Ken has been doing well in his first two weeks in prison. We hear that a guard quieted his enthusiastic singing in the shower. The same guard later awarded him with some extra telephone time. He's been reading about 40 chapters of scripture a day. He's been receiving a lot of correspondence, which is wonderful. At mealtimes, he was asking the blessing for his own food. The inmates at his table asked him to begin saying grace for the whole table. His wife and a few children were up to visit him on the weekend, and found him well. Anyone wanting to visit should contact our coordinating person here in Virginia. Use the contact page on the website to reach us. God bless all of you for your interest, notes, and prayers.
Write! Both Ken and his family need our encouragement and support.
3301 Stuarts Draft Highway
Waynesboro, VA 22980
Encourage Ken, and affirm him for his courageous stand, but avoid direct references to parties involved. Mail will probably be read by prison officials. Observe the following guidelines.
Today, another hearing was held to see if Ken would now agree to testify. Of course, he did not.
Our brother said:
"If I were to bring testimony against a fellow member of Christ's kingdom, for honoring Christ's kingdom's laws, I would be disloyal to his kingdom and to Christ,"
He is now behind bars at least until the March 4 sentencing.
Please keep him in prayer!
“Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.” This admonition comes to us from the writer of Hebrews who writes from Italy to the Hebrew Christians. It is likely that the writer himself is in bonds while he writes. In Chapter 10 of Hebrews he encourages those who “became companions of them that were so used” and “had compassion of me in my bonds”.
The past number of years here in America have been unusual in the history of the church. For the most part, attitudes of tolerance and acceptance, even appreciation, have prevailed toward those who sincerely seek to walk in an obedient faith toward God. This has greatly enhanced our comforts in this life, but has not always been to our spiritual well being. Complacency, lukewarmness, and backsliding have been evident many times. The lack of a struggle against opposing forces has often produced in us a diminished appetite for truth and lessened our ability to properly discern the issues of life in light of eternity. It has been easy for us to begin to compromise and to seek the approval of those who do not attempt to live a life of faith above the approval of our Lord in Heaven. Perhaps this apathetic atmosphere has even contributed to our tendency to fall into carnal quarrelling among ourselves. There are indications that even our evangelism and mission work have sometimes been somewhat self centered efforts perhaps more than being a result of the work of God in hearts.
We are not called to seek for adversity- to live and practice our faith in fleshly ways- inviting the adversarial responses of the unbeliever to our own immaturity and inconsistency. We are to “pray for all who are in authority” and “if it be possible, as much as lieth in you” to seek to “live a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty”. Neither are we called to try legislate a standard of morality on society- to carnally impose Bible truths on those whose hearts have not been awakened to seek after God- thus inviting a wicked response from sin-hardened hearts.
The saints are clearly called to follow the example of our Lord and the early apostles: to “walk as children of light”, to “follow after righteousness”, to “shine as lights in the world” by “holding forth the Word of Life” lovingly, clearly, and unashamedly. This often brings conflict in a world that does not know (perhaps does not even desire to know) our God.
The writer to the Hebrews is concerned that the church would not neglect to remember and to minister to those who are in bonds or adversity because of a commitment to uphold the testimony of Jesus and live with a clear conscience before God. Evidently he considers it a normal work of church life that we are to accept and endeavor to fulfill as an expression of our own faith in God.
He calls us to remember and to empathize- that is to relate to those who are in bonds or adversity as if we were the one who was in bonds or adversity. Recently I had the experience of a having minor eye surgery in one eye to try to eliminate my need to wear eye glasses. During the recovery time, it was difficult for me to tell which eye had had the surgery because the other eye was hurting almost as much as the one that had been cut. Perhaps this is an example of the sensitivity we are called to have with and for those who are facing the afflictions of the gospel. We should not take for granted that they are strong and will be able to continue to stand without our support and prayer. We are to communicate this care to them by seeking to meet their needs and the needs of their families at home as God enables us. We are not to be “ashamed of their chain”. This kind of oneness in relationship is also a reflection of the relationship the Persons of the triune Godhead share.
Our brothers or sisters who are called to suffer are not perfect in the sense that God’s work is finished in their lives. The experiences God calls them to face purify and deepen their own understanding and walk with the Lord.
I was privileged to speak with Ken for a bit on the phone today. He is doing well, by the grace of God. He said he has a fine cell block to stay in, a group of men with whom he feels a comradeship. His cell mate is a Christian, and a lot of men in his unit read their Bibles. He's had good spiritual conversations with some of them. He feels your prayers and is very appreciative to all.
The rest of us also feel the support of your prayers. May God richly bless you, each one!
Linda Miller and family