American missionary John Allen Chau, who was killed after an illegal mission to bring his Jesus to the remote North Sentinel Island in Andamans, has now caused chaos. Authorities are trying to retrieve his body, which could put the lives of the Sentinelese tribe at risk.
USA Today reports, Survival International’s Director Stephen Corry said in a statement, “We urge the Indian authorities to abandon efforts to recover John Allen Chau’s body. Any such attempt is incredibly dangerous, both for the Indian officials, but also for the Sentinelese, who face being wiped out if any outside diseases are introduced.”
Police from India tried to recover the body but were met with bows and arrows, forcing them to retreat. The tribe is located in the Indian Ocean’s Bay of Bengal and are one of the few isolated tribes in the world.
The 26-year-old from Washington state was insistent upon going to the island. He reportedly paid for a small fishing vessel to take him in the middle of the night, writing in his journal, “God Himself was hiding us from the Coast Guard and many patrol.” But he was “doing this to establish the kingdom of Jesus on the island… Do not blame the natives if I am killed.”
When he arrived on the island, according to his journal, which was published by The Washington Post, he made eye contact and tried to sing “worship songs.” He wrote, “I hollered, ‘My name is John, I love you and Jesus loves you.’”
The Sentinelese people reportedly shot an arrow at him, piercing his Bible. In his final entry on Nov. 16, Chau was still hellbent on bringing Jesus to them and wrote, “You guys might think I’m crazy in all this but I think it’s worthwhile to declare Jesus to these people… God, I don’t want to die.” He also wrote, wrote: “Lord, is this island Satan’s last stronghold where none have heard or even had the chance to hear your name?”
Chau was reportedly killed with arrows, according to some fishermen, seven of whom were arrested for helping him get to the island. They claimed they saw his body “being dragged and then buried.”
Chau’s family released the following statement, see below:
Hopefully, the Sentinelese people will not be put at risk because an unlawful American thought he was an expert on who needed Jesus.