Meet Ruth Douglas'58
What a privilege it was to name Ruth Douglas (’58) as our 2016 Alumna of the Year! Each year, we select just one alumnus or alumna as the recipient of this prestigious award. Eligibility is based on the fulfillment of five principles that we look for in the lives and service of our alumni:
1. Significant contribution to one’s own profession or vocation.
2. Cultivation of an evident pursuit of Christ-centered thinking and lifestyle.
3. Dedication to developing the mind of Christ in others.
4. Belief in the mission and purpose of Lancaster Bible College.
5. Service to LBC.
Douglas has truly embodied all five of these characteristics in her life and ministry. A missionary and nurse among Native Americans in the Southwest for 58 years, Douglas is now more than 80 years old is still actively serving as a missionary to Native Americans in New Mexico at Broken Arrow Bible Ranch with United Indian Missions. But her story didn’t begin there.
When Douglas decided to put her faith in Christ and serve Him with her whole life, she was met with opposition from her family. Despite that opposition, she remained steadfast in her desire to study God’s word. God provide her with the resources and support she needed to attend Lancaster School of the Bible – now of course, known as Lancaster Bible College – which was then located at the Convention Hall on West Orange and Pine Streets in downtown Lancaster.
“God really used my training at Lancaster School of the Bible when I would teach Bible clubs,” said Douglas, reflecting on her studies at LBC. He used it beyond that time, too. Douglas’ passion to follow God’s calling on her life and to reach the lost carried into her life of ministry on the mission field. Loss of connection with her family, serving as a single missionary and at times, seeing only slow growth in those she discipled, did not dim the light of Christ in her life. “My training at Lancaster School of the Bible equipped me to reach 1,000 Indian children for Christ every summer at our ministry ranch,” she said.
Even today, 58 after her graduation, she’s still excited to share about her time as a student at Lancaster School of the Bible and proudly displays her framed diploma form Lancaster School of the Bible. To honor Douglas and her legacy of service, she joined us back on campus after 30 years and was celebrated as the 2016 Alumnus of the Year during Homecoming Chapel before our faculty and staff, students, parents and alumni. To learn