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Man killed by uncontacted tribe after trying to convert them to Christianity

Man killed by uncontacted tribe after trying to convert them to Christianity Story by Fiona Leishman •18h


An ambitious Christian missionary met an untimely end when he was slaughtered by a uncontacted tribe after trying to convert them to his religion. John Allen Chau, 27, visited an island in the Indian Ocean inhabited by people who are part of an endangered tribe. People are banned from even approaching North Sentinel Island to protect the people who live there and their way of life.

But that didn't stop John, who made the dangerous journey to try and convert the people who lived there to Christianity. He'd grown up in a Christian home in Vancouver, Washington, and had a passion for hiking, camping and travelling.

John regularly documented his experiences online, and after returning from a trip to Mexico in high school he gave a homily where he said Christians "need to know how to defend our faith".

"When we go out in our world, there are people that'll just come and oppose us, and they'll have questions, and they'll have questions, and they'll have arguments..." he said. "We can't just, like, go out there unprepared. We need to know what we believe and why we believe it."

John learned about the highly isolated Sentinelese people in high school. The hunter-gatherers live on North Sentinel Island and are considered one of the Earth's last uncontacted peoples.

In November 2018, John set out on his mission to the island, which almost no outsiders had stepped foot on before. The residents of North Sentinel have a reputation for killing anyone who lands on their tiny island, and John seemed to be aware that what he was doing with dangerous.

He wrote to his parents, saying he wanted to "declare Jesus" to the island's inhabitants and that they should "not be angry at them or at God if [he got] killed."

John paid a boat of fishermen 25,000 rupees (£240) to smuggle him close to the island. He ended up visiting the island multiple times over the course of several days. "I hollered: 'My name is John, I love you and Jesus loves you'," he wrote. "I regret I began to panic slightly as I saw them string arrows in their bows.

"I picked up the fish and threw it towards them. They kept coming. I paddled like I never have in my life back to the boat." His first attempt saw a fishing boat taking him around 500-700m from shore, with fishermen warning John not to go any further. But, he canoed toward shore with a waterproof Bible and attempted to communicate with the islanders as he approached and offer gifts. But he retreated after facing hostile responses. John loved hiking, adventuring and exploring. John had paid a group of fishermen to smuggle him close to the island On another visit, John recorded in his diary that the islanders reacted to him with a mixture of amusement, bewilderment and hostility. He attempted to sing worship songs to them and spoke to them in Xhosa - a language spoken in Southern Africa.

According to John's last letter, when he tried to hand over fish and gifts, a boy shot a metal-headed arrow that pierced the Bible he was holding in front of his chest, so he retreated once more. On his final visit on November 17, he told the fishermen to leave him.

Shortly after making land one one of his visits, it's believed John was hit and killed by arrows. In a statement, police said: "The fishermen saw a dead person being buried at the shore which from the silhouette of the body, clothing and circumstances appeared to be the body of John Allen Chau."

The fishermen later accompanied police back to the point on the island where they believed John had been buried. Police stationed their boat around 400m offshore, and using binoculars saw tribesmen on the beach armed with bows and arrows.

Regional police chief Dependra Pathak said: "They stared at us and we were looking at them."

Their boat then withdrew. Rights group Survival International said any attempt to recover John's body was "incredibly dangerous" for both the Sentinelese tribe and officials. John's family followed his wishes and did not blame the Sentinelese for his death.

In a statement at the time they said: "We recently learned from an unconfirmed report that John Allen Chau was reported killed in India while reaching out to members of the Sentinelese Tribe in the Andaman Islands. "He loved God, life, helping those in need and had nothing but love for the Sentinelese people. We forgive those reportedly responsible for his death."


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JB COMMENTS:


The ONLY person responsible for his death - IS HIMSELF.


You do not forgive the lion for attacking you when you walked deliberately into its den - as you KNOW you will be killed and YOU KNOW the dangers, so the lion is doing what a lion does and these people do what they do to protect themselves from outsiders, and waving a Bible at them and singing hymns is probably as alien to them as if you'd landed in a craft from Mars. Besides, who says they were in need of anything, let alone Jesus in their lives. They've managed pretty well without Jesus up until now... When his family say they forgive those reportedly responsible for his death, they had better look towards the man himself as he clearly had a death wish and if he thought Jesus would protect him - and if he thought the Bible would magically transform these people into nice little Christians, he only has to look at history and the mass murder and genocide done on behalf of the Bible and its teachings and how millions have been slaughtered because of this religion, and he foolishly thinks he will be Divinely protected - then he only has himself to blame and absolutely no one else.


He was repeatedly warned and went anyway.


Maybe mental health was part of his problem, who knows, but putting yourself in that kind of danger is clearly delusional and has been the case with Christian missionaries for centuries, putting their lives in danger to ' spread the word of God' to people who have lived thousands of years - thank you - without our version of God - and they do not need some moron waving a book at them THAT THEY CANNOT EVEN READ , and telling them they will go to hell if they do not follow its every word - and a bow and arrow soon brings that foolish discussion to a close and they can get on with their daily lives without some white skinned missionary ruining their day.


GROOMING - There is much hysteria surrounding people grooming kids for sexual purposes.


Let's look at how the church grooms kids to follow and believe its every word or they will pay a price in the after life.


Let's talk about parents bringing up their kids with a specific religious or political ideology - and that's called GROOMING or BRAIN WASHING.

Let's talk about politicians grooming the mess of people with lies and deception to get followers to follow when the truth has been withheld and the followers disrespected with lies to get what you want and not through the truth at all... just look at the lying bastard Trump.

Car companies groomed us into believing untruths about their cars and now face billions in compensation because they lied.


I was groomed into buying a diesel car - being lied to how it was cleaner etc. and then decades later we find that to be one big fat lie and the groomers made millions while the consumer suffers.

We are all groomed in one way or the other and we all groom others in ways as well, just not what people assume is grooming.


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