DUNKERTON, Iowa --- The group out of Minnesota that stirred controversy Thursday will return for “a community conversation” at 7 p.m. today.
Representatives from Junkyard Prophet and the You Can Run But You Cannot Hide ministry will be at Faith Assembly of God, 5112 Lafayette Road, in Elk Run Heights.
Mary Jean Russell of Dunkerton and her husband, Wayde, are coordinating the group’s visit tonight.
The couple made the decision to help after meeting with representatives from Junkyard Prophet and reviewing “a majority” of the material shown to Dunkerton students, according to Mary Jean Russell.
The intent is not to inflict additional distress on the young people, she added.
"I care for those teens. I would love to hug them right now. This nothing vulgar or to hurt them more,” Russell said.
Bradlee Dean, founder of the group, and Jake McMillian previously said their organization would like to elaborate on its views. The men added local media, including The Courier, did not accurately portray what happened at Dunkerton High School.
Administrators and teachers, including Superintendent Jim Stanton, said no one disputes the young people seemed to enjoy the band's performance.
Students and faculty members, though, said the assembly turned into a diatribe against homosexuals during breakout sessions and featured images of aborted fetuses. Several parents reported their children were in tears. A few removed their kids from school for the remainder of Thursday and again on Friday.
D.J. Manahl, whose family was among those upset by the group's message, won't be able to attend the event.
"I'm pretty sure my wife's going to go," he said.
"For one I'm just glad it's not happening in Dunkerton," he added.
Russell said she and her husband have been "bombarded"by phone calls and text messages since word of the event got out at 11 a.m.
"Most have been good, a few of them against," she said.