American pastor jailed in Turkey writes letter sharing fear of being forgotten

An American pastor who has been jailed in Turkey since October 2016 over false terror allegations has written a letter to his wife sharing his fear that people may forget about his plight.

(REUTERS / Tuncay Dersinlioglu)People holding a Turkish flag gather near the scene after an explosion outside a courthouse in Izmir, Turkey, January 5, 2017.

In a letter shared by his wife via Middle East Concern, Pastor Andrew Brunson conveyed his thanks to people who have prayed for him amidst the weakness and doubts he encounters while in prison. The American pastor spent his 50th birthday in the Turkish prison, as he was falsely accused of being a member of a terror group, The Christian Post detailed.

Pastor Brunson said although the prayers of people give him strength, he was also afraid of being forgotten. Nevertheless, he found comfort in knowing that there were a lot of people who continue to stand by him through his ordeal.

"One of my big fears has been that I will be forgotten in prison," said Pastor Brunson in his letter. "Thank you for not forgetting! It is a great encouragement to know there are people praying for me — it reminds me that I am not alone, and that I need to stand firm, with my face pointed in God's direction always. Thank you for standing with me in this most difficult time."

Last month, Pastor Brunson published a song of worship expressing his unrelenting faith in the Lord despite his situation. The song talks about lifting up one's pain to God and sharing in his suffering because he is worthy of everything, Bos News Life reported.

Brunson's wife, Norine, said that her husband was inspired to write the song because of the prayers of many people, and that he sings it to God all the time. Christians in Turkey have called for prayers after Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggested that Brunson could be released if the U.S. extradites a Muslim cleric named Fethullah Gulen, who is accused of being the mastermind of a failed coup attempt.