Heavenly Favored For Earthly Influence


When I think of someone who exemplifies the meaning of being heavenly sent, its without question that a 95 year old woman by the name of Dr. Ruth Mizell comes to my mind. I had the honor and pleasure of meeting Ruth on Capitol Hill earlier this year. When I say, there is something special about being in her presence, I mean that you literally feel like you are being entertained by an angel. She is one of the humblest, loving and caring individuals that I have ever meet. Ruth, impacts her world, family, friends, and colleagues by operating in her purpose and living full out her character as a servant of God.

Many people often see you in your glory but never understand your story. When you learn The Ruth Mizell’s Story, you will never make an excuse again. Ruth was born in what many people would declare as the era of the Great Depression. In speaking with Ruth, her recollection was not of hardship or depression, because of the loving environment that her parents created. Her father was a disabled war veteran who worked tirelessly to provide for his family and her mother was the most giving person in their neighborhood. Ruth was the only girl among four children and her brothers never treated her as such. While her brothers would play Cowboys and Indians, and reenact the battles of Texas, Ruth would climb a tree and imitate Amelia Earhart by pretending that she was flying a plane. A young lady with a vivid imagination, which she would later fulfill after a series of miraculous events.

One of the great things to pay attention to in Ruth’s life, even at a young age, and throughout her adulthood is her mentality. She was not molded by society’s opinions and stereotypes.  Zechariah 4:10 states, “For who hath despised the day of small things…” A funny story that depicts this scripture in Ruth’s life is a day in Trinidad, Texas where she and her brother’s noticed a tent downtown which they thought was a circus. After they mustered up the courage to ask their parent could they go… to the kids’ surprise, their parents looked at each other with a smile and said sure. See what was about to happen was an all or nothing encounter. The kids had no idea that they were about to experience a Baptist Revival and their lives were going to change forever. At the early age of 7 years old, Ruth received Jesus along with her 3 brothers. That one day changed the trajectory of Ruth and her families life.

Even after tragedy struck their home and Ruth lost her brother Jack to a hunting accident, she reminded her mother that Jack had gone to heaven because of their experience at that Baptist church. From that day forward, her mother would sit them all down and read the Bible to them.  Ruth’s mother later founded Child Evangelism Fellowship Institute and became responsible for the largest teacher-training classes for the African American curriculum written in the 1940s. She is credited in reaching hundreds of children every year in their housing projects and schools; for a lifetime total of 10,000.

After reading The Ruth Mizell’s Story, here are a few things that I wanted to point out. The’re a lot of leadership, spiritual and life lessons wrapped in the story of her life. A major lesson that Ruth holds dear in her heart is that God chooses and uses people not confident in themselves. She never thought to seek out the positions that she has been blessed to serve in, nor has she set out for personal gain. Ruth is a woman of influence, when Dr. Ruth Mizell walks onto the Capitol grounds, everyone, from the security personnel at the doors to the members of Congress, acknowledges her and gives her immediate access. She has the type of influence that surpasses time, space and understanding. As a man of faith and productivity here are a few things that I wanted you to pay attention in Ruth’s journey. Being Chosen, Accepting the Challenge, Releasing To Increase, Radical Change, Fulfillment of A Promise, Execution.

Ruth Cox came to Washington, D.C. as a widow in 1984. She had been active in Bible teaching and National Day of Prayer in Corpus Christi, Texas. Since 1964 she had known the Bush Family. She had been a Campaign Chairman for South Texas. They have continued as friends. She also chaired his campaign in 1979 in Corpus Christi and then worked for Reagan and Bush.

In Washington, she became a Liaison to the White House and took many foreign prayer trips to China, Russia, Yugoslavia, Romania, Argentina, Outer Mongolia, and Berlin. She hosted the “Vinegar Bend Interfaith Prayer Chapel” at the 2000 Republican Convention in Philadelphia.

In 1991 she met Wilmer Mizell (Vinegar Bend), a former baseball player and congressman from North Carolina at a prayer breakfast. They were married but he had a fatal heart attack in Texas in 1999. During their time together, they put the Jesus Video in two Texas cities and hosted a Prayer Pavilion in Jerusalem for six weeks. Also, Wilmer coached the Israeli Little League Baseball Team who were to represent Israel in Prague.

Now she is a liaison to the Capitol for the Capitol Hill Prayer Partners who have prayer captains at the Capitol when congress is insession.

But her most interesting assignment is to help in having a Bible curriculum elective in the public schools. Ruth’s dream is that every high school boy and girl will have an opportunity to study the Old and New Testament with the Bible as the Textbook.

Ruth Mizell was the campaign manager for George Herbert Bush Sr. as he ran against Ronald Reagan and then became the Vice President for the Reagan Administration. Ruth Mizell is truly a Christian states person. She has worked on Capitol Hill for over thirty years. Praying and furthering the causes of Jesus Christ on the Hill.

On Feb 26, 2013 Latin University of Theology confirmed Ruth Mizell with an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity for being a true hero for Christ on Capitol Hill. The Favorite Poem of Ruth Mizell’s Mother that she committed to memory many years ago and still recites until this day. The name and author of this poem is: “Step by Step” by Don Sicklesteel





He does not lead me year by year,

Nor even day by day.

But step by step my path unfolds,

As my Lord directs my way.


Tomorrow’s plans I do not know,

I only know the minute,

But He will say, “This is the way,

Just have faith, as you walk in it.”


And I’m glad that it is so,

For today’s enough to bear,

And I know when tomorrow comes,

His grace shall far exceed His care.


Why should I worry then, or fret,

For the God who gave His only Son,

Holds all my moments in His hand,

And gives them to me, one by one.

Ruth Mizell served as Campaign Chair in Corpus Christi, Texas, for George H. W. Bush for two of his campaigns, beginning in 1964 for the US Senate and later as Campaign Chair for Corpus Christi, Texas, when he ran for president in 1980. She also served in 1978 and 1982 for Bill Clements, the first Republican governor of Texas. In 1984 she served as co-chair for Phil Gramm for US Senate. Ruth also served under President Ronald Reagan and President George H. W. Bush as adviser to the US Peace Corps.

During those years, she served as liaison to the White House for the American Christian Trust, served on the Board of Directors of the National Prayer Embassy, and was active in several Christian ministries. This included AD 2000, Every Home for Christ, Joni and Friends, and Nora Lam Ministries. In 1994 she became active in Capitol Hill Prayer Partners and became their liaison to the Capitol. In 2004 she began representing the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools (NCBCPS) and became a member of the board in 2005.

Ruth has been on mission trips throughout the world, including Africa, Eastern and Western Europe, China, Southeast Asia, South America, and Israel. Her late husband was former baseball player Wilmer “Vinegar Bend” Mizell. He pitched in the 1960 World Series for the Pittsburgh Pirates when they beat the New York Yankees. Later he served as Congressman for North Carolina. Ruth has three children, six grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.






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