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Honoring John Allen Chau

"Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds." John 12.24

Mourning a Humble & Courageous Man


This week at All Nations we are mourning the reported death of one of our missionaries, 26-year-old John Allen Chau of Vancouver, WA.

Chau is understood to have died around Nov. 16 after being attacked by local tribesmen when he visited remote North Sentinel Island, located in the Indian Ocean. Since he was 17, John studied, planned and trained rigorously in linguistics, anthropology, and wilderness emergency medicine - in order to share the gospel with the North Sentinelese people.

“All Nations is deeply saddened by this news and wants to publicly express our deepest sorrow for this monumental loss,” said International Executive Leader Dr. Mary Ho. “We have been in contact with John’s family and ask all to join us in praying for his family and friends during this time."

A seasoned traveler who was well-versed in cross-cultural issues, Chau had previously taken part in missions projects in Iraq, Kurdistan and South Africa. He joined All Nations in 2017 and trained at our North American hub in Kansas City, Mo.

"John was one of the most well-equipped young missionaries I've ever seen," said Meredith Johnson, North American Hub Leader. "He was also fun, and kind. He included others, smiled often, and brought joy to those around him."
 
“As we grieve for our friend," said Ho, "we also know that he would want us to pray for those who may have been responsible for his death. We remember too, how throughout church history, the privilege of sharing the gospel has often involved great cost. We pray that John’s sacrificial efforts will bear eternal fruit in due season.”

 
Floyd & Sally McClung
A Word from Sally McClung


With her permission, we have pasted an excerpt from Sally McClung’s most recent prayer letter:
In recent years when Floyd preached on fulfilling the Great Commission he often said that all the "easy" places have been taken.  To fulfill what God has asked us to do, we need to be willing to sacrifice, to lay down our lives.  There is cost involved.  Nonetheless,  it brings grief to our hearts when we see what the cost might be.  John journaled the night before he was killed, and asked his family not to be angry if he didn't survive.  John was willing to take on the hard challenges.  He has been praying, planning, training, and preparing for years for this step.  It wasn't a light hearted decision. My prayer is that the "seed" of his life that has been planted will bear fruit for the Kingdom in the time to come.  "Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed.  But if it dies, it produces many seeds."  John 12:24

A Fire Stirred


From an All Nations missionary who went through Church Planting Experience training with John last October:
My young son was very fond of John. He often sat on his lap or playfully climbed all over him. This picture reminds me of the fire John has stirred in our hearts through his life and actions. Things like this have always historically been pivotal moments in the history of the church. I believe he IS our generation’s Jim Elliot. I feel honored to have been part of his journey. My sons will grow up knowing the impact and the significance of his life.
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