Have you ever felt like you have a spiritual bullseye on your back? Where the enemy is locked, loaded and taking aim?
Our brother from North Carolina, Pastor Andrew Brunson is now in the crosshairs. He’s in the spiritual battle of his life.
Andrew is a great man of faith who has served Jesus and loved the people of Turkey for the last 23 years. But, for the past 19 months, he has been imprisoned in Turkey on ridiculously false charges of trying to overthrow the Turkish government.
The enemy is working hard to have him believe that his future rests in the hands of a corrupt government. Pastor Brunson’s faith is being severely tried. His endurance is strained.
His daughter who visited him described him as “broken, thin and desperate.” Recently, Andrew publicly broke down in tears from the weight of his experience.
Before his second court hearing last week, there was renewed hope. But despite efforts to secure his release from the U.S. government – including President Trump himself; Erdogan continued his charade.
Sandra Jolley, vice chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom who attended the court proceeding described it as follows: “Today’s eleven hours of proceedings were dominated by wild conspiracies, tortured logic, and secret witnesses, but no real evidence to speak of.”
Afterward, brother Andrew was sent back to his grossly overcrowded prison cell that he shares with radical Islamists. He’ll be in there for at least another 10 weeks, until his third hearing, set for July 18.
If convicted, he faces 35 years in prison…a life sentence for our 50-year-old brother. Evil is working hard to deceive and discourage Andrew. It’s all Andrew can do just to cling to Truth.
Recently he wrote, “I believe this to be true. It is an honor to suffer for Jesus Christ, as many have before me. I wish to thank everyone who is advocating and praying for me. Knowing that I am not forgotten is important to me.”
Brothers and sisters, we are one body in Christ – THIS IS OUR FIGHT! Please continue to intercede for our dear brother, stand in the gap and hold up his arms. Ask the Lord to encourage and strengthen His faithful servant, Andrew.
Pray that Andrew will feel our prayers for encouragement and be reminded that he is not forgotten. Pray that he would have joy even in his suffering.
Please share Andrew’s story with your church and friends who love Jesus and pray.
Mercy and truth be with you,