It was World War II and 6-year-old Dietrich was playing with his brother when he saw the soldiers marching up the road. Their uniforms were a different color than the German uniforms. He ran indoors to tell his mother.
“It’s the Russians!” she cried, as she grabbed the boys’ hands and began running. The soldiers opened fire, perhaps just to frighten them—because they missed. The little family continued running. They ran for nearly two years, begging bread and sleeping in barns and farmhouses.
While waiting to board a ship carrying refugees to safety, Dietrich had a premonition not to go. He hid behind a woodpile while his mother searched frantically. It was after the ship departed that Dietrich came out of hiding. His mother was angry with him until they watched in horror as the ship exploded in the harbor. Dietrich believed it was God guiding him that day to protect his family.
Their parents died in the war and the boys were adopted by an uncle in America. Dietrich later married my cousin and became a successful businessman. He believed God had blessed him so he could bless others. They raised four sons and were strong followers of Jesus Christ.
Dietrich loved America. He longed to see a tall American flag at the entrance of their little town. The city council issued him a permit. When it was erected, Dietrich and his wife celebrated by hosting a free tri-tip BBQ for the entire community!
When Dietrich passed away last month, there was no local church large enough to handle the expected crowd. So they used the fairground! What a tribute it was to a strong man of God, a man whose kindness and generosity was inexhaustible.
- One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. Proverbs 11:24
[This life is temporary. This life is short. When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever. Where will the “real you” live? Will you live for all eternity separated from God? Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven? Learn more so you can make your most important decision: http://www.whoisjesus-really.com/ and www.godlife.com