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But the law against visiting that island was there for a very good reason : this tribe has had no exposure to outsiders, and is enormously vulnerable to communicable diseases. There are only a small number of them in existence, and they could be wiped out quickly by common illnesses for which they have no immunity. Chau could not have preached to these people. Nobody speaks their language. How on earth could he have witnessed to them?
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At best he could have settled down to live with them permanently or semi-permanently, and learned their language. Only then might he have been able to communicate the Gospel to these primitive people.
Unless he had made plans to spend many years living with the Sentinelese, trying to preach to them was a pointless endeavor. Can you imagine? He might easily have been an angel of death for this tribe!
The vanity and hubris of that man is really something. I want to be careful here. May God comfort his grieving family.
Christians hold a special place in our collective hearts for those who are killed for the faith, especially missionaries. Still, Chau ought to have left those vulnerable tribespeople alone. He had no chance of converting them to faith in Christ, but a good chance of giving them a disease that could have wiped them off the face of the earth.
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How could any Christian justify this? Even if the tribe somehow spoke perfect English, the best he could have hoped for is that they not get sick from having met him, and if they do, that they will go to heaven when they die. The case does raise an interesting theological question for Christians, though. It is considered a divine command that we evangelize. This is not a matter of trying to get as many people on our team as possible. He was given the name Ali Muhammad.
His father passed away while he was quite young and his maternal uncle, a cloth merchant, raised him. He was sent to a primary school by his uncle where he spent six or seven years. Sometime between 15 and 20 he joined his uncle in the family business, a trading house, and became a successful merchant in the city of Bushehr, near the Persian Gulf.
However, his inclination from childhood was towards prayers, meditation and study of religious literature. He did not even answer our questions. Chau wrote that he was "doing this to establish the kingdom of Jesus on the island Do not blame the natives if I am killed. In a statement on Instagram, Chau's family 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.
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The family described him as a "beloved son, brother and uncle" as well as a Christian missionary, wilderness emergency medical technician, soccer coach and mountaineer. We also ask for the release of those friends he had in the Andaman Islands.
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The International Christian Concern said Chau was a Christian missionary who wanted to make contact with the tribe. He said: "We here at International Christian Concern are extremely concerned by the reports of an American missionary being murdered in India's Andaman and Nicobar Islands. He added: "He lived in Alabama, US. He is some kind of paramedic. He was on a misplaced adventure in prohibited area to meet uncontacted persons.
He was an adventurer. His intention was to meet the aborigines.
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Two days later he went well prepared. He left the dinghy midway and took a canoe all by himself to the island. The fishermen saw the tribals tying a rope around his neck and dragging his body.