Pastor Bryan Nerren of International House of Prayer Ministries in Shelbyville, TN, has been finally freed by the judge after he was erroneous arrested and imprisoned in India for seven months.
The pastor was said to have violated the India’s Foreign Exchange Management Act and been questioned over his Christian faith and funds he was carrying, if it is to support Christian works.
According to The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), “targeted and arrested as he stepped off the plane in Bagdogra,” “In Bagdogra, Pastor Nerren was taken into custody and transported to Siliguri, India where he was incarcerated and was not allowed any visitation, including from the US Consulate or his attorney.”
ACLJ noted that the misunderstanding which led to Nerren’s arrest could have been settled within a few hours rather than it taking nearly one year to resolve.
Last October, Rhonda, Pastor Nerren’s wife, issued an urgent call to prayer asking everyone to pray for her husband’s release.
“My husband has done nothing wrong,” she said. “His only crime is living out his steadfast love for Jesus.”
In a Facebook message shared on Tuesday, Rhonda was overjoyed for her husband’s return home.
“He is almost in the USA! This is the day that I have waited for, for 7 1/2 months! I am just so thankful for God’s goodness!”
Pastor Nerren wrote in a recent Facebook post, “Freedom!!! Freedom!!! May God bless the many good people of India and give much mercy. Look out Shelbyville I am coming back.”