- [Chris] Pastor Brunson's ordeal
has mobilized Christians around the world.
- Hundreds of thousands of people
have been praying for Pastor Brunson,
not just in the United States,
but around the world.
- [Chris] Before the court hearing,
US Vice President Mike Pence said
the release of PastorBrunson has been a priority
for the Trump administration.
- Our administration's made very clear
that we will continue to stand strong
until Pastor Andrew Brunson is free
and back home in the United States
with his family and with his church.
- This is historic in that how many times
they have actually brought this subject up
in high-level conversations
with the Turkish administration.
- [Chris] Turkey accusedBrunson of partcipating
in a 2016 coup to overthrow the government
of Turkish President Erdogan
and faces up to 35 years if convicted.
His latest trial took placenear the city of Izmir,
known as ancient Smyrnain the New Testament.
Brunson ministered for morethan two decades in his church
and denied the charges.
The Trump administrationimposed economic sanctions
against Turkey to secure his release.
Middle East analyst MichaelKerem said Pastor Brunson
stood for more than his own freedom.
- I believe this isreally a call to prayer,
not only for Andrew,
but for the Turkish, and Kurdish,
and Arab, and Syrian, andIraqi, and Iranian people,
all living very much a close,
because it's clear thatAndrew Brunson is in prison,
or under arrest for one reason,
and that's his hope andfaith in Jesus Christ
as the Messiah not only of the West,
but of the entire world.
- [Chris] Chris Mitchell,CBN News, Jerusalem.