Now that he’s back in the United States and free from his two years of detention in Turkey, Pastor Andrew Brunson is opening up about the struggles of his imprisonment and how God was using it for His good.
Brunson, a North Carolina native who along with his wife spent over two decades preaching the Gospel in Izmir before being charged with terrorism in 2016, made the rounds with cable news networks this week after he finally landed back on U.S. soil last weekend.
During those interviews, Brunson shed more light on the details of his widely publicized detention that has soured relations between Ankara and Washington.
In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Brunson said that he might be one of the “most hated men in Turkey” right now because of the fact that he was falsely accused of not only supporting a terrorist movement blamed for trying to overthrow the Erdogan regime but also supporting Kurdish terrorists.
When Brunson and his wife, Norine, were first arrested in October 2016, Brunson said they were “shocked.”
“We were arrested on our oldest son’s birthday and this was for deportation. Then we were told that we were a threat to national security and within a very short time it became clear to us that this was unusual and that we weren’t allowed to see a consular official and my wife and I were kept for 13 days with no contact from the outside,” Brunson explained. “It just kept extending and extending. We were really shocked because we spent 23 years telling people about Jesus in Turkey. We did this very openly and had never had a problem with it.”
Although Norine Brunson was eventually released, Andrew Brunson was not.
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Source: Christian Post