Point Man Pacific NW Veterans Conference
September 10 - 12, 2004
Coos Bay/North Bend, Oregon
Our local Point Man Outpost and Homefront has just taken a step of faith to sponsor the 2004 Point Man Conference for Veterans, Active Duty Personnel and Family Members. We are praying about a "Theme" and are working on a Poster and Flyer that will be available soon.
You can Help Us By Printing the Poster and Flyer information for your Local Area:
Click HERE to Download a Copy of the Poster: [ 2.35MB ]
Here are some of the initial decisions that have been made:
Contact Points: Mike Harris: firstname.lastname@example.org Hank Elsworth: email@example.com Website: http://www.pointman101.org
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As with past conferences...this will be a Team effort. Any suggestions, names/email/addresses of possible participants, etc. will be greatly appreciated.
Early registration, scholarships, donations, etc. will help us out a lot financially.
Make Checks/Money Orders payable to: Point Man Outpost #101 (Conference)
Send all Conference correspondence to:
PM OP #101
If anyone has a background in computer graphics then we could use help/suggestions with preparing a conference flyer/poster.
Please disseminate this initial Conference information around as broadly as you can.
Thanks in advance for all of your prayers and support. We are in the infant stage, but with your assistance this will grow into a blessed conference...
Roger L. HelleTeen Challenge of the Mid-South, Inc.
P.O. Box 2280
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37409
Wife: Shirley A. Helle
Roger Helle was born October 2, 1947, in Toledo, Ohio. Growing up in a broken home, with all the rejection and insecurities, he joined the Marine Corps at age 17. Roger served three (3) tours of duty in Vietnam, was wounded three times and decorated a number of times for bravery, yet nothing brought satisfaction.
On his third tour of duty in Vietnam in 1970, Roger was critically wounded. Several days later, in intensive care, with multiple wounds and burns, Roger heard the doctor tell his twin brother that he was going to die. Not yet 23 years old, Roger prayed and said, "God, if there really is a God, if You let me live, I'll do anything You want!" God answered that prayer. Over 9 months later, following 27 operations and 4 plastic surgery operations on his face, Roger left the hospital and his promise behind.
The nightmares of Vietnam and "survivor's guilt" for still being alive, tormented Roger every night for years. In 1974, Roger and Shirley surrendered their lives to Jesus Christ. Their marriage was healed and their lives began to go in a new direction. Shortly after this, they began to work with kids in their church. Soon, a street ministry was established to try to reach kids on the streets. In November 1978, Roger resigned his position as the District Manager of Pinkerton Detective Agency, to start Teen Challenge of the Midlands in both Nebraska and Iowa.
After nearly 16 years, the Helle's left the Midwest to come to Chattanooga, Tennessee, to assume the leadership position of that program.
For 25 years now, Roger and Shirley have been ministering to hurting people, from the streets of the Midwest, back to Vietnam, and now to the Tennessee/Georgia area. Roger has ministered across the country, in Europe and in Southeast Asia. From Vietnam veterans, to hurting kids off the street; from the Pentagon, to the National War College, in schools, churches, and civic groups, his message is one of hope and healing for life's wounded, both physically and spiritually.
Roger is the author of two books published by Gospel Light/Regal books, titled: Too Proud To Die and My War Beyond Vietnam (both out of print). Since 1989, Roger and his family have traveled back to Vietnam to bring help and healing to that war-torn nation. In cooperation with the Christian organization, Vets With A Mission, they have rebuilt orphanages, built clinics and hospitals, shipped millions of dollars of donated medical supplies, and taken in teams of doctors and dentists to help wherever they can. Most importantly, even though Vietnam is closed to outside Missionaries, they have been allowed to provide aid to the struggling Christian church. They have rebuilt churches, taken bibles and literature for the Pastors, and have even supported Pastors so that they could be full time in their ministry.
In 1992, with the help of well-known author, William R. Kimball, President of Vets With A Mission, a new book was published titled Pointman. It is the powerful story of one man's brutal Vietnam "experience" and his journey back 20 years later. Roger has also been featured on the cover of Parade magazine and Guidepost magazine, distributed across the country.
Roger is currently the President (Executive Director) of Teen Challenge of the Mid-South, Inc., Chattanooga, Tennessee. For more information regarding speaking or ministry, you can call (423) 756-5558 or you can write to the address above.
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