When five young missionaries were brutally murdered on an Ecuadorian beach in January 1956, headlines blared. Millions mourned. And believers worldwide recognized the newest generation of martyrs.
When 26-year-old missionary John Allen Chau met a similar fate on a remote beach on North Sentinel Island in November 2018, the internet exploded. Controversy swirled. And believers worldwide wondered: Was Chau a martyr—or a careless young man caught up in misguided heroics?
In this exclusive episode of "Greenelines" on the Charisma Podcast Network, Dr. Steve Greene presents an insider's view of this tragic yet triumphant story.
Learn about John Chau from missionary colleagues, college professors and others who knew him well. Hear insights from missiologists along with the personal history behind his determination to reach, as Oral Roberts University President Dr. Billy Wilson says, "what he thought was the most isolated people group in the world related to the gospel of Jesus."
"John was just taking the Great Commission very seriously," says David Shibley, founder of Global Advance. "Young people are impassioned by a sense of injustice. And I think the greatest injustice is that a person can live on this planet and not hear the gospel.
"The most basic of all human rights is the right to hear the gospel, the right to know that God loves these people and that Christ died for them. I honor the life of John Chau," Shibley says. "We need to remember our Lord's promise. In Revelation 2:10, Jesus said, 'Be faithful unto death and I will give to you a crown of life.' I'm very confident that John Chau receives that crown."
Listen to Chau's compelling story at the link below and prepare to find yourself challenged and inspired by his life, death and passion for the lost. (For the entire transcript of the John Allen Chau podcast, click here.)
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