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The Bear Man at Mississippi College was the best testimonial I have ever heard. I met Jim and told him the speech was great. I did not tell him it put a lump in my throat (several times) and a tear in my eye, but it did indeed.

I truly felt that God used me to coordinate The Bear Man speaking at MS College and I am grateful this event was able to happen. It was truly amazing. One of the best aspects is that a dozen or more young people gave their life to Christ.

Jim Jenkins, Retired
The Bear Man is a very inspirational story about the human spirit, a man’s incredible will to survive, and the fact that God is always in control. It will leave you thinking about the ‘what ifs’ and a perspective that life on this earth is precious, but incredibly short.
Gene F. Thompson III, President & COO of InterLinc Mortgage Services

Everything changed in a second when Jim VanSteenhouse realized he was being stared down by a grizzly bear. Locked in the powerful jaws of the animal, one thought came roaring to the surface, ‘Will I go to Heaven?’ Jim survives to tell his powerful story and to inspire others to ask the same question.

Dr. Ed Young, Second Baptist Church, Houston
God sometimes uses unusual ways to get our attention: I believe that Jim learned from his near-death experience that God was not finished with him. He was reminded that his work was not done.
William D. Peery, The Sovereign Institute, LLC
After hearing Jim’s story, every person should ask themselves two questions: ‘If I die, where am I going?’ and, ‘Is my life on Earth making a difference?
Jake Baker, Riverway
Through Jim’s survival of the bear attack, he shares how God is calling all of us to take a look at how we are living our lives.
Mark Ultis, UBEO
Knowing Jim personally, I greatly admire his courage and energy. Jim was knocked on his back in a brutal way, but he is back on his feet and is a better man for it. We all get knocked down at some point in life, but not everyone decides to get back up. Jim’s story will inspire you to get back on your feet and encourage you to be a difference maker.
Lance Berkman, Retired MLB All-Star
THANKS FOR ONE OF THE BEST GATHERINGS WE HAVE EVER HAD. Jim was great, his message was tremendous and his style left everyone on the edge of their seats. PLEASE tell him how much we enjoyed having him and he can come back anytime. I watched the expressions on people’s faces and no one even moved. You could hear a pin drop it was so quiet. GREAT guy and thanks for sharing him with us.
Jack Foster, First United Methodist Downtown
The BEAR Man’s presentation at our sportsman dinner was challenging to everyone present. To the unsaved there was a clear presentation of the Gospel and one man excepted Christ. To the Christians his challenge was to put your priorities in order living a life worthy to be called a Christian. The sharing of the life change as a result the Bear attack was genuine and just exceptional.
Richard Stone, Michigan Center Bible Church
Thank you so much for making a trip to Michigan and blessing Michigan Center with an incredible bear story but an even more incredible message, one that you have a gift for sharing. It’s funny, I actually grew up reading books that contained bear attack stories, so being a Christ follower and an avid outdoorsman I was so in tuned with your entire speech. I am not sure how often you do these events or what kind of responses you get from some people but please, keep spreading the Good News and telling your tale even when there’s no response. You’ve planted many seeds. The quote about the devil saying “Oh hell, he’s awake” is something that struck my heart and I have already started acting on those convictions. Praise God for you Jim, I wish you the best in your walk with Christ, your family, your business and your hunting endeavors 🙂 Shoot straight in all that you do..
Jim Harrington, Avid Outdoorsman
Jim, the men and I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation and testimony last night. I’ve received great feedback immediately afterward and today. We had 112 in attendance. That’s 20% of our total population…in other words, a fantastic turnout. The TDCJ will definitely benefit from you. If you ever need my recommendation to other Units, please feel comfortable in making that known. God’s richest blessings to you and your family.
Larry James, TDJC Chaplain

Here comes the Bear man” echoed through the speakers of the prison chapel and the atmosphere was filled with a sense of childlike wonder. The Bear man, with the incredible ability to articulate the content of His amazing story encouraged the Audience to overcome their “bear life experiences” with passion and a great sense of humor. The men all walked away after seeing the mercies of God manifest in The Bear Man’s story feeling valued, motivated and without a doubt that Jesus saves.

It was truly an incredible night in which the Lord was glorified through the story and through the invitation to follow the Lord in their own lives.

David Trickett, C.H.A.R.M. Founder
Jim’s story was absolutely moving, it impacted not only our students, but all of our leaders and volunteers as well. I believe the Gospel is clearly heard and told through his story. Truly a reflection on how the Lord uses our testimonies and lives for his glory. If you have not had the privilege of having Jim come in to your organization to tell his story, then you need to do it. It will not disappoint.
Anthony Lane, Ozone Ministries
What a great presentation, we had close to 450 people there and they listened to him with great intent. What a blessing that we could connect with THE BEAR MAN. He’s got a message that all should hear.
Joe & Nancy Hudson, President U.P. Bear Houndsmen Association
I enjoyed a chapel experience that was more than just a sermon. It was nice to hear a true story that developed someone’s walk with the Lord.
Jenna Miller, Mississippi College Student
I loved the speaker in chapel yesterday. The Bear Man did a great job at pulling in our attention and keeping us focused. I enjoyed how he told his testimony and showed us how God can work in our life. It was an eye opener that showed me how fast my life can change.
Lane Oxner, Mississippi College Student

Living in a fallen world…an exciting yet scary, captivating, funny, painful world…I believe many of the ladies in that particular prison, (only God could have known) could identify strangely enough, with his scars.  Carole Young is a medical facility!  Their bodies have been cut and sown, and pieced, and some parts are missing.  They found hope in hearing his story.  His story of a life threatening, life changing attack, yes, yet a rescue and a reason far greater!…The women rallied around him, getting autographs, in awe of his journey.  A survivor’s journey, for truly that’s what we all are.

With a humble heart, Jim shares his amazing story.  Soon after experiencing the horror of being ripped open by a grizzly bear in a remote wilderness, he experienced the gripping moment when he transitioned from a hopeless victim certain he was going to die, to feeling the Holy Spirit fill him with an overwhelming peace – a “peace that transcends all understanding.”  The Bear Man inspires us all to share Christ’s love with others every day.

Jim was a delight to work with and an outstanding addition to our Scholarship Reception. His talk was inspiring, thought-provoking and energizing, with an impeccable delivery which was as moving as it was captivating. You could hear a pin drop as he speaking.

Marie Holmes, Cy-Fair Educational Foundation

The story was very interesting, I enjoyed listening to Jim share his experience of survival in the wild with the students.

Elmer Villa, Recreational Soccer Manager - SpringSpirit

The presentation was both interesting and exciting!  I really liked how Jim made his story both related to little kids and big kids like me. I also love that he connected his whole story to how God worked in his life.

Valentine, 10th Grader - SpringSpirit

It is a captivating story, which represents how great God is in caring for his children and those he loves so much. Jim reminded me that if we trust God we can do everything.

Juan, 10th Grader - SpringSpirit

The kids couldn’t believe they met someone who was attacked by a bear! The kids were instantly hooked by the story and then surprised to hear how Jim connected his experience with God’s love and purpose for each of us.

Juan Ramirez, Rec Sports Director - SpringSpirit

The Bear Man was one of the most inspirational stories that we have ever written about in Katy Christian Magazine and Fort Bend Christian Magazine. To hear the testimony in person was powerful in more ways than you can imagine.

Joseph Menslage, President/Publisher - Katy Christian Magazine and Fort Bend Christian Magazine

His story was so interesting that he held an audience, including elementary school children, spellbound.  What he did with his life after and during his recovery, and the challenges issued to his listeners made his whole story immensely inspiring.  Don’t miss an opportunity to hear this man, who is listening to and following God.

Judy Scholten, Windwood Church Member

From 6 to 96, our entire church family was captivated by the compelling testimony The Bear Man shared with us.  It is hard to doubt how our mighty God works when we hear of His protection and healing in the life of others such as Jim VanSteenhouse.  I have heard his testimony twice and could listen to it again.

Meredith Ridenour, Director of Community Development, Windwood Church

We loved having Jim speak at Parkway Place! The residents and visitors loved his talk. They were fascinated by his experience and inspired by his testimony. He is such a great speaker, and it was fun to hear the audience reaction to the Bear Man’s story! I will certainly recommend him to my friends who want to bring a powerful Christian message to their church or organization!

Mary Green, Life Enrichment Coordinator, Parkway Place

Jim did another amazing testimony tonight! I was so glad I got to see him again! About 80 people were there and it was a huge success! He touched a lot of hearts. Got a lot of guys rethinking some things I assure you! THANK YOU Jim!

What an amazing night! Couldn’t have asked for a better response from our men, after hearing about how great the night was, many men admitted that they wished they had attended!

I was so thankful for Jim’s authenticity and bold message. Our men and their sons were riveted by his story and encouraged by how God moved in Jim’s life. We had members, guests, fathers, and sons, All of them were impacted by Jim’s message of God calling all of us to a life of intentional and courageous faith in Jesus Christ. I didn’t know Jim personally before this event, but I would recommend him to anyone afterward. The man certainly matched the message.

Pastor Jon Hicks, Katy's First Baptist

Jim was enlightening, inspiring and motivating. Our audience was captivated by his testament and spirit to overcome adversity. He skillfully shared his experience with a powerful and moving blend of personal testimony and reliance on his faith to overcome insurmountable challenges.

The Bear Man testimony was inspiring and uplifting.  The story of being attacked by a bear and living to tell was really interesting of course, but I really value learning wisdom from a man that faced death, and gained a new perspective on what’s really important in life.

I especially appreciated the admonition to pray for God to illuminate the path He wants me to follow.  As a believer, we say we want to follow, but then sometimes we just forget to ask which way to go.  I also was touched by the summary of 5 things you can’t recover and hope to apply the wisdom in them in my daily walk.

Karen Garrett, Your Content Goes Here

I so enjoyed hearing The Bear Man’s testimony during our work bible study last week. I could relate to so many of the things he shared, especially when he was in the hospital, and God told him to “go pray for Dean.” God had just SAVED HIS LIFE, but he ignored God’s request not once but several times that night because it was so out of his comfort zone.  How many times have I done that?!  Too many to count but I appreciated his honesty.  After ignoring God’s request several times he finally obeyed him and his life was changed forever because of his obedience to God that night. I will never forget how I felt God’s beautiful presence fill the conference room at that moment.  What a blessing it was to have that experience (and at work of all places)!!  His testimony got me to thinking about my life and as I was fighting back the tears, I heard God say to me (for the second time that week) to make some much-needed changes in my life.  I heard God tell me to quit trying to do things “my way” and to put Him first in all areas of my life and only then would I find true peace and happiness.  I’m a Christian, I was raised on a church pew, I’ve attended church most of my life but not regularly the past few years and God was trying once again to reach me!  I received his message and promised God that I would make those needed changes and thanked him for his love and grace.  I am so very thankful for people like The Bear Man that are not afraid to be a witness for God by sharing their story, warts and all.  He just showed up and God did the rest! If you ever get the opportunity to hear him tell his story then I would highly recommend you do it because even though we all knew the “final outcome” of his story (HE SURVIVES), hearing him share the details of the days leading up to the bear attack were nail-biting to say the least!

I even caught myself holding my breath as he shared the details of the attack and his raw honestly as he thought about dying and his fear of not making it to heaven! That thought hit me like a ton of bricks!! As Christians, we try to be good people, we’ve accepted God into our lives but the thought of standing before God and hearing him repeat my good deeds as well as my bad deeds stopped me in my tracks.  I almost felt paralyzed with fear at that moment because I had not allowed myself to have that thought in many years but after hearing the Bear Man’s testimony my soul was stirred, my mind a whirlwind of thoughts and my heart was full because of the love I felt from God that day.  It was a fantastic story, and an AMAZING move of God was felt that day and I thank God for allowing me the opportunity to hear The Bear Man’s testimony because it has genuinely touched my heart and soul!

Jeri B., Your Content Goes Here

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