On Tuesday, July 24th, the Second High Penal Court in Izmir, Turkey ruled for Andrew Brunson to be released from Kiriklar prison to house arrest.  This was a welcome surprise, as the same penal court rejected Andrew’s appeal for release the previous week. This may be due to the threat of sanctions put on Turkey by the U.S.  Andrew will remain on house arrest until his next hearing which is scheduled on October 12. 

 

Friends gather to welcome Andrew home. Getty Images.

Many news reporters and friends were at Andrew’s home on Tuesday ready to capture the moment he arrived home. In the video below, you can hear the cheers of those welcoming Andrew home, who are shouting, “We love you!” 

 

Jay Sekulow, chief counsel for The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), released a hopeful statement saying, “This is a critical first step that we believe will result in the freedom of Pastor Brunson so he can return to the United States and be reunited with his family. [President Donald Trump] has played a critical role in securing the freedom of Pastor Brunson. We have worked closely with the President on this matter and are grateful for his efforts.  We look forward to the ultimate release of Pastor Brunson.”

Although many are hopeful Andrew will be completely acquitted, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is still insistent on using Andrew as a political pawn. Erdogan wants the U.S. to release the religious leader, Fattah Güllen, back to Turkey to stand trial for the 2016 coup.  Please continue praying with us for Andrew to be cleared of all charges.

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