Andrew Brunson imprisoned in Turkey
Andrew Brunson and his wife were originally from North Carolina. 23 years ago, they moved to Turkey’s third largest city where Andrew led the Izmir Resurrection Church with a congregation of about 25. The couple had raised their family of three children in Turkey and had applied for permanent residency. On Oct. 7, they were called to a local police station and never imagined there was anything to be worried about. They went to the police station thinking they were finally approved for residency.
At the station, they were initially told to leave the country because Andrew was accused of receiving funds from abroad to fund missionary initiatives that Turkey claimed would endanger the security of the Country with their activities. Later, the Turkish press reported that the decree of expulsion for the Evangelical pastor had been transformed into arrest after a secret witness accused him of having ties with the Gulen Movement whom Turkey considers a terror organization. His wife was released on the Oct. 9, 2016, but Andrew spends 24 hours a day in a cell with limited human contact.
Andrew has denied the charges, along with all who know him. He’s also lost 50 pounds since being incarcerated and hopes he won’t be forgotten.
His trial will be this coming Monday, April 16. Based on the charges, he could receive a prison sentence of 35 years.
His wife is asking Christians to please be in prayer for her dear husband. Sharing her request again as we feel it’s important to join her at this critical moment.
“Today the Lord clearly showed me and another believer to pray for Andrew three times a day – morning, noon, evening. Like mealtimes. I have set the alarm on my phone. I would love for others to join this and pray for Andrew whenever you eat breakfast lunch and dinner – whatever time zone you are in!
As you pray three times a day… please pray that the cord around Andrew would be loosened/untied.
Although I don’t understand this completely, the Lord gave this very clearly so I am praying it by faith. Please join by faith that what we loose on earth is loosed in heaven. We are sooo grateful for you, our huge family in Christ.“
— That God will bring Justice and vindication to our brother, Andrew, as Jesus promises in Luke 18
— That truth will prevail in this case.
— That the judges will be impartial and honest. Not driven by a political agenda.
— That this trial will be open and international observers will be allowed to attend.
— That the Holy Spirit will give heavenly wisdom to Andrew’s attorneys and to Andrew himself. That they will be able to speak the truth that their enemies will not refute.
— That ultimately Andrew will be found not guilty and set free to rejoin his family.
— that Andrew’s family will experience comfort and the presence of Christ during this time of trial.
— That ultimately God’s will be done and he be glorified in this trial through our brother.
I was reminded this morning that many are the afflictions of the righteous. But the Lord delivers him out of them all. This marvelous promise is found in Psalm 34:19
. Let us pray this promise and other promises over our dear brother Andrew Brunson and his family. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. James 5:16
To the extent that I am known, I want to be known as a servant and lover of Jesus Christ…. I have prayed for this land and its people for many years,… for God to pour out great blessing… In my weakness, I pray daily for strength and courage to persevere and remain faithful to my King until the end. My deepest thanks to my family around the world that is standing with and praying for me.
Please share this article with your pastors and all those who will pray with you. Ask your pastor to lead the congregation in prayer for Andrew during this weekend’s church service.
On Sunday evening at 9m EST, we will be hosting a special prayer conference call to pray together for Andrew Brunson. In Turkey, it will be 4am giving us the opportunity to pray before Andrew’s trial begins. JOIN US! Call information below
Blaine Scogin and the VOP team
Blaine Scogin serves as Prayer Director for Persecution Watch and Voice of the Persecuted.
Persecution Watch is a national prayer conference call to pray specifically for the persecuted Church. For the past 8 years, Blaine has faithfully led this national network of believers praying for the persecuted Church and the global harvest. The group normally meets via a free call-in service every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday night at 9pm EST. However, dedicated in their prayers for our persecuted brothers and sisters, there have been times when these prayer warriors have met every night for a month or more—lifting the persecuted up as the Lord leads. Often, they host callers from nations other than the United States.
We also encourage you to join the weekly prayer call to continue to pray together for those suffering for Christ.
Tuesday, Thursday. Saturday —Special Sunday call scheduled for Pastor Brunson (APRIL 15, 2018)
9 p.m. Eastern time
8 p.m. Central time
7 p.m. Mountain time
6 p.m. Pacific time
For those who may be subject to added charges for conference calls. Please download the app, it’s free!
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