Saturday will mark a year since Turkish officials freed Pastor Andrew Brunson from prison, allowing him and his family to fly back to the U.S.
Brunson served two years in a prison cell under false charges. Months of tense negotiations between the U.S. and Turkey centered on his release. Review our coverage of Pastor Brunson’s ordeal here.
Today, Brunson wants to use his experiences to help young believers. “We were in missions in Turkey for 25 years,” he says.
“I think now’s the time to help the next generation to ‘go’.”
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Helping the “go-ers” isn’t the only burden on Brunson’s heart. “For the first time in my life, I have an urgency for my own country — for the United States,” he says.
“Since I’ve come back to the States, [it] really hit me how quickly things are accelerating – the hostility towards Christians. We have kids who are 18, 21 [and] 23; I’m very concerned about them,” Brunson continues.
“Will they be able to stand unapologetically for Jesus Christ in a difficult environment? I think many of them are not ready for that.”
Search through MNN’s headlines and you’ll find a similar trend. Hate speech and hate crimes are on the rise while ministries report cultural shifts. According to Barna Research Group, U.S. believers are discarding Christian tenants like reading God’s Word and sharing one’s faith. Some Christian celebrities completely deny their faith on public platforms.
Referring to his children, Brunson says, “I’m thinking about their spiritual survival. Are they ready to stand for Jesus Christ and to be loyal to Him?”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth