Charity as a Way of Life
Sharing a message of hope around the world
The basis of charity is found in the Two Commandments of Jesus…
“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” John 13:34-35 (KJV)
Charity as a way of life: Ann and her husband donate a portion of their time, resources, plus earnings, to compassionate action projects in the USA and abroad. It is a practice which brings them great joy in that it is their belief that, “we are blessed to be a blessing.” Mercy and charity were among the primary values taught by Jesus throughout his time on earth, lessons which they both take very seriously.
Following the leading: Ann’s humanitarian father was also a great influence on her and taught her years ago about living with a sense of mission. He believed in allocating energy for the relief of suffering in America as a priority. But, he also reminded Ann not to forget our family in God around the world who need a hand of fellowship from time to time as well. This page will describe the activities she is currently involved with and also give you a little bio information along with her vision plan.
Veterans & 1st-Responders: Ann’s primary charity mission in the USA involves support to vulnerable vets & 1st-responders, especially combat or service-wounded, aging & homeless.
Healing & Recovery: She is also committed to the creation of resources which provide encouragement throughout the process of healing & recovery from catastrophic injury or illness, addiction, depression, and co-dependency. These days, many families are affected by one or more of these major challenges.
Civic & Veteran Organizations: Ann is a member of various civic organizations such as Honor, Release, Return (POW/MIA Advocacy Org), American Legion Riders (served as Chaplain), Patriot Guard Riders and more. Many of these groups sponsor charity events in their own communities as well as on a national level.
Patriots on Wheels: Meanwhile, she promotes unity among bikers & civic groups, regardless of the patch being worn on their vests. Her movement, “Patriots on Wheels,” has the motto, “Serving God and Country in Unity of Purpose, Together.” Scroll to read more.
Teaching the Price of Freedom: Ann presents her “The Missing Man Table Ceremony” & “The Soldier’s Cross Ceremony” around the USA at events such as Native American Pow Wows, Biker Rallies, Schools, Churches, and other special memorials or commemorations.
Vietnam War Lapel Pin: Ann also holds pinning ceremonies in conjunction with her other ceremonies, to honor those who served during the Vietnam War.
Self-help development: One of Ann’s favorite mottos is, “If you give a man a fish you feed him for a day; but if you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.” With that in mind, Ann has been involved with many overseas missions which have the ultimate objective of helping individuals or communities become self-sufficient through the opening up of new avenues of income and expanding access to higher education.
Her efforts have included initiating and supporting school lunch programs, supplementing agricultural options, the building of wells, the development of vision plans, technical training, scholarship funding, and more.
When given the opportunity, Ann has also been encouraging Pastors to consider a “self-help, economic development” approach to their world missions, rather than the sponsorship of multiple “mission trips” that cost a fortune, but often do not address the critical survivial issues facing many third world nation communities. Of course, spiritual encouragement is always needed, but when it comes to charity, establishing renewable sources of income are always a blessing and a great way to start. If you would like to discuss these ideas with Ann, send her a note.
Bibles & Bible Study Content: Ann also offers Bible Study & Life Application content to others around the world on a love-offering basis through her online library, “Message of the Lighthouse.”
Inspiring compassionate action…
Mentors & Teachers…
How this began: As mentioned in her opening remarks on this page, Ann’s Father, the Hon. Leonard G. Wolf, (Congressman, plus federal & private sector humanitarian) taught Ann the importance of contributing to the needs of those in the USA as well as remembering the vulnerable folks overseas, especially children affected by poverty, disease, and war.
Mentors: Throughout her life, Ann became inspired by many great souls such as Mother Teresa and Martin Luther King, Jr., to name a few of those who influenced her. Through the years was blessed with additional opportunities to learn from other mentors such as Native American Elders from here in the USA, and humanitarians and visionaries from all around the world.
A Vision for a Lifetime: She began her public service work at the age eight by opening up a drama club that entertained kids in an orphanage near her school, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Once she figured out her mission, she has never stopped supporting causes all throughout her school years and into adulthood. Her projects have included work on behalf of the homeless and the preservation of the environment. She has also worked with community organizers on reclaiming the streets, animal protection campaigns, and world hunger relief projects. She has worked with the Native American communities in reviving their spiritual and cultural practices. In recent history, she has added suicide prevention to her agenda, as well as resources designed to offer encouragement throughout the process of healing from co-dependency, addiction, illness & injury.
Two Commandments of Jesus: As previously mentioned, along her spiritual journey, Ann became very committed to implementing the “Two Commandments of Jesus,” into her soul and life; those are, “To love God & others.” Then, as part and parcel of following these original commandments, Ann also believes that closeness with God involves watching for opportunities of all kinds by which to make a difference in the lives of others.
In loving remembrance: So out of thanksgiving to God for the blessings in her life and in honor of all the marvelous souls who planted the seed of compassion in her, Ann is following in their footsteps by offering ongoing support to both domestic and foreign relief programs.
“Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Matthew 25:40 (KJV)
Note from Ann M. Wolf about Overseas Charities:
“Some folks have asked me from time to time, why I participate in charities overseas with so much need still here in the USA. Good question, right? Well, here is my answer.
Family via the Spirit of God: Though it is known that I am deeply grateful for being born in the USA, I am also a member of the “Body of Christ” at large. Therefore, I acknowledge all souls who walk in Mercy and hold to Grace as my spiritual family. I believe we are to care for one another as Jesus taught, even if some may not share our same beliefs. We are to do so with love and compassion as Mother Teresa herself, demonstrated.
Promise kept: I lost my father many years ago to cancer but did promise to carry on his work of helping others in the ways described here (self-help, community development). This was an easy decision, because from a very young age, what he envisioned was what I envisioned as well. So, I have worked through the decades, with both of our hearts in mind.”
Is God calling you to serve? Ann’s mention of these activities is only given as an example of what anyone can do; and you are most welcome to join her in any of the above mentioned endeavors. However, Ann also encourages each person to seek God for direction since we are all sent to different places.
Be a part of these charity projects on a one-time or ongoing basis: If you feel moved to contribute resources to any of the ventures mentioned here, feel free to send Ann a message with your ideas, or read more about ways to partner.