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. . . .