An Encouraging Word From Washington

After seeing the divine protection that surrounded General Washington when they fought him with muskets which otherwise “knew not how to miss”, the chiefs among the Deleware (Lenape) Indians wisely decided to find out what they could about the God of George Washington.

They  found Washington and diligently requested that he take a selected group of young people from their tribe to be trained in school. Washington encouraged them saying that Congress would look on them as children of their own, later telling the chiefs:

You do well to wish to learn our arts and way of life, and above all the religion of Jesus Christ. These will make you a greater and happier people than you are. Congress will do everything they can to assist you in this wise intention.

May we also be a wiser and happier people by giving all diligence to add to our faith virtue, to virtue knowledge and to knowledge self-control. . . .


  1. Esther Staddon August 24, 2011 at 6:16 am #

    Wow! I never knew that. What a testimony!

  2. Nathan Burkhalter August 24, 2011 at 8:32 am #

    Amen it takes very little to live a joyful life. The key to being joyful is to have a life that is centered only around Christ Jesus the souls of men and His word things that cannot be taken away. and then everything else will fall in place. Thank you so much for your encouraging insights.

  3. Matthew H August 24, 2011 at 5:35 pm #

    Thanks, I never knew the rest of the story! Good reminder also Nathan Burkhalter, the key is to live a life centered around Christ!

  4. Donald August 25, 2011 at 8:11 am #

    The day that we published this post the earthquake that struck Virginia caused a (4 foot by 1 inch) crack in the Washington Memorial. Let’s remember that our respect for the founding fathers is shown more by what we do and how we actually heed their words than by the stone memorials that we build to their memory. Ultimately, it is eternal life that those who have it will desire for others, as Washington did.

  5. Michael August 26, 2011 at 8:06 pm #

    “Yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD.” Psalm 144:15

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