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American pastor imprisoned in Turkey says 'thank you' for prayers

08 January 2018

Andrew Brunson, pastor of Izmir Resurrection Church, was arrested on 7 October 2016 on claims of links to 'armed terrorist organisations'. He remains in prison in Izmir despite US requests for his release.

Andrew’s wife has released a note from Andrew thanking people for their continued prayers:

I am deeply grateful to all who have prayed for me. This trial – time in prison – has stretched me far more than I ever would have imagined. I have been very weak, had many doubts, felt very alone. I know that God’s grace is sustaining me, even when I do not feel that grace, and I know that the prayers of God’s people are surrounding me and giving strength. One of my big fears has been that I will be forgotten in prison. Thank you for not forgetting! It is a great encouragement to know there are people praying for me – it reminds me that I am not alone, and that I need to stand firm, with my face pointed in God’s direction always. Thank you for standing with me in this most difficult time.

Many blessings to you


Please pray:

  • For Andrew's swift and safe release
  • For strength and encouragement for Andrew, that he would know God's love and presence with him
  • For comfort and provision for Andrew's family.

Source: MEC

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