The older students at LJA continue to study the Fruit of the Spirit in their Bible class. Last week the fruit of peace was emphasized. Presented in their textbook was the story of Chief Joseph and the Nez Percé tribe. The United States government removed them from their territory which included all of today’s states of Washington, Oregon and Idaho and confined them to a reservation of only 750,000 acres. After several years of fierce battles in which many of their people died Chief Joseph made his famous speech, “I will fight no more forever.”
After the students read this story, they questioned today’s conditions of the Nez Percé and other tribes. They learned how needy many are and how many on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, one of the two poorest counties in the U.S., have no heat this winter and how one grandmother has just frozen to death.
Their hearts were touched. They asked if they could help by raising money to buy a stove. The Native American Heritage Association http://www.naha-inc.org/ is providing stoves to those on the reservations for $90 each.
Dr. Simmons and I are proud of them. If any approach you, we hope you will help them help others.