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Final writings of ORU grad killed by islanders preserved

Posted at 3:39 PM, Nov 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-23 16:44:36-05

John Chau’s final writings were preserved by the Indian fishermen who helped him reach the remote island where he eventually was killed.

The New York Times says Indian police released the contents of Chau’s written thoughts as “he expressed fear, fatalism, frustration and some humor.” 

Chau also said he knew the risk of approaching the island’s tribespeople, who are some of the most isolated humans on Earth, but he said, “I think it’s worth it to declare Jesus to these people,” the Times reports.

Chau, 27, was a 2014 graduate of Oral Roberts University in Tulsa and went to the Andaman and Nicobar islands in October so he could bring Christianity to those living there. He reportedly paid fishermen to take him to a remote island there, where being an unwanted visitor is against the law. 

The Associated Press reported earlier that upon his first attempt to walk on the island, villagers fired what could be perceived as a warning shot with a bow and arrow. The arrow hit a book Chau was carrying and he retreated. …Chau swam back to the fishermen's boat, which was waiting at a prearranged location. He spent the night writing about his experiences on pages that he then gave the fishermen, an Indian official said. He set out again to meet the tribespeople the next day, and from a distance, the fishermen said they saw his lifeless body being dragged by the tribe.

To read the New York Times story on Chau’s final writing, click here.

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