Freed Pastor Andrew Brunson: Faith in God Got Me Through Ordeal

The Rev. Andrew Brunson escorted by Turkish plainclothes police officers arrives at his house in Izmir on July 25

Brunson knelt on one knee, put his hand on Trump's shoulder, and prayed for the president. Trump in the answer of this statement said that they don't now pay ransom in that country. Coming on the heels of the confirmation of a conservative justice to the Supreme Court, Brunson's return is likely to leave evangelical Christians feeling good about the president and motivated get to the polls in the November 6 midterm elections. As Trump bowed his head, Brunson asked God to "give him supernatural wisdom to accomplish all the plans you have for this country and for him". Brunson told Mr. Trump about his plans that he now thinks to spend time with his wife and children and he is now praying to see what God has really planned for him.

The Trump administration had been pushing for his release, arguing that Brunson is innocent. Brunson had been held in a Turkish prison since 2016 allegedly for espionage and connection to terrorism.

"Fill him with your wisdom and strength and perseverance", Brunson asked. May he be a great blessing to our country. Erdogan had insisted that his country's courts are independent, though he previously had suggested a possible swap for Brunson.

"This has been a hard ordeal that has gone on for far too long for Pastor Brunson and his family", Perkins said after Brunson's release, "but today it ends and they can begin a new chapter in their lives". But "forgiveness has to be part of this, we have not an option not to forgive, as Christians".

Tony Perkins, a member of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, accompanied Brunson and his wife Norine Brunson on the flight to Andrews Air Force Base.

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Tillis visited Brunson in Turkey twice, including attending his spring trial, and worked legislation into the defense authorization bill that penalized Turkey by denying sale of military jets.

Erdogan said on Twitter that he hoped the two countries will continue to cooperate "as it befits two allies". Erdogan also called for joint efforts against terrorism, and he listed the ISIS group, Kurdish militants and the network of a US -based Muslim cleric whom Turkey blames for a failed coup in 2016.

After that, Brunson said, he was moved into a jail cell with 19 other people.

"After an eventful hearing [on October 12], the court sentenced Brunson to three years and one month in prison for aiding a terrorist organization, while ruling for his release from house arrest pending appeals procedures", Hurriyet Daily News reported. He met with Trump in the Oval Office on Saturday, when Trump doubled down on his denials that any deal with struck with foreign officials, claiming the U.S.

The introduction of the sanctions in August prompted a currency crisis in Turkey. His arrest two years ago led to USA tariffs against Turkey and condemnation from Trump. He had resisted earlier US demands that Brunson be released. Turkey is also frustrated by the refusal of the U.S.to extradite Gulen.

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