Update from Daniel Smith in jail! He needs ALL of us to earnestly pray for him.
I just received this letter from Daniel. He is asking every one of us around the world to pray for his upcoming sentencing on the 27th of October. We all need to not only have “sympathy” for what he is going through but more importantly, “empathy”. Empathy is more than just “feeling” for him and his situation but feeling like you are going through it yourself. Every one of us has been had experiences where we have felt helpless, forgotten and pleading to God for help and mercy. That is the attitude we need to have when we are praying for Daniel. May all of us uplift Daniel and this upcoming sentencing to the Creator of the Universe!
Thank you all!
Archbishop Mark S. Grenon
Daniel’s letter follows:
Beloved friends in health freedom everywhere,
I am Daniel Smith. This letter finds its way to you – most likely by way of your computer screen – having first been written upon a piece of paper with a dull two inch pencil from a dimly lit concrete jail cell here in America – a place often sung about in national anthem as “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” I must apologize, to those of you who have been on this journey with me for some time, for not having written updates more often. Please forgive me.
I have been incarcerated for five months now, and I'm about to enter the deep. On October 27, 2015, I will be sentenced to anywhere from 0-34 years in federal prison. I say “zero”, because I remain a believer in miracles, mainly, that there is something Higher that dwells within each one of us and holds the Power through Love, prayer and forgiveness to sway even the hearts of kings – in this case, even a federal judge or a prosecutor.
It matters little, at this point, how I got here, except at least that I can tell my children I did so by standing for what I believe to be good, right, and true, and that I will continue to do so until there is no more breath in me. As a friend once told me...many have come to this place before, but given up or walked away for fear of losing too much. I miss that person. They were instrumental in this journey as they sat with me in the Dominican Republic five years ago at a GII conference and encouraged me to always remember who I am.
I want to share a miracle with you. A few days ago a man named Juventino, who spoke only Spanish, came to my jail. He explained to another Spanish speaking inmate that a Voice told him in a dream, two nights before, that he would be going to jail, but he did not know why. The next day he found himself in jail, having been pulled over in his car and said to have an unpaid traffic ticket. That night in jail, he said, the Voice told him, in another dream, he was here to pray for a “Louis”. The next morning he walked through the jail pod asking in Spanish who in here was “Louis”.
He then told my Spanish speaking friend that if God told him there was a “Louis” in here to pray for, he was going to do it, because God is never wrong, and he asked my friend to join him in a prayer for this “Louis”. Shortly after that, Juventino was released (apparently they had the wrong guy). As my friend later related the story to me in English, I slowly slid across the table an envelope bearing my full name...Louis Daniel Smith. Until that moment he had only known me as Daniel. It was a miracle moment for both of us. The next day, my Spanish speaking friend was moved to another facility.
What a blessing that Juventino heard a Voice in his heart and faithfully followed its instructions so that, even despite a language barrier, God could reach me here and remind me that I am not forgotten, I am not alone, and miracles still abound. But the miracle does not end there.
There is no order of difficulty in miracles. They are the inheritance of each and every one of us, despite what we believe about anything, including ourselves or others. What a thing that I could share this miracle with you now, and its effects can be felt in the hearts of thousands all around the world. What a miracle, I tell you. What a miracle, indeed.
Miracles are truly amazing. They undo the past...in the present...and in so doing, release the future. They save time. They are expressions of love and total forgiveness, and holding love and forgiveness – about all of this – is where I continue struggle.
I recently received an overnight letter from a producer at ABC News in New York. They want to fly to Washington State to interview me regarding this case before my sentencing. I declined the interview, explaining to the producer, Cindi Galli, that the real story here is not my story, but the story of people like you whose lives have been positively impacted by the use of natural health products like MMS. I told her to keep an eye on her email for your story and encouraged her to make an effort to report the truth and not simply the government's line. If ABC is truly interested in “consumer safety”, surely they ought to consult consumers like you.
Also, I ask for your prayers – that on October 27, 2015, the judge's heart be moved to leniency in my sentencing. In the end, my conviction is being appealed and an acquittal or new trial is very likely, they say, but in the meanwhile I must focus on sentencing.
I miss my family and my friends – many of whom you can see in the video at StandByDaniel.com. I miss the feel of sunshine on my face, the sound of my childrens' laughter, the sight of Autum leaves falling from trees, the warmth of a fire and a nice cup of tea. I relish the day that I can come home again, and I hope it will be soon. Thank you, again, for all your support – for your letters, donations, and most importantly, your prayers, which give wings to these amazing miracles.
Love and Blessings always,