TRIAL IN TURKEY: “ANDREW IS NOT A VICTIM. ANDREW IS AN INSTRUMENT.”
May 9, 2018 | By Mindy Belz
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“Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Tim 3:12)
Jailed American pastor Andrew Brunson went on trial again Monday. After nearly 12 hours of courtroom proceedings, Turkish judges for a second time sent him back to prison, pending a July 18 continuation. Sunday night I attended an overnight vigil at Brunson’s home church in Black Mountain, N.C., where about 25 people—including Brunson’s 75-year-old mother, Pam—gathered to pray starting at 2 a.m. EDT to coincide with the beginning of the trial in Izmir. Pam Brunson—who with her husband, Ron, is a Presbyterian missionary who served in Mexico, Pakistan, and Russia—prayed throughout, including for jailed Christians in North Korea. She said, “Andrew is not a victim. Andrew is an instrument.” Her husband is currently in Mexico training Bible study leaders.
Brunson’s pastor and representatives from the Evangelical Presbyterian Church attended Monday’s trial, along with Sandra Jolley, vice chairwoman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.
Among many issues, this international case now hinges on a push on Capitol Hill to clamp sanctions on Turkey and block future military sales to the NATO ally as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan moves forward in purchasing S-400 anti-aircraft missiles from Russia. “I want to stay hopeful, and I am hopeful he might be released. But in cases like this, it’s not all law here,” Brunson’s Turkish attorney, Ismail Cem Halavurt, told The Atlantic. “There are other things that are in play.”… (Excerpts from Mindy Belz’s article in WORLD)