump on 6 Feb. 2018, to discuss the MS-13 problem, Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said that MS-13 members had committed 17 murders in an 18-month period, representing 38 percent of all homicides in his district. The Trump administration has declared war on MS-13. (Center for Immigration Studies/ Wikipedia) Pray that M-13 gang members will be exposed and arrested. Intercede against the spirit of violence and murder in the USA.

WHAT IS THE USA OPIOID EPIDEMIC: In the late 1990s, pharmaceutical companies reassured the medical community that patients would not become addicted to opioid pain relievers and healthcare providers began to prescribe them at greater rates. Increased prescription of opioid medications led to widespread misuse of both prescription and non-prescription opioids before it became clear that these medications could indeed be highly addictive. In 2017 HHS declared a public health emergency. Devastating consequences of the opioid epidemic include increases in opioid misuse and related overdoses, as well as the rising incidence of newborns experiencing withdrawal syndrome due to opioid use and misuse during pregnancy. An estimated 40% of opioid overdose deaths involved a prescription opioid. The CDC called the data a “wake up call to the fast-moving opioid overdose epidemic”. It recorded 142,000 overdoses in USA hospital emergency departments between July 2016 and September 2017. (CDC) Please pray that to curb the crisis, communities would receive better access to mental health services and medication-assisted addiction treatment; and for physicians to use prescription monitoring services. Pray for new, safer and God-given methods for pain management to be put into place.

‘FBI PLANT’ IN TRUMP CAMPAIGN WAS CAMBRIDGE PROFESSOR: University of Cambridge professor Stefan Halper has been identified as an FBI informant in Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, multiple news outlets reported Saturday 20 May, 2018 The 73-year-old academic reportedly has deep ties to American and British intelligence, having served in the Nixon, Ford and Reagan administrations. President Trump tweeted that confirmation of an FBI plant in his campaign would become the nation's all time biggest political scandal. “Reports are there was indeed at least one FBI representative implanted, for political purposes, into my campaign for president,” Trump wrote. “It took place very early on, and long before the phony Russia Hoax became a “hot” Fake News story. Over the past several weeks, House Republicans have been claiming that the FBI during the 2016 election used an operative to spy on the Trump campaign, and they triggered outrage within the FBI by trying to learn his identity. The controversy escalated when President Trump joined the fray on Friday morning, 19 May, 2018. “Reports said there was indeed at least one FBI representative implanted, for political purposes, into my campaign for president,” Trump tweeted, adding: “It took place very early on, and long before the phony Russia Hoax became a “hot” Fake News story. If true – all time biggest political scandal!” On 8 May 2018, the Washington Post described the informant as “a top-secret intelligence source” and cited DOJ officials as arguing that disclosure of his name “could risk lives by potentially exposing the source, a USA citizen who has provided intelligence to the CIA and FBI.”

The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Mark Warner, who spent much of last week working to ensure confirmation of Trump’s choice to lead the CIA, Gina Haspel, actually threatened his own colleagues in Congress with criminal prosecution if they tried to obtain the identity of the informant. “Anyone who is entrusted with our nation’s highest secrets should act with the gravity and seriousness of purpose that knowledge deserves,” Warner said. But now, as a result of some very odd choices by the nation’s largest media outlets, everyone knows the name of the FBI’s informant: Stefan Halper. And Halper’s history is quite troubling, particularly his central role in the scandal in the 1980 election. Equally troubling are the DOJ and FBI’s highly inflammatory and, at best, misleading claims that they made to try to prevent Halper’s identity from being reported. (Fox) Pray that all things in conceived secret with evil intentions in the USA government be exposed and revealed.

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Barry Segal with the Editorial Staff