USA Pastor Freed From Turkey Prays With Trump
JNN News, Oct. 15, 2018
Freed American pastor Andrew Brunson fell to one knee in the Oval Office and placed his hand on President Donald Trump’s shoulder in prayer on Oct. 12, 2018. Trump welcomed Brunson to the White House to celebrate his release from nearly two years of confinement in Turkey, which had sparked a diplomatic row with a key ally and outcry from USA evangelical groups. Brunson returned to the USA aboard a military jet shortly before meeting the president. He was detained in October 2016 and formally arrested that December. “From a Turkish prison to the White House in 24 hours, that’s not bad,” Trump said. Brunson appeared to be in good health and good spirits. When he asked Trump if he could pray for him, the president replied, “Well, I need it probably more than anyone else in this room, so that would be very nice, thank you.” Brunson left his chair beside Trump, knelt and placed a hand on the president’s shoulder.
As Trump bowed his head, Brunson asked God to “give him supernatural wisdom to accomplish all the plans you have for this country. I ask that you give him wisdom in how to lead this country into righteousness.” He continued: “I ask that you give him perseverance, and endurance and courage to stand for truth. I ask that you to protect him from slander from enemies, from those who would undermine. I ask that you make him a great blessing to this country. Fill him with your wisdom and strength and perseverance. And we bless him. May he be a great blessing to our country. In Jesus’ [Yeshua’s] name, we bless you. Amen.” Brunson, originally from Black Mountain, North Carolina, had lived in Turkey with his family for more than two decades and led a small congregation in the Izmir Resurrection Church. He was accused of committing crimes on behalf of Kurdish militants and to aid a Pennsylvania-based Muslim cleric, Fethullah Gulen, accused by Turkey of engineering the failed coup. He faced up to 35 years in jail if convicted of all the charges against him. (AP)