This month, he traveled to the North Sentinel Island in India’s Bay of Bengal to share Christ with the Sentinelese tribe. Its members have been isolated for centuries, rejecting all contact with the larger world and reacting with violence when outsiders have attempted to interact with them. Their island is off-limits to visitors under Indian law.
Chau hired local fishermen to transport him within half a mile of the island. He then used a canoe to reach the island’s shore, returning later in the day.
On his second trip, the tribespeople broke his canoe, forcing him to swim back to the boat. On his third trip, he did not come back. The fishermen said they later saw tribespeople dragging his body around.
Indian authorities have now begun the arduous work of trying to retrieve Chau’s body without triggering a conflict with the islanders.
Read more here.
- John Allen Chau and North Sentinel Island (The Domain for Truth)
- Incomprehensible Evangelicals and the Death of John Allen Chau (The Gospel Coalition)