On Thursday, March 30, 2017, The Daily Caller reported that, during his brief trip to Turkey, the US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, visited the wife of a Protestant pastor who is currently in a Turkish prison.
Tillerson had no previous plan to meet with Norine Brunson. His scheduled event was a meeting with Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
In November 2016, Turkish authorities imprisoned the Revd Andrew Brunson on suspicion of terrorism.
The Daily Caller explains:
The Brunsons, who have worked in Turkey for 23 years as missionaries, were detained by Turkish authorities in October and held for deportation. Norine was released shortly after, but Andrew was kept in jail and accused of being part of a terrorist organization.
Which terrorist organization is unclear. Turkish authorities have not disclosed that information or anything else about its supposed case.
Brunson has been in a prison in Izmir since November and has had limited contact with his lawyers and Norine. The case against Brunson appears to be part of a larger crackdown against anyone who the Erdogan regime arbitrarily deems an enemy …
Erdogan’s enemy list includes Christians.
How Mrs Brunson came to meet Rex Tillerson in Ankara is somewhat supernatural. Mr Brunson (emphases mine):
had told her that he felt that God had told him she would meet America’s top diplomat.
And it turned out that he was right.
“On Monday, Andrew told me he felt the Lord had said I would meet with Sec 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, just after she met for 20 minutes with Tillerson.
That is amazing.
Details of how the meeting came to pass are unknown. The State Department is not commenting on the matter or on the Brunsons.
However, the fact that Tillerson met with Mrs Brunson is significant:
Jordan Sekulow, the executive director of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), says that Tillerson’s meeting with Norine Brunson is a positive development in the case to help free 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, who is working to help free the pastor.
Let us keep the Brunsons in our prayers and thank the Lord that Rex Tillerson met with Mrs Brunson. May God continue to bless all three of them.
I wrote more than once that the hand of God was all over last year’s election.
This year, I believe that the hand of God is all over the Trump administration.
This incredible news story goes some way in proving that.