Details are emerging about John Chau’s initial contact with the isolated Sentinelese tribe in his own words.
John Chau, a 27-year old Christian missionary from the United States, was killed on November 16 by an arrow when he attempted to make contact with a hostile, pre-Neolithic tribe on a small island in the Indian Ocean.
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Chau’s family released his last few journal entries and a letter that he wrote to them dated on the same day that he died. Here is what he wrote in that letter:
You guys might think I’m crazy in all this but I think it’s worth it to declare Jesus to these people.
Please do not be angry at them or at God if I get killed. Rather please live your lives in obedience to whatever he has called you to and I’ll see you again when you pass through the veil. This is not a pointless thing – the eternal lives of this tribe is at hand and I can’t wait to see them around the throne of God worshiping in their own language as Revelations 7:9-10 states.
I love you all and I pray none of you love anything in this world more than Jesus Christ.
He signed off with the Latin phrase, Soli Deo Gloria, which means, ‘Glory to God alone’.
His family is even calling for the Indian police to drop the murder case in accordance with John’s wishes.
Indian police said a murder case had been registered against ‘unknown’ tribespeople and that the fishermen who allegedly helped Chau get to the island were arrested.
But Chau’s family called for them to be released, saying that he had ‘ventured out on his own free will.’
In their statement, they said: ‘We also ask for the release of those friends he had in the Andaman Islands. He ventured out on his own free will and his local contacts need not be persecuted for his own actions.’
Source: Daily Mail
We can see John’s faith and his fear of possible death in his own words.
He admits that he doesn’t want to die, but, in his journal entries that are written almost as prayers, Chau writes, ‘God, I don’t want to die. Who will take my place if I do?‘
Here is what he wrote in his journal about his initial contact with the Sentinelese on November 15.
He was bringing gifts of fish and a football to the tribe, and at one point was only inches away from several members. He said that they reacted in a hostile manner — running at him and stringing arrows into their bows — and he dropped the gifts and ran, as he did so, he yelled, ‘My name is John. I love you and Jesus loves you. Here is some fish.‘
He also reveals that his Bible had been shot with an arrow at that first encounter by a ‘kid’.
Well, I’ve been shot by the Sentinelese… By a kid probably about 10 or so years old, maybe a teenager, short compared to those who looked like adults.
The little kid shot me with an arrow – directly into my Bible which I was holding at my chest.
Father, forgive him and any of the people on this island who try to kill me… and especially forgive me if they succeed.
I grabbed the arrow shaft as it broke in my Bible… and felt the arrow head. It was metal, thin and very sharp.
Now that I remember it, after I got shot by that arrow and it was in my Bible, I gave it BACK! Man, I should have snapped it.
I stumbled back and I recall yelling at the kid for shooting me – now as I look back at it, my Bible cover looks like bark – like tree bark, so maybe he was just curious but yikes, it sure gave me a fright.
They chased me. I had to swim almost a mile back to the boat.
As I got closer, I thought a rock was the boat and then saw the boat but with figures with their arms up waving and I thought briefly that another group of Sentinelese had attacked the boat while they were watching me, but thank God that wasn’t the case.
Although I now have no kayak or my small pelican and its contents, I’m grateful that I still have the written word of God.
He also wrote about his plans for the next day.
The plan now is to rest and sleep on the boat and in the morning to drop me off by the [illegible] and then I walk along the beach toward the same hut I’ve been giving gifts to.
It’s weird – actually no, it’s natural: I’m scared. There, I said it. Also frustrated and uncertain – is it worth me going on foot to meet them?
Now they have attacked me… unfortunately HP won’t go with me and only stays on the vessel. The language gap is tough too or it’s hard to get good input – Lord let your will be true.
If you want me to get actually shot or even killed with an arrow then so be it. I think I could be more useful alive though, but to you, God, I give all the glory of whatever happens.’
Wow. That is honest, heartbreaking and yet still filled with faith.
Here are the images of all of John Chau’s final words.
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