“You guys might think I’m crazy in all this but I think it’s worth it to declare Jesus to these people. Please do not be angry at them or at God if I get killed.”
- John Allen Chau, 26 year old missionary who gave his life trying to reach a primitive tribe with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
John Allen Chau was a missionary to several countries. He recently went to a remote Indian island to tell a primitive tribe that he loved them, and so did Jesus. The tribe apparently killed him and buried him in the sand.
Many have since criticized Chau. I beg to differ.
Do not expect the secular media to understand or appreciate the concept of Christian Missions. They usually don’t. But in this case, even many Christians have condemned Chau.
We do not know what was in this missionary’s heart. But I’m inclined to believe the best, not the worst.
Some may have considered Jonah a self-appointed missionary to Nineveh. Or maybe a thrill seeker. And he could have easily been tortured and killed. Yet he was following God’s will.
Virtually every one of Jesus’ 12 disciples eventually died as a result of their missionary work. A missionary dying does not necessarily mean failure.
Perhaps God calls some to go and die. We should be careful to judge.
Sometimes we are to hide from danger, or protect ourselves from danger; sometimes not.
When a people are in danger of going to Hell, some are willing to take heroic measures to save them. Reminds me of - Jesus.
Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. -John 12:24-25 NKJV
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. -Romans 5:8
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Despite the need for effective entry methods to a people group, Eitel said, sometimes a missionary may be called to attempt bold evangelistic campaigns that imperil their lives.
"If you can't contact anybody" in the group you're trying to reach, Eitel said, "then try to only venture in when you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that even if it costs you your life, that this is what God wants you to do."
If God called Chau to make such a sacrifice, Eitel said, his death may inspire other missionaries to reach the Sentinelese and other uncontacted UUPGs for years to come.
-David R. Brumbelow, Gulf Coast Pastor, November 26, AD 2018.
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