Imprisoned Pastor Shares His Discouragement over Prolonged Prison Detainment

ICC Note: Pastor Andrew Brunson, who has been imprisoned in Turkey since 2016, has asked for renewed prayer as he faces depression and discouragement regarding his unjust detainment. Very little regarding his case has been accomplished over the last year and a half, as Pastor Brunson’s legal team has still not been given access to the case file. Pastor Brunson has suffered much during his imprisonment, and is in great need of prayer and support during this difficult time.       

02/12/2018 Turkey (WND) –  A message from an American Christian pastor who has been imprisoned by the Turkish regime of Recep Tayyip Erdogan for 16 months has been distributed, asking for prayer and indicating he is “very discouraged.”

Pastor Andrew Brunson wrote in a message to his wife: “I am very discouraged. Please have prayer for me. I love you – can’t handle the thought of growing old in this place, without you.”

The American Center for Law and Justice, which has been an advocate for Brunson, distributed the message.

ACLJ, describing him as “a political prisoner,” said that this week Brunson and his Turkish attorney had a formal meeting with the prosecutor in Turkey.

“Although this was the first such meeting since Pastor Andrew’s detention, very little was accomplished,” ACLJ said. “With still no access to the case file, indictment, or end in sight, Pastor Andrew penned a hopeless and heartbreaking note to his wife via an embassy official shortly after the meeting.”

ACLJ has taken the case to Congress, the president and the United Nations.

“We will not back down. We will continue to fight this violation of justice and human rights until Pastor Andrew is released and returned home to his family in America,” the organization said.

WND reported last month when 24 members of the Council of Europe signed a document demanding Turkey release Brunson, who has been held without charges.

The written declaration criticizes Erdogan for using Brunson as “a bargaining chip” with the U.S. to extradite Fethullah Gulen, whom Erdogan blames for the failed coup attempt in July 2016.

Brunson had served as a pastor in Turkey for more than 23 years before his arrest in late 2016.

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