Doing the Right Thing: U.S. Exerting Pressure on NATO Ally to Drop False Charges and Release Christian Pastor from Prison

Craig HueyReligious Liberties & The Persecuted Church, Religious Liberty2 Comments

There are Christians unjustly held in prisons all over the world.

They’re in prison because of their faith in Jesus Christ – nothing more…

They are suffering for Christ … losing hope … and facing death by execution every day.

One example: North Carolina missionary Andrew Brunson – pastor of Izmir Resurrection Church in Turkey.

Brunson has voluntarily given the past 23 years of his life to reach the people of Turkey for Christ…

But since October 2016 he has been held in prison in Izmir … falsely accused of supporting and colluding with a Kurdish terrorist group Turkey blames for the attempted military coup against President Recep Erdogan earlier that year.

He’s been separated from his wife and daughters for nearly 2 years … and has lost 50 pounds during his ordeal.

But now the U.S. government is doing more than just pleading with Turkish authorities for his release…

Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) secured an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that bars Turkey from purchasing F-35 fighter jets because of its continued detention of Pastor Brunson.

As a NATO-allied country, 100 of the jets were earmarked for Turkey…

But because of the unjust persecution of Pastor Brunson … what would otherwise be a routine sale is on hold until Brunson is released.

As Christians, we need to pray for Pastor Brunson and his family daily … and stand for what is right and just … opposing the tyranny of unjust imprisonment.

Pray also for Sam Brownback – International Ambassador-at-Large for Religious Freedom – who is working courageously for Pastor Brunson’s release.

Brownback is also helping mobilize the resources of our government to give billions of dollars in humanitarian relief as well as economic and military aid to countries around the world.

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2 Comments on “Doing the Right Thing: U.S. Exerting Pressure on NATO Ally to Drop False Charges and Release Christian Pastor from Prison”

  1. Thank you for your courage to stand and uphold in prayer this precious servant of the Lord in prison there in Turkey… And, for the many more around the world that are going through those tough times… May the word of the LORD PREVAIL, as His grace will overcome and His power will even open prison doors that seem impossible to pass through! Thinking of Paul & his jailed companion, as they sang PRAISES to God and then the miracle happened!

  2. Amen Carl! Yes, we should not forget our imprisoned brethren. Hopefully, those reading this should be doing more than just praying but donating to groups that help them like Voice of the Martyrs. As major persecution comes to AM Christians, may we have the attitude of what a honor it is to be persecuted like the prophets & apostles of old.

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