419 Fund has received its 501(c)3 public charity status! We received the letter exempting us from federal income tax on March 20, and your donations are now tax deductible.

That’s great news for our fledgling non-profit.

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Check out our website, and join us in supporting our worthwhile Funding Opportunities.

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Appeal Date – Philip Zodhiates

April 9, 2018 is the date for Philip’s appeal at the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, New York City, NY.

Each side is allotted ten minutes for oral arguments, and then the panel has an opportunity to ask questions.  That’s not much time, but they rely very heavily on the briefs that were filed ahead of time months ago.

There are three things I would like you to do: 1) spread the word about the website, 2) pray for the people involved in the causes promoted there and 3) send postcard (link below).

Philip is facing a 3-year prison sentence for his role in the “international parental kidnapping” if the appeal goes against him. Learn more:


Please keep praying.


Janet F. Stasulli, President, 419 Fund

Philippians 4:19: “But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”



What motivates you?

Weary in Well-Doing?

(not a cat lover?)

I hope you have all had a good weekend.

I wanted to offer a brief word of encouragement as you may be feeling a bit weary, beleaguered both by personal obligations and what seems to be an unending string of horrific headlines.

Maintaining hope under such circumstances can feel like a fight. We know that our resources are insufficient to the task of perseverance in front of us. And while we understand that despair is no viable option, we may not know how to claim victory.

At such times, please do hold fast to this beautiful promise from Isaiah 40:31:

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

Let us be in prayer for one another this week and always.

Adapted from Marybeth Baggett, Professor of English, Liberty University


What will you give today?

  • a smile to someone who needs to see a friendly face?
  • a hand up to someone who needs encouragement?
  • a prayer for someone who needs a word from the Lord?
  • your time to someone who could use a friend?

In Matthew 25:40, Jesus said:

“. . . Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me.”

There are many ways to give of yourself to help a hurting, needy person.

419 Fund provides a way to give financially to help fellow Christians in a difficult spot. As you go about your day giving to others, consider a gift to one of our Funding Opportunities.


Can we out give God?

Can we out-give God? No! He owns “the cattle on a 1000 hills” (Psalm 50:10), and as I found out a couple of years ago, He also owns the ovens in 188 homes. I organized our Concerned Women for America of Virginia cookie drive, and we took 188 dozen cookies to Richmond to show our appreciation to our legislators for their service, giving out cookies to all our legislators, the pages, mail room and security guards.

Giving always provides rewards for the giver, sometimes even more than for the person receiving the gift. God does supply our needs and sometimes even the “desires of our heart.”

Two verses come to mind; the driving verse behind 419 Fund: Philippians 4:19; and Ephesians 3:20:

“Now unto Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.”

Giving brings us satisfaction in our Christian life; living for others brings many rewards. God “gives us richly all things to enjoy” (I Timothy 6:17). 2 Corinthians 9: 6-7 gives a good picture of what kind of giving pleases God the most:

“But this I say, he who sows sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he who sows bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposes in his heart, so let him give, not grudgingly, or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.”

And, it makes for a cheerful person.

Living a self-centered, self-absorbed, selfish existence makes for a lonely and oftentimes bitter person. Living a giving, sharing life makes for a healthy life overflowing with joy.

When you give, consider


2 Ways to Renew Your Mind Daily

My dad always told me that confession is good for the soul. Maybe … but it can also be very bad for the reputation. Even so, I’m risking my reputation with you by letting you in on a little secret.

Ready? Here goes.

I have an obsession … with the burners on my stove. I’m driven to keep them spotless and gleaming.

Now that I own a gas stove, this dysfunctional issue may not require therapy, but it wasn’t always this way. I once hovered over the burners on my electric range—the pans, rims, and surface beneath were all targets of my compulsion.

Now, before you put me on your prayer list, let me explain.

For the first 13 years of marriage, Phil and I lived in homes with cooktops corroded by years of careless cooking and half-hearted cleaning. I valiantly scrubbed but to no avail. I replaced old burner pans with new ones, but I was never satisfied because under those gleaming burner pans lurked the grimy gunk from decades of apathy and neglect.

Then in 1999, we moved into a 20-year-old home with a 20-year-old stove. Oh, girl, thoughts about those burners filled me with dread. They probably hadn’t been cleaned since 1979!

I had a responsibility to my obsession—I mean, my family—so I lifted the coils to inspect. When I felt the rims, the pans, and the surface beneath, I was stunned.

They were spotless! There was another woman as obsessed as I was.

Sister, I was so grateful that I ended every cooking excursion by lifting the coils to clean them. I removed pans and decontaminated underneath each time, even when I only boiled water. (Okay, maybe I should be on your prayer list!)

I’ve learned something from my obsession, though.

Keeping something clean is easier when you tend to it daily.

The same is true with our thought closets.

Our thought closets need daily attention to keep them as Christ intended.

Yep, between your pierced ears and beneath your colored hair, you have a thought closet. It is full of everything you say to yourself. And what you put in your thought closet is what you will wardrobe your life with. So, our thought closets need daily attention to keep them in the condition Christ intended.

God declares that all has become new (2 Corinthians 5:17)! That means the old, grimy gunk is gone and you are clean, renewed, and fresh.

Sometimes, though, our thought closets can get awfully cluttered. What God made “new” can become dingy and neglected. Oh, girl, when this happens, it’s easier to find ourselves struggling with self-loathing, negative attitudes, and accepting lies as truth.

So, how can we keep our thought closets new and clean? Here are two ways we can tend to them daily.

1. Talk Truth to Yourself

We must tell ourselves the truth about who we are and what we have in Christ. Scripture says that our newness comes with a beautiful life wardrobe.

We renew our minds when we speak truth about what we have in Christ.

Do you lack or have you neglected any of these “new” belongings?

If so, talk truth to yourself. Speak out loud to your soul statements that reinforce what God has given you: a new heart, a new song, a new soul, new mercies. That’s one way you can keep your thought closet new and clean.

You can learn more about keeping your thought closet clean in my free 5 Days to Healthier Self-Talk video series!

2. Wake Up Your Soul

In Psalm 57:8, David told his soul to “awake” in the midst of his failures. The Hebrew word “awake” in used 65 times in the Old Testament. It means to rouse oneself, incite, or to stir up.

Sometimes we become sleepy and apathetic toward some of our poor choices and negative attitudes. Instead of keeping our eyes open to such things, we tend to neglect careful daily cleansing. We grow accustomed to the grimy buildup that coats the surface of our souls.

When we tell our souls to “awake,” as David did, we become alert to our own grim and are amazed by God’s grace.

To stay spiritually alert, we can’t have dimly lit thought closets. There’s too much risk for dirt to gather, and it won’t ever show up if it’s too dark in there. The light must be bright.

God’s Word helps us renew our minds with Truth.

The light we need is God’s Word. When we read His Word, meditate on it, and memorize it, we flood our thought closet with truth to fight the lies.

Sister, let’s keep our thoughts closets new and clean by tending to them daily! When we do, we become the humble recipients of God’s amazing grace.

What truth from God’s Word are you going to speak out loud to yourself today?

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Opportunities to Give

Many causes are going unfunded. There are visitors to the sites, but few responses. Why?

Are we legitimate? Yes, we are a registered non-profit with the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Are our causes legitimate? Yes, they have been vetted and in some cases, have a personal connection to founder of 419 Fund.

Are the needs real? Yes, the court case is on-going – appeal to be heard in April; Bolivia trip happens next month; medical expenses and family finances for raising 9 kids go on.

Yes, we are “the new kid on the block,” reaching out to Christians with financial needs of fellow Christians.


Will Philip go to Jail?

What will you be doing in April? Enjoying the spring weather?

Philip Zodhiates’ appeal of his conviction will be heard during the week of April 8. Will he be exonerated or remain a convicted felon and face jail time?

There are 3 things you can do:

Case: Philip helped a birth mother, Lisa Miller, flee the country to save her daughter from being given to her Lesbian ex-partner by a Vermont judge. Lisa received the Lord Jesus as her Savior and denounced and left that lifestyle to raise her daughter in a Christian home.