John Allen Chau assumed he should spread the gospel to an isolated tribe on North Sentinel Island - he would not live to tell his story. Is this modern-day colonialism and protection of an indigenous nation or an unjust murder?
John ventured out to the North Sentinel Island with intentions to teach the island’s tribal inhabitants the gospel of Jesus. He kept a journal and updated his entries with information about his encounters, even including an encounter with a tribal youth shooting arrows at him.
Friends of Mr. Chau state that he knew what he was doing was illegal but insisted on doing it anyway and also give indication that John was an adventurer and knew the tribe was known for aggressive encounters with unwelcome outsiders. So could this mean that he was seeking out this tribe because he knew the risk and was looking at it as an another adventure?
According to an ABC news affiliate report, John, “didn’t want to die,” but would still pursue his mission to bring Jesus to the island tribe. This “adventure” led to John’s untimely death and again brings forward the conversation of indigenous colonialism and the lack of knowledge and respect for indigenous spirituality and sovereignty.