In a major development, American Pastor Andrew Brunson has been moved from the Turkish prison to his house in Turkey.
The ACLJ represents the family of Pastor Andrew – a U.S. citizen from Black Mountain, North Carolina – who has spent nearly 21 months imprisoned in Turkey because of his Christian faith. Pastor Andrew has been on trial for the crime of “Christianization,” and the ACLJ has been working in this country and abroad to secure his freedom.
We have confirmed that the Turkish government has issued an order releasing Pastor Andrew from prison and allowing him to be returned to his home in Turkey. This is a critical first step that we believe will result in the freedom of Pastor Andrew so he can return to the United States and be reunited with his family.
In November 2016, Pastor Andrew’s daughter and the ACLJ took their passionate pleas for help to the US Congress, as they testified at the U.S. Helsinki Commission hearing. During the hearing, they argued that the pastor has been wrongfully imprisoned and deserved to be reunited with his family.
“My husband and I decided to have a civil ceremony and to postpone our wedding until my father is home,” Jacqueline Furnari, Brunson’s daughter, told the commission. “I’m still waiting for my wedding. I’m still waiting to wear that wedding dress that I got almost a year and a half ago.”
“I’m still waiting for my dad to walk me down the aisle, and I’m still waiting for that father-daughter dance,” she continued her heartfelt plea.
The President has played a critical role in securing the freedom of Pastor Andrew.
We have worked closely with the President on this matter and are grateful for his efforts. We look forward to the ultimate release of Pastor Andrew.
Watch ACLJ President Jay Sekulow explain the facts of the case, how President Trump, Vice President Pence and other government officials have been involved in Pastor Brunson’s release and why his release is such an important development. Sekulow explains how the pastor is not out of danger until he is out of Turkish airspace and on his way back to America.
The world needs to continue to pray for Pastor Brunson, as he is not yet “out of the woods”.