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Sharing peace in small world

During the sharing of the peace at a Lutheran worship service at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, Col. Erik Nelson saw a familiar face in the room.

During the sharing of the peace at After worship, he asked Capt. Sarah Thilo Brehm if she had relatives in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

"Yes," was the answer.

Both families attend Trinity Lutheran Church in Coeur d'Alene.

A photo of them standing together after worship is posted at their small congregation.

Nelson is an anesthesiologist and Brehm a pilot for the Air Force.


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