Turkey: Christians call for prayers for the jailed US pastor

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After Turkish President called for extradition of a cleric Fethullah Gulen, for release of a US pastor; the Turkish Christians are calling for prayers for the jailed US pastor. Pastor Andrew Brunson is currently imprisoned in Turkey, after he was linked to Fethullah Gulen group.

Pastor Andrew Brunson

In October 2016, Pastor Andrew Brunson was arrested by the Turkish authorities in Turkey. He was arrested along with his wife, who was later released. The authorities claimed they were a “threat to the national security.” Pastor Andrew Brunson remained jailed in Izmir before a Turkish court concluded that he was linked with the Fethullah Gulen group.

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Turkish authorities accuse Fethullah Gulen, a US based Muslim cleric of instigating failed coup attempt in 2016. In August 2017, the authorities also charged Pastor Brunson of procuring “confidential political and military information for espionage purposes” to “overthrow the Turkish Parliament and Government and undermine the constitutional order of the State.”

In this regard, an advocacy group Middle East Concern (MEC) stated: “The state prosecutor has asked for four consecutive life sentences.” The advocacy group has been closely monitoring the developments in this case. Pastor Andrew Brunson has denied the allegations consistently saying that he is “a man of faith” whose “aim is to tell about Jesus Christ.”

As the situation remains apprehensive, Turkish Christians have called for prayers for the jailed Pastor Andrew Brunson. Turkish Christians are praying that Pastor Brunson “will be released soon and be reunited with his family,” that “God will make His presence felt” and “encourage Andrew and his family in this difficult time.”

Turkish Christians are also urging for prayers that “those engaged in negotiations for Andrew’s release will have much wisdom” and that “Justice and righteousness will prevail in Turkey” so “the officials involved in bringing false charges will be stopped.”