Imprisoned Pastor Andrew Brunson, currently on house arrest in Ankara, Turkey, just received disheartening news. His request to end his house arrest was denied.
Brunson has become the center of a political standoff between the United States and Turkey, two countries leveraging for control of Brunson, who is accused by the Turkish government of aiding in an attempted coup in 2016.
Brunson was released from jail recently but ordered to remain on house arrest. Turkey also refused to lift a travel ban that would prevent Brunson, 50, from leaving Turkey, according to Fox News.
Originally from Black Mountain, North Carolina, Brunson has lived in Turkey for more than two decades and was the leader of the Izmir Resurrection Church in Turkey.
After U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen was accused by the Turkish government in instigating civil unrest during a failed 2016 coup, which was carried out by Kurdish rebels, Brunson’s name was added to the list of those abetting in the coup.
Brunson denies any wrongdoing. If convicted on both counts, he could face a prison sentence of up to 35 years
President Trump has spoken directly into the matter, demanding Turkey give up Pastor Brunson and threatening sanctions if the U.S.’s NATO ally will not comply. Some of those sanctions include the delayed delivery of F-35 fighter jets.
Turkey has said that if the U.S. refuses to supply them with the jets, they’ll seek international arbitration in the matter.
Please pray for Pastor Brunson as his case unfolds. In recent news, read about the miraculous story of a plane that crashed, without any deaths.