The Moravian Church in North America honors outstanding service to Scouting with The Order of David Zeisberger. The award can be given to any adult of the Moravian Church who has distinguished himself or herself in service to Scouting. Congregations are encouraged to present this award to deserving adult(s) each year; a suggested time for presenting the award is Scout Sunday.
The Order of David Zeisberger is dedicated to the greatest missionary to the Native Americans and to those who foster his spirit of love for God and others. Though he was born in Zauchtenthal, Moravia and escaped to Herrnhut, Germany with his family when he was a lad of five, he spent most of his life on the American frontier preaching to the Native Americans. He came first to Savannah, Georgia, then to Nazareth and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where he was among the first settlers.
He loved the Native Americans in a time when many saw them as savages. As early as 1745 he was preaching the Gospel and working among the Mohawks. For the next 63 years he labored through several wars, imprisonment, and hardship to share his faith with many Native Americans. With the help of his Native American friends and other faithful Christians, he established Christian communities for Native Americans and settlers in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Canada.
David Zeisberger, the man in the long black coat, who was known as the friend of the Native Americans taught them about Jesus and brotherhood. He wrote several books which included dictionaries, spelling books, worship aids and hymns, translations of scripture, and books which would aid them in the care of children and life in general.
He was the epitome of a true Scout and faithful Christian upholding the values for which Scouting stands. The Order of David Zeisberger is dedicated to him and those who are committed to his values.
For complete information on nominating a candidate for The Order of David Zeisberger, contact your Provincial Office; you can also download an application by clicking here.
From the October 2012 Moravian Magazine