Philip’s Final Letter from Prison

March 14, 2021
Sunday, day 832

Dear friends:

Janet Stasulli at 419Fund.com wanted me to write an update specifically for those who have followed my case on her website and graciously prayed for Kathie, my family and me as well as contributed toward my legal expenses. My family and I would like to thank especially Janet Stasulli, whom I did not even know previously, for being such a blessing and coming alongside of us – – especially Kathie – – during these past 2 1/2 years.

And thank you, for your prayers, letters, cards, and financial support. Thank Michael Erkel for your weekly and now daily letters I can always count on, and those of you who have written monthly. Thank you lifesitenews.com, Lamplighter Publications, and Lighthouse Trails Publishing for the publicity you have provided, which has resulted in many encouraging letters.

Kathie, William, and Josiah have been so faithful and held together the home front filing taxes, enduring and beating an IRS audit, paying bills, keeping Response Unlimited going and dealing with tragedies (such as my mom‘s death), and emergencies without me by their side. Kathie especially, who has been amazingly enduring for one who hates to be alone.

It seems that next week in less than 7 days (March 26, to be exact), I’ll be walking out the front door where I self-surrendered at 2:00 PM on December 5, 2018. Kathie, William and Josiah will be picking me up and driving me to Lebanon Community Correctional Center in Lebanon, Virginia where I must check in by 2:00 PM. It will be up to those there whether I will stay, or whether I will go to home detention. Please pray!! My sentence ends completely on June 24, 2021, and then I will still be on “probation” for 1 year.

I know little if anything about what is going on with the civil suit, other than Lisa Miller‘s surrender to authorities, and Isabella Miller’s release of all defendants, has put the plaintiff’s lawyers suddenly on the defensive. They suspended all depositions at least temporarily. But I have been receiving no updates at all.

Judge Arcara has yet to rule on my motion “to vacate due to insufficient counsel” (2255), even though it has been eight months since the last responses have been filed. This has been surprising in a way, since the statute is so clear that no laws were broken as I truly believed Isabella was a victim of abuse during mandatory visitations. I am still praying for complete vindication.

I have so much to be grateful and thankful for. God has kept us in life and has not allowed our feet to slip. For He has tried us, He has refined us as silver is refined. He did bring me into the prison; and did lay an oppressive burden upon our loins . . . we went through fire and through water; yet He is bringing us now into a place of abundance . . .  certainly, God has heard; He has given heed to the voice of our prayer. Blessed be God who has not turned away our prayer, nor His loving kindness from us (adapted from Psalm 66:9-12, 19-20)!

Please don’t forget to be praying at 2 o’clock on Friday, March 26!

In HIS Service,
Philip

A Different World

March 7, 2021

Dear Brethren and Friends,

Greetings in the name of the Lord who prepares us for “Putting on the Full Armor” in order to be prepared for battle. This morning while sitting in my cage of a room here at NCCF (Niagara County Jail) I was blessed to be able to listen to a sermon (several actually 😊). One particular pastor was teaching from Ephesians 6:10-24 and I happened upon it while he was expounding on verse 18. I ask y’all to please pray verses 19-20 for me as I continue to reside where He places me. He knows the plans for my life and I place my life in His hands.

In the past, I’ve heard people say that jail/prison is a different world. Now that I live in this “world,” I would say that rather than this environment being a “different world,” it is just a more concentrated version of the world we all live in. “The harvest is white.” My heart is deeply saddened when I hear women tell me their stories of living on the streets “living in” so they have something to eat, giving away their children and other such experiences or putting their pleasure above their children’s welfare and more. I heard these stories at FDC (Federal Detention Center, Miami, FL) and I hear them also here at NCCF.

Please pray for me as I pray for wisdom and boldness in knowing What to say, When to say it and How to say it with Whom God send my way. THANK YOU!

“Cage of a room?” Ever been to a zoo? Well . . . that is how it is at NCCF. My room is an approximately 9×6 foot 3-sided metal with a 4th side being bars attached to metal cage. Sides open electronically at the touch of a CO’s command. A 2 ½ foot wide door cut out of the barred front. Each cell is equipped with a toilet (out in the open), a sink with a push button cold H2O faucet, a metal bed with a green plastic covered loose foam mattress, a 2×1 foot metal shelf attached to the wall and a metal shelf that runs the length of the back wall. What makes it even more zoo-like is that our row of 16 cells is completely surrounded by a cage of bars which allows us approximately 10 feet of floor space to socialize with the other inmate, but only with a select few because the back 5 of the row of cells are separated from the others by yet another fence of bars. This is supposedly for population control – fewer mingling girls, fewer noxious disagreements. Hmm . . . now you know the reason behind the zoos keeping all the different breeds of tigers apart 😊.

Since I’m in quarantine, I’m only allowed out of my locked cage ☹ for a one 15-minute shower, one 15-minute phone call, and one 15-minute commissary placement order per day. Otherwise, out of quarantine I would be basically permitted roaming privileges for the majority of my daylight hours. In addition, once I’m out of quarantine, I am permitted outside one hour per day. Yes! I’ve been told outside in a fenced in yard; very unlike FDC’s “outside,” which was a 4-walled room with the exception of a small section WAY up high fenced window of sorts running on the one outside wall. Other than the outside time, we are only off our caged-in unit for court, medical calls and face-time calls.

The first week of quarantine I spent trying my hand at a crossword puzzle book that my neighbor gave me (bless her!). Admittedly, I found myself looking up some answers (after all I’ve been out of touch for 11 years 😊), but overall, I found myself being able to answer more and then even move clues. Maybe I won’t get Alzheimer’s after all! (I’ve been accused of being a candidate for it because my memory can sometimes be likened unto a sieve).  Also, I was able to read a few books.

Unfortunately, it is very noisy in here – TV’s (one on each end of our row) on 15+ hours each day, girls shouting entire conversations, cell to cell, and the ever present very echoing “Male on board” or “Male staff” call. “I am grateful for that call so I can be sure to maintain modest. So far, I haven’t had to call out “Wait!” but I will if I need to!) We also have CO’s making “rounds” every 15 minutes to ensure our safety.

It’s called a round because our row of cells back up to the other row of cells so the COs are literally walking around a block of caged in caged cells.

For this second week of quarantine, I have been blessed with not one but two “doctrinal” books (thank you!!) to scour about God. God sure knows how to treat me. Matthew 7:11: “So if you, despite being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” He provided through a complete stranger a book that both my daughter and I have wanted to read for years and the other book is one whose author I have been interested in hearing but had not been able to obtain any of his “sermons.”  God knew that I needed to read those two authors “here” instead of “there.”

God gave me gifts (through y’all!) too at FDC: a beautiful study Bible, an awesome drawing of a bison with a well-chosen scripture written under it, photos of precious families, widows and single ladies who are praying for me; pretty calligraphy pictures and verses, copies of songs lyrics, cute duck (and other pictures) photo and verse cards, and scads of encouraging scriptures, poems, quotes and sermon notes, articles and stories within stacks of encouraging letters. Oh my! Thank you! Thank you! It’s wonderful to be a part of a Christian community who bears one another burdens.

(Please, whoever sent me the “farmer” story, please send it again. I copied that one several times for inmates at FDC. I hope that whoever is reading it now 😊 is blessed by the farmer’s message!)

I’ll close with some notes from my first every sermon that I heard in jail (I bought a radio). I have been told that there are not any Christian services here. I hope the thoughts “spur you on to be zealous” for Him as they have done for me:

  • A recent Gallop Poll reported that the Bible is the least read best seller. How sad! How are we to know Jesus if we don’t read?
  • Jesus wept. Why? Unbelief, John 11:40,42

And finally, a chorus from a song I heard after another sermon: “If I’m going to be known for something, I want to be known for you” (Jesus).

Again, please pray for me.

“Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from ‘God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen” (Ephesians 6:23-24).

Thank you for helping me put on the full armor of God.

Serving Him,

Lisa Miller #149005A

P.O. Box 496

Lockport, NY 14095

 

 

March 5, 2021 Update from Lisa Miller

Lisa’s address:

Lisa Miller #149005A

Niagara County Jail

5526 Niagara Street Ext

P.O. Box 496

Lockport, NY 14095

 

Regulations:

  • Do not use stick-on address labels
  • Do not send cards with glitter
  • Do not write in any ink color black or blue – no “colored” pencil
  • White paper
  • Check the website for other particulars:

https://www.jailexchange.com/city-and-county-jails/new-york/niagara-county/niagara-county-jail/mail-an-inmate

 

March 5, 2021 – 4th Update

Dear Brethren and Friends,

Greetings from the 3rd day at Niagara Correctional Center in Buffalo, NY (NCCF) in the name of the Savior WHO is above all names.

At 10:55 p.m., 5 minutes before lights out, on Wednesday February 24, 2021, a guard tapped on the tall skinny window of my locked from the outside door to tell me that at 4:30 a.m. the US Marshals would pick me up for transport and that I should pack all my personal property.  He then told me to get some sleep. All I’ll say is that packing in the dark should be considered an art! 😊

4:30 a.m. met me with a CO’s face peering into my still dark room as he was unlocking my door. I grabbed my laundry bag of my personal property and followed the CO downstairs to R&DC (receiving and delivery) to begin the process of leaving Federal Detention Center, Miami, FL (FDC). After my property was inventoried, my body searched for contraband, my greens changed for grays, I was finally ready to step “outside” of the FDC to meet the Marshals in the tunnel connecting FDC to the Marshals’ headquarters. Here (tunnel) they shackled my hands and took me to a holding cell to await the arrival of 2 more Marshals. Of course, I knew nothing until it actually occurred, so, I used all my waiting times wisely with praying and singing.

I was transported to the Florida airport and was treated to not 1, but 2 American Airline flights complete with shackles (around my waist) hidden beneath my gray sweatshirt and handcuffs covered with a black t-shirt draped over and tucked behind my hands. Needless to say, I’m sure I looked conspicuous while traveling in gray sweatpants, a raveling long sleeved beige thermal peering out from under a 2 sizes too big gray sweatshirt with dark brown socks glaring beneath my muted pink slip-on showers shows not to mention my disheveled long braided hair trailing behind with hair sticking out like the Flying Nun due to the pat down before we left the holding cell area. So, the next time you fly and you see someone in grays with plastic slip-on shower shoes without her (his) hands visible flanked between two “normal” looking people, that person may just be a PRISONER. 😊

Yesterday, I had my arraignment via Zoom. I pled “NOT GUILTY” to a two-count indictment with Count One being “conspiracy” carrying a possible 5-year jail term without a fee penalty and Count Two being “International Parental Kidnapping” carrying a possible 3-year jail term with a fee penalty.

Jesus said through Paul in I Corinthians 6:1: “Does any one of you, when he has a case against his neighbor, dare to go to law before the unrighteous and not before the saints?” In addition, Jesus Himself was reviled and falsely accused, yet he remained silent. Furthermore, we as Christ followers are promised suffering and persecution in our lives (Matthew 5:10-11; Philippians 1:29; 2:3-8, 14-17). Who am I to be above the law?

Consequently . . . here I sit dressed in clothes two sizes too big in a locked 24/7 quarantine cell, once again without “personal property.” The US Marshals here in NY even took my personal mail, including all my addresses, emails, lawyer information and legal mail. Thankfully, I had memorized one of my attorney’s phone number.

Overall, God is STILL supplying my needs and letting me know that He is here with me:

  • A comfortable ride from FDC to NCCF
  • Tator tots for my first meal at NCCF
  • Having a NT Bible available while I was in a NCCF isolation cell waiting to be taken to quarantine (the CO was very doubtful that there was one down in that area but said she’d look for me anyway. When she returned, she said, “You’re in luck!” Luck? Nope, Providence!)
  • And the next day was just icing on the cake: the lady in the cell next to me asked me, “So, you’re a Christian?” I replied with just one word, “Yes.” I then saw an arm sticking out with a small book in her hand and I heard, “Here. Please don’t do anything to it.” (Earlier that same day, she had made it clear to the girls that she doesn’t lend out anything anymore.) “I won’t . . .,” I answered. The book? A Christian one! What a double blessing – double because since we’re not permitted books from the book cart (due to possible spreading COVID) while we are in quarantine, only books sent in from the outside or books already in the quarantine area (which total really old ones) are permitted, I didn’t have anything other than reading my Bible (which I was 😊) and now I have not only that book but it is a “doctrinal” book as well.

I take comfort in the fact that “All things work together for good to those who love the Lord and who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28) T.D. Jakes says (NO, I am not promoting his books.), “You don’t become frustrated or overwhelmed by those things you can’t pray away, rebuke away, cast away, fast away, confess away, or speak away. Why? Because you know that if its in your life, God has allowed it and He wants to use it (since it’s there) to transform you into the express image of Christ.” (Jakes, Why? Page 74) This quote brings me full circle to “for just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant in Christ.”

I want to thank all who have been writing me. Unfortunately, the Marshals did not permit me to take any of my personal property, which included photos, opened mail, 40 letters that were addressed just waiting for stamps and mail which I had just received and had not been able to sufficiently read (one was a stack of letters via priority mail and another one was a beautiful hand drawn picture of a bison ☹☹). I am so disappointed about the loss of my mail; especially the 40 or so that went unmailed and addresses. Please forgive me if you don’t receive a reply from me. My desire is to recover that loss . . . however, I’m STILL waiting for my book bag from January 27th full of clothes, candy (😊), Bible (the first one they wouldn’t let me have), and medical information to be delivered to the address I gave the Marshall who asked for that address.

My understanding is that I’ll stay here at NCCF until my trial; however, the Feds can move me wherever they want in the name of “diesel therapy.”* Regardless, I’m confident that God won’t give me any more than I can handle.  “A bright new day dawns after dark night” (Jakes).

I’ll close with what I said to the US Marshal who was sitting next to me on the last leg of my American Airlines journey: “I’m excited to see what God has for me. (pause) Anticipating His Will makes these chains lighter.”

Serving Him,

Lisa Miller

*Wikipedia: “Diesel therapy” is a form of punishment in which prisoners are shackled and then transported for days or weeks. It has been described as “the cruelest aspect of being a federal inmate.” It has been alleged that some inmates are deliberately sent to incorrect destinations as an exercise of diesel therapy.

March 9, 2021 Letter from Lisa Miller

February 21, 2021 Update

Dear Brethren and Friends,

Greetings to all of you in the name of our Lord who knows all things. Today is the “Lord’s Day” and I find that I am experiencing it quite differently than I have in the past. Typically, Sunday is media- and technology-free (with the exception of viewing or listening to a sermon) and it is a day of quiet rest. As you can imagine, it is not quiet here and unfortunately there are no services for “Christians.” In fact, I was told that this detention center does not even have a regular pastor or any type of ministry for “Christians,” Catholics and Jews, yes, but Christians, no. Even the anticipated Bible study (see last update) fell through. Nevertheless, I will use my lock down time wisely, especially since I now have an “Annotated Reference Bible, which is allowing me to study God’s Word more in depth. I will also resist the temptation to check my email. (Oh! The pull is strong because this is the first time in 11 years when I can go to a computer that has instant connection to email. It’s like a child in a candy shop!)  Confession: I did check email today . . . next Sunday I hope to remember to resist that temptation!

Again, I want to thank all of you who have been writing to me. Your letters have been a witness to others; allowing me to testify to the Truth that “Yes, there are unified bodies of Christ followers living and breathing on our earth.” What a joy it is for me to tell those inmates who ask “Why you got so much mail” . . . “We’ve been here longer than you and you get more mail than us. Why?” My mail comes from complete strangers and that those “strangers” are actually brothers and sisters in Christ, which makes us family in Christ.

When one suffers, we all suffer; therefore, I thank you for following Christ’s mandate to “visit those in prison.” Jesus’ words in Matthew 25:31-46 is one of my most favorite admonitions of His and now that I’m living a life in prison, I can better understand the significance of His admonition especially as it relates to showing His glory; “so that they may know from the rising of the sun to its setting that there is a none beside Me . . . (Isaiah 45:6a). Because you are obeying Jesus, I am able to witness more effectively with cold hard facts: Bless you!!

Life on the floor is measured in segments. We’re locked down about 20 hours each day. There is a 10:00 a.m., 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. stand up count where the officers walk by our locked doors to check to see if we’re still alive. Meals are served roughly on time. After my door is unlocked, I line up on the main floor, take my tray, walk back to my room, scoop out any food I want and put it in my plastic container “bowl,” then walk back downstairs to bang my tray against the inside of the trash can in order to empty it of any unwanted food before returning to eat. I must say that in my room, I do contribute food to support the saying, “There are starving children in China, which could eat that.” Unfortunately, prison food is not conducive to my food allegories. I try my best to stay away from the 4 deadly whites, but that’s next to impossible here. The one food item that I do look forward to is tater tots. The first time I saw them on my tray, my Bunkie thought I’d gone crazy. It’s been 11 years since my taste buds savored those little bundles of processed shredded potatoes and I admit that I continue to look for them every mealtime.

Other than those tots, I only crave the fresh no mayo chicken salad (unfortunately, it’s a rare food item in here). I am grateful to be fed and I’m sure that many of my fellow inmates are eating way better than if they were “out on the streets” (lingo for life outside prison). Even though I miss cooking for and eating with Isabela, it is a treat to go to a “restaurant” every day.” 😊

I’m still waiting for a pack out (lingo for being transferred to your final destination upon being sentenced or for trial). According to the new laws, we as inmates are not permitted to know when a pack out will occur. We had anticipated that we would know roughly the date because we are supposed to have a COVID test and be quarantined for 2 weeks prior to transport, but that is not always the case (recently, two inmates were moved without those requirements being met). I do know (at least that’s what the Marshalls told me) that I will go to the Oklahoma Detention Center (not sure which one) to await another pack out to my designated prison in Buffalo, NY (for trial).

As far as I know there is no new information regarding either my criminal case or any civil case. I’m waiting on the Lord. In the meantime, I’m trying to serve Him where I am by “running in the path of God’s commands (Psalm 119) and by stay[ing] and strong in service to the Lord (David Malbuff).

In His Service,

Lisa Miller

I Corinthians 9:19

March 2, 2021 – Lisa Miller

February 16, 2021

Dear Brethren and Friends,

Greetings from the Florida Detention Center in Miami in the name of our Savior WHO is able to do above and beyond all that we can even imagine! Thank you for all the letters, which I have received while in quarantine and thank you for your prayers. It is such a blessing to read your encouragements while in a place such as this. Thank you!

As I’m writing this update, I am sitting on the top bunk amidst a stack of books (classics, biographies and “Christian” prison stories) and gifts from some of the inmates. I was released from quarantine with cheering from the ladies of the SHU, their smiling faces pressed against the small narrow windows of their locked doors.

As soon as I arrived on the floor, I was snatched up as a roommate (later she told me that I looked “calm.” I felt that it was “the peace that passeth all understanding” – thanks be to God). Once I made my bed (w/two flat sheets 😊) my cell neighbor greeted me with a cup of hot coffee in a large clear plastic mug, which was her gift to me (we must buy our own eating and drinking implements as well as soap, shampoo and other daily hygiene items).

Next a gaggle of women, masked and w/bright sparkling eyes, showed up at my door with not one, but three bags of supplies and goodies – from a pair of sweatpants (there are no dresses in here) to mac-n-cheese. Then they announced that there would be a Bible study starting on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I think I’ll check it out. It’s TRUE – “My God shall supply my every need.”

As I am writing this, more ladies keep popping in to give me needed items, a brush, a toothbrush (I never thought I’d be excited to get a gift of a full-size toothbrush, but I am!) and other such items. One woman even gave me her in progress word search and a full-size pencil with eraser (goodbye 2” putt putt gold pencil and plastic shower “eraser” – try it, it really works). God’s provisions keep coming! I have a new appreciation for the little items in life – such as a hairbrush (it’s been 21 days since I either combed or brushed my hair).

Since I’ve already slipped off the bunk bed ladder and landed bottom down while trying to descend from my high perch, we rigged up a system for my descent. I step down on the counter, which is directly next to the bed and I then step down on a black hard plastic topped clothes container before both of my feet hit the floor. I’ll let you know next time how that really works!

It’s lockdown for the night and it’s relatively quiet. My Bunkie (jail lingo for roommate) is reading and I can hear only a slight murmuring from next door and some slightly louder crackling from who knows where. Our floor (lingo for unit) has two tiers of rooms (cells, but nobody calls them “cells”) in a hard C © on both levels with the offices and activity rooms (for example, computer, chapel, which is kept closed ☹, offices, door to the outside hallway) on the side, which closes the hard “C.” Our telephones, the old fashioned telephone push button kinds, are clustered four on the bottom floor and 2 right next to my room. The TVs (3-2 in English, 1 in Spanish) are secured high on the main floor with bolted concrete tables and stumps of chairs scattered throughout the floor so people can put in their MP3 player earbuds to sit down and listen to whatever is playing.

 

The showers are in the hallway between cells (4 ustairs, 4 downstairs) and are those camp style swinging doors, open at the top and at the bottom. The only saving grace is that the shower head is about 4 ½ feet (recessed in the wall) opposite the door, which give some privacy while showering.

I’ll close with the words written on the two yellow stickies that were attached with the gifts received from those bright-eyed fellow inmates:

(Sticky 1): “God loves you SO MUCH. James 5:16: ‘The prayers of a righteous person has great power as it is working.’ Deuteronomy 30:29 [29:29]: ‘The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever that he may follow all the words of this law.’”

 

(Sticky 2): “Psalm 23, 91, 103, 110”

Please pray that I will be a worth servant of the Lord as “I travel through this Pilgrim land.”

Serving Him,

Lisa Miller

I Corinthians 9:19

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