John Allen Chau, the American missionary who was killed by an remoted tribe on a distant Indian island, reportedly wrote in his journal hours earlier than his dying, “God, I don’t need to die.”

Chau, 26, of Vancouver, Wash., chronicled his final days whereas touring to the Andaman Islands. He was intent on making contact with the Sentinelese tribe on North Sentinel Island, based on his journals shared by his mom with The Washington Put up.

“You guys would possibly suppose I’m loopy in all this however I believe it’s worthwhile to declare Jesus to those folks,” he wrote in a final notice to his household on Nov. 16, shortly earlier than he left the security of the fishing boat to satisfy the tribesmen on the island. “God, I don’t need to die.”

The tribesmen, who stand about 5-feet-5-inches tall with yellow paste on their faces, reacted angrily to Chau’s presence, he wrote, as he tried to talk their language and sing worship songs.

“I hollered, ‘My identify is John, I like you and Jesus loves you,’” Chau wrote, including that a youngster shot at him with an arrow that missed and pierced his waterproof Bible.

Chau was illegally ferried by to the island by fishermen earlier than taking a kayak alone to shore.

John Allen Chau (right) with the Founder of Ubuntu Football Academy Casey Prince just days before Chau left for India.
John Allen Chau (proper) with the Founding father of Ubuntu Soccer Academy Casey Prince simply days earlier than Chau left for India.AP

In an electronic mail to Chau’s mom, Lynda Adams-Chau, a fellow missionary wrote that the fishermen noticed the tribe burying the adventurer on the seaside the following day. A number of of the fishermen concerned in serving to Chau journey to the island, in addition to a pal who helped manage the boat journey, have been arrested.

“They have been very nicely conscious of the state of affairs, however they nonetheless organized for a ship and the whole lot,” mentioned police official Deepak Yadav, a transfer he described as “pushing [Chau] within the mouth of dying.”

Chau’s household have pleaded for his or her launch, saying he acted “on his personal free will.”

He usually posted images of his worldwide travels on-line.

In Instagram posts and journals, Chau wrote that he discovered the distant Sentinel Island inspiring however horrifying.

“Why does this lovely place must be have a lot dying right here?” he wrote. “I hope this isn’t one in every of my final notes however whether it is ‘to God be the Glory.’”

The Related Press contributed to this report. 

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