Norine Brunson, wife of imprisoned pastor Andrew Brunson, has released a message from her husband, who turned fifty on 3 January. He has been in detention since October 2016, accused of links to a terrorist organisation.
Andrew and Norine led the Izmir Dirilis (Resurrection) Church on the west coast of Turkey for 23 years, until they were taken into custody. Norine was released after twelve days and given an extended permit to remain in Turkey.
In Andrew’s note, he writes of his fear of being forgotten and thanks those who pray for him:
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
Christians in Turkey have requested the following prayers:
1. that the Lord will continue to uphold Andrew, strengthening and encouraging him
2. that the Lord will watch over Andrew’s family, protecting and providing for them
3. that the Lord will give wisdom to the Turkish lawyer and others working for Andrew’s release and that he will be freed soon.
(American Center for Law and Justice/Christian Post/Middle East Concern)