This is the latest installment in a year-end series looking back at some of the numerous victories by the ACLJ in 2018.
The ACLJ is committed to protecting religious liberty and defending the persecuted Christian Church around the globe. This year, after nearly two years of tireless advocacy, we helped free a Christian pastor from wrongful imprisonment in Turkey.
For almost 2 years, we legally represented American Pastor Andrew Brunson and his family after he was wrongfully arrested and imprisoned in Turkey for his Christian faith.
Pastor Andrew had peacefully served the church in Turkey for more than 23 years before he was arrested, charged with “Christianization,” and put on trial with a possible sentence of 35 years – likely the rest of his life – in prison.
Pastor Andrew endured imprisonment, separation from his heartbroken family, and health problems (he rapidly lost 50 lbs. in prison), all because he is a Christian.
We launched a massive international legal advocacy campaign for his release. We took his case before Congress, the White House, and the United Nations, urging intervention for his release.
After more than two years of detainment, including a sham trial with spurious testimony from “secret witnesses” and no real evidence against him, Pastor Andrew was finally freed.
Pastor Andrew is now home in America with his wife and children, where he belongs.
We are grateful to President Trump, Members of Congress, and diplomatic leaders who listened to our requests and put pressure on Turkey to secure Pastor Andrew’s release.
We also thank every ACLJ member for your steadfast support and prayers for Pastor Andrew and his family.
But the fight for the persecuted Church is far from over. We’re representing and advocating on behalf of numerous other persecuted Christians who are suffering for their faith.
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You can read more in the ACLJ’s 2018 Victories series here.
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