US pastor in Turkish prison fears he will be forgotten
Andrew Brunson, who was arrested in 2016, has told his wife that “prison has stretched me far more than I ever would have imagined”.
The Pastor of the protestant Izmir Resurrection Church in Western Turkey was arrested in October 2016 on claims of links to “armed terrorist organisations”, claims he denies.
Brunson remains in prison in Izmir despite US requests for his release.
He wrote to his wife, Norine, saying:
“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