It is my pleasure to announce that Elizabeth Hanford Dole, former United States Senator, Secretary of Transportation, Secretary of Labor, President of the American Red Cross and founder of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, has accepted our invitation to enter the IWU Society of World Changers as our 2014 inductee.
Elizabeth Dole has been a public servant, humanitarian, and witness for Christ in the public square for more than five decades. She is the third woman to join the Society and the twelfth inductee overall. She will officially take her place in the Society in a special convocation on October 3, 2014, in the IWU Chapel Auditorium.
Senator Dole is a woman of faith who has devoted much of her life to supporting the essential work of healers and caregivers. As a Christ-centered academic community, these are bedrock values for IWU and the Society of World Changers. Wherever Jesus went, he brought healing to both body and soul. When he sent his disciples out to preach the kingdom of God, he promised that they, too, would have the power to heal. He still calls his servants to lend their hands, hearts and minds to the sacred duty of healing and caregiving.
Given the sheer number of lives she has touched, a full list of her accomplishments, public and personal, would be impractical. Here are a significant few:
-As president of the American Red Cross in the 1990s, Senator Dole’s mandate to provide “assistance without discrimination” extended to the wounded in battlefields and disaster areas throughout the world. In a very real way, the Red Cross models the example of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:29–37), offering love and healing to others no matter who they are.
-With the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, Senator Dole has made possible a great service for caregivers of military families. Her work reflects Philippians 2:3, which could be the creed of a caregiver: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.”
-Elizabeth Dole is a woman of integrity. Everyone can see that her actions line up with her words. She speaks of her need for God’s grace and she goes out of her way to reflect that grace in the way she conducts her personal and professional affairs. Those who know her testify to her commitment to faith and her generosity of spirit. She reflects the spirit of Galatians 2:20: “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.”
-Senator Dole is a published author as well, and her Christian witness comes through in her writing. If you wish to learn more of her fascinating story and her heart for the world, I highly recommend her books Unlimited Partners (co-written with her husband, Bob) and Hearts Touched by Fire.
Senator Dole’s story is an example to all Christians who, like the Good Samaritan, feel an irrepressible compassion that compels us to act in service to the wounded, the hurting and the broken.
I hope you will join us on October 3 in the Chapel Auditorium.