Lumenlife Reports Possible Secret Deal for Pastor Andrew Brunson

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Andrew BrunsonWASHINGTON — Special report from Dominic Sputo and Lumenlife (www.lumenlife.org) The White House expects North Carolina pastor Andrew Brunson to be released by the Turkish government and returned to the U.S. in the coming days, two years after he was detained, according to two senior administration officials and another person briefed on the matter.

Under an agreement senior Trump administration officials recently reached with Turkey, pastor Andrew Brunson is supposed to be released after certain charges against him are dropped at his next court hearing, currently scheduled for tomorrow, Friday (IN JUST A FEW HOURS LOCAL TURKEY TIME), the senior administration officials and a person briefed on the matter said.

The details of the deal are unclear, but those familiar with the discussions said it includes a commitment by the U.S. to ease economic pressure on Turkey.

The Trump administration, however, isn’t fully confident that Turkey will follow through with the Brunson agreement because Ankara was close to a commitment to release him several months ago but did not, one senior administration official said.   PLEASE continue to pray for the RELEASE of Andrew Brunson until he is safely home.

Thank you, always, for your prayers and support in our mission to inspire Jesus followers to remember those who suffer for His name.

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In 1978 at the age of 21, Jeff moved to Vienna, Austria to smuggle bibles behind the Iron Curtain. His book, "Leaving The American Sector" available from www.mercyprojects.org chronicles many stories from that time period. He leads Mercy Projects in Murrieta, CA assisting vulnerable children and families in Ukraine, Kosovo, and Armenia. He enjoys espresso from around the world, and this gives him the energy to tell his grandchildren stories of being banned from Russia twice in his lifetime. Dan Wooding and Jeff have known each other for many years.