Wife of jailed pastor meets with Rex Tillerson


The wife of the American pastor jailed on charges of terrorism in Turkey met with Sec. of State Rex Tillerson this week in Ankara.

The meeting with Tillerson in Turkey’s capital was a long shot for Norine Brunson, but a message from her husband gave her hope. She explains that her husband told her he felt God would make the meeting with Tillerson happen, which led her to make the journey.

“On Monday, Andrew told me he felt the Lord had said I would meet with Secretary of State Tillerson. On Tuesday, I was told by the embassy and another senator that the meeting would NOT happen. I decided to come to Ankara anyway, and arrived last night,” Norine Brunson wrote on Facebook Thursday, 20 minutes after her meeting with Tillerson. “I do not know what will come of it, considering the sensitive period Turkey is in, but was grateful for the opportunity.”

Jordan Sekulow, the executive director of the American Center for Law and Justice said Tillerson’s meeting with Brunson was promising when it comes to freeing Andrew.

“This is a powerful sign that the Trump administration is taking the plight of this wrongfully imprisoned U.S. citizen very seriously,” said Sekulow.

The Brunson’s case has made national headlines since the couple was detained by Turkish authorities in October of last year. It is reported the couple had been working as missionaries in the country for 23 years.

Norine Brunson was released, but her husband was accused of being part of a terrorist organization. Reportedly, Turkey has not specified which terrorist organization they believe he was a part of, but Christians have been a main target of the Erdogan regime.

It is thought Erdogan could be using Brunson as a bargaining chip for the U.S.-based cleric, Fethullah Gulen.

“I plead with my government — with the Trump administration — to fight for me,” Brunson wrote in the letter to U.S. embassy officials.

The State Department would not go into detail about Brunson’s recent meeting with Tillerson but said they are still working to get her husband back to the United States.

“We’re aware of Mrs. Brunson’s statement. We continue to engage with the government of Turkey on behalf of Andrew Brunson. Due to privacy considerations, we have no further comment,” a State Department official said.

H/T: Daily Caller

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