Monday, August 2, 2010

Ryan Ferguson Hearing ...Invitation / Prayer Request

Just to clarify ~ this is an invitation to attend this event by way of actually showing up at Ryan's hearing and/or attending by way of prayer and support on this Facebook event page, on your own Facebook, Myspace or Twitter status or blog and on my blog. So, we're asking everyone to click attend on the Facebook events page...regardless if you can come to the actual hearing or not, if you're at least willing to stand or kneel with us in prayer for Ryan's vindication.

Address of the event: Kansas City Courthouse, 1300 Oak Street, Downtown Kansas City, 64106

Ryan Ferguson has been in a maximum security prison, as an innocent man, since he was 19. He's now in his mid 20's. I know this young man. For the final few years of my own 16 years of incarceration, prior to my exoneration in 2009, I came to know Ryan as a friend. We were both in Jefferson City Correctional Center together. I believe he is innocent.

I will be going to his hearing, this Thursday, and supporting his efforts and his family. I'd appreciate it if you went with me and showed him the support he deserves.

I'll be leaving Columbia between 6:30 and 7am, no later than 7:15 (taking the traffic and the media into consideration).

Following the hearing, the plan is to visit the Kansas City House of Prayer on Ryan's behalf.

The oral argument on Ryan's case is scheduled for 10:30 am on August 5th in the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District (Kansas City).

The judges who will hear the argument and decide the appeal are Victor Howard, Thomas Newton and Gary Witt.

It is not clear if Ryan will be present or not. His family will be though. CBS will be. I will be. And we'd all appreciate it if you were also.

The hearing will be open to the public. We also want to encourage people to attend and build peaceful and creative prayer gatherings outside the court.

CBS 48 Hours Mystery will film the Oral Arguments.

CBS 48 Hours is planning to release an updated version of Ryan's story which will hopefully air this September considering all the new evidence discovered since the 2005 trial. (Direct your attention to 'Dream Killer: A Young Man Dreams He Murdered A Man')

This is very exciting.


  1. Father, I pray that what You know will be revealed at this hearing. Your truth is all that matters and the only thing that could eternally affect Ryan's life from this moment forward. I pray that the judges would set aside any political aspirations, personal biases, or community pressures, in order to hear clearly the evidence presented. May they yield to the wisdom of the Chief Judge and Law-giver, on this case. In Jesus name, I pray, Amen. PJ

  2. Dear heavenly Father,
    I thank you that you are the God of all mercy, justice, power, and providence. I thank you for your omniscience and omnipotence. I thank you that no one can come to you unless the Father draw him, and that those who seek you with all their hearts will be found by you and find you. I pray your grace, mercy, power and presence to be at work in all aspects of Ryan's life and situation and that you would be glorified. I commit this to you in Jesus Holy and Precious name.

  3. I will be praying for Ryan, his family and his friends. I pray he becomes a free man again and the judge finds Ryan innocent. May God be with you throughout this trial and know you are loved and supported by many. Have a blessed day!

  4. I was searching for a Word of encouragement and this psalm jumped out at me...Psalm 108 (New International Version)

    Psalm 108

    A song. A psalm of David.

    1 My heart is steadfast, O God;

    I will sing and make music with all my soul.
    2 Awake, harp and lyre!

    I will awaken the dawn.

    3 I will praise you, O LORD, among the nations;

    I will sing of you among the peoples.

    4 For great is your love, higher than the heavens;

    your faithfulness reaches to the skies.

    5 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens,

    and let your glory be over all the earth.

    6 Save us and help us with your right hand,

    that those you love may be delivered.

    7 God has spoken from his sanctuary:

    "In triumph I will parcel out Shechem

    and measure off the Valley of Succoth.

    8 Gilead is mine, Manasseh is mine;

    Ephraim is my helmet,

    Judah my scepter.

    9 Moab is my washbasin,

    upon Edom I toss my sandal;

    over Philistia I shout in triumph."

    10 Who will bring me to the fortified city?

    Who will lead me to Edom?

    11 Is it not you, O God, you who have rejected us

    and no longer go out with our armies?

    12 Give us aid against the enemy,

    for the help of man is worthless.

    13 With God we will gain the victory,

    and he will trample down our enemies.

  5. Our Father in Heaven
    Please be with Ryan and hihs family on his day in court. Please be with the Judges and open their hearts to only the truth. Let honesty ring true. In your name, Amen.

  6. Thoughts and prayers will be with Ryan and his family and you and your travels. Would love to be able to show support in presence but that just isn't possible but will be there in spirit. Keep us all posted on the proceedings.
    Lisa Lincoln

  7. Ryan my thoughts and prayers are with you. Lean on the Comforter through Christ who has and will fill you with His everlasting peace. I trust and believe that the Lord will guide the hearts and minds of everyone involved in these proceedings to the truth, and I thank and praise Him for the works that He is preparing you for in the mist of it all. I thank God for you Ryan, and for the strength that He has already given and will continue to give to you. Keep the faith...God bless and keep you in His loving arms of grace.

  8. Jesus, we commit into your hands Ryan's case. Not to be completed in the way we want it to or see fit, but that we could see your hand at work from the moment this case is closed to the day Ryan takes his final breath. Father not only that you would set Ryan free physically, but you would free his spirit to see for himself all you have done and will do in His life if he focus' on you. I pray against feelings of hopelessness and loss of time and life. Lord that Ryan would seize the day and make the most of this opportunity that you have given him. That he would see his time spent the last 6 years as a blessing, not a curse.
    Father, though he will have many people around him supporting him on this day... I pray that his ultimate comfort will come in the depths of his soul. that he will feel joy overflowing like he's never known and that he won't hide it inside. May the angels flood the courthouse and pour out from the city as the court is held.
    Wrap your arms of protection around Ryan... his family, friends and all those defending him. Lord we acknowledge that you are not a God of yesterday, but of right now. So today, we pray that your will be done in Ryan's life. Thank you Jesus. AMEN.
    Thanks Josh.
    please keep me posted, it's hard being so far away. I wish I could be there in person. I will continue praying.

  9. Dear Ryan, Ryan's Friends and Family,
    I was asked to pray for you by Josh K., and I wanted to write you the perfect prayer and encouragement....I can only share what I know and what God is telling me to share with you. My perfect truth is that if you have accepted Jesus as your Savior, then He is in You and this truth is THE HOPE OF GLORY! So, I was wondering why God would comfort you (us) when you (we) are in trouble...and I found
    Psalm 138:6-7
    Though the Lord is exalted,
    He takes note of the humble;
    but He knows the haughty from afar.
    If you walk in the thick of danger,
    The Lord will preserve your life
    from the anger of your enemies.
    The Lord will extend His hand;
    His right hand will save you.
    God is awesome...AMAZING! And He is orchestrating His perfect plan for your life. Let us hold onto the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. (Hebrews 10:23 & 1 Corinthians 16:13)
    Be alert, stand firm in the faith, be brave and strong. I will continue to pray with you, Ryan, your friends and family as we stand fast in our faith together!
    Love and Blessings,
    Kimberly Thoma

  10. I pray that everyone sees his innocents and sets him free. And to soften their hearts towards him and the decision to let him go.

  11. Father, you call us to love mercy, act justly and walk with you. I pray for your mercy to fall upon Ryan, that you would grant wisdom - which you alone distribute - that truth will be discerned and justice will prevail. We walk this out with you God because we believe you defend and grant justice to those who have been wronged. That is why we call out to you. Lord may your Glory be seen through this.

  12. Deuteronomy 19: 15-21 One witness is not enough to convict a man accused of any crime or offense he may have committed. A matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.
    If a malicious witness takes the stand to accuse a man of a crime, the two men involved in the dispute must take the stand in the presence of the Lord and the judges who are in office at the time. The judges must make a thorough investigation.

    Father God, We ask you to bring truth to light. We ask you Lord to put it on the heart of the judge to investigate in depth, to question thoroughly the discrepancies in Ryan's trial, to pursue justice, to settle for nothing less than truth. We pray that prosecutors, attorneys and judges have their hearts seared to seek only truth; that personal motives be thwarted and the highest ideal of truth be sought after.
    You Lord, are omniscient, nothing is hid from you. Bring truth to light; let it shine bright in this evil thing which has been done to Mr Heitholt. Let it fall upon the conscience of all involved to have only truth prevail, not whether a conviction is won or lost. Have mercy God, bring your presence into this courtroom, into the very heart and souls of the accused and the accuser. Let both the accused, the accuser, and the victim find help in you Lord.
    You alone can bring goodness and mercy into the lives of every person involved in this case from such a great evil. Your arm is not too short to save.

  13. Our Heavenly Father God
    We place Ryan and his difficult situation in your hands. You are our warrior, vindicator, advenger. Advenge Ryan. We all ask in faith and by which as promised by you it is declared done.
    We love you Father God and we know you love Ryan.
    We thank Josh for bringing this to our attention. Continue to bless Josh also for he is a wonderful example.
    Thanks you Father Amen, Amen, Amen

  14. Lord God, please be with Ryan and his family. I've understood your son Josh to be a great man, so I trust his judgment. I pray that Ryan is found innocent, and that you reunite him with his family that he might live life again. I pray also that your Spirit moves within the courtroom and breaks the hearts there, that Your truth might reign above all, and prevail in the end.

    In Jesus' name,

  15. A message passed on to Ryan and I by Jean Gutarra.

    Josh, I wish I could go with you to support Ryan, but I have court hearings for my clients in Columbia. I am thankful that you are standing up for Ryan. I have said a prayer for him today, and I will pray again. I have him written down in my planning book so I will remember. I usually don't go on facebook, but I have written a few lines for Ryan. If you could pass the lines on that would be great. Thank you, Josh. Keep standing on behalf of the innocent.

    Dear Ryan, Even when you can’t see what God is doing in your life or why you are in the circumstance you are in today, you must recall to mind that the Lord your God is your Father. He knows all your thoughts. His thoughts toward you out number the grains of the sands of earth. All the days of your life are ordained for you. Even when your circumstance does not make sense or does not turn out the way you have expected, you have a higher Judge who sits upon His throne, and He will vindicate you. He has the ultimate power. He is a Rock that is higher than you and your circumstance. You can run to Him and be safe. The Lord God Almighty knows the numbers of hairs on your head so how much more He cares for your heart. He knows your heart. He sees your struggles. He takes up your burden every day. The name of the Lord is a strong tower. I pray that you will live to see justice for you and others be administered in this age. No matter what happens you shall live to see the goodness and mercy of the Lord. Be strong and courageous in the Lord Jesus, who has walked on the path of injustice before you. He will give you what you need. Abide in Him. Cling to Him and you will know what it is to live life to the fullest, even in the darkest night of the soul.

    The Point of Life is Jesus,
    "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy." Proverbs 31: 8-9

    Jean Elizabeth

  16. I have been praying that during this process God would show Himself to be what He is, the God of Truth, Justice & Mercy, on Ryan's behalf. May God be glorified as His Spirit aligns the secular justice system with God's true justice, will & purpose. Keep your eyes on Him.

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