Linda’s Lessons Learned: Christian Persecution in Virginia

Lisa Miller and Isabella

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Lisa Miller and IsabellaLinda Wall

What’s a Mother to do?

Lisa Miller carried Isabella in her womb for eight months. At seven months, Lisa began premature labor, and doctors put her on bedrest and medication to prevent early delivery. Isabella did arrive four weeks early, but was perfect in every way.

For seventeen months, Isabella grew up in a household where a civil union existed. But God…..had a different plan for Lisa as well as Isabella. Lisa was “born again,” left homosexuality, dissolved the civil union and began raising her daughter in the ways of the Lord.

In 2004, Judge Prosser of Winchester, Virginia was guided by Virginia laws: He ruled that Virginia’s Marriage Affirmation Act prohibited Virginia from recognizing civil unions. He stated, “As far as Virginia is concerned, nothing is taking place in Vermont.” He ruled Lisa Miller Isabella’s only parent.

Then the GLBT high dollar law firms became involved and “political correctness” and judicial activism took over the case. There was an appeal, and Lisa lost. The case was removed from Virginia’s jurisdiction, and a liberal Vermont court took over.

The Vermont court eventually ordered that Lisa had to send her daughter on visitations with Lisa’s former lesbian partner. Little Isabella was made to go on the visits where she was abused. Isabella was made to take a bath with the practicing lesbian. She was read repeatedly the book, Heather Has Two Mommies. Isabella was not even allowed to call Lisa back in Virginia during the visits. The trauma began to take a toll on Isabella.

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When Isabella began to talk of suicide at the age of five, Lisa sought the Lord on what to do – obey Him and His Word or man? She knew God was saying “no more!” So she stopped the court-ordered visits. When Lisa told Isabella she didn’t have to go on anymore visits, Isabella said, “good because I don’t want to have to take any more baths with that strange woman, and I don’t want to have to call that woman ‘mommy.’”

As a consequence of the forced visits, Isabella had to have professional counseling. Her school teacher even noticed the negative effect the visits were having on Isabella.

Despite the trauma and the six years of court hearings, Isabella established her own walk with the Lord. Often times, she asked why she had to go on visits because God said homosexuality was a sin. She even prayed that the “strange woman” would be saved.

I became involved in Lisa and Isabella’s lives in 2004. For almost seven years, I was there as their sister in the Lord, their friend and as a Christian activist, working to preserve our Judeo-Christian heritage.

One day I asked Lisa what she would be doing if her life wasn’t consumed with GLBT harassment and court hearings. Her response was to be a missionary and take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to countries where there was not a church building on every corner. I told her, well go do it.

Little did I know that Lisa, led by God, developed a plan where she and Isabella could be free from the persecution of homosexual activists and “political correctness.” Lisa and Isabella went underground in September 2009, and I have not seen them in over eight years.

Pastor Ken Miller is Free
from Federal Prison in Virginia

Pastor Ken MillerThe Lisa and Isabella story has continued without my involvement until now. On Sunday, I had the privilege of meeting Pastor Ken Miller for the first time. Ken’s place of worship was celebrating his release from federal prison after serving two years for living out his Christian faith and helping Lisa and Isabella.

I called the church office and asked permission to attend the Welcome Home Service. With the love of Jesus I was greeted at this gathering. What a joy to be around “Real Christianity.”

The prison term that Pastor Ken served was not in a Third World country or Russia or North Korea, but right here in America in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

In the sight of God, homosexuality is wrong, no matter what a court or government says. Ken helped Lisa Miller leave the country with her daughter, so she could raise her in the ways of the Lord and be the missionary she wanted to be.

Coming Next Week: I will introduce Philip Zodhiates. He is facing three years in prison for helping Lisa and Isabella. I will tell you how you can help as he awaits his Appeals Hearing.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views the Virginia Christian Alliance

About the Author

Linda Wall
Linda Wall For almost forty years Linda has been doing missionary work in Virginia. Her assignments have taken her down many political avenues: the Virginia General Assembly, political campaigns, lobbyist, and candidate for Virginia House of Delegates. Linda was delivered from homosexuality by the power of Jesus Christ over thirty-five years ago. She is presently calling for The Church to stand for righteousness and against sexual perversion in this hour. To be the light and salt Christ commanded us to be.