Pastor Convicted for Helping Mother and Daughter

Posted on | August 15, 2012 by Wendy Wright |

A crowd of more than 100 Amish/Mennonite sang “Amazing Grace” outside a Vermont courthouse yesterday. The verdict in the trial against Pastor Ken Miller had been announced: Guilty.

Miller said, “We are of course disappointed, but with the grace of God and by his help, we will bear the consequences.”

Ken Miller was prosecuted for helping Lisa Miller (no relation) and her daughter travel to Nicaragua in what may be the first case of a modern-day underground railroad. Lisa, now a Christian, is in a custody battle over her daughter with a former partner, a lesbian whose cause has been taken up by homosexual advocacy groups and the media.

After the verdict, Ken Miller sent this letter to a supporter:

A Letter From Ken Miller
On 8/14/2012 8:50 PM

Dear Brother Pablo,

I’m sure you’ve heard the verdict by now. I asked my boys as we were preparing for bed in the motel room whether they would be comfortable sleeping in the same room as a convicted felon. They didn’t seem to have any problem with it at all. A convicted felon. As of August 14, 2012, that’s what I am.

What about all those prayers around the world today that didn’t get answered. Or did they get answered. Brother I say yes, a thousand times YES they got answered. For one, I and my family have felt so incredibly lifted up by all those prayers around the world that we are able to be irrationally happy in the middle of a conviction and now a civil action lawsuit. Just after the verdict was read, while we were sitting there trying to absorb it all, Sara Starr, bless her (and I mean that) walked over to the defense table where I was still sitting and served me another thick legal document which charges me along with about 10 other people and organizations with various racketeering etc charges in regards to Isabella’s disappearance. That should have finished me off, but instead I felt irrationally calm and at peace. Right now I’m just about ready to head off to bed for a good nights sleep. And I intend to sleep real good.

So Brother Pablo, please thank your dear subscribers for all their support though this difficult time. I hardly know how we would could have made it without that.

I know that the prayers of people affected the outcome of the trial. I believe the prayers being offered were done in yieldedness to the will of God. We remember that throughout history advances in the Kingdom have almost always been preceded by struggle and tribulation. God works not in spite of persecution and tribulation, but by and through it. I don’t know how God wants His kingdom to advance through this, but it will, mark my words, if we stay true to Him.

there are many other things to write about, but that will have to be later.

Blessings in Christ,


Miller is free at this time and may appeal the decision. His attorneys argue that the trial should have been held in Virginia, where Lisa and Isabella lived and the actions took place. Virginia does not recognize same-sex marriage.



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