God's Hostage

A True Story of Persecution, Imprisonment, and Perseverance

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When God called, he answered

In 1993, Andrew Brunson was asked to move to Turkey, the largest unevangelized country in the world, to serve as a missionary. Though reluctant at first because of the daunting task that lay ahead, Andrew and his wife, Norine, became convinced this was God's plan for them.

What followed was a string of difficulties and threats, but there were also successes in starting new churches in a place where many people had never met a Christian. As their work with refugees from Syria, including Kurds, gained attention and suspicion, Andrew and Norine acknowledged the threat but accepted the risk, confident that this work was part of their assignment.

In 2016, they were arrested. Though the state quickly released Norine, who remained in Turkey, Andrew was imprisoned. Accused of being a spy and being among the plotters of an attempted coup, he became a political pawn whose name was soon known around the world.

God's Hostage is the incredible true story of his imprisonment, his brokenness, his faithfulness . . . and his freedom.


One man. One mission. One incredible legacy of faith.

Persecution of Christians is on the rise worldwide, especially in majority Muslim countries. Churches are bombed or burned, property is confiscated, individual believers are harassed or imprisoned, and in some places even the act of trying to share the gospel is illegal.

But where there are obstacles there are also opportunities.

Despite the difficulties of ministering in a country generally hostile to Christians, Andrew Brunson heeded God's call on his life. Let his story of faithfulness despite threats and persecution inspire you to a life of perseverance in the face of difficulty.


Andrew Brunson is an American pastor. He holds a PhD in New Testament from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Andrew and his wife, Norine, were involved in starting churches, training believers, aiding refugees, and a house of prayer in Turkey for twenty-three years until being falsely accused of terrorism in October 2016. After this, Andrew was held for two years in Turkish prisons. Due to a worldwide prayer movement and significant political pressure from the US government, he was finally sentenced to time served and dramatically released in October 2018.


The Authors

  1. Andrew Brunson

    Andrew Brunson

    Andrew Brunson is an American pastor. He holds a PhD in New Testament from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Andrew and his wife, Norine, were involved in starting churches, training believers, aiding refugees, and a house of prayer in Turkey for...

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  2. Craig Borlase

    Craig Borlase

    Craig Borlase is an author based in Reading, England. His books include God's Gravity, The Naked Christian, William Seymour: A Biography, and The Art of Compassion.

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