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Pastor Brunson
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After many months' delay, it was recently announced that the trial for American pastor, Andrew Brunson, is to begin on April 16th. Pastor Brunson has been accused of being connected with a Muslim cleric living in exile in the U.S., Fethullah Gülen, as well as having links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party that's been working to establish an independent Kurdistan. The indictment stated that Pastor Brunson was allegedly involved in converting Kurds to Christianity and aiming to establish a Kurdish state for them.

Pastor Brunson was originally arrested in October 2016 and has been held without bail since. If convicted, he could face up to 35 years in prison. There have been suggestions from Turkish President Erdogan that he would be interested in trading the imprisoned pastor for Gülen, who was accused of leading a failed coup attempt in 2016. However, without evidence against Gülen, the U.S would not be prepared to send him to Turkey.

The Voice of the Martyrs has been actively following the plight of Pastor Brunson. For other reports on this situation, go to our Turkey country report.

Lift up Pastor Brunson and his family to the Lord during this critical juncture, as legal representatives prepare for the upcoming trial which is to commence on April 16th. Pray that the courts will seek justice and the truth will be revealed. Further, please pray for the continuing ministry outreach to the people of Turkey, especially those who need to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ.