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As the World Tries to Make Sense of John Chau's Death, the Media Turns to the Center for Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell

December 3, 2018

On November 17, John Chau was killed while attempting to introduce Jesus Christ to the “unreached people group” on the remote North Sentinel Island. While his sponsoring ties are not entirely clear, he identified as a Christian missionary. The world at large is now trying to make sense of his actions and their consequences. However, many are attempting to construct a story without an appropriate context or even vocabulary. What is an “unreached people group?” What does it mean to be a missionary? What does it mean, for that matter to “introduce” or “share” Jesus Christ? Do Chau’s actions reflect the general pattern of missionary behavior in history?

Increasingly, the news media is turning to The Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary to assist them in providing context for the actions of Christians worldwide. The Center for the Study of Global Christianity is an academic research center that monitors worldwide demographic trends in Christianity, including outreach and mission. The Center provides a comprehensive collection of information on the past, present, and future of Christianity in every country of the world. At the time of this writing, the Center has been cited by academic, religious, and media sources over 40 times in 2018.

Since Chau’s death on November 17, Dr. Todd Johnson and Dr. Gina Zurlo have been cited by over a dozen news agencies as they piece together a coherent story. The Center for Global Christianity is honored to serve the media both inside and outside the Church as we collectively make sense of this unfolding story.


Recent Media Citations


BBC

John Allen Chau: Do Missionaries Harm or Help?

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-46336355

New York Times

American’s Death Revives Evangelical Debate Over Extreme Missionary Work

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/02/world/asia/john-chau-missionary-evangelical.html

New York Times

John Chau Aced Missionary Boot Camp. Reality Proved a Harsher Test.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/30/world/asia/john-chau-andaman-missionary.html

Sydney Morning Herald

John Chau Aced Missionary Boot Camp. Reality Proved a Harsher Test.

https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/john-chau-aced-missionary-boot-camp-reality-proved-a-harsher-test-20181201-p50jmx.html

Seattle Times

John Chau Aced Missionary Boot Camp. Real World Proved a Harsher Test.

https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/john-chau-aced-missionary-boot-camp-real-world-proved-a-harsher-test/

Times of India

John Chau, latest in long line of American Christian missionaries

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/john-chau-latest-in-long-line-of-american-christian-missionaries/articleshow/66846207.cms

Channel News Asia

John Chau, latest in long line of American missionaries

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/john-chau--latest-in-long-line-of-american-christian-missionaries-10975754

AsiaOne

John Chau, latest in long line of American missionaries

http://www.asiaone.com/world/john-chau-latest-long-line-american-christian-missionaries

Australia News

Anthropologist who met lost tribe and lived said John Chau “made a mistake”

https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/anthropologist-who-met-lost-tribe-and-lived-said-john-chau-made-a-mistake/news-story/814f9a5430553cd6163775c31a77bb7a

Kuwait Times

John Chau, latest in long line of American missionaries

http://news.kuwaittimes.net/pdf/2018/nov/29/p10.pdf

France Soir

John Chau et la tradition des missionaires chrétiens américains

http://www.francesoir.fr/actualites-societe-lifestyle/john-chau-et-la-tradition-des-missionaires-chretiens-americains

F3News

‘He persisted and paid with his life’

https://www.f3nws.com/news/sentinelese-tribe-john-allen-chau-t-n-pandit-man-who-survived-meeting-lost-tribe-news-com-au-5e5d2a08292