by Calvin Freiburger, LifeSiteNews.com
A North Carolina Protestant pastor imprisoned in Turkey for almost two years prayed for President Donald Trump on recently, in a meeting at the White House following his release.
Andrew Brunson had worked in Turkey for 20 years and was arrested in October 2016 as part of a mass crackdown against supposed political opponents of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
He was charged with “Christianization,” and a Turkish judge tried to link Brunson to two groups considered terrorists by the country’s government. Brunson professed his innocent and argued he was being persecuted for his Christian faith, as did the United States government.
After months of public pressure and private negotiations by the Trump administration, Turkey finally released Brunson, essentially sentencing him to time served. After a stop at an American military hospital in Germany, the Associated Press reports, Brunson was back in the US the next day.
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