John Allen Chau was killed while attempting to share the Gospel with the Sentinelese tribe. (Instagram/John Chau)
The death of American missionary John Chau may spark other missionaries to “reach the unreached peoples of the world,” a Christian pastor and author has said.
“We cannot know for sure what God is doing. Could He be lighting a new fire in His church to reach the lost peoples of the globe? Could God be using John Chau’s death to inspire more missionaries to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to the Sentinelese people? Garrett Kell, an author and pastor of Del Ray Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia, wrote in an op-ed for desiringGod.org.
“Is God working to bring them the message that they are forgiven for the murder of the missionary and healing from the injustice done them generations ago? He continued to ask. “Could God be planning a reunion for forgiveness in months, years or centuries that will magnify His mercies to the world?” he asked. Imagine that touching ceremony taking place on North Sentinel Island. “
The case of 26-year-old Chau made international headlines after he was killed by arrows while approaching the beaches of North Sentinel Island on a mission to share the Gospel with the isolated tribespeople.
While many Christians believe Chau was martyred doing what God called him to do, others have criticized American missionary for putting himself at unnecessary risk.
In his article, Kell referenced several other Christian missionaries — John Williams and James Harris — who were killed for their efforts. After their deaths, the Gospel was received by previously unreached people.
“Roughly 20 years later, another missionary named John G. Paton set sail with his family to take the Gospel to the people of Erromango. Kell wrote that Paton felt compassion for the souls of these people and was convinced God was at work even though Harris and Williams were martyred.
” This conviction was confirmed when the Lord used Paton’s ministry to help many people in Vanuatu accept the grace, healing and forgiveness of Jesus.” he concluded. “God can ignite a movement out of a martyrdom. He has done it before. Let’s hope he does it again. “
Chau, the son of a Chinese father and an American mother, reportedly dreamed of spreading Christianity to the people on North Sentinel since childhood and had attended a three-week missionary training camp prior to his trip.
In a last, touching letter to his parents, Chau said that he would not be angry if his father died. He also spoke about his deep desire to share the gospel with the Sentinelese.
He wrote: “You guys may think I’m crazy but I believe it’s worth the effort to proclaim Jesus to these people. If I am killed, please don’t be mad at them or God. Instead, live your life in obedience to what he has called. I’ll be there again when you cross the veil. “
“This is not a pointless thing – the eternal lives of this tribe are at hand and I can’t wait to see them around the throne of God worshiping 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. “
John signed off the November 16 letter “Soli Deo Gloria” which is Latin for Glory to God alone.
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