At church this morning we were honored to have Dave Roever as special guest speaker.
Dave’s remarkable story began in 1969 while serving in the Vietnam War. While attempting to throw a grenade with his right hand, the device exploded leaving Dave burned beyond recognition. Fourteen months in the hospital and multiple surgeries later, Dave made a miraculous recovery and has been sharing his story of hope ever since. Not only does Dave speak at churches, he has been to several schools and military bases all around the world.
He has a tremendous speaking ability, one in which he effectively blends humor and passion.
Needless to say, Dave is very concerned about the troops today and the war which is being fought. We are not battling a specific country in this global war on terror, but we are engaged in a conflict against religious fanatics. Dave’s outreach ministry is aimed at those soldiers who not only have lost limbs but are also bearing the burden of emotional scars.
Dave has a phenomenal vision for his ministry. He is looking to mentor those soldiers who are looking to continue their purpose in life of serving others. The brave men and women in our armed forces have courageously served the USA by defending this nation’s liberty. Now, some war veterans look to continue that service by ministering to others in this country. Eagles Summit Ranch, located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Westcliffe, Colorado, was established in late 2004. This beautiful area will be the location of the mentoring center for military leaders and those who have been seriously wounded in the war on terror and in need of emotional reconstruction. Dave’s goal is to train these young heroes to turn their tragedy to triumph and show to a hurting world the difference Christ can make in life.
Dave also has a vision of mentoring 3,000 wounded soldiers to go out and carry on the awesome legacy he started almost forty years ago. The number 3,000 represents the number of American lives lost in the terrorist attacks on 9/11/01.
Oh, and the estimated completion date of Eagles Summit Ranch?
September 11, 2007.