Pastor Andrew Brunson of the United States has been released from Turkish prison! US President Donald Trump tweeted earlier today, “PASTOR BRUNSON JUST RELEASED. WILL BE HOME SOON!”
Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina told FOX NEWS that Brunson will be on his way home, “in just a couple of days, if not hours.”
Brunson has been in Turkish prison since October 2016. He was falsely accused for aiding and abetting terrorists, and conspiracy against the Turkish government. Many people have been praying and fasting for Pastor Brunson. He was facing up to 30 year in prison due to the false charges.
The US government has been pressuring Turkey for Brunson’s release. This last July he was moved from prison and being placed on house arrest. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been leading efforts on Brunson’s release. He recently said Brunson, “should have been released this month.” Pompeo also said, “Pastor Brunson and the other US persons that are being held by Turkey all need to be released by Turkey.”
Facebook Live Prayer Vigil
On Thursday, October 11, a Facebook Live prayer vigil took placer Pastor Brunson, starting at 7:30 PM (EST). The event was streamed from the front of the Turkish embassy in Washington, D.C.
Rev. Patrick Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition and organizer of the live prayer vigil, quoted Hebrews 13:3 saying it says, “Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison. And those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.”
The Prayer Vigil was praying for Brunson’s immediate release. Mahoney’s statement said, “We will also be calling on Turkey to ensure religious freedom and human rights for all. And to end the persecution and intimidation of Christians and other religious minorities.”
Mahoney also said, “It is important for the faith community to stand in solidarity with all those who are being persecuted and attacked for their Christians beliefs and continue to be a loud and prophetic public voice for justice and religious freedom. We cannot rest or be silent until Pastor Brunson is released. And able to freely worship God according the dictates of his conscience.”
Responses Celebrating Brunson’s Release
Pastor Brunson has been serving the people of Turkey for the last 23 years, and leads Resurrection Church in Izmir, Turkey.
US Vice President Mike Pence tweeted, “Pastor Andrew Brunson is coming home! Thanks to the strong leadership of @POTUS Trump and the steadfast prayers of millions of Americans, this innocent man of faith will soon be home!”
Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice released a video statement. The ACLJ had over 600,000 signatures petitioning for Brunson’s release.
Sekulow also tweeted, “We are so grateful to President Trump, Members of Congress, and the diplomats who worked so hard to free Pastor Andrew. We’re also thankful to all the @ACLJ members for your support & prayers for #PastorBrunson and his family.”
Continue in Prayer
Millions of people have been praying and interceding for Pastor Brunson and others imprisoned in Turkey. Please continue to pray for his healing and reintegration into family and American life. Comment below or post your prayers on our GODTV Facebook page under this article.