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Andrew and Norine Brunson
Photo: World Watch Monitor

Turkish officials in the coastal city of Izmir detained American Christians Andrew and Norine Brunson on October 7th. Fortunately, Norine was released on October 19th, but authorities are still holding her husband incommunicado in an Izmir detention facility.

Rev. Brunson and his wife were refused any contact with U.S. consular officials and lawyers since their detention, under Interior Ministry orders for deportation within 15 days on alleged "national security" grounds. To date, no reason for the expulsion order has been given to the couple who have lived in Turkey for over 20 years.

Although initial attempts by members of the Izmir Resurrection Church to send personal effects to their pastor and his wife were refused by officials, during the week of October 19th parcels of fresh clothing and medicine were finally permitted. The police would not, however, allow a Bible to be given to the couple.

It remains unclear whether Rev. Brunson will be deported or remain in custody. In the meantime, he has been transferred to the Cigli detention centre, which is situated in the northern part of Izmir. To learn more about persecution in Turkey, click here.

Let us praise God for Norine's recent release from detention, praying that her husband will soon be reunited with her in freedom. In the meantime, may Andrew be granted opportunities to share Christ's love with his guards and fellow prisoners. Pray that once Andrew is released, the Brunsons will be able to remain in Turkey to continue with their ministry to the people of this historical land.

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Country Information

Population
82,482,383 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Turkish (70-75), Kurdish (19), other minorities (7-12)

Religion (%)
Islam (99.8), other (0.2)

Leader
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (2014)

Government type
Parliamentary republic

Legal system
Civil law system derived from various European continental legal systems

Sources: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Turkey

Prayerfully uphold those who have had their churches and places of worship taken over by a government that does not represent their beliefs, values or ordinances. Ask the Lord to oversee the mediation process as church officials and government representatives endeavour to work out a solution that is both honouring to Him and fair to all the members of the various churches. Despite the challenges experienced by the believers of this country, may they have a sense of God's reassuring presence and peace, knowing that one day He will reign supremely and justly over the entire earth.

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