Christians in Turkey request continued prayer for pastor Andrew Brunson following an official indictment demanding life imprisonment.
On 13 March the prosecutor in Izmir province charged Andrew with being a member and leading actor of the terrorist group connected to Fetullah Gulen, which is blamed for the 2016 coup attempt against the Turkish government. This follows the prosecutor’s questioning of Andrew on 7 February. The questioning was very distressing for Andrew, who denies all allegations.
The indictment has been submitted to the court and, if accepted, Andrew’s case will proceed to trial.
Andrew and his wife Norine were originally arrested on 7 October 2016 and told that they were to be deported as “a threat to national security.” Norine was subsequently released, but Andrew remains in prison without bail due to the allegations.
Please pray that
- the Lord will strengthen Andrew, and that he and his family will know God’s peace and presence
- the Turkish court will uphold justice and throw out the wholly unfounded allegations of Andrew’s involvement in a terrorist group
- the Lord will give Andrew’s Turkish lawyer wisdom to effectively counter the accusations
- Andrew will be released soon and that those responsible for his imprisonment will repent of their actions