Welcome to another edition of the Monday Mix, where we focus on headlines and insights you might have missed from the weekend and late in the week.
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Three weekend reads
1. "Well, we were at an all-night prayer meeting during the trial and we got home and we fell asleep. We were up all night. Praise God! I’m so excited! Oh that’s wonderful! Thank you so much for letting us know. We’re so happy.”
How did the parents of a U.S. pastor imprisoned in Turkey for nearly two years react upon learning the news of his release?
Reuters had the faith-filled scoop after a reporter reached Andrew Brunson’s mother at her North Carolina home and notified her of the happy development.
By Saturday, Brunson was kneeling in the Oval Office and praying for President Donald Trump.