The Harvells have been working with Cadence International since 2010 in various roles. Their last assignment, from 2014-2020, was at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa doing student ministry. Their focus has now shifted to the single adults and families at The Peak Airmen Center on Travis Air Force Base. They are supporting the base chapel, overseeing the Peak ministry center, and hosting young Airmen in their home for the purpose of sharing the gospel and their lives.
At four, Steven knew that his whole family was going to go to heaven, and since he was not a Christian, he wouldn’t go with them. Steven asked his father how to be a Christian. He asked God to forgive his sins and became a follower of Jesus. Later, he was baptized. While in Japan, Steven heard of an island with zero Christians and zero missionaries reaching the people. He knew he would be someone who tells people about Jesus, the loving God who saves.
Rachel grew up in a Christian home and knew who Jesus was. She was baptized at nine years old, but didn’t truly start walking with Christ until her early 20s. It was in that time where she hit some really low points but came to truly understand God’s grace and what He did on the cross. From that moment, she hungered for His Word and pursued to be discipled. Rachel wanted to give back and serve Him however and wherever He called her. When she met Steven, they had the same love for the military community and the same yearning to see them thrive in Christ.
Steven is a pastor’s kid and has one sister. While growing up, he moved a total of 17 times. Rachel is also a pastor’s kid born and raised in Hawaii. Rachel is the youngest of seven children. They have three kids: Kik (2014), Kyro (2016), and Abbi (2018). Kik gave his life to Christ in 2017, Kyro gave his live to Christ in August 2020, and they both understand that they too are called to share the gospel and their lives with people. Abbi likes to pray and tell people about how “Jesus died on a cross.” Rachel has a heart to disciple and love the women in the Air Force, and she will be homeschooling their boys.
Steven & Rachel HarvellCadence ID: 10771
Travis Hospitality Ministry (Vacaville Branch) and The Peak Airmen Center
Travis Air Force Base