[Statement] Pastor Greg Laurie Celebrates the Release of Pastor Andrew Brunson

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Pastor, evangelist, and nationally syndicated radio host Greg Laurie issues the following statement:

“Today we get to celebrate the news that one of our own, Pastor Andrew Brunson, who was sent out to preach the good news, has finally been freed and is coming home with his family. Let’s thank God for a positive and peaceful conclusion to this story, and let’s pray for the entire Brunson family as they re-adjust to life in America after serving the church in Turkey for 23 years. I am grateful that President Trump and the U.S. government refused to give up on this case and in so doing sends a powerful message to governments around the world that we will fiercely defend religious liberty. While we celebrate this news, let’s also remember our Christian brothers and sisters who are still enduring persecution and imprisonment at the hands of their governments, praying they too would ultimately receive justice.”

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Pastor Greg Laurie serves as the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, one of the largest churches in America; is the author of more than 70 books; is the creator of 3 feature films; hosts the nationally syndicated radio broadcast, A New Beginning; and is the founder of Harvest Crusades, a large-scale evangelistic ministry attended by more than 8.9 million people worldwide, both in stadiums, arenas and at live-streaming locations across the world. Laurie is the author of the new book book “Jesus Revolution: How God Transformed an Unlikely Generation and How He Can Do It Again Today.”