Reporting For Prison Tuesday

On Tuesday, our brother Ken Miller plans to report to prison in Petersburg, VA. He was heartened to find out the other day that he's on the roll in low security facility instead of the medium security facility, which is the one he was expecting to report to. This will hopefully give him more privileges. We're hoping for the best in terms of visiting allowances, but aren't really sure what to expect. 

A Grandmother's Faith

A Grandmother’s Faith—Corrected Version
My great-grandmother, Salina Kanagy, lived and died in the Amish community of Kishacoquillas Valley in central Pennsylvania.
With a thresher-man husband and 14 children to feed and clothe, she didn’t have an easy life. 
I never met her as she died more than 50 years ago. But it seems I heard her voice a few years back, in a most unlikely place— Burlington, VT.
Brother Leon Zook attended my trial in August of 2012.  While sitting in the courtroom he remembered a poem he got from his mother in the 1960’s.   It had come to his mother from her favorite aunt, my great-grandmother Salina. 
Sitting there on the fifth floor of the federal court, Bro. Leon recalled that poem and wrote it down, word for word. 
That scrap of paper is one of my most precious possessions. Reading it, I hear my grandmothers’ faith speaking across eternity.  It will be inside my Bible on March 22, 2016. 
I share it here for all of our encouragement.
Up the hill He gently leads us
Through the clouds His eyes can see
And it makes us trust our Savior
And we say, “Lord I love thee.”
 
Often Satan comes to try us
He would like to bend us low
And we tell it all to Jesus
And He answers “Child I know.” 
 
If it were not for the trials
If the days were never dim
If we met no disappointments
Could we see the need of Him?
 
And if Satan never tried us
Could we flee to Christ for aid?
And would we learn to trust Him
When he says “Be not afraid.”
 
(Can be sung to the tune  of “In The Rifted Rock I’m Resting” or “Shall We Gather At The River” etc. )

 

A Grandmother’s Faith—Corrected Version

My great-grandmother, Salina Kanagy, lived and died in the Amish community of Kishacoquillas Valley in central Pennsylvania.

With a thresher-man husband and 14 children to feed and clothe, she didn’t have an easy life.

I never met her as she died more than 50 years ago. But it seems I heard her voice a few years back, in a most unlikely place— Burlington, VT.

Brother Leon Zook attended my trial in August of 2012.  While sitting in the courtroom he remembered a poem he got from his mother in the 1960’s.   It had come to his mother from her favorite aunt, my great-grandmother Salina.

Sitting there on the fifth floor of the federal court, Bro. Leon recalled that poem and wrote it down, word for word.

That scrap of paper is one of my most precious possessions. Reading it, I hear my grandmothers’ faith speaking across eternity.  It will be inside my Bible on March 22, 2016.

I share it here for all of our encouragement.

Up the hill He gently leads us

Through the clouds His eyes can see

And it makes us trust our Savior

And we say, “Lord I love thee.”

 

Often Satan comes to try us

He would like to bend us low

And we tell it all to Jesus

And He answers “Child I know.”

 

If it were not for the trials

If the days were never dim

If we met no disappointments

Could we see the need of Him?

 

And if Satan never tried us

Could we flee to Christ for aid?

And would we learn to trust Him

When he says “Be not afraid.”

 

(Can be sung to the tune  of “In The Rifted Rock I’m Resting” or “Shall We Gather At The River” etc. )

Assigned to Petersburg

We've been wondering where Ken's prison will be. Now we know. He's been ordered to a federal medium security prison in Petersburg, Virginia. The good news is that it's not terribly far away. The bad news is that we were really hoping he'd be placed in a minimum security camp, as the judge recommended. This may be a space issue, and hopefully later he can be moved to a camp, where he'd have more access to the outside world. 

Ken's Persepective

Q. Why does God allow hardship and trials? A. For our good, according to Romans 8:28. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to those that are the called according to His purpose.” “All things” would include extreme trials such as the death of a loved one, or a major illness; it would include a job loss or prison time.

What is the good that “all things working together” actually accomplishes? Romans 8:29: “For whom He did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His dear Son…”

God allows hardships and trials to make us into the image of His Son. THAT’S GOOD. So if this time in prison makes this poor sinner a little more like Jesus, it will be good and I will be happy.

We are not discouraged or depressed about the future, because God is in the future and we are with God, therefore we are encouraged.

There are some things that can never be locked up behind prison walls. Truth. Conscience. Moral righteousness.  The saving Gospel of Jesus.

“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” (John 8:36)

By the grace of and mercy of God we will remain free, free indeed.

Ken Miller

Waynesboro, VA

Feb. 4, 2016

Jail on March 22

Dear supporters, 

 

Judge William Sessions III has ordered Ken to report to serve his 27 month sentence on March 22nd. We're thankful they gave him a few more weeks with his family, and that he'll be able to be with his son when he visits in March. 

Thank you for all your notes of encouragement on the guestbook page and contact page, and your prayers. 

Any donations that are not needed for legal fees will be used to support Ken's family. Thank you so much.