Where were you 20 years ago on Nov 9, 1989? It is one day that will live forever in the hearts of people in Germany. It was the day the Berlin Wall opened up and eventually fell, allowing the reunification of East and West Germany. It was also the one act that caused a chain reaction of events all across central and eastern Europe and the eventual fall of the Soviet Union.
In November 1989 I was living in Wichita Falls preparing to go to work at the local newspaper. I watched on TV and read in the paper all the news I could about the fall of the wall. Little did I know how that one act would effect my life. I could not imagine what would happen with my life due to the fall.
After working at the Wichita Falls newspaper for 2 years, I was recruited to go to work for the Dallas Times Herald. I moved to Irving in Oct 1991. Two months later, I found myself free from a job. The Times Herald sold to the Morning News and I, along with 900 other people, were without a job.
That year proved to bring turmoil to most of the Soviet republics. Most of them declared their independence during that year. Little did I know how these acts would impact my life.
After the Times Herald closed on Dec 9, 1991, I had the opportunity to move back to Wichita Falls and return to the newspaper that I had just left two months prior. But I decided not to do so. I began praying and reading the Word. After 6 months, I felt God’s leadership in moving to the former Soviet republic of Ukraine.
In 2004, I spent Thanksgiving visiting friends in Frankfurt. I rented a car and drove to Berlin for a couple of days. I took a tour of the city and saw the wall. Later, I stood at Checkpoint Charlie’s, followed the bricks laid to indicate where the wall once stood and found a couple of sections that still stand in remembrance of what used to be.
As I imagined the events that took place on November 9, 1989, I stood there in awe of the impact that night has had on history. Without the actions that happened in the fall of 1989 moving to Ukraine would never have been an option. But because of it, I have been able to travel much of Europe and see sights that I might never have seen.
That night changed not only history and the lives of millions of people in Germany, central and eastern Europe, it changed my live!
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