Disgraceful scapegoating of a godly missionary for political ends.
Following his long-awaited court hearing on April 16, Andrew Brunson was ordered to another prison, and the remainder of his trial was postponed until May 7. Andrew was arrested on Oct. 7, 2016, on terrorism and espionage charges, and he faces up to 35 years in prison if convicted. During the hearing, he told the court that he is a servant of God and that his only reason for being in Turkey was to preach the gospel. He stressed that he loves the country and has been praying for it for 25 years. He also insisted that he has done nothing wrong and rejected the charges filed against him. At one point, Andrew broke down emotionally, telling the court that he has suffered psychologically while in solitary confinement. The pastor has lived in Turkey for more than 20 years, leading a church in the southwestern part of the country. Pray that the Lord will strengthen and comfort Andrew and his family. Pray for the wisdom and direction of Andrew’s Turkish lawyer as he defends the pastor during trial, and pray that the court will rule justly, leading to Andrew’s release.
American pastor Andrew Brunson (50) appeared in court in Izmir on Monday (16 April) to face charges of aiding terrorist groups that could result in a 35-year prison sentence. After the indictment was read and Andrew responded, the judge adjourned the trial for three weeks.
Andrew stated that he is a servant of God and that his motive in coming to Turkey was to preach Jesus Christ and raise disciples. He said he loves Turkey, has been praying for the country for 25 years and has done nothing wrong.
Andrew has been in prison in Turkey since October 2016.
A Turkish court approved an indictment against Black Mountain native Andrew Brunson, clearing the way for a trial on April 16, 2018 that could result in his being imprisoned in that country for up to 35 years.
On March 28, Sen. Thom Tillis announced that he met with imprisoned American pastor Andrew Brunson on March 26 at Buca Prison in Ismir, Turkey.
“Pastor Brunson is strengthened by his love for his family and his faith in God, but his health has deteriorated,” Tillis said in a statement. “He has lost 50 pounds and spends 24 hours a day in a cell with limited human contact. He is attempting to visit a doctor this week, which involves him being handcuffed and transported with several armed guards. He fears the possibility that the American government accepts the indictment and forgets about him, which we will not allow to happen.
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