Christian leaders and the home church of Pastor Andrew Brunson are celebrating his return to the United States, saying the development is a hopeful signal for the persecuted and is another reason why evangelicals support Trump.
Brunson, a native of Montreat, North Carolina, spent the past two years in a Turkish prison on terrorism charges.
Christ Community Church, his home parish in nearby Black Mountain, gathered on Sunday for a service to celebrate his release.
A spokeswoman for the church said members and staff were “doing the happy dance and shouting hallelujah” on Friday upon hearing Brunson had been freed, according to the Asheville Citizen Times.
“Today’s sermon highlighted being faithful … and waiting for the Lord in difficult times,” she said Sunday.
Brunson stopped by Washington, D.C., on his way home on Saturday and met with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office and prayed for him.
“Lord God, I ask that you pour out your Holy Spirit on President Trump, that you give him supernatural wisdom to accomplish all the plans you have for this country and for him. I ask that you give him wisdom on how to lead this country into righteousness. I ask that you give him perseverance and endurance and courage to stand for truth. I ask that you protect him from slander from enemies, from those who would undermine. I ask that you make him a great leader for this country. Fill him with your wisdom and strength and perseverance, and we bless him. May he be a great blessing to our country,” he prayed.
Brunson’s wife, Norine, who was there with him, added: “I pray that the spirit of the Lord rest on the president. The spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit counsel and might, spirit of knowledge and fear of the Lord. Amen.”
Brunson and his wife had been pastoring a Protestant congregation in Izmir, Turkey, for approximately 25 years.
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Source: Christian Post