We are a father, son, and best friend on an epic trek to help change the lives of devalued and discarded children. Join us in our campaign as we partner with Kindred Image to fund and build a new rescue center in Seoul, South Korea.
Together, we have hiked, backpacked, and explored countless wild places all over the United States and beyond. The three of us share a hunger for adventure, a love for the outdoors, and a deep desire to serve others.
In 2012, Eric was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, an incurable bone cancer. Even after major surgery and numerous chemotherapy and radiation treatments his future remained uncertain, yet his faith and adventurous spirit were unbroken. Together, we committed to living a story that would uplift and inspire others. The three of us were soon dreaming up our next big adventure...
Our connection with Pastor Lee and the Jusarang Orphanage began in the winter of 2011, when Tavis joined the documentary team that journeyed to South Korea to produce The Drop Box.
There he and the film team were encountered by the amazing work of Pastor Lee and the incredible story of his care for the children and mothers of the Jusarang community. Captivated by their story, our lives have also been touched by this man.
Now, along with Kindred Image, we are working together to build a Rescue Center within which Pastor Lee can continue his work to better serve the lost and the least in this world — follow us on our journey.
The Appalachian Trail is a 2,200 mile hiking trail, spanning the length of the Appalachian Mountains in the eastern United States. Stretching from Mt. Katahdin, Maine to Spring Mountain, Ga, the trail covers 14 states through hundreds of peaks and valleys and over countless streams and rivers; it is among the best-known and most challenging thru-hikes in North America.
Why are we doing this?
First, to help heal the broken. This journey is more than a hike; it is a quest to fight for the least and the lost in this world—a chance to give value and dignity to the children and mothers of a culture that has labeled them unnecessary.
Second, to give hope to the hopeless. To live a meaningful story and show others that they too can tell an incredible story with their life. Our journey is a reminder that every life has worth, and that adventure is out there.
Eric Wolf // The Father // LtCol USMC (Ret)
Eric recently retired from the US Marine Corps after nearly 30 years of service. His primary duties were in the logistics field where he led teams providing supplies, transportation and support to installations and to Marines, both in combat and peacetime. He has bone cancer which is in partial remission. Please pray for his strength and good health throughout the trek.
“After years in the Marines I’m super excited to begin serving again, this time working for precious and vulnerable children and their mothers. Please give generously and help us spread this story to the world!”
AJ Wolf // The Son
AJ is a 2014 graduate of Point Loma Nazarene University. He and Tavis first met Brian Ivie (founder of Kindred Image) in high school, on the creaking boards of their cafeteria-turned-theater. Since then, they have lived through many incredible adventures, but this just might be the best yet. He loves tea, music, and a good game of Ultimate Frisbee.
“It's an incredible thing to get to tell good stories with the people you love. We need more examples of hope and joy in our lives. I'm so grateful for the work of Kindred Image and the chance to play a part.”
Tavis Robertson // The Best Friend
Tavis is a (near) graduate of Point Loma Nazarene University. He has been adventuring with AJ and Papa Wolf (Eric) since he met AJ in high-school. In December of 2011 he had the opportunity to join the film team that traveled to South Korea to film ‘The Drop Box’, and since then has had a passion for both the children he met there, and the many like them across the world. He loves his friends and family, and all the antics they get into together.
“I’m beyond stoked to get this chance to do something we love, while accomplishing something bigger than ourselves. I want to offer a big thanks to the team at Kindred Image that have put countless hours of their lives into this cause, and I can’t wait to be able to lift up these children, Pastor Lee and Christ over the next four-and-a-half months of my life!”
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HOW CAN YOU HELP?
SHARE THE STORY
Tell your friends about our trip, and about the life changing work of Pastor Lee and Kindred Image. Share this page and our blogs and updates on social media. We will be posting regular video blogs and updates as we travel so that you can keep up to date with our adventure. Feel free to post comments and questions as well.
GIVE TO THE CAUSE
In order to make this Rescue Center a reality, your resources and support are desperately needed. Making a donation of even 1 cent per mile ($22) will help us provide for the needs of Pastor Lee’s flock. If our campaign receives just $10 per mile, we can reach our goal. Consider giving 10 cents per mile ($220). You can give one time, or consider a monthly gift. The process is fast, easy, and secure. (And tax deductible). Donate above!
Preparations for our hiking campaign have been entirely self-funded so 100 percent of your donations go to Kindred Image and Pastor Lee. Our campaign officially ends on November 1, but you can always give to Kindred Image and support the work of Pastor Lee and the Jusarang Orphanage here.
PRAY FOR THE PEOPLE
We ask you to pray for the safety of our team as we make this journey. We also ask you to pray for Pastor Lee, the staff of Jusarang Orphanage, and the many mothers and children whose lives are being touched by this man. For more on how you can pray, click here.