UPDATED 8:46 AM PT – Sat. Oct. 13, 2018
Pastor Andrew Brunson meets with the U.S. ambassador of Germany, during a brief stop at a U.S. Air Base on his way back to the U.S.
Early Saturday morning, ambassador Richard Grenell presented Brunson with a U.S. flag as the pastor made a routine stop for refueling and a quick medical exam before he made the last leg of his trip back home.
At a campaign rally in Ohio, President Trump said Brunson would probably visit the oval office Saturday.
Meantime, the parents of U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson express gratitude and relief, after he was released from detention in Turkey.
The couple was overjoyed upon hearing the news Friday, after spending all night at a vigil, praying for the Turkish court to release their son.
Brunson’s mother said she was proud of him for remaining composed and true to his faith, during the trying ordeal.
“He was facing life in prison on false charges, but in the last trial he got up and he said that as God had forgiven him, he was forgiving all of the false witnesses and three of the false witnesses recanted their testimony during this trial.” – Pamela Brunson
President Trump said he’s looking forward to personally meeting with Brunson. He called him a great Christian who’s been through so much, and thanked Turkish president Erdogan for releasing the minister.
The president also said there was no deal made with Turkey for Brunson’s release, because the president said he does not make deals for hostages.
He went on to say the gesture could lead to better relations between the two nations.