In 2010, Steve Wescott was just a musician in a band looking for the opportunity to break into the music world. He eventually left everything behind in order to tour full time for a shot at stardom. However, Steve felt God call him to walk across America. This ‘calling’ sparked major changes in his life that even he didn't foresee coming. Steve was still holding onto his dream of being a rock star and wasn’t willing to leave the band. His plan was to begin the walk as soon as the band was done. However, within a few short months, Steve was asked to leave the band. Clearly the Lord had other plans. That dramatically changed the course of his life and he found himself pursuing this mission to walk 3,800 miles from the Space Needle in Seattle, Washington to Times Square in New York.
Although the walk seemed like an amazing quest, Steve knew this project had a greater purpose than just walking across America. He desired to partner with an organization; one that he could raise awareness for and help fund an orphanage. Meanwhile across the world, Steve's best friend, Stephen Turner (AKA ST), was serving as a missionary in Nairobi, Kenya. ST was the cofounder of a non-profit organization called, “Uzima Outreach and Intervention”, which turned into a two-fold ministry reaching out not only to substance addicted adults, but also the neglected and orphaned children in the slums. After serving a year, ST came back to America and shared his experiences with Steve when everything just clicked. It was clear that the Lord had been setting the course for Uzima and Needle2Square to partner in what the Lord was doing in the slums of Nairobi.
Even though Steve was determined to walk across America, he didn't want to do it alone. He decided to look for a four-legged friend who would make the perfect traveling companion. After a long search, Steve finally found the "dog of destiny" named Louie. Louie was a ten-month-old Rottweiler with whom he had an instant connection. Together they trained for the long journey ahead. Sadly a few months into training, Louie got hurt while playing at a dog park and the vet advised Steve that Louie should no join him. Determined to move forward, Steve continued to search for a replacement when he saw an ad for the New Moon Goat Rescue in Arlington, Washington. During this process, Steve learned that goats are great pack animals and companions on the road. Not having any prior experience with goats, or any farm animals for that matter, he made the trip to Arlington to see if taking a goat on this walk across America could really work. While there, he met Popsicle (now known as LeeRoy Brown), an Alpine/Boer goat, and the two have been best friends ever since. LeeRoy Brown is the ‘goat of destiny.’
Steve and Leeroy started their trek from the base of the Space Needle in Seattle Washington on May 2, 2012, in honor of his father who passed away the same day 20 years before. Together they have walked through Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Colorado and Kansas for a total of 2,500 miles. Steve spends his time on the road not only walking but also sharing the story of Uzima with curious onlookers, community centers, schools and churches. The goal of Needle2Square is to raise enough funds to purchase an orphanage and land for Uzima Outreach so that they can have a more permanent location and become self sustaining.