Sunday, February 21, 2016

Mennonite pastor who helped child flee lesbian ‘mother’ to go to prison | News | LifeSite

Kenneth Miller, a Mennonite pastor who helped a woman and her daughter flee the country in 2009 to avoid court-ordered visitations with the girl's lesbian "mother," has ended his appeal against a 27-month federal prison sentence and will be required to begin his term on March 1.

Lisa Miller and her daughter Isabella are believed to have flown from Canada to Nicaragua in late 2009 after Kenneth Miller drove them to the Canadian border. Kenneth Miller was convicted of "aiding an international kidnapping" in 2012 but was allowed to remain free while he appealed the sentence.

"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," wrote Kenneth Miller in response to his impending imprisonment.

The Mennonite community in Nicaragua, which is believed to have received Lisa and Isabella when they initially arrived in the country in 2009, has shown similar courage. After months of harassment by Nicaraguan police, the Mennonite Brotherhood of Nicaragua issued a statement in 2012 clarifying that "[w]e have chosen to obey God. We are willing to give up our rights, go to jail, or even die, for the cause of helping anyone become free from a sinful life and helping that person to live in obedience to God's Word."

Three others, including Lisa Miller herself, conservative businessmen Philip Zodhiates, and Mennonite pastor Timothy "Timo" Miller, have also been indicted for their role in the "kidnapping." According to the Associated Press, Zodhiates is scheduled to begin trial in September in Buffalo, New York.

Mennonite pastor who helped child flee lesbian ‘mother’ to go to prison | News | LifeSite

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