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Pastor Andrew Brunson

Pastor Andrew Brunson, now known by many as the Forgotten American in Turkey, is a member of my family. I remember the first time I saw him as a tiny baby. At that time I was still in high school. I never expected to marry his uncle. His parents were on their way to the mission field and stopped to see the family and share what they would be doing. Andrew became the first of seven children. His parents came home about once a year to see the family and drum up support. In that respect I watched him grow up. He loved to ask questions about biblical things.

With the hustle and bustle of friends and relatives when they were home, I didn’t have opportunity to get to know him well then. As time went on, his grandparents died and his family stayed at my house when they came. He still liked to discuss the Bible and ask us questions about the new pastor at our church.

We saw the family in late summer after the coup. Looking back, everyone that came to be with them that summer wanted to say “Come back home,” but none did. I doubt Andrew and Norine would have left Turkey at that time. They were sold out to the people there and to sharing Jesus with them. Whatever you, the reader, believes about Christianity, please know Andrew never went to Turkey to destroy it. He went to make a positive difference. Ironically, he made a difference, but not the way he expected. If you are a Christian, please pray for Andrew and his family. If not, be aware that Andrew would never get involved in a terrorist organization. His one and only goal is to share Jesus with those who want to hear.

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The Worst Abuse of All

Traffickers steal the freedon of their prey. They force them to take drugs to keep their victims so addicted they don’t believe they can leave. It, in fact, is true. They can’t leave. They are prisoners of war, a war for human decency. Most victims never dreamed it would happen to them, but I’ve been told once a pimp gets a person, he won’t let go.

It’s money. It’s slave labor. It’s selfishness. It’s deplorable. Being held prisoner and forced to use their bodies in ways they never expected is deplorable. Not the person, but the situation. But they don’t know how to get out, and they sometimes become so brain-washed they think they want to stay. It sickens me that one human can do that to another.

This is not always grown women. They take little girls,teens, men and even babies.

Traffickers even abduct children.

I asked my nephew who was a policeman in a large city where the trafficking is worse. He said it’s worse from the high value suburbs to the downtown area and everywhere in between. I asked again for clarification. He repeated exactly what he said before. As we sat and talked with others, including his mother, he had never told her as much about his work before.

What can the average citizen do about trafficking? First, pray. Not only for the victims you don’t know, but also for the young girls and boys you do know. Pray for the police who have to deal with this horrible problem. Pray for the little girls who find themselves trapped and drugged, when they started to walk to a friends house. Pray for the parents who have no idea where their little girls are. Yes, traffickers grab little girls off the street and give them drugs to keep them from running. As they got hooked on drugs, they also became hooked on their abusers. Pray for people like my friend who may get a call from the police in the middle of the night and drive to the worst part of the city and rescue the girl who wants out. Then pray that she gets out and stays out.

Father, only You can heal this great land of trafficking. Please protect our children. Please watch over our police officers. Please be with those who have been trafficked and the families of those who have no idea where their family member is. Pray for the judges who have to determine what to do with the traffickers when they get arrested. Pray this will stop.

This may not be the worst abuse of all. More later.