Rupert Harrell, a Vietnam veteran, will be speaking at 10:30 a.m. during the morning service on June 26, at the First Assembly of God, 601 Patton Road, Great Bend.
God put a call on Rupert’s life many years ago and has led him across this wonderful world during war and peace to accomplish His mission of compassion.
Rupert was called to preach at the age of fourteen and began preaching at the early age of fifteen in his home state of North Carolina.
In late 1968 during a Sunday night service, God seemed to be speaking to him. He wasn’t sure just what God was saying but finally said that he’d go, do, and be what God wanted him to be and that’s when God spoke to his heart and said you are going in the Army and to Vietnam.
Rupert tried to enter other branches of service but the door was blocked on all fronts, so he volunteered for the United States Army and did end up in Vietnam with Company A, 158th Assault Helicopter Battalion (AHB), 101st Airborne Division, stationed at Camp Evans.
After leaving Vietnam, he was stationed at Fort Riley, where he met his wife of thirty-six years; they have two sons and two grandchildren.
In 2000, Rupert joined the staff of Dave Roever Minsistries as his Director of Veterans’ Affairs. He ministered to veterans, their families, and active duty troops. He was responsible for taking the veterans back to Vietnam on "Journey Back" and "Journey Forward" (vets and wives).
Rupert not only continues his work with Vietnam vets but also our returning veterans from the current war. He is also going to be working with local churches helping them set up programs to minister to the whole family.
Rupert continues his work with the Vietnamese people building house churches, and rebuilding older ones as well.
During a Vietnam/Cambodia journey in 2010, God touched lives and the team that went was blessed to be instruments of God’s love to a people that suffered so much, for so long through war and are now enjoying God’s peace and security through his mighty Holy Spirit.
Pastor Dwight Dozier invites the public and extends a special invitation to all Vietnam veterans to attend this special service about a Vietnam veteran who is "still on a mission".