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Andrew Brunson greeting people
Pastor Brunson greeted the crowd as he was led to house arrest.
Photo: World Watch Monitor

In the next hearing, which is to be held tomorrow, October 12th, Pastor Andrew Brunson is scheduled to answer to charges related to terrorism and espionage. If convicted, Pastor Brunson could face up to 35 years in prison. The case has resulted in international strain, including U.S. sanctions and tariffs against Turkey.

In a further development, Pastor Brunson's lawyer filed an appeal to the Turkish Constitutional Court, the highest court in the country. This appeal, which was filed on October 3rd, calls for his release from house arrest. For more information on the case against Pastor Brunson, visit our Turkey Country Report.

Through your prayers, please bring Pastor Brunson before God's Heavenly Throne, petitioning for the accused Christian leader to be cleared from all charges and justly released. Pray for his lawyers and others acting on his behalf that they would also be imbued with wisdom, guidance and favour from on high as they serve as advocates in this case.

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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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