February 14, 2018 | By Excerpt from Stoyan Zaimov
Pray for Andrew Brunson’s release and God’s strength as he is incarcerated in the Turkish prison. Pray for his family who are standing by faith for his release. Download our free prayer guide on how to pray about religious persecution.
“Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.” (Heb 13:3)
“American evangelical pastor Andrew Brunson has sent a “heartbreaking” message to his wife as he continues to languish in a Turkish prison 16 months after his arrest. He admitted he is struggling to deal with his situation.
“I am very discouraged. Please have prayer for me,” Brunson said in a note to his wife, Norine, via an embassy official, according to the American Center for Law and Justice.
“I love you — can’t handle the thought of growing old in this place, without you.”
The ACLJ, which has been assisting the pastor’s family in the U.S., insists that Brunson is an “innocent U.S. citizen” who is being held as a political prisoner by the government of Turkish President Recep Erdogan….
The pastor, who had lived in Turkey for over two decades and led a small Protestant church in Izmir, was arrested in October 2016, accused by authorities of having links with a terror group.
Officials apparently believe that Brunson has ties to U.S.-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Erdogan has blamed for the failed 2016 coup against his government. The pastor has denied such links….
The ACLJ vowed to continue advocating for Brunson before Congress, the Oval Office and the United Nations.
“We will not back down. We will continue to fight this violation of justice and human rights until Pastor Andrew is released and returned home to his family in America,” the group said. (Excerpt from Stoyan Zaimov’s article in the Christian Post .“ Download our free prayer guide on how to pray about religious persecution. As featured on our prayer call, an amazing new ministry starts on Feb. 14, 2018, Save the Persecuted Christians. Check them out HERE.