American pastor Andrew Brunson, who has been wrongfully jailed in Turkey for 16 months now, has written a heartbreaking message to his wife after a formal meeting with the prosecutor.
Pastor Brunson and his Turkish attorney met with the prosecutor in the country last week for the first time since he was detained 16 months ago. In a letter to his wife written after the formal meeting, the American pastor poured out his heart and his feeling of hopelessness over the lack of development and access to his case file, the American Center for Law and Justice detailed.
"I am very discouraged. Please have prayer for me," Pastor Brunson said in his letter to his wife. "I love you – can't handle the thought of growing old in this place, without you."
As of now, the appeal against Pastor Brunson's wrongful imprisonment offers little hope of a positive result even though it is still pending. What sinks that hope even further is the fact that he can be jailed for a maximum of seven years in Turkey even if no formal charges were to be implemented.
In light of his situation, the ACLJ is asking Christians to pray for Pastor Brunson, his family, and his release. The organization has already elevated his case to Congress, the White House, and the United Nations, and has vowed to continue fighting for his freedom.
Last month, a document was written and signed by 24 members of the Council of Europe who criticized Turkey for the wrongful detention of Pastor Brunson. The declaration also slammed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for treating the American missionary as a "bargaining chip" to repatriate the suspected mastermind in a failed coup attempt from the U.S., World Net Daily reported.
In addition, the document noted the "inhumane" living conditions of the American missionary in jail and the lack of evidence to establish that he had indeed committed a crime. The ACLJ hailed the ministers' move and said the latter's support formed a critical step in its fight for Pastor Brunson's release.