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 ]

Click HERE and HERE to Download the Front and Back Pages of the Flyer: [ 1.03 & 1.10 MB ]

Here are some of the initial decisions that have been made:

  • Date: September 10, 11 & 12, 2004
  • Theme"Beacon of Hope"
  • Registration: $25 per couple and $15 for a single. Scholarships will be available for those who cannot afford the fee.
  • Guest Speakers: Keynote Speaker: Roger Helle (USMC) (See information below), Speaker: Chuck Dean (US Army) - http://www.namvetbook.com/  Speaker: Lee Craig (US Army) - http://www.shasta.com/pointman/
  • Location: The North Bend Community Center - 24 hour access, Full Kitchen, Chairs, Tables, Sound System, etc. are available.
  • Motels: S = Single Occupancy & D = Double Occupancy

Mention the PM Conference to receive the commercial rate:
If you have a Department of Defense I.D. card then you can most likely receive cheaper rates. 

  • Ramada Inn - $92 S/$99 D - .5 to .75 miles from conference site.  (541) 756-3191
  • Motel 6 - $53.99 S/$55.99 D - 4 - 4.5 miles.  (541) 267-7171
  • Timberlodge - $33.70 S/$43.35 D - 4.5 - 5 miles - (541) 267-7066
  • Edgewater - $55 S/$63 D - 6 - 7 miles - (541) 267-0423
  • Best Western Holiday - $77.40 S/$86.40 D - 5 miles - (541) 269-5111
  • Red Lion - $81 S/$86 D - 4.5 miles - (541) 267-4141
  • The Mill Casino - $98.10 S or D - 4 miles - (541) 756-8800
  • RV Sites:  There will be some RV (no hookups) and Tent Camp sites next to the Conference Hall.  Most of the RV sites are several miles from the Conference Hall.
  • The Mill Casino - Free
  • Wal-Mart - Free
  • Driftwood RV Park - $15/night - Full hookup - (541) 888-9512
  • Bastendorff Beach Park - $19/night - Full hookup - (541) 396-3121, x354
  • Charleston Marina RV Park - $19/night - Full hookup - (541) 888-9512
  • Lucky Logger RV Park - $25-$27/night - Full hookup - (541) 267-6003
  • KOA Campground/Oregon Dunes - $30/night - Full hookup - (541) 756-4851
  • Airport: North Bend, Oregon (airport code: OTH).  Eugene Mahlon Sweet Airport (code EUG) is 100 miles north of Coos Bay/North Bend.  If you will be needing a ride from and to the airport then contact one of us below.

    Contact Points: Mike Harris: mekong152@charter.net Hank Elsworth: op101@charter.net  Website: http://www.pointman101.org
  • Toll-Free Conference Phone Number:  1-866-289-1288 - Please keep in mind this is a Pacific Time Zone number.  It will be best if you call during business hours as this number will be manned solely by one of our volunteers.  Please be brief and to the point.


Beacon of Hope

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 toPoint Man Outpost #101 (Conference)

Send all Conference correspondence to:

PM OP #101
C/O Mike Harris
2196 N 14th St
Coos Bay, Or 97420

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. Helle

Teen Challenge of the Mid-South, Inc.
P.O. Box 2280
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37409 

Wife: Shirley A. Helle
Son: Joshua (12/21/76)
Daughter: Jamie (5/6/80)

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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