Open Letter to Shelley Trebesch

Written March 15, 2012

Dear Shelley,

I am writing this as an open-letter to you, as I do not have your address. I will send a copy to your publisher: Barnabas Publishers, PO Box 6006, Altadena, CA 91003 and hope that you will get a copy.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for writing “Isolation, A Place of Transformation in the Life of a Leader.” A friend sent me your book. I was intrigued by the title, so I read a few pages and was hooked! I couldn’t put it down until I finished it. As you said, God puts 95% of His leaders through a time of “isolation” like Joseph in prison, Moses in the desert, and even Jesus in the desert for 40 days. Both the Bible and history record hundreds of example where God takes a man away from a ministry for a time of isolation either with prison, captivity, illness, or other circumstance in order to gain a deeper relationship with Himself, and to prepare the individual for an even greater ministry. It has helped me to see my prison time from God’s perspective. I’ve seen Him working inside me in hundreds of ways that are hard to explain.

Many people are “isolated” in a hospital, wheelchair, prison cell, a bad relationship, and are unable to see God’s hand in it. I pray that concerned friends will send “isolated people” a copy of your book so it can bless them like it blessed me!

My “isolation experience” or “desert experience” as you call it has sure caused me to go through the roller-coaster of emotions you describe so well. It is most encouraging to understand that this is a normal part of the process of God training a leader. I’m deeply concerned that many will fall away from serving the Lord in the trial of their faith, because they are not armed with an understanding of how God will use all trial, testing, and tribulation for His glory and their good.

Jesus warned His disciples that they WOULD endure tribulation, prison, trials, and even death. Yet, s-o-o-o-o-o many Christians have been lulled to sleep in prosperity, that when they face trials, they are totally unprepared. Thank you for showing us again in your book that “isolation time”—even prison and persecution—is not only normal, but good in the life of a believer.

You also mention in your book that God will use an “isolation time” to cause a “paradigm shift” in the life and ministry of a leader. That has sure happened to me in many areas. Though I am ready for this trial to be over, I can see how important this time has been in my growth as God’s child.

Thank you again for sharing your experience. I pray that it helps millions to continue serving the Lord. I’ll see you at the finish line!

In Christ,

Kent Hovind


  1. Judy Lans March 19, 2012 8:16 pm Reply

    I wanted to thank you, Dr. Hovind, for your creation science DVD’s. We bought the whole series. They have changed our lives. My husband decided it would be best to put our children in private education and as a result we moved homes. His main reason for this resulted from the dvd’s. He has also copied them to give to many co-workers who were pre-believers and then they would discuss them on their lunch breaks. May God bless you.

    Judy Lans,
    Surrey, Canada

  2. Cynthia March 19, 2012 8:59 pm Reply

    Thank you Dr. Hovind for sharing these words! I have felt this way most of my life, and am overcomming an eating disorder that has robbed me of any semblance of a normal life. I have been living with Bulima none purging sub-type since I was 8 years of age….it has controled EVERYthing I have ever done. I am now 30, so that’s quite a long time have lived with this.

    I have faced many dry spells as you have desribed only I have seen it more as a storm of sorts, which ever way we look at it, it helps me to have read your words & I will try my very best to look at my life as a means to reach out to others furthering Gods kingdom.

  3. James Heberling March 19, 2012 9:04 pm Reply

    Thank you for this letter Kent! Also, I was hoping to find your mailing address to send you some mail!

  4. Kathy Jaggers March 19, 2012 9:37 pm Reply

    Such good observations and encouragement for times of trial. Thank you so much.

  5. Rocky Rydell March 20, 2012 12:21 am Reply

    I first saw your tapes at Allenwood Pa. You’re a wonderful evangelist who woke me up on the age of the earth issues etc. It’s going to be wonderful to have you back with us some day. the day will come when you’ll sum up your experience in one sentence…”Back when I was in prison…” If I were you I’d stay away from preaching about politics…we don’t want to lose you again.
    Your brother in Christ,

    Rocky Rydell
    I can be found on Face Book…when is your release date?

    • CSE (for Dr. Hovind) March 20, 2012 2:29 pm Reply

      August 2015

  6. Rafael Rodriguez March 21, 2012 12:10 am Reply

    Hey do you guys know why they had to pay taxes? i thought churches are exempt from paying taxes so I don’t understand why he owed so much to the IRS?

  7. Todd Walsh March 21, 2012 12:33 am Reply

    God Bless you Kent. Please know that we are thinking of you, and the day when we can see you in a live seminar (for me the first time live) I WONT MISS THAT DAY

  8. Karel Janssens March 22, 2012 1:11 am Reply

    Dear Kent Hovind,

    They put you in prison when you became a threat to the elite. They cannot silence your words. Every new day new people see your videos on sites like Youtube, so every day you win this “battle”. Take care, be strong and start again when you are out of prison.


  9. Schalk Steyn March 25, 2012 7:56 am Reply

    Dear dr Hovind. Thank you for your great dvd series. It has brought met nearer to our Lord and saviour. Our deacon was a science teacher. When I told him about your dvd’s and what you say about evolution and the age of the earth, he said to me this guy is speaking nonsense. So I gave him your dvd’s. He went home and he watched it. When he came back to me he said to me I can’t say that this guy is lying. When I have heard that you was sent to prison something just said to me think of all the souls he is going to save in there through Jesus Christ. I will pray for a miracle so that you may be released earlier. I hope that when you get out you will make it A point to come and preach in South Africa.

  10. Tosha Buckle March 26, 2012 3:27 pm Reply

    Dr. Hovind,
    Thank you for your commitment to God’s Word, specifically to teaching creation as revealed to us in Genesis. Shortly after watching your Creation Series videos, and realizing that evolution could be false(!), and the Bible could be true(!)…my husband came to know God’s salvation through Jesus Christ for himself.
    It is with great respect that I wonder how you can compare your time in jail with that of Joseph, Moses and Jesus himself. Although I believe that you are being made an example by the IRS and the US government because of your beliefs and are therefore suffering a harsher punishment and persecution….you still broke the law. Jesus specifically did not break any laws to bring him to his perod of isolation. Do you know how disappointing it is to give someone your DVD’s and say you must watch these!… only to have them look and dismiss them out of hand because of “that guy’s in jail”, or have them returned shortly thereafter for the same reasons. I do pray that you have been humbled and indeed have felt contrite in heart and chastened by God for the testimony you have been due to your crime. Hebrews 12:11- Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
    Dr. Hovind, your ministry is so important because it differs from other Creation ministries. Yours is based on the entire Word of God because you use His Word for the english speaking world, the KJV. And so I pray that you are indeed being purified and refined so that after you have paid your rightful dues, you can emerge stronger and sharper then ever, wielding that two-edged Sword of the Spirit as you never have before! I can’t wait to see a wiser, humbler and more effective witness for Christ in you. My children have already enjoyed your first “Danny the Dinosaur”, and we will continue to buy materials as long as possible from your/your family’s, ministry.
    Thank you, THANK YOU! for the good, honest work you have done for the cause of Christ. My family and I look forward to learning from your future works from an ever so crucial Scriptural, truth- based perspective!
    A sister in Christ,
    Tosha Buckle

  11. Evangelist Gjermund Kvamme March 26, 2012 9:12 pm Reply

    Amen! God bless you my brother and stay strong in the power of the holy spirit and the name of Jesus Krist! Senserly Evangelist Gjermund from Norway

  12. robert March 27, 2012 1:12 pm Reply

    why dont christians care

    i raised four children alone in poverty since they were seven four two and three days old

    I am honest about my life sin

    I used to smoke I dont
    i was married I am divorced

    I struggle with porn and TRY NOT TO and fail

    I have read the bible and continue to READ JESUS WORD

    the churches are blind to the NEW WORLD ORDER CHEMTRAILS
    and 9 11 being a inside job

    THE ZIONISTS CONTROL the usa hebrew people are good people

    but the pharissees running them are talmud following

    what are we to DO?

    stop living? I CANT WORK my back is done i am in pain

    I lost two daughters to a cult that says YOU have to be good enough
    YOU HAVE TO STOP sinning before you can be saved

    and the list goes ON AND ON AND ON

    i love your work KENT i really do
    i think you are an amazing man for what you did

    THE GOVERNMENTS OF THE WORLD ARE nothing but liars

    i am tired and i am sick of it

  13. Carmen April 1, 2012 1:38 am Reply

    You have gotten much airtime at today, Dr. Hovind. I listened to your youtube videos all day. I’m so sad to hear of your current treatment, sir. You have been brave in The Lord and surely, He will reward and sustain you. I sure hope you get your dissertation paperwork back. Keep writing it, even if you don’t have the papers, sir. Keep writing and even in this place and this time, you are living the faith. Blessings in Lord Jehoshua-I heard this name used by The Holy Spirit one night when He was talking to The Lord. He is very real, sir, and He is very beautiful. I hear Him-I don’t know why. Maybe because of abuse as a child. I don’t know. But, it is all worth it-every bit of it. For He is faithful who has promised. Prayers coming.
    Dr. Hovind, He likes it when I tell Him about the animals that we see at the zoo when my children and I go. I tell Him about them and describe them and what I think about them. He really likes to talk about them. Please consider relating accounts of animals you have seen to Him. He has ever so much information about them. I was asking Him about the tiger who was pacing back and forth and whether the tiger was unhappy in it’s enclosure. He said, “He went for a walk.” I took that to mean that the tiger wasn’t unhappy necessarily but that they like to move a lot. God is so kind and so smart, sir, that there is nobody better to talk to than Him. His eyes-The Eyes of The Lord-they are very beautiful and intense. You can feel the weight of his gaze upon you. Sometimes He is in my dreams and He can disguise Himself as other people-such as my dad or my sister. I have had ever so many fun times with The Lord. I struggle with depression and suicidal feelings a lot, so The Lord is very good to help me. He knows you so very well too. He knows your passion for His Creation and for the souls of men. You will be in my prayers tonight and your precious wife too. I know right now it feels like it will never end. May God give you peace and sustain your heart and mind in your current situation. We will keep talking about you on Too bad for those who refuse to believe. They deserve our pity, sir, for they don’t know what they are doing to themselves. Keep Writing. Don’t give up.

  14. Ken Hill April 3, 2012 4:57 pm Reply

    Oh how I miss not being able to call you on the phonw.
    We have been busy though (since 2004 and have semt close to
    15.000 dvd’s to those who call us. (mostly your creation videos )
    God Bless you and all those at CSE
    p.s. …you son is doing such a great job for you..

    ken hill

  15. Dave Holley April 11, 2012 1:57 pm Reply

    Hey Dr. Hovind, Thanks for the good words about “Isolation, A Place of Transformation in the Life of a Leader.” My wife and I once served in the church together, leading the youth, leading the praise team, and were there together every time the doors opened. Since our first child, depression, her adultery, a stillborn child, etc, she has apparently turned her back on the Lord, His church, and her husband (me). She is still living at home, but is uninvolved. All I know to do is wait on the Lord and pray for wisdom and for God to turn her heart. Joseph and many others had to wait for 40 years for the Lord to turn things around for them… and they “died in faith, not having received the promise” (Heb 11:13). I know my “desire of a better country” is what keeps me going… and the hope that God will bless my home again with peace and love. You are an encouragement to me.

  16. Brenda April 19, 2012 2:54 am Reply

    I just saw your videos for the first time on YouTube. I don’t believe I heard your teachings before this week. Your video serious are amazing and easy to understand. I thank you for your work and your love of the Lord Jesus Christ. Locally I am in touch with a gentleman who does the Creation teachings and maybe I have heard of Dr Dino (you)but never heard you speak until this week. I am so grieved and shocked that you are in prison..Wow!!!! I will pray for you and your family in these trying times. I read much about your arrest court case and other articles..both for and against. Did you make the right decision in all this? I don’t know for sure but God does. I do not hold this against you one way or the other. I pray for you to continue to hear what the Lord is saying about your life and any repentance HE will bring it about by the Holy Spirit. I know the Lord has given you an amazing ministry and I am waiting patiently for you to be released from prison and hopefully preach once again what you do so very well..praise God. Above all I pray you do God’s will whatever that may be. Continue to be at peace in the Lord as you lean on the Holy Spirit. Maranatha…ps..My nephew does not believe in evolution now because of the wonderful teaching he has heard.

  17. brenda April 19, 2012 6:30 pm Reply

    I sent an email yesterday on this site and last I saw it was waiting moderation. I cannot find it. I am not sure if it is on another similar site..or it was removed? It was a letter of encouragement. I await a reply if possible. Be blessed with Godly Wisdom and Godly peace and Godly patience.

  18. Donald Aye April 28, 2012 1:46 pm Reply

    Robert , there doesn’t seem to be a support group for guys like us, does there. My wife’s personal internal feeling of happiness now requires that she go through with a divorce since I and our four children were not able to fill the empty void ripped from her from the cycle of divorce that she lived through. Children being raised without loving parents in their midst, that is the cycle I am determined break. Looking at my situation pragmatically that is not going to be easy, I am 52, our four adopted children are under the age of 9, my last job was an OTR road driver, I have to reinvent myself in the work place in an Obama economy my reward for that will being, “Dad, you used to stay with us every day, where have you gone?”

    Some of the realities you mentioned about the world around us can definitely have the cause and effect of us to give up hope unless we know where to keep our focus, and that is not Satan’s work, rather our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Since a year ago, I have been able to connect with my kids and witness to them, my hope is to instill the strength they will need to face the difficulties ahead, and to know where is the source of that strength.

    God be with you and lift you,

    In Him

  19. Torill Born April 29, 2012 11:22 pm Reply

    STAY ON – you have many fans out here in the world. Me myself Mrs Born from Oslo, Norway, that saw your programs of christian science on a christian tv-channel and was breathtaken. Have had a christian child-hood and that is the best a child can have if there has been much love. Biology, astrology, and christian science is power for me. I am thrilled. I could listen to you for hours. Must God give you power and force and much love. You have many people that prays for you. God bless you in the name of Jesus Christ. Greetings from Mrs Born, Oslo.

  20. Rob June 12, 2012 1:55 am Reply

    Ive’ always taught my children about creation. My daughter was sent last year to the school office after answering a question and I quote “evolution is not my religion”. And then your son demonstrated that in the intro.

    She just recently asked me about the big bang, a few days ago I stumbled on your videos.

    My wife isn’t a Christian and for the first time ever she sat down and watched a Christian speak, not only because of your charm and wit but also because of your jokes. : )

    It’s awesome that someone had messaged me a year or so ago recommending you and I didn’t notice until my daughter needed an answer.

  21. Lionel Mathies October 3, 2012 10:32 pm Reply

    Thank you Dr. Hovind for sreading your message. I watched the creation DVDs and it has changed my life. I tell everyone I can about the series. God bless you and your ministry. You have helped strenghten my faith and desire to serve the Lord.

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