DAY 365 HAS COME AND GONE!
Here is Philip's Thanksgiving Letter:
Dear Praying Partners,
It seems unreal to me that the one-year mark of my being in prison will be here in about two weeks. Thanks to your faithful prayers, God continues to sustain me and Kathie and answer prayers.
The day my cell mate, JB, left for a prison camp in October, I was able to secure permission from the unit counselor to move to the bottom bunk for which I was so grateful to the Lord! I then received permission to use both sleeping mats on my bunk until the time I got a new cellmate.
Frankly, I had gotten very comfortable in my isolation, even though I've read Proverbs 18:1 many, many times: "He who separates himself seeks his own desire, he quarrels against all sound wisdom." I soon began to realize I was being selfish.
Meanwhile, a friend here in prison who is a new believer and faithfully comes to the Bible study I teach on Saturday gave me a copy of the book, "The Purpose Driven Life," which frankly reiterated the conviction God put in my heart of being selfish.
And so, last Sunday and Monday I began to pray, "Lord, I am sorry for being selfish. If there is someone you would have me to minister to, I trust you to bring just the right person to share my cell with.” He arrived the next afternoon -- a very quick answer to prayer, but an answer I'm certain.
God quickly enabled me to establish a rapport with MM. And soon our discussions began to revolve around my faith in the Lord. MM has used his best arguments on me, but God has provided me wisdom to respond from His word. The amazing thing is on Thursday, MM found out from the unit counselor he should have been sent to a medium level facility, and his coming here was a mistake on the BOP's part. A mistake they would overlook as long as he did not get into trouble. Once again I told him something, I've already said several times to him -- "God has you here for a purpose, just as He has me here for a purpose."
Over the weekend, MM tested his best arguments on me questioning that Christ is the only way to salvation, and I was able to provide some specific Scriptures that dealt with his arguments. A little later in the day as he was leaving the cell he said, "God must have put you here for a purpose. I have been using that argument I gave you most of my life, but nobody has ever been able to open the Bible and answer me." All I could think was, praise the Lord!
MM has been faithful in coming most nights to our unit prayer circle and has told me he's trying to give up cursing. I told him God would help with that if he would accept Christ into his heart. Please pray he will make this decision to accept Christ as his Lord and Savior.
On the legal front, I have still heard nothing pertaining to my motion to Judge Arcara to vacate my sentence due to the fact there was an affirmative defense for "violent abuse." The government responded back in late summer acknowledging the affirmative defense in the statute, but making a case that the abuse couldn't be proven so it didn't matter. I responded to Judge Arcara citing a case demonstrating that the abuse need not be proven, but rather it merely provides a reasonable basis for motive.
Then, last week, thanks to the diligence of a paralegal here in prison who has been trying to assist me, I filed a supplement to that motion providing still more case precedence. It was another International Parental Kidnapping case where the conviction was vacated by the sentencing judge, and his decision upheld in the 2nd Federal Circuit Court because the judge at the time of trial refused to define "violent abuse" to the jury, something the Department of Justice clearly defines as "a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behavior that intimidate, manipulate, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone." Clearly Isabella's alleged abuse fits this description!
So please continue to pray my sentence is vacated, which should, in all likelihood, also help with my defense in the upcoming civil trial against me sometime next year.
Your prayers mean so much for us. You can't imagine how it lifts our spirits when someone comes up to Kathie, drops by the house, or writes one of us that they pray for us every day. Often these are people we haven't seen or heard from in years!
I praise God and thank Him for you each and every day. And we are also so grateful for the way so many have generously donated to defray our legal expense as they continue to mount.
I thank God for you in my prayers and wanted you to know how grateful Kathie and I are.
God bless you this Thanksgiving!
In His service,
Although this is Day 334 with 762 remaining on Philip's sentence, here is Philip's blog entry from Day 134. I hope this will encourage you in your walk with the Lord:
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 -
Yesterday, I went to visit my “case manager” about applying for presidential clemency. I learned that she had become very familiar with my case. Surprisingly, I discovered that as of right now, my scheduled release date was July 15, 2021, which is almost 5 months earlier than my sentence. This was discovered by looking at my sentencing report, which also said I was non-violent. After getting the paperwork needed for the clemency request I left and began to review the form she gave me. This created more questions in my mind, which I planned to go back and ask about.
However, a week or so ago, I received an email from the prison describing the requirements for a new program to release seniors (60+ years) who were likely not recidivism risks. To qualify, you have to be 60, with no prior history of felonies, a non-violent offender, and already have served two-thirds of your term. So when I asked her about the questions on the commutation from, I also asked about that program. She actually had a sheet of all the inmates in the prison who will eventually qualify, and I was on it! She started out by stating, “but you don’t qualify.” Pressing her, she said, “well it’s because you have not served two-thirds of your term.” She actually had the date when I will qualify, and it is early November of next year. That was really good news! There are other programs for which I may also qualify for an earlier release.
I recognize, however, that I will be released whenever God wants me released. No sooner, no later. This morning I read again the words God had given to Isaiah (Isaiah 41:10-13):
10 "Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
11 “Behold, all those who are angered at you will be shamed and dishonored; Those who contend with you will be as nothing and will perish.
12 “You will seek those who quarrel with you, but will not find them, Those who war with you will be as nothing and non-existent.
13 “For I am the LORD your God, who upholds your right hand, Who says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.’"
This reminded me of an article I had just read about the liberal non-profit organization that had brought the two lawsuits against me, my company, my daughter and others, entitled: “Southern Poverty Law Center in tatters. Credibility as last word on hate takes hit with bias, harassment claims” (https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/apr/3/tom-cotton-calls-irs-investigate-southern-poverty-/).
I have been praying for salvation for all of these people, as I am to bless my enemies.
On Monday, when Kathie had come to see me, I had just told her I had told the Lord that if God wants to spend three whole years here, I’m willing to do so. And the next day I find out I’ll be home in 18 and a half months. Praise the Lord! This morning, I also read Isaiah 43:1-3, a scripture Lucille at Advancing Native Missions prays each night over me. “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have redeemed you; I have called you by my name; you are Mine! When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, nor will flame burn you.”
I can truly say, praise the Lord, that this prayer has been met in more ways imaginable!
August 21, 2019
Wednesday, Day 260
Dear Praying Friend,
259 days after meeting “C” for the first time, he is moving on. I’m both sad to see my good friend and mutual encourager leaving, but I’m very happy for him at the same time. I guess it’s what you call bittersweet.
By this time on Friday, he’ll be at his new place of incarceration, a prison camp in Indiana not too far from where he lived in Indianapolis. I’m hoping some of his family members will be able to visit him.
“C” and I have spent many hours studying God’s Word together and praying, talking about his life potential and what his new life might be like when he’s finally released from prison. I keep telling him God’s got big plans for him!
“C’s” been a huge encouragement to me, as well. He’s got a very big heart, and the tough demeanor has been rapidly disappearing and replaced with someone who just wants to obey and honor God. His old habits and ways are completely gone. The once appropriate adjectives of “gangster” and “street thug” must now most certainly be preceded by the word “former!” He is a living and breathing testimony of what God can do with a truly contrite and repentant heart.
“C” just told me tonight that when he was locked up this time, five years ago, he thought he’d never have the opportunity to go to camp. But God has worked all that out, and he sees this (and the furlough to get there on his own recognizance) as God’s faithful provision and testing. And after telling me for months that nothing in the new law, the FIRST STEP Act, likely would apply to him, he admitted to me tonight that there’s a very good chance with the way laws stand now he could be free in less than four years – half the time he’s been expecting!
I would like to encourage you, if the Lord leads you, to write a note of encouragement or even a letter to “C.” It may be difficult for him to write you back, so please don’t necessarily expect a response back. If there is a good Christian paperback book (no novels) you think he might like, send it to him in a plain white envelope or from Amazon (hardcover is okay from Amazon). He especially likes good books which help him in his Christian growth. Your paper and envelopes must be white, and only black or blue ink. He just last month got his GED, for which he’s very thrilled.
“C” is 47 years old, and has never married but has grown children. Right now he’s planning on starting a food truck when he gets out, as he just loves to cook (he makes an awesome prison cheesecake!).
And there’s just one more thing. “C” has a real desire to live a pure and holy life before the Lord. So he would really like to get married and is praying for that. And so he gave me permission to put the word out for any eligible ladies to contact him. And so his photo is here, along with me, taken about two weeks ago. I’ve written much about “C” in past journals.
I’ve told “C” about my friend and former prayer partner for a number of years, who I met in the 1980s, Scott. Scott had been a high priest in the satanic “church.” He was in prison in Oregon, I believe. He was also wanted in a number of other states. A Christian lady in Virginia began to write him, and sent him a Bible. Scott was using the pages of the Bible to roll dope in, but began to read it, and God saved his soul while in prison. Not long after that, he was suddenly released from prison, which if I recall correctly, was a clerical mistake – definitely a fluke (God-ordained)! Scott, being a new creature in Christ, ended up turning himself into the authorities (I believe in five other states), but not one of them could find any records on him. He ended up marrying the woman who’d written him and had sent him the Bible, and they’re still married 30 years later. If you met Scott today, you’d have no idea of the life he led before he met Christ.
And so, “C,” too, will be available in a few years, if you know of any Christian women (only!) who may be interested in corresponding with “C” with the potential of something more – a lifelong marriage – let them know and ask them to write!
And no, I never thought I’d be playing matchmaker when I came to prison!
You can contact “C” as follows:
Mr. Christopher Adams
P.O. Box 33
Terre Haute, IN 47808
Thank you once again for all your prayers, letters, and financial support. Each one of you are such a blessing and encouragement to me. I wish I had access to a laptop or computer so I could write you individually, but there are so many and I only have a pen and paper and very few contacts I can access through the prison email system. But I thank God for you each and every day and pray for you! God is not finished!
In His Service,
Short version: Philip is in prison for giving a ride to Lisa and Isabella Miller from Lynchburg, Virginia to Buffalo, New York!
Lisa was in a lesbian relationship, got a civil union in Vermont, had Isabella in Virginia, got gloriously saved, dissolved the civil union. Janet Jenkins filed in Vermont for parental rights and visitation. Judge granted both, although a Virginia judge had declared Lisa Isabella's only mother.
Lisa allowed the visitation for a while, but discovered Isabella was being sexually abused. After years in the court system (from 2004 - 2016), Lisa had no choice but to flee the country to save her daughter from the abuse by Janet Jenkins and the court system.
The sexual abuse was never allowed to be presented in court; thus, Philip was convicted of Aiding International Parental Kidnapping. Mind you, Lisa had full custody of her daughter and their passports, and she was under NO travel restrictions.
NO CRIME WAS COMMITTED!
June 30, 2019
Sunday, Day 208
“Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they shall be granted you” – Jesus, in Mark 11:24.
After visiting with Kathie, William and Josiah today, they encouraged me to write you to pray with me earnestly for my immediate release come August.
Earlier in June, as a result of the recently enacted First Step Act, I sent a motion to my sentencing judge pro se to request him to vacate or re-sentence me based on two reasons.
First, there was an “affirmative defense” included in the law under which I was prosecuted which allowed for a parent to remove a child when there was an incidence of abuse. This means I should never have been convicted based on the merits of the law.
Secondly, affidavits verifying evidence of such abuse had come into my hands within several months of coming to prison, which I have subsequently forwarded to Judge Arcara.
This past week, Judge Arcara requested a response to my motion to vacate or resentence base on my motion to the U.S. government. The prosecution has until August 3 to respond.
Keep in mind that the alleged abuse of Isabella Miller was never brought out in my nearly two-week trial. The jury only heard it alluded to in passing perhaps one time, but it would have been easily missed. Many of the hundreds of people who wrote Judge Arcara prior to my sentencing alluded to it, however, as did I at the day of my sentencing. This judge, from what I was told, has never allowed anyone convicted in his courtroom, in approximately 30 years, to go free on bail pending appeal. The probation officer was asking for an eight-year prison sentence and a $50,000 fine.
But on the day of the sentencing, it was very evident God had moved on his heart. My sentence was three years (the minimum), and the fine a mere $200. He several times mentioned the hundreds of letters and the fact that he had read many, if not most of them, twice. Then, on the next day, he allowed Timo Miller, my co-defendant who had already served eight months in prison, to go free at his sentencing, rather than making him serve more time. He then explained to Buffalo News in an interview something to the effect that we were good people who got caught up in something we shouldn’t have.
In light of my motion, and these two issues I’ve brought to his attention, please pray with our family diligently that God will indeed speak to his heart once again, and send me home in August. I will be in my eighth month of incarceration.
Pray that he will recognize the injustice of my case, which would have never happened had it not been for the political nature of it. I am asking God to speak to his heart and that he will heed God’s nudge to say, enough is enough.
I do not regret this opportunity to spend these months in prison. I believe God has used it in my life and others. Has it been easy? No. Was it as bad as I expected? No. Am I glad for the experience? Yes. Did I learn a lot from the experience? Yes. Would I have chosen to go through it in hindsight? Ask me in a year or two or three. Has God used it to His glory? I believe so, particularly if it encourages others to stand firm for Christ and not cower in the face of persecution.
Please pray with me and believe in faith, that God will once again touch the heart of Judge Arcara, and not just vacate my sentence, but also dismiss the criminal charges against Lisa Miller, who certainly does not deserve to be a fugitive.
Thank you so much for your many prayers and support up until this point. God has been moving. Two weeks ago, a judge in the western district of Virginia threw out the lawsuit against us filed by Janet Jenkins. Judge Arcara’s favorable ruling at this time would definitely assist in aiding us in winning the civil lawsuit filed against us by Janet Jenkins in Vermont.
I know that my God is mightier than all the lawyers of the Southern Poverty Law Center combined. In Him alone there is victory!
Please pray with us diligently over the course of the next month for Judge Arcara to allow me to go home in August.
In His Service,
P.S. Many more pages of my daily journal have been posted at www.romanseight28.com.
4/9/2019 - Philip and his wife are still facing a civil suit filed by Janet Jenkins for Philip's actions in keeping her from her "daughter." There will be more attorneys' fees. No Christian should be treated this way!
SUPREME COURT DENIED PHILIP'S REQUEST; Read briefs here:
https://tinyurl.com/y4ert7hv - Foundation for Moral Law
https://tinyurl.com/y6qudex8 - Downsize DC Foundation, et al.
https://tinyurl.com/y3hu86u3 - Religious Freedom Coalition
Philip has been leading a Bible Study and several inmates have gotten saved - even two inmates from the Staunton/Waynesboro, VA area have gotten saved.
He has been receiving our letters and is so encouraged by them. Kathie has been receiving our cards, and is so thankful for them.
Kathie and other family members have been able to go see Philip. At this particular facility, hugging and kissing are allowed! If he were at Petersburg, VA, there would be a glass barrier between Philip and his visitors.
January 12, 2019
Supreme Court denied stay of sentence while his attorneys prepare the appeal to the Supreme Court.
December 5, 2018
Philip surrendered to prison today in Ashland, KY.
October 12, 2018
A High Profile Conservative who has managed millions of addresses for dozens of large conservative and evangelical organizations for the past 37 years, just lost his final appeal in appellate court, now petitions Supreme Court, in case of driving former lesbian mother across state lines.
Late this week the Second Circuit Federal Court of Appeals in New York City denied a request by high profile conservative Philip Zodhiates for a rehearing as well as a hearing en banc on his case of driving a former lesbian mother and her child across state lines.
The only thing now standing between Zodhiates and a 6-year prison sentence is his long shot big appeal to the United States Supreme Court, based on fourth amendment issues, but he also may be spending time in Petersburg Prison awaiting the Supreme Court decision on certiorari, which if granted, would be a rarity..
Bottom line: Philip Zodhiates needs a miracle.
Miracles are no stranger to the Zodhiates family as his wife Kathie had a shoulder bone miraculously grow back that was removed by a surgeon at Cleveland Clinic in 1983). Philip was resuscitated from death in 1986, and in 1995 his son healed from severe facial burns in just 5 days, amazing doctors at UVA who said he'd have to have five years worth if plastic surgeries and skin grafts.
But perhaps this miracle may come in part in the form of Justice Kavanaugh.
August 21, 2018 -
Convicted, appeal denied for helping birth mother save her daughter.
Philip Zodhiates, Christian businessman, has lost the appeal of his conviction for helping Lisa Miller flee the country with her daughter, Isabella. Lisa is the birth mother of Isabella who was born in Virginia and the court in Winchester, VA declared to be Isabella’s only mother.
Because Lisa was in a lesbian relationship with Janet Jenkins and entered into a civil union in Vermont, the Vermont court declared that Isabella had two mommies.
This case has been in the Virginia and Vermont courts since 2004 with convictions of Lisa, Timo Miller, Mennonite Pastor; Ken Miller, Mennonite Pastor; and Philip Zodhiates, Christian businessman.
It has a tug-of-war between Virginia and Vermont with Virginia finally giving jurisdiction to Vermont although Lisa was a Virginia resident, Isabella was born in Virginia, and Virginia had a Marriage Amendment on the books stating that only one man one woman marriages would be recognized in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
It is a case of religious persecution because Lisa became a born-again Christian and decided to leave the lesbian relationship, dissolve the civil union and raise her daughter according to Biblical principles. All the men who helped Lisa protect her daughter are Christians.
Janet Jenkins has been aided by the ACLU and Southern Poverty Law Center. The homosexual lobby is using this case as their “poster child.”
When the “parental kidnapping” happened, Lisa had full custody of her daughter with no restrictions on travel. There was no crime committed.
June 22 - On June 22, 2018, the United States Supreme Court today reversed the conviction of a man named Timothy Carpenter who was arrested largely based on the authorities accessing his cell phone location data without securing a warrant. It has until now been unsettled law as to whether or not cell phone location data, which is routinely kept by cell phone companies is protected under the Fourth Amendment.
A major part of Philip’s appeal was based upon the very same reasoning; that is, the government did not secure a warrant in order to obtain his cell phone location data from nTelos. The US Supreme Court ruled such information is indeed protected by the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution.
Please pray now that the justices in the Second Circuit don’t determine that the "good faith exception" rule applies in the Carpenter case, which means that the Carpenter ruling would only apply to cases going forward. In other words, the justices in Philip’s appeal can rule whichever way they want and find an excuse to do so. Pray that God continues to intervene! They certainly made this argument during the oral arguments of my appeal, which can be heard here:
Also, should Philip’s conviction be reversed, the government (U.S. Department of Justice) could choose to try him again. Obviously, public pressure would help his cause. Pray that the government will drop the whole matter should his conviction be overturned and remanded and choose not to try him again.
The civil trial will go on against Philip regardless in Vermont, unless God does a miracle in that arena. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has a whole “army” of lawyers working on this case.
https://tinyurl.com/y88et3g9 Video interview with Philip Zodhiates
Help Philip Zodhiates pay his attorney's fees incurred for court proceedings for conspiring with and aiding a former lesbian (now a Christian) defy court-ordered transfer of custody to "other" mother.
Philip Zodhiates is appealing his unjust September 2016 conviction in the Western District of New York Federal Court of aiding and abetting an international parental kidnapping and conspiracy to commit an international parental kidnapping, charges to which he pled not guilty.
He was sentenced in March 2017, to two concurrently running 3-year prison sentences. He is currently out on bail pending appeal in the 2nd Circuit Federal Court in New York City. The federal government alleges Mr. Zodhiates in 2009 drove former lesbian Lisa Miller and her natural daughter, Isabella, then seven years old, from Lynchburg, Virginia, to Buffalo, New York. From there, the government proved, Lisa and Isabella took a taxi to Canada and flew to Central America. Their current whereabouts are unknown.
Lisa and her former partner, Janet Jenkins, both Virginia residents, went to Vermont to enter into a “civil union,” which was subsequently dissolved when Lisa became a born-again Christian. Janet subsequently moved back to Vermont where she “married” another woman.
However, news reports allege the Family Court in Vermont intentionally refused to consider the alleged sexual abuse of Isabella by Janet Jenkins during her unsupervised court-ordered visits. Lisa and Isabella were residents of Virginia at the time their “civil union” was dissolved, and Lisa and her attorneys rightfully claimed she was protected by Virginia’s marriage amendment and the Federal Defense of Marriage Act, and was not obliged to put her daughter in the position of continual sexual abuse.
The sexual abuse has been allegedly intentionally ignored because Vermont, LAMBDA Legal Defense, and the A.C.L.U. saw Lisa’s case as a political opportunity to set national precedence forcing the rest of the nation to recognize Vermont’s “civil unions” as marriage. They saw it as a means to forcibly negate the Federal Defense of Marriage Act, which Congress had passed into law, as well as the constitutional amendments in the majority of states protecting its citizens from courts recognizing the same-sex “marriage” of other states.
After Lisa and Isabella were discovered missing, custody was immediately transferred to the alleged sexual abuser, Janet Jenkins, by the Vermont Family Court, arrest warrants issued by the DOJ for Lisa, Philip Zodhiates, Ken Miller (an Amish Mennonite pastor) and Timo Miller (an Amish Mennonite missionary in Nicaragua), the latter two who were also accused of aiding Lisa Miller and subsequently imprisoned.
LAMBDA and the A.C.L.U. also filed on behalf of Janet Jenkins a civil lawsuit in federal court in Vermont against Zodhiates and other parties involved.
Zodhiates’ attorneys believe his case has excellent merits to be overturned on appeal. Legal expenses at the time of this post have actually approached the $1 million mark.
The goal is $350,000.