(Voice of the Persecuted) For years, relations between the U.S. and Turkey have been deteriorating and, among other issues, critically affected by the detention of an American pastor, Andrew Brunson. Andrew has lived in Turkey for 23 years and is a pastor for the Izmir Diriliş (Resurrection) Church, a small evangelical Presbyterian congregation in the city of Izmir. He’s been unjustly detained since October 7, 2016 on charges of espionage and links to terror organizations which he firmly denies. Many believe Brunson is nothing but a political pawn in Turkey’s quest to force the U.S. to extradite Fethullah Gülen, who is considered an enemy of the Turkish government and living in self-exile in Pennsylvania for years.

During the first 18 months before his first trial hearing Andrew lost 50 lbs. and suffered extreme depression. Pastor Brunson’s first court trial hearing was on April 16, 2018, the second hearing took place on May 7; a third hearing on July 18. His fourth hearing is scheduled for October 12, 2018. The 50 year old pastor is facing a 35-year prison sentence if convicted by the Turkish court.

Through U.S. pressure, many hoped that Andrew would be released at the previous hearing on 18 July, but the judge ordered Andrew stay in detention. Reports claim that following an international outcry, the court ruled on July 25 that Andrew could be released from prison and be kept under house arrest due to health concerns.

PASTOR ANDREW BRUNSON RELEASED FROM TURKISH PRISON AND PUT UNDER HOUSE ARREST

On October 2, Ismail Cem Halavurt, Andrew’s lawyer, took Andrew’s case to the Constitutional Court hoping the claims against Andrew will be rejected and Andrew released from house arrest.

Turkish Christians and friends of Andrew Brunson are requesting prayer for the upcoming hearing.

Dear Brothers and Sisters, our brother is now entering his third year in prison in Turkey for his faith in Jesus. Please let us…….
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••• Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel: Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound. 2 Tmothy 2:8-9•••
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•••  Remember his imprisonment. I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. Remember my imprisonment. Grace be with you. Colossians 4:18 •••
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••• Remember those in prison, as though you were in prison with them, and the mistreated, as though you yourself were suffering bodily. •••
Hebrews 13:3
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Brothers and sisters let us unite in prayer and remember Andrew Brunson as his trial comes up this coming Friday October 12th. We invite you to join us during a special prayer conference call this coming Thursday, October 11th for our brother who is bound for the gospel of Jesus. Let us pray for the gospel to go forth in Turkey and the surrounding nations and as a result of Andrew’s imprisonment. We will also remember the persecuted church in Turkey and around the world in our prayers. We believe prayers are heard and answered. Stay on the call 7 minutes, 7 hours, or as long as you feel led. Your prayers make a huge difference in the lives of our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world. Lord willing, I look forward to praying with you on the 7 hour call.

Details for the call are below. Please, join us and let us remember all those who are in the shadow of the cross.

Your brother in Christ,

Blaine Scogin and the VOP team

pwprayercall@gmail.com

Serving Jesus as Prayer Director of Voice of the Persecuted and Persecution Watch.

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24

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One small voice cries out for the Persecuted Church. More than 100,000,000 Christians around the world are at risk of persecution. It has become one of the worst humanitarian crises on the planet, today! It is ”a crisis point in history” that can no longer be overlooked, or millions more will suffer! Sadly it’s a crisis that not enough people realize exists. Unfortunately the western media rarely reports the extreme persecution inflicted on our Christian brothers and sisters, worldwide. We are called by our God to stand up for all who are destitute, to remember the prisoners as if imprisoned ourselves and to be a VOICE for the persecuted Church! Join us, we CAN make a difference! For the latest news, information and updates, follow us at www.voiceofthepersecuted.org