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An American missionary who was killed after travelling to a remote island with the intention of converting its tribal inhabitants to Christianity sent a chilling letter to his family prior to his death.
John Allen Chau visited North Sentinel Island in the Indian Ocean in 2018 in a bid to 'declare Jesus' to the Sentinelese peoples, who he had learned about in school.
He had hoped to secure welcome from the tribe – but was seemingly shot dead with arrows fired by its members on arrival, however.
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Members of the remote community had previously been known to kill anyone who came close to their home and had avoided all human interaction for thousands of years.
John approached the island on or around November 16th that year and was last seen alive by a group of fisherman who had dropped him off at the island.
Although nobody witnessed his tragic death, one of them reported seeing a "dead person being buried at the shore" resembling John when they returned to collect him days later.
He, did however, leave his journal with the fishermen before he went ashore, which is where he penned the note intended for his love ones.
Explaining he was 'doing this to establish the kingdom of Jesus on the island', he asked not to 'blame the natives if I am killed'.
"You guys might think I'm crazy in all this but I think it's worth it to declare Jesus to these people," he began.
"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 worshipping 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."
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Sure enough John's family did offer forgiveness, just as he wished.
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. We also ask for the release of those friends he had in the Andaman Islands."
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