We have folders full of newpaper clippings detailing news out of Germany from 1989 through the early 90's. It's a timeline progression of sorts describing how Lutheran churches and pastors have moved from persecution to freedom of worship and belief. This particular story was written for the Collinsville Herald in April of 1990, just a few months after the Wall fell.
This photo shows the headline.
The second is a the picture of German pastor Hans Joachim Beeskow, the subject of the story.
And the story. You may recognize a Collinsville name, Archie Schoenbeck, who was the interpreter. I remember so well Archie doing this quite often in those days. You may have to enlarge this story to read it better.
Good Shepherd's Pastor, Dennis Kastens, was very involved with Germany and the church in those days as was Dale and the Lutheran Laymens League. Which explains a national story in the Collinsville paper.