But those 6 months in East Berlin, seeing at first hand the division and pain of people being separated from family and loved ones, planted something in my heart. I ended up doing my thesis, to complete my university degree, on the divisions in Europe, and the lead-up and background to the building of the Berlin Wall. But what Father had done in my heart was to sow a seed, and to create a passion for reconciliation and healing of divisions.
For such a small continent, Europe has suffered so much division, warfare and pain. Ethnic divisions, religious divisions, territorial disputes, power struggles between nations, we have witnessed and suffered from them all. One of the consequences of this, apart from the obvious terrible loss of life, and the fear and pain that they have caused, has been the fatherlessness that they have created. In the last hundred years alone, two world wars, and terrible conflicts in the Balkans, Northern Ireland and in Eastern Europe, have made Europe a fatherless continent.