Letter from Lisa

A Letter from Lisa Miller

Dear brethren,

Here is the first letter Lisa sends us from her new Florida home/prison. Obviously she still needs our prayers and encouragement. But I can’t help but feel her upbeat spirit and her assurance that God is with her, fulfilling his purposes in her journey. She is being a witness for Jesus in the place God has chosen for her right now (Hebrews 12.1).

Praise the Lord!

Pablo

 

Dear Brethren and Friends,

Greetings in the name of our Lord, the ONE Who is All-Knowing. I greet you today from the Florida Detention Center in Miami.  I arrived here on Jan 27 and I am still in quarantine — day 21 (my bunkie tested positive for COVID, so instead of being released, today I took another swab COVID test and will wait for the results right where I am — in quarantine.), in a 2 bunk, approximately 14 x 7 feet cell which is locked 24/7.

My food is served through a 12 x 4 inch slot (within the main door) which is also kept shut and locked except when used to pass items such as mail, clothes and books from guard to inmate or when we needed to be handcuffed (we turn our back to the door, stoop a bit and thrust our hands through the opening).

I am so grateful that God knows all I need.  Even though I am in prison, God has blessed and spoiled me with rest and quietness after the experiences of being propelled through the realities of being handcuffed by marshals (I had 5 escorting me at one point!), patted down, strip searched, questioned endlessly, fingerprinted at every “station” of processing, and other such memorable actions before being placed in cell 31 of the Solitary Housing Unit (SHU) (in lieu of being brought directly into the women’s unit).  My God knows just what I need.

Thank you to all who have written to me.  Words cannot express enough how I have been encouraged and built up in Christ by your kindness.  Even though you may not receive a personal thank you, (I am limited to how many stamps I can order per month and I am not permitted to receive stamps from the outside), please know that you have blessed me by your letters of encouragement and with your prayers for both my daughter and me.  THANK YOU!

Please continue to pray for my daughter.  Even though I believe God IS taking care of her she still needs the prayers of His people.  I miss her!  Even so, I feel comforted knowing that she has prayer coverage.

Please continue also to pray for me.  Pray that I will “make myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them” (I Cor. 9:19b), and that I “give no offense to Jews or to Greek or to the church of God” ( I Cor 10:32).  Personally, I have prayed (for years) that God would put me in the places where He wants me to be; consequently, I know that I am to be here.  Please pray that I honor God in His choices for me.

In His Service,

Lisa Miller #27502-509 [note this number is different than provided on previous newsletter]

P.O. Box 019120

Miami, FL  33101

**Important:  Please note my current direct address. If you do not use this address with my correct prison inmate number of #27502-509, I may not receive my mail. 🙁

Thank you!

Also, do not only put the name, address and prisoner’s number on the envelope, but also directly on the letter or card you send.

 

February 12, 2021

February 12, 2021

Friday, Day 802

God is calling each of His children to suffer for Him.  Philippians 1:29 makes this clear to us, “For you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake.” Paul wrote this during his imprisonment in Rome.

Jesus said in Matthew 24:9-10, “They will deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and you shall be hated of all nations for my name sake. (10)  and then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and hate one another.” What is more Paul told Timothy, his protégé, “all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Timothy 3:12).

And so, we must expect and prepare for the coming onslaught against believers, which we already see happening in the West just as it has occurred in many other areas of the world in the past 100 years. The fact that Lisa Miller and I are in prison is merely one indication but the signs are abundant! Christians are being “canceled” by the cancel culture, being marginalized, shamed, and kicked off media platforms for refusing to compromise God’s Word. We are being falsely ridiculed and blamed for many of society’s ills. Christian organizations with no warning are having their ability to process credit card donations nullified and stripped by the platforms or credit card companies. Churches are being fined for meeting while gyms, marijuana stores, strip clubs and others are allowed to remain open. All of this targeting of Christians is increasing at a dramatic pace, and The Constitution seems now to offer no protection for us.

How then do we prepare for such troubles? For it will eventually happen to us. Scripture says we are warned plenty of times in Scripture not to be caught off guard, but to be ready to face such difficulties. I am not fearful of what they might do to me and my family but have made certain preparation for the worst of scenarios, such as cutting off our utilities, refusing to allow us to buy or sale, or stripping us of access to our bank accounts or retirement funds. All throughout Scripture we are provided with examples of God’s servants making preparation for difficult times coming.  Joseph preparing for the famine is a prime example. God expects us to do what we can to prepare without panicking or living in fear. We must continue to trust God to carry us through difficult times but we are to prepare.

But the most important thing we can do is to prepare our own hearts by drawing close to the Lord.  Peter says it very well, “And who is he that will harm you if you prove zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your heart, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who ask you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that and nothing in which you are slandered, those who reveal your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than what is wrong” (1 Peter 3:13-17).

I pray for all that you might take heed and prepare. We are living in troubled times and we must draw close to HIM.

In His service, Philip

Lisa Miller

Dear Brethren and Friends,

Greetings in the name of our Lord- the One who is All- Powerful and All- Knowing. I praise Him for providing for, protecting as in a cloud pillar, and sheltering my daughter, Isabella, and I these last over 11 years as I have been raising her for Christ in an undisclosed location. She is now 18 and free from the court rulings that I disregarded that stated that she was not to be taught the sacredness of marriage according to God:

Haven’t you read that the Creator made them male and female… for this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefor what God has joined together, let no one separate. (Gen. 2:24, Matthew 19:3-6, Gen 1:28, Eph. 5:31-32)

and from where I was put on the stand for the day concerning my Biblical conviction of how to raise my daughter due to being accused of “emotionally abusing” her with my belief of the two kingdoms- the kingdom of God and the kingdom of this world.

Today, January 18, 2021 [January 18 was a federal holiday, so the surrender actually took place January 19, 2021], I am voluntarily surrendering myself to the U.S. Authorities by walking into the U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua.

Isabella and I will be walking in together; however, we do not know what will occur, especially since neither one of us have current paperwork. We covet your prayers with our following concerns: that we could travel together to the US and that she could find a home that supports her convictions.

In addition, I ask you for prayer specifically for me to honor and to glorify God and for my health. Thank you in advance for your prayers. May our Lord be further glorified in this matter.

For His Honor and Glory,

Lisa Miller

Psalm 91

I, Isabella Ruth Miller, am grateful for the life that God has given me these past few years and rejoice in the blessings He has granted me. I am not willing to testify against Mama or anyone who has helped bless my life these past years. I am committed to continue to serve God in the days to come. 

Day 781

January 22, 2021

Friday, Day 781

Within merely the past few days we are witnessing dramatic changes in our nation, for the worse. And not just for the United States, but for the world! The lives of many unborn children are being targeted for extinction through the reversal of President trumps ban on providing funds to the rest of the world to fund and promote abortion. Thousands, perhaps millions, have already lost their jobs and massive income redistribution has begun under the guise of Covid-19 relief or economic stimulus. The targeting of Christians is soon to come in an attempt to silence us from sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. And the Constitution of the United States which is supposed to protect us, has become a mere window dressing to be ignored unless it can be used to score political points in the left’s political rhetoric.
From my very limited perspective, things are far more dire than any expected.

Yet this has happened many times before in history. One time was the year 1553 in England, when Mary Tutor seized the throne and began executing her political enemies and closing protestant churches 30 years into the English reformation.

John Bradford was one of the hundreds of protestant pastors who had to step aside from his pulpit to be replaced by a Catholic bishop. His replacement, Gilbert Bourne, was met with disdain by the congregation who heckled him. What caused Bradford to step forward to hush the angry crowds was hastened by someone throwing a dagger at Bourne, who Bradford shielded and lead out a back door till he got to safety.

Yet in spite of possibly saving Bourne’s life, John Bradford was charged with sedition and found guilty of fostering an attempt on Bourne’s life. (Sound familiar?). While awaiting execution by burning at the stake, Bradford brought many to Christ in prison, preaching a salvation message right up until the flames were about to overtake him. Peter tells us, however, that when we suffer for doing right and are patient beneath the blows, God is pleased with us. I am convinced many more will now face the same fate as myself or perhaps even John Bradford, in the years to come in our once free nation of The United States of America. But what a joy it is to suffer for HIM! Never, ever back down from doing the right thing, no matter what false accusations might be brought against you and regardless of the repercussions. Bradford’s sentence resulted in a speedy martyrdom. Mine resulted in a three year prison sentence. Yet in hindsight I wouldn’t have traded it for anything!

“For this finds favor if for the sake of conscience a man bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly“ (1Peter 2:19).

In His Service,

Philip Zodhiates

NO PARDON!

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President Trump Should Have Pardoned This Pro-Family Hero. He Didn’t.

Philip Zodhiates is a Christian who was aggressively railroaded for a phony “crime” by the Obama Justice Dept, the LGBT lobby, and the SPLC.

January 22, 2021

by Brian Camenker

Note: This article first appeared in American Thinker.

ALT TEXT Philip Zodhiates and his wife Kathie Lee Zodhiates.

We have all seen the corrupt US Justice Department aggressively prosecute and imprison political opponents such as General Michael Flynn and former Texas Congressman Steve Stockman on the flimsiest of “crimes.” Meanwhile, left-wing figures such as Hillary Clinton and Hunter Biden, who commit serious crimes remain untouched. The full truth is worse than most people are aware. Here is just one case we’re familiar with.

Philip Zodhiates is recognized as one of America’s best direct-mail professionals for conservative and Christian non-profits. His company, Response Unlimited, has sent out tens of millions of fundraising letters regarding the homosexual agenda and other anti-Christian movements. (Several years ago his company helped us!) Prior to and during the Obama administration his company sent out over 80 million fundraising letters targeting various suspect issues concerning Barack Obama, including his status as a “natural born citizen” and his ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. In addition, Zodhiates operated the Conservative Petitions website that generated impactful feedback and millions of email messages opposing leftist programs.

Zodhiates is a committed Christian who adopted six children from Central America and has generously donated money to, and volunteered for, Christian causes.

On Sept. 21, 2009, Zodhiates gave a young woman he knew from church, Lisa Miller, a car ride from Virginia (where they all lived) to New York. At the time, Miller was under emotional stress and was accompanied by her 7-year-old daughter Isabella.

That was the beginning of Zodhiates’ nightmare. The Obama Justice Dept. and major liberal and LGBT groups used the incident to manufacture an outlandish charge against him, leading to a tremendously expensive trial, and landing him in federal prison where he is today.

But the story began almost ten years earlier. It’s not surprising that a “gay rights” dispute is involved.

In December 2000, Lisa Miller and another young woman, Janet Jenkins, were in a lesbian relationship. They traveled from home in Virginia to Vermont to enter into a “civil union” which was not legally recognized in Virginia.

Lisa wanted to have a child and was artificially inseminated. Janet did not participate in that. In April 2002 when Isabella was born, Janet was not listed as a parent on the baby’s birth certificate. Since then, Jenkins also declined to adopt Isabella on at least two occasions, according to published documents.

In July 2002, the couple and child moved from Virginia to Vermont. But in September 2003, the relationship broke up and Lisa and Isabella moved back to Virginia. In November 2003, the domestic partnership was dissolved. After that, according to documents, Janet only saw Isabella once in 2003 and twice in 2004. Soon after, Lisa became a Christian. In 2004, a Virginia judge officially recognized Lisa as Isabella’s sole parent. Lisa decided not to allow Janet to have any further visits with Isabella. And according to published papers, Janet expressed little interest in Isabella.

Then the LGBT movement stepped in.

The ACLU along with the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund sought to make it a test case to establish that same-sex partners in civil unions could have “parental rights” over children – even if they were not biologically related and had never legally adopted them. In addition, according to documents, the Southern Poverty Law Center convinced Janet to allow them to make this case the precedent-setting attempt to nullify the Virginia Marriage Amendment and the Federal Defense of Marriage Act.

Starting in 2007, these groups funded Janet Jenkins’ protracted custody battle over Isabella in the courts of Virginia and Vermont. A Vermont judge ordered that Janet should be allowed unsupervised overnight visits with Isabella, even though at that time she had not seen Isabella for 2½ years.

Lisa initially complied with these orders. But then she noticed that Isabella was acting very disturbingly after these visits. According to published documents, after one visit in 2007 (when Isabella was 5 years old) Lisa noted (published later in an affidavit):

Isabella has been crying at night asking me to promise that she doesn’t have to take a bath or shower with [Janet] … Since I picked her up on Sunday, Isabella has been exhibiting severe behaviors of stress, including pushing a comb against her stomach and telling me she is going to kill herself. She has been excessively and openly masturbating since she returned on Sunday and at one point tried to put a pen in her vagina.

When Lisa could see that Isabella was obviously being sexually abused during the visits with Janet, she declined to yield to the orders of the Vermont court. She continued trying to fight, but the massive legal force of the national groups was no match for Lisa’s meager resources.

Three licensed social workers in Virginia submitted affidavits stating that they believed Isabella was in danger with these visits, but that did not sway the courts. The Vermont court would not even allow those affidavits to be introduced as evidence.

The Virginia courts were persuaded to go along with the Vermont decision on visitation. In 2008, Lisa fought it all the way up to the Virginia Supreme Court. The court ruled in favor of continuing visitation rights for Janet!

Lisa still refused to comply. In 2009 a judge warned that if Lisa did not allow the visitations, he would transfer full custody of Isabella to Janet. In November 2009, the judge followed through with his threat and ordered Lisa to hand Isabella over to Janet.

But by then it was too late. Lisa and Isabella had left the country.

On Sept. 21, 2009, Lisa asked her friend from church, Philip Zodhiates, to drive her to Buffalo, NY. The next day Lisa and Isabella took a taxi across the border to Canada. They apparently flew from there to Central America, but their exact whereabouts are still unknown, according to reports.

At that point, the LGBT groups got the Obama Dept. of Justice (DOJ) to get involved, which they did with enthusiasm. They charged Zodhiates with International Parental Kidnapping and Conspiracy. The two-week jury trial was largely a sham. Among other things:

  • The DOJ got the jury trial moved from conservative Lynchburg, Virginia to liberal Buffalo, New York. But the supposed “kidnapping” took place in Virginia. Buffalo was simply the endpoint of the ride.
  • Lisa had full legal custody of Isabella, they had legal passports, and there were no travel restrictions.
  • Virginia’s Defense of Marriage Amendment to its Constitution forbade the Virginia courts from recognizing the Vermont civil union, and Isabella’s Virginia birth certificate lists Lisa as her only parent. Lisa lived in Virginia when Isabella was born.
  • The trial was largely on ad hominem characterization, not points of law. During the trial, the SPLC helped introduce “evidence” that Zodhiates was a horrible Christian bigot. But the judge refused to allow evidence of Zodhiates’ philanthropy and charitable work.
  • The jury never heard any evidence of the horrible sexual abuse regarding Isabella (or the affidavits from the social workers) which was the reason Lisa was escaping with her daughter. More important, fear of sexual abuse is a legal defense for alleged “parental kidnapping.” But Zodhiates’ lawyers purposefully chose not to tell the jury about that – an act of apparent legal malpractice which Zodhiates brought up in his appeal.

By any normal measure, Philip Zodhiates committed no crime. And certainly by the normal standards of today’s legal system, he wouldn’t have been charged even if he had. But that’s not how things turned out.

The massive DOJ, SPLC, and LGBT legal team was too overwhelming, and Zodhiates’ lawyers were frankly unimpressive. The jury convicted Zodhiates.

The appeal was also shameful. The court rejected all of the problems with the trial that Zodhiates brought up. Petitions to the US Supreme Court were also rejected. In 2018 he was sentenced to three years in federal prison, where he sits now until the end of 2021. They would not even let him out early for Covid, even though thousands of other inmates were released.

Philip Zodhiates is also hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt for legal fees and lost income. It is likely that the SPLC will bankroll a further lawsuit against him on behalf of Janet for “damages.”

In December, 2019, Zodhiates filed a Petition for Pardon to President Trump. Since then, there were numerous letters and emails to the Trump administration. On Dec. 23, 2020, President Trump pardoned 15 people and commuted the sentences of 5 others. Then on Jan. 20, 2021, President Trump granted 73 pardons and commuted the sentences of an additional 70 people. Philip Zodhiates was not among them.

Many of these people had been convicted of drug trafficking, securities fraud, and similar crimes. A friend of a famous rapper got pardoned.

But no one who got pardoned, that we could determine, had committed a transgression against the LGBT movement. We have a disturbing feeling that President Trump – or his staff – did not want to offend that “constituency.” It’s a terrible shame, and bad for America.no

New Year!

January 1, 2021

DAY 758

So here we are entering 2021.  And there are so many unknowns.  COVID-19 continues to claim lives, including my good friend and Christian brother, Jimmy Valez, this past week.  The majority of individuals throughout the world still are somewhat likely to face the COVID-19  virus in their own bodies, with many Christians by and large saying they will not take any of the current vaccines because reliable sources claim they contain cells from aborted babies.  But COVID-19 is just another way God is forcing our reliance completely upon Him.

For my family and me, the future is entirely in God’s hands, but I believe eventually He will vindicate me, release me, restore us, and give us victory in the upcoming civil suit in a way that will give Him all the honor and praise and glory!  It is so appropriate that a friend sent me for Christmas A.W. Tozer’s classic book, “The Knowledge of the Holy.”  In this overview of the attributes of God, Tozer writes of His infinitude, or limitlessness.  He says, “It is obviously impossible for a limited mind to grasp the Unlimited.”

This subject was actually the topic of discussion last night in our little church, speaking of the indescribable ecstasy of eternity with Christ.  It is unfathomable to our finite minds, incomprehensible to our human nature as there is nothing to compare.  Daniel, Ezekiel, and John tried to utilize various word pictures, but they fall short of the reality of what it will be like.  Words cannot describe it!  “For God is greater than mind itself.  His greatness cannot be conceived,” Tozer states.  “Nay, can we conceive of His greatness He would be less than the human mind which could form the conception.  He is greater than all language, and no statement can express Him.”  Aside from God Himself, there is nothing that hasn’t been created.  He alone is infinite!  Tozer defines it as God knowing no bounds.  He alone is boundless.  It means He is measureless.  “Limitations, imperfections, cannot apply to God.”  The human mind cannot understand or describe all the attributes of God, of which there are many.  We have no knowledge nor ability to comprehend many of them.  Tozer says it would be like the seraphim or cherubim being able to feel the attributes of mercy and grace, yet they have no personal or sympathetic meaning, for the reason they have not sinned and so do not call forth God’s mercy and grace.

One day it will be revealed to us these attributes.  For we know as believers God’s infinitude belongs to us and is made known to us for our everlasting profit.  At the entry into this new year, it is completely satisfying to turn from our limitations to a God who has none.  Tozer states, “Eternal years lie in His heart.  For Him time does not pass, it remains; and those who are in Christ share with Him all the riches of limitless time and endless years.  God never hurries.  There are no deadlines against which He must work.  Only to know this is to quiet our spirits and relax our nerves.  For those out of Christ, time is a devouring beast; before the sons of the new creation time crouches and purrs and licks their hands.  The foe of the old human race becomes the friend of the new, and the stars in their courses fight for the man God delights to honor.  This we may learn from the divine infinitude.

“But there is more.  God’s gifts in nature have their limitations.  They are finite because they have been created, but the gift of eternal life in Christ Jesus is as limitless as God.  The Christian man possesses God’s own life and shares His infinitude with Him.  In God there is life enough for all and time enough to enjoy it.”  Tozer goes on to explain that the mercy of God is infinite, too.  “Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.”  Tozer says, “Abounding sin is the terror of the world, but abounding grace is the hope of mankind.  However, sin may abound it still has its limits, for it is the product of finite minds and hears; but God’s ‘much more’ introduces us to the infinitude.  Against our deep creature-sickness stands God’s infinite ability to cure. . . His love is measureless.  It is more:  it is boundless.”

May God’s blessings and love abound in you this new year!

Philip Zodhiates

Christmas Eve

December 24, 2020

Day 750

Well, today is Christmas Eve.  It is now evening, and I am still here.  Aside from weeping in my heart for Kathie who, besides the pain and discomfort she has had almost constantly experienced in recent months, is being forced to be without me for the third Christmas in a row.

We both know God’s timing is best, and He is with us each and every step in this journey.  From a human perspective alone, I know there are many glimmers of hope.  But with God all things are possible.  He is able to work miracles as much today as He was 2000 years ago.  We have seen this many times in our own lives!  As believers we are to expect such tribulations and count it all joy to suffer for Him.

And it is during these times, as shown in Psalm 66 and many other places in the Scriptures, we are to reflect on the many miracles God has already done for us, both personally, and as God’s people.  This provides the hope we need!  As the psalmist says, “Come and see the works of God, Who is awesome in His deeds toward the sons of men” (v. 5).  There is so much for us to rejoice in (v. 6).

I know I have reiterated this Psalm before, but it bears repeating every time we find ourselves discouraged; “Bless our God, oh peoples, and sound His praise abroad, Who keeps us in life, and does not allow our feet to slip.  For You have tried us, oh God, You have refined us as silver is refined.  You did bring us into the prison (net), You did lay an oppressive burden upon our loins.  You did make men ride over our heads; we went through fire and water; yet You did bring us out into a place of abundance . . . . Come and hear, all who fear God.  And I will tell of what He has done for my soul.  I cried to Him with my mouth, and He was extolled with my tongue.  If I regard wickedness in my heart, the Lord will not hear.  But certainly, God has heard; He has given heed to the voice of my prayer.  Blessed be God, Who has not turned away from my prayer, nor His lovingkindness from me” (Ps. 66:8-12; 16-20).  In Him is all my confidence!

In Him belongs all glory and praise!  A blessed Christmas to you!

Philip Zodhiates

Received from Philip yesterday:

Do you remember Jimmy Valez, the big Puerto Rican fellow who was so friendly and always asked about you?  He is a believer and very committed.  Just as sweet as can be.

Well, I just found out that he got compassionate release, but probably doesn’t even know about it as he has been in the hospital on a ventilator.  Please pray for him and get others to pray for him.  Let’s expect a miracle.  I want to try to find what his contact information will be so you can check on him and tell him we were praying when he is home.  I don’t know if I will be able to or not.

Also, I heard we had another death from COVID here.  That makes number 6 that we know of.  Who knows how many there really are.

UPDATE

I have some very sad but yet very glorious news.  Jimmy Valez is now with Jesus.  He left this life for eternal glory yesterday.  I rejoice for him but I am very sad for his family.  I only vaguely remember meeting them when I was with you.  They had just finished getting their picture made, if I recollect correctly.  I never ever saw Jimmy without him asking about you, and he prayed for both of us regularly.  He was a true sanctified saint.

I thought you would be interested in knowing about Jimmy. Please shift your prayers to his family.  This prison will be far worse off now that he is gone.

December 17, 2020

Day 743

Dear Friend:

I am grateful to 419fund.com for the ability to forward this Christmas greeting to you, and once again to thank you for your prayers and letters of encouragement and financial help with our legal bills, which we are now struggling with once again to keep up with.

I must confess that the past months have probably been the most difficult for Kathie and me. Kathie had oral problems again, subsequent infections, and great pain once again, and is facing one more surgical procedure. Please continue to pray for her and encourage her. She is in severe pain now.

Here at Ashland FCI, we were hit big-time with COVID-19 in early November, and it swept through the prison like a wave, one unit after another. Five inmates have died including two men around 50 years old who were from our unit prior to their being moved. I knew both of them, and I’ve written about it in my daily journal at www.RomansEight28.com. I was really ill, especially the week of Thanksgiving. And frankly, I wanted to die. I was checked for COVID-19 the Thursday prior to my getting sick but was negative. Saturday night it hit me, and I went downstairs in the morning and waited for the nurse to come, along with a handful of others who had symptoms. She merely checked my temperature and told me to go back to my cell. Thanksgiving Day and the day prior were my worst days, but the medical staff never stepped foot in our unit until eight days after Thanksgiving — over two weeks. At that time, I was given another COVID-19 test and tested negative again. But there is no doubt I had COVID-19, even at times finding it difficult to breathe. Praise the Lord He healed me and brought me through.

Six of the men who are part of our little nightly church in our unit that we began back in March, once we were locked inside the unit permanently, were moved to quarantine, which made no sense since just about the entire unit except some of the youngest were sick. Sickness prevented us from meeting together from mid-November until Tuesday of this week, and two of the six are now back in the unit. During this time, the guards (vs. the inmates) found themselves responsible for our food, and we went for six weeks with no commissary. Their solution was to order 40,000 frozen bologna and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to feed us often twice a day for weeks on end. I ate very little and lost weight, but I confess I had no appetite, taste, or smell.

On Wednesday, JM left for quarantine, and then on January 6, 2021 he is going to a halfway house in Grand Rapids, MI, three hours from his home. He’d been in prison for 13 years. He gave his life to Christ in July after resisting and running from God his whole life. He has spent hours in my cell every day since and is an absolutely changed man. It was sad to see him leave, but I am thrilled for him. Please pray he finds good Christian fellowship and that his family finds Jesus.

I have yet to hear from my sentencing judge in reference to my motion to vacate my sentence or send me to home confinement. I am desperate to be reunited with Kathie and my family, but I know God has His purposes. My case manager told me that I was supposed to go to a halfway house in Harrisonburg, Virginia, on March 6, 2021. But then she informed me she’d made a mistake, and the correct date they gave me was March 26, 2021. She is trying to get an earlier date for me. Pray.

The prison did reverse itself and allow me to have a non-monitored call with my new attorney. We spoke for 1-3/4 hours. The civil suit against me, my daughter, and the company is now scheduled for June. However, because of the COVID-19 outbreak, the prison is not allowing the attorneys from Southern Poverty Law Center who are representing the other side to depose me, even with a court order. I believe the judge in the civil case gave a deadline of early March for all the depositions so they may have to proceed without my deposition or delay the trial again.

I know God has all things in His control. In many ways, this prison sentence has been a blessing, even though it has been very difficult. He has provided me with hours to study His Word and pray, read, and write my thoughts every day now for over two years. Hence it has been as much a blessing for me as it has been for people like W, C, JM, E, J, and the others you have read about over the past two years in my journal. I have missed my Kathie so very much. But we both have His peace and joy.

We were allowed two visits in October of one hour each before COVID-19 hit us hard. So I got to see Kathie twice, and William and Josiah each once when they came with Kathie. It was a no-touch visit with glass in between us. It was hard to hear each other though, but terrific to see each other!

I know that we Christians are to expect to suffer persecution for Him (2 Timothy 3:12). But God uses it for our own good (2 Timothy 1:8; 2:3, 12; 1 Peter 5:10, Romans 5:3-5 and many others).

Thank you once again for your prayers, letters, and financial help. I pray you and your family have a blessed Christmas and that you remain healthy, especially COVID-19 free. You are very encouraging to Kathie and me. And we praise the Lord for you. This will be my third Christmas in prison unless God miraculously intervenes. I leave you now with what I think has become my favorite Christmas passage:

“But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that being justified by His grace we might be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life” (Titus 3:4-7).

In His service,

Philip Zodhiates

P.S. Don’t forget to check out my daily journal at www.RomansEight28.com.

Sin Problem

October 26, 2020

Day 693 of incarceration

A week from tomorrow [November 3, 2020] are elections in the United States, including for president.  Yet unfortunately, the root cause of all the problems within the nation seems to have been completely ignored.  The problems of the world or this nation will not be solved by electing one party over another unless this issue is proclaimed from the rooftops.  The fact of the matter is we have a moral problem. We have a sin problem.  And we have rebelled against God.

General Douglas MacArthur said in a speech back in 1951 the following:

“In this day of gathering storms, as the moral deterioration of political power spreads its growing infection, it is essential that every spiritual force be mobilized to defend and preserve the religious base upon which this nation was founded.  For it is that base which has been the motivating impulse to our moral and national growth.  History fails to record a single precedent in which nations subject to moral decay have not passed into political and economic decline.  There has been either a spiritual reawakening to overcome the moral lapse, or a progressive deterioration leading to ultimate national disaster.”

Today, our president is once again campaigning with the same “make America great again” rhetoric.  Yet he addresses every aspect of becoming a great nation again while seemingly ignoring this moral fabric, which underlines our decline.  No longer does our nation have a fear of Almighty God, which was the real reason God blessed America and made it into a great nation in the first place.  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said,

“If we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover these precious values — that all reality hinges on moral foundations and that all reality as spiritual control.”

Should the church, the President, and both of our major political parties continue to ignore and avoid this fact, the United States of America will ultimately disintegrate — perhaps very soon and suddenly.  A great spiritual battle is going on for our nation, yet even those who seemingly are on the correct side of the battle fail to recognize it as such.  Unless our leaders identify the root of our problems as moral failings, we are likely doomed to oblivion.  It matters not if Donald Trump or Joe Biden is elected president; we are still headed toward the same cliff.  One is merely taking us there faster than the other.

William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, said in 1900,

“I consider that the chief dangers which confront the coming century will be religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity without regeneration, politics without God, and heaven without hell.”

This is just as true in the 21st century as it was in the 20th century.  Only it seems in great part our nation has already fallen over the precipice.

It is so easy to get caught up in the “make America great again” political efforts, but that will fail unless President Trump and our nation’s leaders, and most importantly, our church leaders, recognize this as the spiritual battle that it is, and call this nation to repentance.

For those of us as part of the remnant, we must too repent on behalf of ourselves and the sins of our nation.  The devil and his demonic influence now have infested so many parts of our society with his deception and lies.  Jesus said some of these demons do not come out but through fasting and prayer.  I therefore encourage you to do two things:

First, fast and pray for revival in this nation, that the strongholds of Satan will be cast down.

Second, contact President Trump, your senators, and your representative and tell them America will never be great again unless they address the spiritual condition of our nation, that without a moral underpinning and fear of Almighty God we are doomed to failure like has happened to every great society in history that has abandoned its moral fiber.

May God bring revival once again in America!

Philip Zodhiates  18649-084

FCI Ashland

P.O. Box 6001

Ashland, KY  41105

Updates and BD card shower

UPDATES

1.  The civil case against Philip Zodhiates, et al, by Janet Jenkins is moving forward. Because of this, Philip is in need of more support for his attorneys fees. He is still in prison, and thus not able to raise funds on his own.

2.  Philip has asked for prayers that he might be released from prison in the next two weeks!

3.  Praise!  Kathie and their son, William, were able to visit Philip on Monday, October 19 for 65 minutes with proper COVID-19 restrictions in place. Visitation at the prison had stopped since February. Kathie said, “Wearing the mask was  very hard . . . much harder than you think. It was like sucking water back into my lungs and my chest has hurt ever since . . . It was awesome to see him. “

Philip continues to receive mail from prayer partners and supporters – he received 3 today. Thank you for your faithfulness to our modern day “Paul!”

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Kathie’s birthday is November 7, let’s shower her with birthday cards!

Mrs. Kathie Zodhiates

P.O. Box 1842

Waynesboro, VA 22980