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Ryan Bontrager
Dear Brother Ken, I just want to encourage you with a few verses from Psalm 139. "Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand s...
Sanford
Dear Ken. We pray for you daily Ken. It is part of my wife and I's daily devotions together in the morning. We remember Timo also. May Gods continued presence be with you daily. From eternity past God knew all about this. He knew who you would be in prison with, and their need of the Gospel. You are in a mission field. May Satan be defeated in the lives of those around you,and the kingdom o...
Joshua Chupp
Praying for you Ken. it makes my heart overflow with joy to see you faith and not give in to the word of God. May God give you strenght as you serve God inside the prison walls. Remember your there for a purpose do all you can to fulfill God's purpose. Praying for you Josh

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From Ken: Reflections on 2012

Reflections on 2012
With just over an hour left in 2012 (EST) I’m sitting on the couch here in the family room soaking up the heat from a good fire in the wood stove. 
My beloved is in bed already, and I’m sitting here alone reflecting back over the year. 
Some things, like the separation from our loved ones in Ireland, like the traumatic events in Vermont this past August are just too hard to think about, too painful. And so my thoughts go elsewhere. 
I am warm, and not just from the fire in the stove. I am warm on the inside as I think over some of the wonderful ways God has blessed our lives in the last year. 
First, I praise God for the prayers of His people. I and my family have been carried along by the grace of God and we are sure it is because of the many prayers being offered. We are so thankful for those prayers. We couldn’t make it without them.
I praise God also for a wonderful church family on both sides of the Atlantic. One year ago, the church at Dunmore East sent us back to America as missionaries with this commission which I carry with me wherever I go:
Dear Brother Ken
 
We recognize the call of God revealed through circumstances and affirm your response of faith. We believe you are upholding the truth established by our Creator. 
As you go, be prepared to love and bless all whom you encounter. Speak the truth in love, and continue to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom of God in both word and action. Be an ambassador for the immortal, irrepressible and invincible life of Christ. Through your weakness, you will see God’s power at work. 
Throughout your life and ministry among us, you have been an example of Christ’s life on earth. We know you as a man of integrity, honor and conviction. 
Continue to live in honesty, openness, wisdom and humility. 
As a brotherhood, we commit ourselves to interceding for you daily, both in our homes and when are together every Lord’s day.
“May They Kingdom come, and Thy will be done.”
Take our love with you,
Your brothers and sisters at Dunmore  East Christian Fellowship
 
By the grace of God, we want to carry out this commission in 2013. 
 
Our church family here at Pilgrim Fellowship in Stuarts Draft has been incredibly supportive. They have welcomed us with open arms, assisting us with material and financial needs. Both vehicles we drive, for example, are on loan from brothers in Christ. Truly our brothers and sisters here are examples of Christ’s love. We are so grateful for the fellowship we experience here. This is why my heart is warm!
 
We praise God for the many people who have written or called with words of encouragement and blessing. It would be our desire to respond to each one, but we hope you can bear with our limitations.  
 
We praise God too for the many people who have contributed toward the legal expenses. At this point there are sufficient funds. It seems like a miracle and our faith has been greatly strengthened by the generosity of God’s people. 
 
As I sit here by the fire I am thankful above all else for the reconciling work of the Savior who brings us into the Father’s presence. I am not worthy to talk much about this, I can only point to the One who makes it possible. 
 
Many scoff at the idea of a transcendent Being Who wants to move into our lives and live with us. How can there be a God when there is so much suffering; How can I believe in a God when there is so much  hypocrisy in Christianity? are some of the questions raised. 
 
I can’t deny the suffering or the hypocrisy. But there is something else I can’t deny.
 
I can’t deny the presence of God Who brings us so much joy, comfort and serenity in the midst of adverse circumstances. How can I deny the things which I have seen and heard? 
 
My 73 year old mother makes homemade cinnamon rolls that are good enough, someone has suggested, to bring about peace in the Middle East. How can I know they are good? Can I trust my senses? After all these years of sitting down to a soft warm roll and a cup of coffee, could I be wrong about it all? Have my taste buds been playing tricks on me all these years? 
 
How can I deny the Goodness of the God Whom I have met through the mercy of His Son and Whose grace I have tasted these many years? Is this some elaborate hoax? Is my mind playing psychological tricks on me? 
 
No, friends.  A THOUSAND TIMES NO! I could not deny the reality of His presence any more than I could deny the pleasure of my mother’s cooking. 
 
Back behind the wreckage of a Christianity that has so often mis-represented Him, stands the Savior.  He declared: “He who believes in Me, believes not in Me, but in Him Who sent Me. And he who sees Me, sees Him Who sent Me.” “If you had known Me, you would have known my Father also…” “…He who has seen Me has seen the Father.” (John 12:44-45, 13:7,9.)  
 
I have two questions for those who are facing disillusionment with faith and religion. 1. Would you turn away from God if you knew He was like Jesus? 2. Is it fair to turn away from God without carefully studying the life and teachings of the One Who declared He was the manifestation of God?
 
 I think there are many who have rejected God because of what they have seen in Christianity—who  would not reject Him if they knew He was like Jesus. 
 
At this New Year with all its uncertainties, my greatest desire is that people could come to know God through Jesus His Son. 
 
Many people are weary of life because our materialistic culture has taught us “this is all there is.” People drink as deeply as they can from this material world and when they have drunk to the fill, they remain unsatisfied. This dis-satisfaction points to the fact that we were created to be nourished by Something outside of the material realm. We are not satisfied until we find Him. 
 
The Good News is: HE’S LOOKING FOR US, AND HE CAN BE FOUND. 
 
My encouragement to all;  to those who have believed, to those who are discouraged, and to those who are not yet convinced, at this New Year, take a New Look at the Savior. He invites us to turn from ourselves to Him, to release our entire lives to Him, to surrender all. 
 
In losing my life I find it
In surrender I find victory
In dying I live.
 
Wishing for all a peaceful new year with the Savior. 
 
Ken Miller
Jan. 1, 2013
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dec. 18 Hearing

Here is  a summary by our attorney of what took place at the U.S. Court of Appeals in NY on Tuesday. 

Ken,

As you requested, here is a summary of the oral arguments:

Today, we had oral arguments before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York regarding our petition for extra-ordinary relief. Essentially, we have asked the Second Circuit to reverse the District Court and to prevent Ken Miller’s grand jury deposition. We argued that forcing him to testify against his will and without an attorney present would violate his Constitutional protections to not incriminate himself and to have an attorney.

Although it is impossible to predict how the judges will rule on the motion, the judges seemed uncomfortable with the prosecutor’s position. The prosecutor argued that the Government can increase Ken Miller’s sentence if he exercises his right to silence at the grand jury deposition. The judges appeared to make clear that this punishment would violate Ken Miller’s Constitutional rights.


Since this hearing, the United States prosecuting attorney has responded in writing, stating that they do not intend to seek an increased sentence if Ken does not comply at the grand jury hearing. 


 

See David Bercot's Scroll Publishing website for more commentary on the case. David has been helping us out in providing legal counsel. 

Mark your calendars for December 18

Dec.18th is the day the NY court of appeals will hear arguments and give a ruling concerning Ken's appeal to avoid being called to give grand jury testimony in VT before his sentencing date.

We are again glad for this gift of time for Ken and his family. Keep them in your prayers. 

 

United States Court of Appeals for the Second 

Circuit Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse

40 Foley Square

New York, NY 10007

 

DENNIS JACOBS

CHIEF JUDGE

 

CATHERINE O'HAGAN WOLFE

CLERK OF COURT

 

Date: December 06, 2012

Docket #: 12-4190cr

 

Short Title: United States of America v. Miller

 

DC Docket #: 2:11-cr-161-1

DC Court: VT (BURLINGTON)

DC Judge: Sessions

 

NOTICE OF MOTION PLACED ON THE CALENDAR

 

Motions for writ of mandamus and to dismiss filed in 

the above-referenced case has been added as an argued 

case to the substantive motions calendar for Tuesday, 

December 18, 2012 at 10:00am. 

 

The argument will be held in the Ceremonial Courtroom, 

9th floor, 500 Pearl Street, New York, NY 10007.

 

 

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Grand Jury Testimony is POSTPONED

God is intervening again! Below is a note from Ken--sent yesterday. 

It looks as though my wife and I just got a 2 day vacation in Vermont! That's really sweet isn't it! We just received word at around 4:15 this afternoon that the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in NYC is going to review our appeal and so is stopping the grand jury testimony for tomorrow. We don't know anything yet about a new date. But in the meantime we are going to enjoy our vacation by the grace of God! 

Blessings in Christ,

Ken

Sentencing Date is March 4

I have now been assigned a sentencing date—March 4, 2013. Below in italics is a question Pablo

Yoder sent to me. Below that is my response.

 

Does this actually mean that you will be free to be about the Lord's business until after March 4,

2013. I mean, I am sure the suspense won´t be fun, but you can at least get on with life and relax

until then if that is what it means. Maybe you could explain this in a nutshell, telling us how you and

your family feel and then I could pass it on to my readers. Just an idea

 

By the grace of God, I will be free to be about the Lord’s business before and after March 4,

regardless of my location.

 

By that same grace which is coming as a result of so many of your prayers, the family is coping

amazingly well. My dear wife has a lot to do with it too. She isn’t easily discouraged; and when

mamma’s happy, everyone’s happy! It’s helped our children adapt to the uncertainty of it all.

 

As for myself, I’ve just had my 47th birthday and don’t know if I’ve ever been happier in all my life.

You have to understand, for a lot of my life, I lived with worry and anxiety, the pressure to succeed.

Something has changed.

 

We are learning Jesus’ words are true for every circumstance: “Come to me all you who are weary

and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Someone said, “Rest is simply release from (the) burden. It’s

not something we do. His own meekness, that is the rest.” What a relief to let go of the burdens!

How wonderful it is to know that Jesus is a Friend to all who are crushed by the burdens of life! We

discover that turning away from our sin and yielding ourselves to Jesus is the way to inner peace and

harmony. This is what we are learning, slowly but surely, and this is why we can be at rest right now.

 

We have learned that Jesus is all-- powerful. He was powerful enough to “destroy him who had

the power of death, that is the devil, and deliver them who all their lifetimes were subjected to

bondage.” He was powerful enough to rise from the dead. All authority has been given Him. He is

powerful enough to overcome all the sin in our lives—He proved it by His own sinless life. With our

faith in Him we are secure and nothing can shake us.

 

Brother Pablo, you asked how we are doing. We are seeking to place our faith fully in Jesus, and

while there have been dark days, we are discovering that He truly IS a Friend to those in need and

the Source of great joy and peace.

 

Blessings in His great Name,

 

Ken