My jungle adventures started on the crater of a volcano in 1984. It was a hot night and I had spent the day full of activity, but I was sad and disillusioned with my life. As the sun went down, I sat staring into the crater of the Taal volcano in the Philippines. That night, there was a huge brush fire on the core of the volcano. As I sat up on the crater wall I contemplated my life. My life was not right with God and I was not at peace. My lack of friends was a witness to the type of guy I was. As I looked down on that fire I envisioned a life of turmoil and pain. I didn’t want anything to do with that.
Then I looked into the night’s sky. It was a cloudless night sitting on the rim of that volcano, miles of any other light source. It was like an extra billion stars were added to the heavens just for me. There was such peace in that sky. From that moment, I knew what was wrong with my life. I called out to Jesus to save me and I turned my life and my destiny over to him. From that moment, my jungle adventures began.
My journey has never been easy, but it has always been rewarding. I learned about how to serve people in the jungles of Mindanao, among the T’boli and B’laan tribes. I still work with them today as brothers in Christ. My jungle adventures have taken me to the vast deserts of Uzbekistan, and to ancient ruins in Guatemala. It has always been rewarding, yet hard. Traveling into the Mongolian Steppes when it was 25 below zero, or sweating profusely in the remote Cambodian jungles it has always been a thrill. Climbing through the Himalayan mountains of Nepal, or crossing into the plains of Punjab, India my travels have always been for one purpose.
But why go so far? For me it is simple. It is a calling. Romans 15:20 says, “It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known, so that I would not be building on someone else’s foundation.” I will keep going. With this blog I hope that you can experience what I do as I go to more jungles in this world. I hope you can know the love that Jesus has for me, and desire to give it away…there is nothing more wonderful than to go and share Jesus in the remote corners of the world. Thanks for traveling with me!