American missionary John Chau had a tragic message before visiting a remote Indian tribe that has remained untouched by modern civilization — “God, I don’t want to die.”
But Chau was indeed killed as he reportedly attempted to convert the isolated group, who live on an island in the Indian Ocean. The Indian government has outlawed any contact with the Sentinelese people, who have been photographed pointing bows and arrows at planes that pass overhead. As the Washington Post reported, Chau had decided to make a trip to North Sentinel Island with the hope of converting the roughly 50 to 150 people living there to Christianity.
The report noted that Chau had been writing about the trip, showing that he was well aware of the dangers of contacting them.
“You guys might think I’m crazy in all this but I think it’s worthwhile to declare Jesus to these people,” he wrote in a note to his family. “God, I don’t want to die.”