Missionary killed in a bid to bring Jesus to a protected Indian tribe

Missionary killed in a bid to bring Jesus to a protected Indian tribe November 21, 2018

When American missionary John Allen Chau, above, broke a law preventing all contact with protected tribesmen living on a remote Indian island, he paid for his transgression with his life.

As soon as he set foot on North Sentinel Island, one of the world’s most isolated regions in India’s Andaman islands which is off limits to visitors, Chau found himself facing a flurry of arrows.

Chau, 27, paid local fishermen to help him get to North Sentinel Island on November 16, where the indigenous people live cut off completely from the outside world, so that he could convert them to Christianity.

The Sentinelese who killed Chau can’t be prosecuted as contact with them and several tribes on the islands, set deep in the Indian Ocean, is illegal in a bid to protect their indigenous way of life and shield them from diseases.

However, police have registered a case of murder and seven people have been arrested. Their names have not been released, but they are the fishermen who took Chau to the island.

One police source said Chau, who had made previous visits to the islands, had a strong desire to meet the Sentinelese.

Chau was a Christian missionary who wanted to interact with members of the Sentinelese tribe, according to International Christian Concern.

North Sentinal Island lies around 450 miles from the coast of Thailand and more than 745 miles from mainland India.

Deepak Yadav, a police official in the island chain in the Bay of Bengal, said in a statement yesterday (Tuesday).

He was attacked by arrows but he continued walking. The fishermen saw the tribals tying a rope around his neck and dragging his body. They were scared and fled but returned next morning to find his body on the sea shore.

Today, the island is out of bounds even to the Indian navy in a bid to protect its reclusive inhabitants who number only about 150.

The tribe have thrived without Christianity on the small forested island, which is approximately the size of Manhattan, for up to 55,000 years – and with any luck they will spared the poison of Christianity for many more thousands of years to come.

Today, the island is out of bounds even to the Indian navy in a bid to protect its reclusive inhabitants who number only about 150.

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  • He probably figured he had to convert at least one to Christianity to help hasten the Second Coming.

  • Broga

    The tribe made the right choice. Missionaries infected people in remote areas with VD, sent blankets impregnated with diseases to which people had not developed immunity, shagged the women, stole the land and the people took the bibles and the missionaries took the land. Not quite the accurate quote and I forget who said it. The book detailing the depredations of the missionaries (lost it but it exists) makes heart breaking reading.

  • Cryny

    Given that the Sentinelese are notoriously and violently resistant to outside contact, I’m not sure what else this guy expected to happen. Even if he did manage to make contact without being turned into a pincushion, the Sentinelese language is still completely unknown, so he would have had to start from scratch communication-wise.

  • Glandu

    ‘I know better’……. hell, nope, sorry, candidate for the Darwin award. As Broga said, millions have been killed by diseases brought(voluntary or not) by missionaries in the past, and that’s actually probably a case of self-defence.

  • notimetoshine

    Self defence, even if they didn’t realise it. The entire population of that island could have died from diseases he carried.

  • notimetoshine

    Imagine if he had made successful contact or mingled among them. Their population would be decimated if not completely wiped out by the diseases he brought. I don’t think that would be the work of God.

  • Daffodil

    This guy expected god to protect him. That was his first mistake.

  • The thing is, no one knows what language the Sentinelese speak, so how was he going to get his poisonous message across? Interpretive fucking dance?

  • Nick G

    The version I heard was from Desmond Tutu, although I doubt he originated it. He said somethnig like:

    When the whites came to this country, they had the Bible and we had the land. They said “Let us close our eyes and pray”. When we opened our eyes again, we had the Bible, and they had the land!

  • Nathan Aldana

    the power of jesus, presumably.

  • Broga

    Thanks Nick G, that’s it. I have been indoctrinated all my life although just by context, never directly. As a child we liked cowboy films at the cinema which we watched once a week. When the marauding, land thieving whites were being attacked by Red Indians (now Native Americans) the Indians conveniently and lethally stupid circled the wagons shooting the occasional arrow while the heroic white safe behind the wagons shot them with rifles.
    The blacks attacking the whites who seemed to assume they could take their land attacked with spears etc while the whites mowed them down, in a slaughter, with Maxim machine guns. In Sunday School the missionaries were tall, good looking and benevolent and looked down on the cringing blacks whose own religion the whites had decided must be replaced by Christianity.
    A general who ordered the massacre of 500 Indians, in India, was decorated. Maoris and Australian Aborigines were hunted for “sport.” I could go on. We, I mean the West, has lost so much by our closed minds and insistence that we know best. In the exploration of the brain we are only just catching up with what had been known at the time of Buddha.
    Now we seem to have wrecked the planet and many scientists think we have gone beyond the point of no return. If you look at world leaders, Trump, Mrs May

  • raymond metcalfe

    Rational thinking gos out of the window with these wazacks he probably expected they would be able to understand each other with signs and bring them to jesus. They told him in a language any one can understand to go away.

  • the_heckler

    He was going to speak in tongues and hope that it was miraculously the language of the Sentinelese.

  • CoastalMaineBird

    Probably not his first mistake.

    Definitely his last.

  • Cheers,


    Sent from my iPad

  • barriejohn

    How sad that these poor, ignorant people will never be truly happy now, and will, one day, perish in the flames of hell. If only they had been wise enough to listen to the message of the gospel!

  • Daz

    Barriejohn, what did we tell you about the drinks in the funny-looking bottles…?

  • Arakiba

    The message of the gospel that they wouldn’t have been able to understand, because they didn’t speak each others’ language.

  • barriejohn

    “Tongues”, as someone else has pointed out. God can do anything.

    Describing his first encounter with the tribe, Mr Chau wrote that he kayaked to shore and was met by a group of juveniles, carrying bows and arrows.

    “I hollered, ‘My name is John, I love you and Jesus loves you,’” he wrote. One of the young Sentinelese shot at him, and the arrow pierced a copy of the Bible he was carrying, he wrote.

    The 26-year-old retreated and swam back to the waiting fishing boat, and that night wrote about his adventures and aspirations, leaving the journals and a letter for his family with the fishermen.


  • barriejohn

    I read this morning that his family have graciously forgiven “his killers”. How fucking condescending can you get? Do others remember hearing about Jim Elliot and “Operation Auca” of the 1950s? Through Gates of Splendour was required reading when I was a young Christian, along with books like The Triumph of John and Betty Stam (not a book about classic motor cycles, sad to say). There was considerable ill-feeling for years over the deification of Elliot, due to the fact that the book was written by his partner and the fact that no one could even name the other “missionaries” killed alongside him. This guy will be a martyr now as well, and his stupidity used to enlist other gullible (mainly young) fools to the cause. Sad.


  • barriejohn

    Perhaps these ardent Christians should be focusing their attention on facts like these, instead of travelling half way round the world spreading both their “message” and pollution:


    Of course, it must be very comforting to know that “God” won’t allow us to destroy the planet!

  • Agent Cormac

    Barriejohn. They should be asking the tribe’s forgiveness for their son’s attempt to impose himself upon them. I can’t help feeling the idiot got what he deserved.

  • Broga

    barriejohn: You beat me to the punch there. His parents forgive the 100 people, clinging to their 20 square miles of island which they have inhabited for 20,000 years, and with their numbers reduced to a tiny fraction. This evil, self righteous,hell- hound prick said he intended to reach them to preach his “biblical truth.” As a typical know all twat of a missionary it did not occur to him that there might be a very good reason for the Indian government trying to protect this rare and soon to vanish crumb of humanity. They are amongst the last that has escaped the exploitation, being slaughtered, enslaved etc that is the usual lot of natives when the modern world arrives. This ignorant prick cannot even let that one tiny group live as they wish.

    This toxic piece of self righteous, arrogance would be infecting the small heroic band with diseases to which they had no immunity. And if true to the track record of those preaching “biblical truth” any women would soon be suffering from venereal disease and paedophiles would also be arriving. This criminal bribed seven local fishermen who are now facing prosecution for his crime. The seas around their scrap of land are already being fished beyond what can be sustained as are the local turtles being hunted to extinction. The most sad and futile act of courage is that these people stood their ground and shot arrows at an approaching helicopter. Think about it. Faced with a monster they fought back.

    They will, of course, vanish soon and with them traditions, a culture and a history that has lasted thousands of years. And, as usual, a foremost cause of their destruction will be religion. Forgiveness: there is nothing that could recompense that small group sufficiently for them to forgive us.

  • Kevin R. Cross

    Sad, but accurate.

  • Mundusvultdecipi

    Whilst it is obviously very sad that this gentleman lost his life; it is difficult not to feel that he very foolishly brought this (somewhat predictable) outcome on himself.

  • Some guy

    He was American. Don’t we Americans all assume everyone speaks English?

  • Some guy

    Right. His god is all-powerful, and yet needs all the help it can get.

  • Some guy

    Nice shot, kid!

  • Some guy

    I agree that his death is sad, but I think it’s much less so than the epidemic he almost certainly would have caused.

  • Or has to be pestered, flattered etc. into doing something a supposedly all loving, all powerful being would do because it could, and it’s right to do so.

  • Mundusvultdecipi

    Very true.

  • Mundusvultdecipi

    c. 2.17am – Drink THIS, it’s BLUE!!!

  • Mundusvultdecipi

    Not sure he ‘deserved’ it, but he, undoubtedly, brought it 100% on himself.

  • Broga

    He paid the fishermen the equivalent of £270. He tried to contact the islanders several times. He was determined to bring them to Jesus and, “I cannot wait to see these people around Jesus and praising Jesus in their own language.”, I am not inventing this crap. It is in The Guardian today. Now the damage has been done. Other Christian missionaries are heading to the island to “bring them to Jesus” and become celebs in the process.

    His parents said, “He truly loved the Islanders.” But not enough to let them alone which is what they wanted and made very obvious. Suppose a bunch of atheists besiege his home to introduce him to reason? Religion: it is all one way and very much the wrong way.

  • Lark62

    They still might

  • barriejohn
  • truth hurts

    Play stupid games, win stupid prizes. He won the stupid lotto and got his just rewards.

  • truth hurts

    What he said was the truth, so you are the one with the sick mentality. I guess the truth bothers you a lot. It’s not like anyone gives a squat what kind of trash you talk and it is trash. Maybe if you brought an actual argument to the table instead of only personal attacks you’d make some sense., but nope, only a big whaaaaa!

  • truth hurts

    That prick went there violating the law. Those people are protected from trash like he and you. No one needs your garbage dogma, especially people that have no immunity from the disease of the outside world. Stop complaining and go visit them yourself and introduce your bs. good luck!

  • truth hurts

    Maybe a gofundme for them and then deliver them arms and ammo to fight off these invaders and kill them before they reach land and get infected by disease. I’ll donate!

  • digital bookworm

    I read the AP article today (Sat.) in the Hartford Courant and there was no mention of the danger that the tribe faces from contact with diseases it has no immunity to.

  • Raging Bee

    First, the “xenophobia” is based on previous, very bad experiences of foreign intervention. And second, as COUNTLESS others have already pointed out, it’s also based on very reasonable concerns about diseases being spread to people who had not developed any natural immunity to them.

  • Raging Bee

    “Mohammed jihad! Mohammed jihad!”

  • Raging Bee

    His buddies would think it was.

  • Brian Davis

    Only if you speak slowly and loudly. He must not have tried that.

  • Broga

    And we are on the same path. Trump and co seem to think that the disaster will not affect them. This is a club of which we have all had to join.

  • Kevin R. Cross

    But that’s another sad part. The developed world, which is at least primarily responsible for the situation, is also in the best position to weather it. We CAN shift entire city populations to new areas, reorganize our agriculture for greater yields in the face of changing climates in our growing areas, afford to set up desalination plants to provide potable water when rivers backflow. It’ll be painfully expensive, but we can do it.
    The great dying will happen in the less developed nations that cannot handle the disruption.

  • anne marie hovgaard

    You mean, the way “speaking in tongues” worked in the original story?

  • barriejohn

    And what would you do: string them all up for murder? They are said to be 30,000 years behind the rest of us in development. We have no real idea how they view the outside world. You’re unbelievable. Are you just another internet troll who derives satisfaction from winding people up?

  • Some guy

    OH . . . YEAH! . . . I . . . FOR . . . GOT . . . A . . . BOUT . . . THAT. . . . THANK . . . YOU!

  • Klapaucius

    It sounds like you have enough of your own ….

  • Aard

    One obnoxious Christian down, so many more to go…

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