Pastor Andrew Brunson spent more than two years wrongfully imprisoned in Turkey, separated from his family, after more than two decades of Christian ministry in the country.
After relentless advocacy from the ACLJ and diplomatic actions taken by the Trump Administration – including now ACLJ Senior Counsel for Global Affairs Mike Pompeo and ACLJ Senior Advisor for National Security and Foreign Policy Ric Grenell – Pastor Brunson received his freedom and was able to return home to America.
On yesterday’s "Sekulow," the nationally syndicated daily radio and streaming program hosted by ACLJ's Jay Sekulow and Jordan Sekulow, Grenell, who was serving as U.S. Ambassador to Germany at the time, recalled greeting Pastor Brunson on the tarmac in Germany hours after being freed. "It was incredibly emotional and as he walked down the stairs of that plane, and I was at the bottom of the stairs with an American flag, I had to struggle to keep my emotions intact."
While we celebrate his freedom, we grapple with the reality that with a new Administration in the White House, it may prove to be more difficult to secure the release of captive or imprisoned Christians. That’s why the work of the ACLJ is needed now more than ever.
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