A letter of thanksgiving from Will below. We have met our goal for intake fee, blood work and transportation. What if we continued donations so that at the end of the 12-15 month treatment period, we could buy Will a dependable used car? I would love that!!!!
Janet Stasulli, Co-Founder and President, 419 Fund
May 5, 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
As I write this letter my mind is on Christ. The Scripture that comes to mind is Proverbs 3:5-6 and Matthew 6:31-33. Being a new believer in Christ has changed my perspective so dramatically when it comes to the purpose of my life. Before my rebirth, I didn’t feel that I had a purpose and deep down in my heart was a vast emptiness that could never be filled as hard as I tried. I believe that is why most people use drugs, at least that is why I did. Through Christ I have the wisdom to understand this and also the power and strength to overcome that which is an ugly thing called addiction. Through Christ all things are possible. All the glory goes to God.
I truly feel He has given me a new life and for the first time a purpose which is a desire to serve Him. As long as I acknowledge Him in all ways, He promises to direct my paths. So first and foremost, I thank God for the opportunity to serve Him in any way I can. I don’t know how that is at the moment, but I do love and trust the Lord with all my heart, and I believe He will reveal this to me in time.
Having the chance to attend the Teen Challenge program for recovery is such a blessing and again I thank God. I also would like to thank Philip and Kathie Zodhiates for being there for me and caring enough about me to help guide me in the right direction. They are my family, and I love them so much. Then, there is Janet Stasulli who I would like to thank for helping set up the page that brought in all the donations for the intake fee to the program. I don’t know where I would have come up with the money for the program, but she provided a solution and even though I have never met her, I hope to be able to thank her in person one day. Finally, I would like to thank all the people who donated money to get me the help that I need, and to my loving family and friends who have supported me on my journey through transformation into becoming a servant of God! I hope one day that I can help someone find Christ and their purpose in life through Christ. All the glory is His! God bless!
April 26, 2020
Dear Kathie (Philip’s wife):
I’m sorry its been awhile since I last wrote. You have been on my mind quite a bit and I pray for you often. I hope you are feeling good today and not stressed or worried about anything. I myself have been doing wonderful.
I have been staying in God’s Word and trying not to let the issues of the world distract me from the main importance in life. Dad (Philip Zodhiates) and I have been studying together as usual. I love my time with him, and I wish we were there with you so you could study with us. I feel something is doing to happen soon and Phil will be out of here. God has everything under control. I trust in Him with all my heart.
I’m so excited about Teen Challenge. I’ve checked the page a few times and it seems to be coming along fast. God is good! I thank you so much for everything you do for me and I hope to make you proud.
I just want to live for Christ. Well, I’ll keep you in my prayers and on my mind. I hope to hear from you soon.
Love always and God bless!
I Thess. 1:5-6
I Thess. 2:16-17
I thought of you when I read these!
March 26, 2020 (Letter from Philip Zodhiates introducing Will Flournoy)
I am writing you this letter to specifically introduce you to Will Flournoy. Will is a fellow inmate who lives in my dorm at Ashland Federal Correctional Institute.
Last week, God miraculously, through the Holy Spirit, brought Will to a place of repentance, and he was born again. This change has been remarkable, Jesus Christ has radically changed him, and he has been genuinely redeemed by the blood of Christ.
Will is being released from prison on July 11, after having served a six-year sentence. Because of a lifetime of drug addiction, he would like to immediately enter an Adult Teen Challenge residential rehabilitation program. It is a one year to fifteen-month faith-based program, and he meets all the criteria, but doesn’t have the $3,000 entrance fee.
I would like to encourage you to help Will cover this cost. The 419 Fund will collect the funds and send them directly to Teen Challenge in Will’s city.
I am very enthused about Will’s future, as he is eagerly sharing with everyone what God has done in his life. Your investment in his future in this way will yield immense returns for the kingdom of God. Thank you for prayerfully considering this. Go to https://419fund.com/projects/philip-zodhiates/.
In His Service,
My name is William Flournoy, and for most of my life I’ve been missing something. That something is purpose. From so far back as I can remember, I felt the need to fill this void in my life but didn’t know how. Like a lot of young people, I started using drugs to help fit in and, like most people, became a slave to addiction.
It started off with marijuana and soon escalated to harder drugs like cocaine and meth. I thought the drugs would fill that void in my heart and would eventually lead to me finding purpose in what was becoming a chaotic life that I thought at the time was normal. How wrong I was!
The use of drugs eventually led to the distribution of drugs, which finally led to incarceration. Receiving an 84-month sentence was a reality check for me at the age of 31 and caused me to re-evaluate my life. But as much as you would think prison is intended to rehabilitate a person, the harsh reality is that most of the time people don’t learn their lesson and even become worse from their time in prison. I continued to use drugs in prison and kept getting in trouble, all the while thinking that I can stop on my own whenever I want and will eventually quit before I get released. How powerless I was and didn’t even realize it.
I had grown up in a somewhat religious family who made my brother and I go to Sunday school every week, but eventually I lost touch with religion because at the time I was rebellious and just went through the motions. When I’d first entered prison, I started going to the church services with some friends and attended Bible study because I felt that there was some truth to what they were telling me about Christ. I felt the need to seek some type of understanding from the Bible that so many of my friends seemed to have at the time. They would tell me what it took to be born again and with that a transformation would occur, but I was always on the fence with my belief. You can say that I had doubt like Thomas did. I couldn’t see myself giving up certain things that I did in my life that were considered a sin in the Bible – like using drugs and lusting after women.
I eventually left that prison and went to a lower custody prison, where I stopped going to church and continued to use drugs. I also continued to get in trouble because of it and eventually reached a point of desperation and found myself praying to God. I asked for him to help and promised to change my life if He would, which He miraculously did in a matter of hours. Not only did He answer my prayer, but I felt like He gave me the strength to overcome my drug addiction and felt like I knew what it would take to get out and stay out of prison.
I had this overwhelming feeling that I was experiencing that felt better than any drug I’ve ever done, and it wasn’t going away. I started hearing the Lord speak to me in everything around me and felt like He was directing me to something. Then one day, I was led to speak with a man about my new thoughts and how I was feeling. When I told this man that I couldn’t understand why I was feeling like I was high, this man said it sounded like I had the Holy Spirit working in me. This man, whom I believe is a messenger sent from God, is Philip Zodhiates.
Things started making more sense after that, and I started hearing God speak to me in so many ways. I was invited to a church service and immediately decided to go. Something was calling me to that service.
On March 15th, 2020, at the age of 37, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, came to surrender all my burdens at the foot of the cross, and repented of all my sins!
I felt the Holy Spirit pour out into my heart and soul and fill every fiber of my body. I made the decision to live my life for Christ from that day forward, and now I feel conviction in the way I have sinned my whole life. I have started hanging out with my new friend, who is my brother in Christ. He is my guardian angel. Since we’ve started spending time together, we have done lots of praying and studying together, and I feel like he is strengthening my faith through the understanding of the Bible.
He had mentioned there is a program called Teen Challenge that I would probably enjoy going to since I have no place to go when I get out. I called and talked to the intake coordinator about the program, and it sounds so awesome. It’s a 12-15-month faith-based recovery program and I meet all the requirements – except I am going to have some trouble coming up with the $2,500 intake fee that is needed upon arrival. I would be grateful for any help I can get. Thank you!