Rep. Frank Wolf will retire in 2014. He was recently named Daniel of the Year by World Magazine
by Christopher Mann My childhood was spent between the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio and Arlington, Virginia. I have no idea who represented my hometown of Solon, Ohio between 1978-1984 but Congressman Frank Wolf was so unique that even a politically ignorant kid like me was aware of this man's work. Renowned as a deeply devout Christian who walked circles around the talk of liberal human rights advocates, Congressman Wolf has built an amazing career as a conservative congressman representing a very liberal demographic in Northern Virginia, part of Washington's suburbia.
"Wolf’s blunt style isn’t always popular, but it’s often effective: Starving people have eaten, political prisoners have gone free, and Christians have found relief because of his tenacity. Even when he doesn’t prevail, he persists."
"Chuck Colson of Prison Fellowship once called Wolf “the patron saint of unpopular causes.” He added: “There is no one in American public life I admire more.”""Wolf focused on at least two things: reading presidential biographies in the library and overcoming a debilitating stutter. He eventually took multiple speech therapy classes to battle the impediment, but the most useful treatment helped forge his political career: He forced himself to speak when it was easier to stay quiet. " "WHEN U.S. LEGISLATORS VISIT FOREIGN COUNTRIES, they often travel in groups, stay at Western hotels, meet with government officials, and avoid danger. Wolf on his first trip overseas left behind that checklist. ...The trip galvanized him. When he returned, Wolf asked to brief President Ronald Reagan as a member of the appropriations committee handling foreign aid. Within a few days, Reagan authorized food shipments to Ethiopia."
"[Cold War-era Romanian] Government officials tried to shut down one congregation before the congressmen visited. Instead, the church was packed and the members were singing a hymn when they arrived. Christians pressed notes into Wolf’s hand with messages like: “My son is in prison,” and “My husband disappeared.”...[Congressman Wolf] gave [President Ronald ] Reagan a copy of a Romanian defector’s exposé of the Ceausescu regime and met with the president in person. In November 1987, Reagan wrote in his diary that after meeting with Wolf and others he changed his mind: “I’ve proposed … to drop Romania’s most favored nation status until they clean up their human rights act.” Two years later, Ceausescu’s regime fell.
Meeting with Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng"Wolf’s concern for religious freedom doesn’t extend only to Christians facing persecution. In 1997 he slipped into Tibet and managed to tour the region without Chinese handlers—something no other member of Congress had done since China took over Tibet in 1959. (Wolf didn’t inform the U.S. government of his plans.) "
"I learned of a surrogate who was paid her full contract price to abort the baby she was carrying after the biological parents were disappointed by an in-utero diagnosis of Down syndrome. The chink in the armor became a chasm and the truth was blindingly clear: abortion is wrong. Abortion kills a living, growing member of the human family." Because in large part of the gentle tenacity of Lindsey and Lauren, Jewel Green is now a pro-life speaker and advocate. Read about her testimony at LifeNews.com and visit her personal website at www.JewelsGreen.com.