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Furchert to speak on life in East Germany

Jan 16, 2014
PHOTO SUBMITTED MICHAEL FURCHERT

Michael Furchert, a Christian speaker, writer and former East German citizen, will present “Deception and Discernment” at 7 p.m. Monday at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center’s Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts.

During the free presentation sponsored by Take a Stand, a grass-roots group of interested citizens from Jefferson and Van Buren counties, in co-operation with area churches, Furchert will tell the story of his family living in East Berlin during the Nazi regime of Hitler Germany and throughout the turbulent years of European history of World War II and communism. His family experienced both the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall.

Furchert lived half his life under a dictatorship and half in freedom. He has seen and experienced faith put to the test. His father and grandfather had been preachers in Nazi Germany and later under communist regimes, yet they would not let life’s circumstances keep them down.

Nov. 9, 1989, the day the Berlin Wall come down, Furchert was 17 years old and in the midst of the celebrating crowd. It was a day that changed world history, and his own life, forever. The day meant the end of dictatorship and the beginning of a new life in freedom.

Furchert’s story is an inspiring account of overcoming hardships, believing in the impossible, rising from trial to triumph. But it also is a challenge to many of the western culture not to take freedom for granted, not to let faith grow superficial and light, not to give in to indifference and complacency.

As America faces times of uncertainty today, Furchert will challenge everyone to build their lives on a foundation that will last.

Visit the concention center’s website at www.fairfieldacc.com for information. The presentation is open to the public. A free-will offering will be accepted.

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