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Steve Westcott is Walking Across St. Louis, and America, With a Goat

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Steve Westcott and LeeRoy Brown.
Steve Westcott gets asked about his goat a lot.

After two years walking across the country with trusty LeeRoy Brown the goat by his side, Westcott has come up with a few comparisons to offer the curious: A goat is like a toddler in a shopping mall, because it walks so slowly. It's like a good girlfriend, because it keeps him company but doesn't complain.

But most of all, it's like a pack mule, because it carries Westcott's gear as he travels by foot from the Space Needle in Seattle to Times Square in New York.

"The Internet said goats are a pack animal, but what they don't tell you is that they are really slow," Westcott tells Daily RFT. And the more gear LeeRoy Brown carries, the slower it goes -- especially when everyone they walk past wants to chat about his goat. "I'm packing for him now. That's what's happening."

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Westcott and his horned sidekick are two years into a cross-country walk designed to raise awareness and funds for the orphanage he wants to build in the slums of Nairobi, a goal a friend suggested after a year on missionary work in Kenya, where orphans as young as five years old are already using drugs "just to kill the pain and the hunger pains and to stay warm at night," Westcott says.

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The organization, called Uzima Outreach and Intervention, helps drug addicts in Kenya, and Westcott wants to raise $200,000 to build a children's home for the group on his cross-country hike. So far, after two years of walking, he's raised less than $30,000.

But raising $170,000 more doesn't seem to worry Westcott. After just a few minutes chatting with him, it's clear there's a larger force at work in Westcott's mission.

"We do the work, but God does the miracle," says Westcott, an evangelical Christian. "There's no way a guy with a goat can raise $200,000 to buy land in Africa. It's not cool enough, it's not hip enough, it's not special enough. There has to be a miracle."

Westcott finds small miracles on his journey. Monday, a stranger gave him $10 to buy lunch at Five Guys Burgers and Fries in St. Louis. Other strangers offer to house him for a night and drive him back to his walking path. Staff at the bar Fallon's Bar and Grill in Olivette ran into Westcott at a copy center and offered to host a fundraiser for him.

"Stuff like that is what keeps me going because I ran out of money a long time ago," Westcott says.

Even when (if?) Westcott reaches his goal, he says he's not ready to stop living his transient lifestyle.

"I can't go back to living the American dream, I can't go back to living for myself," he says. "It has to be God that gets the glory, not me. It's God's party. I just want to be invited."

Fallon's Bar and Grill in Olivette will donate 15 percent of sales to Westcott's cause on Friday, June 13. Westcott says he'll be at the restaurant starting at 4:30 p.m.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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38 comments
Carla Clark
Carla Clark

Muthafuckas act like they ain't never had shit.........That's a damn shame let's see wht it will be Monday........LHFH!!!!!!!!!

Cathrine Mejia
Cathrine Mejia

Yesss I've seen them in saint peters, thinking where's that goat going lol

Ami Sherman
Ami Sherman

We saw him yesterday while at the City Garden.

Megan Wolz
Megan Wolz

Yes he is real and very sweet and compassionate !

Nathan Elkins
Nathan Elkins

i saw this guy in como and talked to him. then again on 70 E. offered him a ride but he wouldnt take it.

Maribeth Frevert
Maribeth Frevert

Matt saw him at Midway before Mother's Day , Donnie saw him at Kingdom City and we saw him at Williamsburg at the top of mineola hill in Mother's Day!

Dawn McClain
Dawn McClain

They had lunch on Wash Ave a couple hours ago:)

Patty Jo
Patty Jo

Yes, I saw him on Olive.

optinstl
optinstl topcommenter

This Christian and his goat ("Baaa-ad Baa-ad Leeroy Brown" teehee) showed up in St. Louis a few days after I had seen the film "God Loves Uganda", about the American Evangelical right wing selling religion in Uganda, and pushing their anti-LGBT agenda.  I am all for raising money for orphans, but this kind of Christianity is little more than a cult.  If they were just giving food and shelter to the people that need it, and not using it as a bribe for converts and legislation we would really be helping the people that need it.  Kenya is not Uganda, but the evangelical Christian agenda is always the same.

Alexandra Lugger
Alexandra Lugger

Vicki Inman, is this the goat you were hiding from the tornado with?

Jay Martin
Jay Martin

What's in it for the goat? No wonder it's walking so slow.

Wil Wander
Wil Wander

Clearly a Cubs fan trying to reverse the curse.

Brandon Herges
Brandon Herges

From that point on, I was walkiiiiinnn! But really, I'm surprised nobody has started following him or given him more news coverage.

Carri Coffee
Carri Coffee

Jessica Heusler, Gemologist John Heusler

Kerrie Weston
Kerrie Weston

Someone needs to introduce him to Kickstarter

Grant Henderson
Grant Henderson

He's a man with a goat and a mission. Much respect to him and I hope he reaches his goal. Wish his goat God's speed ;-).. lol

GodisLove
GodisLove

@optinstl Thanks for your reply Optinstl, however, you are sadly mistaken. Uganda is my home, and though I've not see the movie you've mentioned, religions in many ways are being 'sold' in Uganda, though not at all the point of this well written article. What Needle2Square and Leeroy are doing/have already done, both in and through their ministry in Kenya and my home in Uganda is not about buying Religion, it's about a Relationship with Jesus, and sharing His love and Grace for ALL, not buying anyone or anything. It's not a cult, it's living Scripture, the Word of God. There is no evangelical Christian here, and as for Steve, I know him, and have heard and seen his heart for missions, even before this calling to walk from Needle2Square. His heart is pure, all for serving Jesus and sharing the love, being a witness of the Great Commission. Please don't be led by what movies tell you. Remember, they are merely a storyline that someone thought would be a neat movie. A living and true Relationship with Christ cannot be made a movie, it's life. Real life!

SC227
SC227

@optinstl Please don't label all evangelical Christians the way you have just described from God Loves Uganda.  I am a Christian (although not right wing; I consider myself "no-wing").  I'm certainly not perfect and make my fair share of mistakes every day, but I do not push any agendas because that is not the way to show God's love.  I know several other Christians who would agree with me on this.

To be fair, though, I know that far too many Christians have tried/are trying to push an agenda.  I'm sorry if you or anyone else have experienced the opposite of what God's love really is because of some evangelical Christians' warped priorities.  Please know that not all Christians believe in pushing agendas.  I seriously doubt that Steve Westcott is trying to push one.

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