American missionary wrote ‘God, I do not wish to die’ earlier than being killed by distant tribe


John Allen Chau, the American missionary who was killed by an remoted tribe on a distant Indian island, reportedly wrote in his journal hours earlier than his demise, “God, I do not wish to die.”

Chau, 26, of Vancouver, Wash., chronicled his final days whereas touring to the Andaman Islands. He was intent on making contact with the Sentinelese tribe on North Sentinel Island, in accordance with his journals shared by his mom with the Washington Publish.

“You guys would possibly suppose I’m loopy in all this however I feel it’s worthwhile to declare Jesus to those folks,” he wrote in a final observe to his household on Nov. 16, shortly earlier than he left the security of the fishing boat to satisfy the tribesmen on the island. “God, I don’t wish to die.”

John Allen Chau

John Allen Chau
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The tribesmen, who stood about 5-feet -5 inches tall with yellow paste on their faces, reacted angrily to Chau’s presence, he wrote, as he tried to talk their language and sing worship songs.

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“I hollered, ‘My title is John, I like you and Jesus loves you,’” Chau wrote, including {that a} baby shot at him with an arrow that missed and pierced his waterproof Bible.

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Chau was illegally ferried by to the island by fishermen earlier than taking a kayak alone to shore.

In an electronic mail to Chau’s mom, Lynda Adams-Chau, a fellow missionary wrote that the fishermen noticed the tribe burying the adventurer on the seaside the subsequent day. A number of of the fishermen concerned in serving to Chau journey to the island, in addition to a good friend who helped manage the boat journey, have been arrested.

“They had been very effectively conscious of the scenario, however they nonetheless organized for a ship and every thing,” stated police official Deepak Yadav, a transfer he described as “pushing [Chau] within the mouth of demise.”

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Chau’s household have pleaded for his or her launch, saying he acted “on his personal free will.”

He typically posted images of his worldwide travels on-line.

In Instagram posts and journals, Chau wrote that he discovered the distant Sentinel Island inspiring however horrifying.

“Why does this lovely place must be have a lot demise right here?” he wrote. “I hope this isn’t one among my final notes however whether it is ‘to God be the Glory.’”

The Related Press contributed to this report. 


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