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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!

10 Comments leave one →
  1. DeeDee McCarty permalink
    October 8, 2009 4:16 pm

    Steve, Love Jungle Adverntures!!! I will be reading it on my way over to see all of you!! Can’t wait- Looking forward to seeing all God is doing through you. Bringing S’More Fun!!! God Bless see you soon. DeeDee

  2. Steve Althaus permalink
    October 26, 2009 1:57 pm

    hey steve,
    read the blog all the time and attached it to my facebook page.

    Have a very happy birthday!!!

  3. George Shaw permalink
    October 26, 2009 4:53 pm

    Happy Birthday Steve!! Yes, I do read your blogs. Thank you for taking the time to write them. May our Lord richly bless you for all you do to extend His Kingdom. Did anything ever happen regarding real Scouting in Cambodia. I heard about the corrupted versions which is sad, but hope that there are some genuine versions as well.

  4. Boy Kanu permalink
    October 28, 2009 6:50 am

    Hi Steve, how are you? I am glad to see your future ministry in Cambodia. When are you coming again to Indonesia? Now, I am in Jakarta city. Hopefully, I we can meet again and talk about BSM or BIU. God bless you all.

    Best regards, Boy Kanu, Indonesia.

  5. December 24, 2009 5:40 am

    Hey Steve, glad to find the blog. I remember that outdoor ed trip to Taal. Glad to see it was a such a big moment in your life. It great seeing the adventures you’ve had. What a great path you’ve chosen. Hope to see you again someday.

    Chris Howard

    • December 24, 2009 9:44 am

      So nice to hear from you. Are you in Texas? When I go back to the US I often visit Texas (Dallas area).

  6. Tom Smith permalink
    July 23, 2011 4:01 pm

    Hope this finds you all doing well, Steve. Thanks for your Jungle Adventure updates and the reviews on the various books. I’d like to get a copy of the T4T: A Discipleship Re-Revolution and was wondering where I can find one. Your help on this will be appreciated.

    I’m thankful for you and your wife’s faithfulness in sharing Christ’s Love with those who so desperately need Him. Please be sure to give our love to your dear mom and family. Hope they’re well. Take care. Looking forward to hearing from you when you can write. God bless you.

    In Jesus’ Precious Love,
    Uncle Tom
    I Pet. 5:7; Is. 26:3

  7. April 11, 2013 2:53 am

    Steve,Noit and family: I just printed out 47 pages of Jungle Adventures and have read most.My heart was broken and I cried many tears with you. Yet my heart was so blessed, stirred and challenged by your heart of love for Cambodia and her people! Thank you for your work and for all you do for the Kingdom.I so enjoyed reading about your walk, Steve and Paul. No, I don’t think it’s wrong for your son to see and know what Cambodia’s history is about. So many are indifferent and don’t care, especailly in America. Thank you! I was deeply touched by Noit’s Deeper Love blog. I cried and prayed for all of you – oh, that know more and walk in a deeper love and understanding of our awesome Abba Father! Blessings, favor and God’s covering in the day of battle! Karen Mullin GT (ex-Turkey Trot teammate) ;-)

    • April 11, 2013 7:59 am

      Thanks so much for reading Karen! I appreciate it and your kind comments. May God continue to pour out his blessings on you! Thanks! Teammates forever ;)

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