‘The Bear Man’ to share survival story with Parkway Place residents and the public

James VanSteenhouse, founder and CEO of Houston-based InterLinc Mortgage Services, will speak speak to Parkway Place residents, invited guests and the public at the community at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at Parkway Place is located at 1321 Park Bayou Drive.

James VanSteenhouse, a man who survived a bear attack, is set to share his story of survival at Parkway Place.

The presentation is scheduled to be made at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at Parkway Place, a faith-based nonprofit senior living community at 1321 Park Bayou Drive. The event is free and open to the public. Anyone interested in attending, please RSVP at 281-677-5955.

VanSteenhouse is the founder and CEO of Houston-based InterLinc Mortgage Services. He survived a grizzly bear attack in Canada in 2015. A man of faith, VanSteenhouse claims his faith was tested when one of world’s largest predators attacked him. He shares his near-death experience as an inspirational story.

“They say everything can change in the blink of an eye, but I never fully understood this statement. I lived my life to the fullest. Always have,” VanSteenhouse said in a news release. “I thought when my time came and He called, I’d be ready. One overcast day in September 2015, I quickly learned I was wrong. As I wrestled an 850-pound boar grizzly bear - fighting for my life - everything changed in what seemed like a blink of an eye. People of faith know that God promises a safe landing; however, He does not promise a safe passage. As I share my life-changing experience with residents and guests of Parkway Place, my hope is that my scars can help spark some gratitude and appreciation for this life as people continue on their own journey - as you never know when your blink of an eye will come.”

Parkway Place is looking forward to hosting VanSteenhouse.

“We are honored to have James speak at Parkway Place and share his story of survival,” Parkway Place Executive Director Susan Phelps said in a news release. “James is a man of faith who had it tested in the most extreme way. He came out a stronger person, and we are thankful he is sharing his story with us. I hope it inspires others to live their life to the fullest. As James puts it, he became a grizzly attack survivor for a reason, not by accident. He is using his second chance at life to make a difference for others, and we are grateful to be a part of that. We are an organization that is built on faith. It is the core of what we do, and having James come speak at the community is truly a blessing.”

SOURCE https://www.houstonchronicle.com/neighborhood/memorial/news/article/The-Bear-Man-to-share-survival-story-with-14370578.php
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