Washington DC – July 29, 2019 – Report By: Dr. June Knight
On Friday, July 19, 2019 I went to visit Ruth in the hospital. She is 97 years old! I heard about her when I moved to Washington DC about ten (10) months ago. In these parts she is very well-respected and loved. I prayed and asked the Lord to please let me interview her before she passed away. The Lord granted that prayer on Friday.
I met her at the Capitol Hill Prayer Partner’s Annual Celebration in May. When I leaned in to hug her I told her that one day I hoped to interview her. Here are the pictures of that day:
I heard how sick she is and was concerned that her time was very close to going home to be with Jesus. So, my friend Sharon and I went to the hospital in Fairfax, Virginia to pray for her. When we arrived we were surprised at how good she looked and how well she was able to talk.
When she found out that I did radio and television she asked me to interview her so she can talk to America. God granted my prayer!
Ruth prayed for the nation, shared life stories, talked to ministers, the President, etc. We had a lot of fun with her. She also prayed and thanked every person that walked in her room. She prayed blessings over them. The doctor came in and he bowed his head as she prayed blessings over him. What an amazing woman. Our Earth has been so blessed to have received the seeds from Ruth Mizell into God’s Great Garden!
See Pics of Ruth & Her Book:
Note – Story, video & picture published with family permission from Daughter – Linda Pate
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.