Pastor Andrew Brunson Freed from Turkey! — Travis S. Weber, Family Research Council VP for Policy (Podcast #37)

Our guest, Travis S. Weber, Family Research Council V.P. for Policy was in the Turkish courtroom the day Pastor Andrew Brunson was released.

Image: Within 24 hours of being released from Turkey, Pastor Andrew Brunson was in the Oval Office praying for President Trump.

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Many of you have heard about American Pastor Andrew Brunson who was imprisoned in Turkey for 2 years. Pastor Andrew and his wife Norine served in Turkey for more than 2 decades where they established Izmir Resurrection Church. They openly shared Christ and also helped Syrian refugees—some of them Kurds.

In 2016, there was a failed coup attempt against the president, and in the crackdown which ensued, Pastor Brunson was falsely accused of being a CIA agent and plotting with Kurdish terrorists.

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He was arrested in October 2016, three months after the coup attempt. He faced up to 35 years in prison if convicted of espionage.

Travis Weber was in the courtroom when Pastor Brunson was released on October 12, 2018. Within 24 hours he was in the Oval Office of the White House, praying for the President of the United States.

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Pastor Andrew Brunson freed
The day of his release from Turkey — Pastor Andrew Brunson and his wife, Norine, with Family Research Council President, Tony Perkins

Pastor Andrew Brunson Freed — An International Showcase of:

  • Sustained, overcoming prayer in America and around the world for the release of Pastor Andrew. Prayer is limitless.
  • The quest to contend for religious freedom in America and internationally.
  • The influence of King Jesus as salt and light in government, the international relations space, media, and more. All thru his followers.
  • A KEY TAKEAWAY: As a Christ-follower, you have dual citizenship: the nation in which you live and the Nation of God—the Kingdom of God. You are an ambassador of a higher authority. You have access to higher wisdom, authority, and resources.

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men (and women) to do nothing. — Edmund Burke

See Travis Weber’s piece on The Christian Post: Pastor Brunson’s Release: A View from the Courtroom

Travis S. Weber is an attorney who serves on the Leadership Team of FRC—the Family Research Council ( Tony Perkins, President. Travis serves as Vice President for Policy at Family Research Council. He’s responsible for the development of public policy from a Christian worldview. Travis is currently focused on building FRC’s international religious freedom advocacy efforts.

Travis S. Weber full bio at

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FRC Action site: FRCAction

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  1. Fascinating view of the Lord’s hand at work on behalf of Pastor Brunson and the effectiveness of the fervent prayer of believers.

    1. Thanks, Jeff. It’s a longer quote, but E.M. Bounds exhorts us that prayer moves God to act. He was a Methodist minister during the 1800’s who was a great practitioner and writer about prayer.

      “God has of his own motion placed himself under the law of prayer, and has obligated himself to answer the prayers of men. He has ordained prayer as a means whereby he will do things through men as they pray, which he would not otherwise do. If prayer puts God to work on earth, then, by the same token, prayerlessness rules God out of the world’s affairs, and prevents him from working. The driving power, the conquering force in God’s cause is God himself. ‘Call on me and I will answer thee and show thee great and mighty things which though knowest not,’ is God’s challenge to prayer. Prayer puts God in full force into God’s work.” [E.M. Bounds “The Weapon of Prayer”]

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