Last year we had the privilege of working with the First Nations people in the north beyond where the roads go. It was a unique experience, one that we will always remember. We learned to love the people. We began to understand their traditions and enjoy them. But our time there was a time of discovery in another way as well.
In his book, Already Gone, Ken Ham writes about a generation in the USA that has been lost. The First Nations people of Northern Canada have a similar problem even though their circumstances are very different.
The way of life on the Northern Reserve is a world away from the life of the average American. From the time they are born native children have a huge family of relatives living all around them, Everyone is a friend, everyone gives lots of love, and everyone believes in a creator God. Whether they live for God or not, everyone around them believe in, and respect the God of creation.
In the schools, whether Christian or Public, the theory of evolution is not an issue. It makes no sense to these people who live close to nature. It was an easy thing for the first missionaries traveling to these northern tribes to introduce them to the God of the universe. They already knew He existed. They just never knew His name.
It was much harder to get them to turn to Christ and away from sin, but many did. Many of them experience genuine salvation. Some of the strongest church leaders were converts of those early missionaries.
But those leaders are dying out. Where is the younger generation that should be taking their place? They are drinking and on drugs; they are having babies and letting their parents raise them, they are dropping out of school, joining gangs, and they are committing suicide one after the other.
But why? These children were given love like nowhere else I have ever seen. It is so ingrained into their culture to treat their children as precious, that every man or woman, whether Christian or not, fears the wrath of God if they should in any way harm a little child.
I am going to end this blog at this point, and throw it open to comments.
The next blog may have more answers.
If you want to see some scenes from the north country I am posting a few that depict their life and culture.