Update from Lisa Miller

I send Christmas (a little late) and New Year’s greetings.

I am enjoying my job. I still work remotely most of the week but do go the approximately 2 hour and 30-minute round trip once a week.  However, now that winter is setting in I probably will attend my meetings remotely.

They are blessing me with a school course so I can better serve the company. Even at my age, I find that I am enjoying school.

My legal case is still going on.  Everyone’s legal case is still not resolved

I am still trying to acclimate to the U.S. culture as well as the weather; I am not used to being out in the cold weather because last winter I was in Niagara County Jail.  I bought my first coat, boats and other winter apparel just recently.  It was actually fun!

I am finally getting a handle on all the new technology.

Thank you for all those who have sent me greetings. I appreciate everyone’s prayers and messages.  Please keep sending them.

God is still on the throne.  He is in control.

Let us pray that He is glorified.

In His Service,

Lisa Miller

Philip Zodhiates Update

Dear faithful friend:

Blessed Christmas to you.  I rejoice with you over the birth of our Lord and Savior who came to redeem us and bring peace between us and God Almighty through His shed blood on the cross.

I have been meaning to write for some time, and apologize for the lack of communication.  A number of folks have written and emailed for some sort of update from me to be disseminated through the 419 Fund, and I thought this would be an ideal time to not only express Kathie and my gratefulness and appreciation to you, but to also update you on all that is going on.

This past summer the judge in my criminal case issued his refusal to vacate my sentence due to some very contrived and unjust arguments, and threatened any attorney who helped me appeal the ruling with punishment, even, to my understanding, to the point of being disbarred.  I had appealed to the judge to vacate my sentence due to the fact that my attorneys provided ineffective counsel because they did not reveal to me that the criminal statute under which I was convicted allowed for a parent to remove her child from the country if she believed her child was being abused in any manner.

As of the end of June of this year, my prison sentence was completed, probation and all.  So now I am free to travel outside of the Western District of Virginia, and I have received my passport back from the government (although some countries do not issue visas to felons).  Kathie and I praise the Lord for the freedom I now have.

We have encountered both difficulties and blessings since I have been at home.  Physical difficulties have been especially rough for Kathie and me.  I had been incarcerated for 27-1/2 months until I was finally allowed home for a weekend visit, and then two months after that till I was able to come home on house arrest.

It was wonderful to be at home 24/7 with Kathie.  I could eat delicious food again, sit on soft, comfortable furniture, and sleep on a bed with a normal mattress.  But having literally lived and slept on a steel slab covered with a one-inch pad for 30 months, sleeping with no pillow, created a very painful “chronic holding pattern” in my back that I have been unable to rectify even with a chiropractor’s help, physical therapy, steroid injections and oblation therapy.  I cannot walk upright nor stand without severe pain.  I am truly looking forward to my new body all the more!

Kathie has at the same time been suffering severe pain, much of it emanating from the ill-advised oral surgery that some specialists now say she should never have had and which now needs to be reversed.  This has all resulted from very complicated structural trauma resulting from an auto accident when she was 17.  So, we two have been quite a pair!  We have been able to start a small home church, which meets each Sunday and are praying for seekers and new believers to join us in in-depth study of God’s Word.

In spite of all of the difficult times of loneliness and suffering, though, I would not have chosen a different course.  If you have heard me speak, you know that I consider the time of incarceration to be a blessing.  God truly worked in both of our lives through the difficult circumstances, and we have developed a much closer relationship with the Lord, been refined in the process, and can now be used even greater in ministry.  I would not otherwise have been able to spend the time in Bible study and meditating on the Word of God if it wasn’t for my prison sentence.  Nor would I have learned of the rampant injustice and corruption of the court system and modern American justice.

After coming home though, my probation officer gave me special permission to stay in contact with the many men whose lives the Lord had touched during my incarceration.  Some have been released, some remain incarcerated.  So, the ministry begun in prison does continue somewhat, as does the church that was begun, although it does not still meet every evening, due to the COVID restrictions being lifted.

And as I’ve expressed before, the Lord has given me a message for the church that times of persecution are coming.  Yet they are not times to be feared.  James says, “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.  And let the endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

What’s more, Paul says, “But we also exalt in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character hope. . .”  He told Timothy, “ALL who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted!”  And to the Philippians he added, “to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but to also suffer for His sake.”  And to the Corinthians he retorted, “Each man’s work will become evident. . .it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work!”

Peter said, “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which come upon you for your testing. . .but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing.”  And, “If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. . .Be of sober spirit, be on the alert.  Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.  But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.  And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, Who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.”

Jesus Himself told us, “If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you.”  And, “They will deliver you to tribulation, and you will be hated by all nations on account of My name.  And at that time many will fall away and will deliver up one another and hate one another.”  During the Sermon on the Mount, the Lord also told us, “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.  Blessed are you when men cast insults at you, and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, on account of Me.  Rejoice, and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great, for so persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

I could go on and on.  Neither Jesus nor any New Testament writer claims there will be a great revival in the latter days.  Rather, there will be a great persecution, and a great falling away from the faith.  We are now seeing this beginning to happen.  Each Christian must be prepared spiritually and mentally for this oncoming onslaught against every believer.  We must refuse to compromise no matter the consequences.  God never promises to keep us from suffering, persecution and difficulties.  Just the opposite!  But, we must remain strong.  As James says, “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.”

What God did promise was to carry us through the difficult times, and the times of persecution.  Kathie and I can testify to the joy and contentment He provides during these trials.  If we are faithful to Him, He will be faithful to us and help us endure anything that might come our way.  He will use these sufferings for our own benefit and as a testimony to others.

When I was in prison on more than one occasion believers who were also incarcerated told me God put me there to help other believers prepare for the coming persecution and imprisonment of vast numbers of believers. This I am confident God has called me to do, and I have had the opportunity to share this with a number of church bodies, small groups and families.  I am eager to take this message across the country to many, many groups of believers, encouraging them to remain strong in the Lord and refuse to compromise to Satan’s temptations – no matter the consequences.  God is with us each and every step of the way.

Kathie and I have also begun to do some traveling, as our health enables us, to not only share this message, but to personally thank all of you in person who have stood by us both, writing letters and encouraging notes and cards, praying for us, and helping financially with our vast legal expenses.  Please provide me with your phone number and address if you would like us to visit you.

You can contact us through the 419 Fund (info@419fund.com) or call 540-649-1999.  You can also write us at P.O. Box 1842, Waynesboro, VA  22980.

Thank you again, for being such a wonderful Godsend to help uphold us with your prayers, encouragements, and support.  And Merry Christmas to you.

Please continue to pray for us, as we desperately need your prayers.  Pray for our pain to subside, and for opportunities to share our testimony that God is always faithful, to be prepared for the coming persecution, and never, ever to compromise the Word of God!

In His service,

 

Philip Zodhiates

New update on Lisa Miller

Update on Lisa Miller

Lisa is living a quiet life adjusting to freedom.  She has used the time since her release to decompress and center herself on the Word of God.

Her driver’s license has been renewed, and she is working for a Christian publishing company.

Lisa wants you to know that she appreciates your support, both prayerfully and financially. Even though She feels unworthy of your support, she is grateful for all of you.

You may communicate with her through info@419fund.com. She would enjoy receiving your comments, letters and best wishes.  Prayer is always needed for upcoming events.

Pray for God’s victory in the upcoming months.

Update on Lisa

Hello friends!

Here’s a little update from Lisa… It has now been 2 ½ weeks since she is free from Niagara County Jail. Although there have been many changes, she continues to say, “I don’t have any culture shock!” Of course there are still challenges, and we invite you to continue to support her in prayer.

After a late night Chinese supper on the Tuesday of her release, Lisa spent the night in New York with friends. The following day, after a quiet morning and even asking for a few plant starts from her host’s garden, the drive South began. After a leisure stop beside a nearby lake, they then traveled the remaining hours to Virginia. Her wish, when asked if she had someplace she wanted to stop along the way, was, “I’d like to go to a grocery store!”

Just a few blocks off the route, they stopped that same evening to visit Lisa’s father and his wife. It was a special gift to realize God’s timing, as Mr. Miller had plans to relocate to Tennessee in just a few days. Realizing their age and limitations, and the seeming mountain of packing and cleaning they still had to do, a return trip was made the next day to help them for a few hours. Thank the Lord for the opportunity to reconnect with family in that way, and to be of a little help.

God gave Lisa a cute little cottage in which to live: tiny, decorated in white with splashes of bright color throughout. She is having fun making her nest personal, planning meals, and making the best use of the available space. Thrift shops have been especially enjoyable, though sometimes overwhelming.

One of the top priorities is finding a job, and we would love if you could pray along with us for this. Continue to pray for her during the adjustment process and “recovery.” Pray for renewal of the mind and cleansing from the ungodly bombardment she faced daily in prison.

Legally speaking, though Lisa has completed her sentencing for the criminal case, it’s not all over. First, she has a year of supervised release with ongoing accountability, including but not limited to, travel restrictions even within the state. The civil case is still pending, with hopes for mediation. This case names numerous defendants, one of which is Lisa, as well as the men who have already served prison time.

Again thanks to all the prayer supporters.

Sincerely,

A friend for Lisa

Lisa’s Release

 

 

 

 

Lisa and Joey, Timo Miller’s wife

 

FROM PABLO YODER:

“I Will Praise Your Name”

“I will sacrifice a voluntary offering to you; I will praise your name, O Lord, for it is good. For you have rescued me from my troubles…” –Psalm 54.6, 7

A first hand report on Lisa’s release [Tuesday, May 24, 2022]:

Praise the Lord with us, our sister Lisa has been released. She walked out of Niagara County Jail at 6 pm tonight. (Written yesterday and sent to me today.) Court convened promptly at 12 noon.

After about thirty minutes of hearing comments from both sides, Judge Acara gave Lisa’s sentence as “time served,” meaning that the time she has already spent in jail is enough.

We still haven’t figured out if the prosecution, the defense, or the judge is the correct mathematician in regards to exactly how many days she should have been awarded for good behavior, and if the sum of time served and that number adds up to 18 months. It was a bit humorous to hear. However, the judge agreed with the others, yes, even the prosecution, that it’s time to “move on.”

One more smile about the day, just as court was about to be dismissed, the clerk rose and quietly reminded the judge, upon which he gave Lisa the right to appeal her sentence.

Many thanks to those who came and filled our side of the courtroom, as well as to the many who have prayed, who are and will continue to pray. (Approximately 50 to 60 brethren showed up to show their support for Lisa.)

After several hours of waiting, Lisa was transported back to the jail and then about an hour of processing before we saw her walk out the door, this time without handcuffs or shackles.

She got whisked away by friends (to avoid the media) to a lovely park.

One last thing… While we were sitting there at the park, talking and listening… All of a sudden Lisa exclaimed, “Look at the bird! ”

A robin was feeding her babies right there in the corner of the pavilion. That was significant since last year at Niagara County Jail, Lisa saw the same sight while out in the jail rec yard. God is so faithful and awesome.

Continue to pray and praise with us.

Lisa is still going to need a lot of prayer. Her adjustments, her civil case and who knows what else she might face is looming ahead of her now. And let’s not forget Isabella. And most of all, let’s not forget to praise God for answering our prayer of so many years!

Pablo

FSA 2022-23 Enrollment Has Begun

Free State Academy has successfully completed their Pilot Program, which ran from March 1 through April 29. FSA is now in the process of registering students for the 2022-23 school year.

Pilot going well

We are halfway through the Pilot Program and things are going well.

Therefore, we are gearing up for our Informational Meetings on May 3rd and 17th with open enrollment beginning May 3rd.

We anticipate a large crowd on the 3rd of May, so come early to reserve your child’s spot in the 2022-23 school year.

Many exciting things are happening with the school – fundraising events as well as scholarship opportunities.

Avenel Craft Fair in Bedford – April 16th from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Spring Fling at Second Wind Farm – April 30th

Online Auction – June 2022

There are ways you can help us succeed:

  • Volunteer to help with our events
  • Volunteer during the school year – check the website for volunteer opportunities
  • Donate items for the Auction (firearms, coinage, hunting and fishing gear, getaways, antiques, etc.). Check with merchants you frequent for a donation.

Get involved – Join the Fun!

 

 

 

 

 

God Wins!

From Linda Wall:

When I set out a year ago to stop the “Fake Marriage” Amendment, it was a bit like David going after Goliath.

The “LGBT” cult is powerful and well financed. They had spent two years working to have the Biblical definition of marriage removed from the Constitution of Virginia and replace God’s Word with their abominable definition

My mission was divided into two sections. The first nine months were spent helping defeat six democrats in the House of Delegates. Defeating the “LGBT” amendment would require that conservatives win control of the House in November 2021.

That was achieved.

The next five months of work behind the scenes with legislators ended in victory when six members of a subcommittee in the House of Delegates voted against the fake marriage amendment.

Praise God! Marriage is still one man and one woman.

Again, thank you for your support.

URGENT NEED!

Due to an unexpected emergency, we have an urgent need for one or two volunteers. Qualifications:

Must be able to work with students 6-8 years old, varied levels, preferably teaching experience in reading.

 

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through April 29, 2022, for our Pilot Program.

Language Arts in the morning and math games & History in the afternoons.

Could be split into 2 sections, if we have 2 volunteers.

We are located at Timber Ridge Baptist Church at 3234 Timber Ridge Road, Bedford, VA.

If you would like to help us with this urgent needs, email Merri at merri@freestateacademy.org.