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They still remembered

U.S. Lutherans worked a miracle

Near the end of World War II the German city of Hannover was destroyed in an air raid that lasted less than an hour. As the survivors came out of their cellars and surveyed the damage, they could never have imagined how vital the city would become again — or that seeds of hope had been planted already.

I saw the new Hannover in March during an official visit to our sister churches in Germany. A few carefully tended ruins among the sleek modern buildings recall the destruction of nearly 50 years ago. One evening our group relived the disaster and the hope personally as we worshiped with a congregation that had lost its church building in the air raid.
I saw the new Hannover in March during an official visit to our sister churches in Germany. A few carefully tended ruins among the sleek modern buildings recall the destruction of nearly 50 years ago. One evening our group relived the disaster and the hope personally as we worshiped with a congregation that had lost its church building in the air raid.


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