We are being called into the gap to join in high-level intercession for the release of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church pastor Andrew Brunson, who has been held for 18 months in a Turkish prison. Andrew is being charged with terrorism.
I and others in PRMI have a direct relationship with Andrew and his family, who are members of Christ Community Church. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, Andrew and his wife Norine have had a remarkable ministry in Turkey for years, with dramatic fruit for the Kingdom of God, which, I believe, is the real reason he has been imprisoned.
This is all part of Satan’s plots against the Kingdom of Jesus Christ and the advance of the Gospel, through the demonic strongholds based on Islam.
On April 21, 2018, as part of our Dunamis Project equipping event we were called into a high-level engagement concerning Andrew, his family, and this broader situation.
The guidance we received from the Holy Spirit is directing me in getting this Discerning The Times out to you. We are facing a Kairos moment of opportunity, both for the Lord to work to defeat Satan’s plans, and to advance the Kingdom by sending great waves of the Holy Spirit upon Turkey, bringing millions of Turks to faith in Jesus Christ.
At the same time, it is an “hour of the power of darkness” in which human actions, if not prevented through Jesus’ intervention, will have the effect of multiplying evil.
A global concert of prayer has been mobilized by the Holy Spirit, for Andrew and against the dangerous growth of the stronghold of Islam in Turkey. Much of this prayer has been general. In a phone call with Andrew’s wife in Turkey, she confirmed what I with other intercessors had been discerning—
The Lord is now calling us into a time of specific, focused prayer and the application of specific prayer and spiritual warfare tactics.
The Holy Spirit has been revealing to us Satan’s strategic plans for Turkey. Satan may be trying to establish the Islamic Ottoman Caliphate. If you know your history, you will understand the terrible potential for evil that such a development could bring.
The call to intercession for Andrew and for defeating of demonic strongholds and the advance of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Turkey
The occasion for this call to focus intercession is the next phase of Andrew Brunson’s trial which will begin on May 7th at 9:00 AM (2:00 AM EDT). His first hearing took place on April 16th and despite his defense did not go well. It was obvious to the American observers present, including our North Carolina Senator, Republican Tom Tillis and representatives from the United States Embassy, that trumped-up charges were being brought against Andrew by the Turkish government.
The Pastor of Christ Community Church, Richard White, has received the strong guidance that he is to fly to Turkey this Friday, May 4th, to be at the trial on May 7th. He will be accompanied by Sam Thielman, also a member of Christ Community Church. Richard will be representing the many intercessors from around the world who have been praying for Andrew. We really need to pray for protection and guidance for this team as they go to Turkey.
Here is a video from Richard White and Brad Long providing some direction for prayer.
Is the Lord calling you to join in this prayer mobilization?
You can join us in this prayer work by using the prayer guide Richard White has written. A PDF version of the prayer guide is available here
This prayer guide includes some of the guidance that we received during the prayer engagement on April 21.
Forming a Cohort to Engage in High-Level Intercession – Sunday, May 6, at 3:00 pm EDT
We are forming an ad hoc cohort, gathered to apply the strategies and tactics we are being led by the Holy Spirit to employ just before the trial takes place.
Martin Boardman and I will be leading this. If the Holy Spirit is speaking to you, calling you to this, please sign up through this link http://eepurl.com/dtny7b
Martin will send out the information about how to join the prayer call on Sunday. We will also send some proposals of the tactics we believe the Holy Spirit may be calling us into.
Brad and Martin
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