Turkish officials refused United States consular officials’ requests to see the Brunson’s because they said their activities constitute a “national security risk”. What these activities are, they would not disclose.
Andrew Brunson’s wife was released on October 19, 2016. Yet, Andrew Brunson remains imprisoned on terrorism charges. No formal case has been opened against him.
The Brunsons are not the first Christians who have been blacklisted by the Turkish government. There is an ongoing trend in deporting Christians living in Turkey without any warning.
“They are never going to be happy with any foreigners doing Christian work in this country,” said a Turkish church leader.
Please pray for expatriate Christians living in Turkey. May God give them wisdom and guidance as they respond to this situation.