The Fellowship has been working with our faithful followers to provide for Christians who are being increasingly persecuted in the Middle East and around the world, so this story is particularly resonant to us. Reporting at The Times of Israel, Susannah George and Darlene Superville tell us about Pastor Andrew Brunson, an American Christian being held on false charges in Turkey, and the United States' work to gain his freedom:
US President Donald Trump says the United States will impose sanctions on NATO ally Turkey over a detained American pastor held on terror and espionage charges.
Shortly after the possibility of sanctions was first announced by Vice President Mike Pence Thursday, Trump wrote on Twitter that the US “will impose large sanctions on Turkey for their long time detainment of Pastor Andrew Brunson.”
“He is suffering greatly. This innocent man of faith should be released immediately!” the president added from aboard Air Force One as he flew to Iowa for an event.
Turkey’s foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, quickly responded, also via Twitter:
“No one dictates Turkey. We will never tolerate threats from anybody. Rule of law is for everyone; no exception...”