Yesterday was the 25th anniversary of the Berlin Wall coming down. It was while watching this happening on the news that Dale, who was then working for the Lutheran Hour, got on the phone to people in the Lutheran Hour Ministries office to discuss the possiblity of getting over to Berlin to make connections with East German Lutheran pastors. After this was finalized, he took off for the first of many trips to what had been Eastern Germany. So many Lutheran pastors had stories and stories of how things had been for them working under an anti religious government.
I started a search for some older photos of his trips over there but alas! There was no such thing as digital photography back in 1989 or internet or cell phones. It doesn't seem that long ago, but in technology age, it was the end of the dark ages. As serious as these trips were, as religious freedom gradually arose, Dale did come home with a couple of pieces of memorabilia. A piece of the Berlin Wall he picked up as he walked along it and a model East German Trabi car. Probably one of the least exciting cars ever made, but that was what the people had.
He actually brought back a number of chunks of the Wall, this is one he has displayed in his office.
After a time, some of the East German pastors were able to come to this country to speak with synod and LHM officials. Oh the stories they told.