On October 7, EPC teaching elder Andrew Brunson will have been imprisoned in Turkey for one year. To mark the date, the denomination is issuing a Call to Prayer and Fasting for the weekend of October 7-8.
Andrew Brunson is an EPC teaching elder who has peacefully lived in Turkey with his family since 1993 and has planted several churches. On October 7, 2016, he and his wife were arrested and sent to a detention facility. His wife was later released, though Andrew continued to be held despite no formal charges being levied.
On December 8 (after being detained for 63 days) Andrew was charged with “membership in an armed terrorist organization” and sent to prison. However, the charging documents state that no evidence has been gathered against him.
The EPC stands firmly with the Brunson family that the charges against Andrew are false and that he is being held unjustly. We have been working with them since October to secure Andrew's release.
For more information about Pastor Brunson and the EPC's response and to learn what you can do, please visit the EPC website.