When one is young, we are constantly on a journey of self-discovery. Will we get married? Have a family? Travel the world ? It’s as confusing as can be. What isn’t confusing for most is our faith, a way of life that is dictated to us from the earliest of memories..Although, faith is meant to guide us on a righteous path of unwavering love and forgiveness, there are those that take that vow just a little too far for all the wring reasons.
American missionary John Chau took part in missionary trips to Mexico, South Africa, and Iraqi Kurdistan, spending hours posting online about his missionary history, as well as his current modern excursions in faith.. May online fans and people he know shared his obsession reading his posts regularly. They saw him as an aspirational and became so popular that he ulitmately reached “influencer” status, posting about certain gear and rations for paychecks.
Ultimately, Chau tried to endear himself to a community of 200 believed to be the last pre-Neolithic tribe on Earth as an attempt to teach the word of our lord Jesus Christ . The tribe resisted Chau’s attempts to communicate, yet, he was insistent, trying multiple times again until they shot him dead with an arrow. He was killed in 2018 during an illegal missionary trip to the Sentinel Islands off of the coast of India, in the Andaman Islands archipelago.
Against all warnings, including the fact that numerous men had attempted, failed and died to reason with the tribe. Chau believed with every core of his being that he was the chose one by God to complete this mission. A mission that would take his life.
Told with much beauty ans sensitivity, directors Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss take the audience on John’s life journey and ambition which lead to his demise from his own words and those who loved and cared for him. The Mission is a tale of intrigue, danger and a life lesson in when when something doesn’t look or sound right…it usually isn’t.