We heard about Pastor Andrew Brunson from our Missions Conference speaker several weeks ago. Pastor Brunson who has lived in Turkey for 23 years, thought he was receiving permanent resident status when authorities summoned him to the government offices in Izmir. Instead, the Ministry of Interior officials detained him for weeks that have stretched into over a year. He’s been charged with espionage, acquiring secret political and military information, attempting to destroy constitutional order and overthrowing the Turkish parliament, in addition to alleged “membership in an armed terroristic organization.” (World Magazine)
Recently, it has become apparent that Turkish President Erdogan would like to swap Pastor Brunson for a Muslim cleric living in the US who is Erdogan’s rival. Turkey has been seeking the extradition of the cleric, who was once Erodgan’s ally, and whose supporters have been blamed for trying to overthrow Erdogan’s government last year.
“According to Jordan Sekulow, Executive Director of the American Center for Law and Justice, Brunson has said his reason for living in Turkey for the past 23 years was “…for one purpose only. To tell about Jesus Christ,” according to the ACLJ. He has also said that he has “…done this openly, in front of the government.”
Please pray that President Erdogan would use the authority he was given by a new decree (694) to return prisoners to their home countries on Andrew’s behalf!” (a September 16 post on Andrew and Norine Brunson’s Facebook page exclaims)
Brunson and his wife Norine have lived in Turkey since 1993. They raised three children there and serve a small Presbyterian church in the coastal city of Izmir.” (CBN News)