Day of the Christian Martyr 2022 inductee
According to church tradition, June 29 marks the martyrdom of the Apostle Paul. This year, Christians around the world will take time on June 29 and throughout that weekend to honor the legacy of those who have sacrificed their lives for the advancement of the gospel.
You can access the following free digital resources down below to inspire your church, small group, class or family to witness boldly for Christ:
a powerful video testimony of John Chau
questions for reflecting on John’s sacrifice
a sermon outline inspired by those who gave their lives to share God’s saving grace
an inspiring Day of the Christian Martyr church bulletin insert
guided prayer slides to inspire your church, small group, class or family with examples of Christians who gave their lives for the sake of the gospel
The Story of John Chau
Nov. 17, 2018
“You guys might think I’m crazy in all this, but I think it’s worth it to declare Jesus to these people.”
As a teenager, John Chau sensed God’s calling to take the gospel to the people of North Sentinel Island. For nine years, he prepared himself to go to the island, live among the people, learn their language and share Christ with them. John knew the risks. He knew the Sentinelese had been violent toward visitors before, but he also knew God had called him to go.
On Nov. 15, 2018, John made first contact with the Sentinelese. Later that day, a Sentinelese boy shot an arrow at John that lodged in the Bible he was holding. John retreated and prayed for wisdom. Should he keep going? Should he turn back?
“God, I don’t want to die,” John wrote in his journal that evening. “WHO WILL TAKE MY PLACE IF I DO? Forgive [the boy who shot me] and any of the people on this island who try to kill me, and especially forgive them if they succeed.”
On the morning of Nov. 17, the fishermen who had dropped John off saw tribesmen burying John’s body on the beach.
“I believe that the measure of success in the kingdom of God is obedience,” John said shortly before his death. “I want my life to reflect obedience to Christ and to live in obedience to Him. I think that Jesus is worth it. He’s worth everything.”