25 Years Ago East Germany Fell

Aaron at Berlin Wall - 2014On Nov. 9, 1989, Communist East Germany threw open its borders, allowing citizens to travel freely to the West. Joyous Germans danced atop the Berlin Wall.

I was fourteen, a freshman in high school, and did not fully realize the amazing history that was happening before my eyes on the television.

Yet, in my young life up to that point, I never dreamed that communism would fall.  In my mind, the East Germans were these amazing athletes who dominated the 1984 Olympics, and were ready to take over the world when the Russians unleashed them.

I never dreamed that by my senior year of high school I would be close friends with an east German exchange student who attended my high school, and would visit his home in the former East Germany in 1994. His family was lovely, and the East German people were just like us Americans.  They loved pizza, beer and techno music.

I never dreamed that in 2014 I would visit Berlin as a minister with some of my closest colleagues, touching the Berlin wall, and walking the streets around Brandenburg gate.  We marveled at a city once divided, that was now the cultural leader of Europe.

So what is the impossible that could happen in the rest of our years?

– A united, Christian Korea?
– The emergence of a true democracy in Iran?
– A secession of one or more states in The United States of America?

So what were you doing in November of 1989 when history happened before our eyes?