Jennifer Baldridge, APR
“I am overwhelmed by the pain of losing one of the most faithful of friends, partner in ministry, brother in Christ, and servant of all, John Chau. There was never a time that I didn’t enjoy being around this incredible, yet humble man. He was always the most thoughtful, loving, compassionate, and prepared servant leader I ever served Jesus and others with. I loved John Chau not only like a friend, but a brother. He was a Timothy to me for years, but he will now always be my Paul. He lived to serve and sacrifice for others, yet those of us who were privileged to be close enough to know his quirks and humor and tender personality will always know him not just as a famous missionary, but one of the best and most selfless human beings there ever was. John knew the worth and value of Jesus and His Gospel of love for all. So much so that he wanted to share that love with the world, no matter what it cost him.”
Bobby Parks, former Missions Director at Oral Roberts University, Friend and Mentor to John Chau
“John was an exceptional servant leader. He was a person so dedicated to the task in front of him and at the same time chose to be so fully present in the moment…a rare thing in our generation. It seemed he had a wealth of wisdom (in many arenas), and yet he was a compassionate and thoughtful listener. He was as human as any of us, but made thousands of everyday decisions in faithful obedience to Jesus, including his final ones. I am inspired and encouraged not only by his final sacrifice, but also by the very intentional way he lived life. What a blessing to have known him!”
Jordan and Shawna Stilley, All Nations member
“Just wanted to share a really powerful picture of John and Franco during CPx. Franco was very fond of John. He often sat on his lap or climbed all over him when he was over for DBS. This picture reminds me of the fire has John has stirred in our hearts and in the Kingdom 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 believe this will not go down as the world sees it, but as Dad sees it. I can’t help, but expect for these times to be times of victory for J, and for a new era in our mission. As Franco looked on to John as he stirred the fire, so to will many generations look to this moment as the beginning of their own journey, as Jim Elliot was to me, and so many. I feel honored to have been part of his journey. My sons will grow up knowing the impact and the significance of his life.”
Frankie and Janae Santiago, All Nations member. Did Church Planting Experience training with John.
“The question is not who John was to me, but who John is, and forever will be. John is the bravest of the brave. The authentic. A faith in Christ manifest by action and willful sacrifice. His intellect genius. His voice soft, measured, insightful. His gaze joyful, warm, loving, inviting. His compassion for the gospel and love of mankind focused into one and the same. May his actions be a light to the path for us to follow.”
Dr. Burton Adrian, M.D. All Nations member. Did his All Nations internship with John.
“I remember being drawn to John’s character because of how openly he talked about the cost of following Jesus. It seemed like his biggest concern was whether he obeyed how God was directing him and not the consequences thereof. John firmly believed that following Jesus meant we do not resist persecution, just as Jesus himself endured it. I tried to convince him once that it was not always be the case, but he was adamant. So I asked him what he would do if the tribe was hostile towards him. He said he would not turn back. Having learned that he continued on to the island even after being shot at was no surprise. John was thoroughly obedient to God, that is just the kind of man he was. John always impressed me by how prepared he was. He was not satisfied with just going, he wanted to go well. Since the language was unknown, he studied methods of learning language. He gathered every bit of information he could about the history of the island. He memorized local flora and fauna so he could identify them. He practiced survival skills, and always had a wealth of knowledge from them many, many, books he read. Knowing how prepared he was, I asked him why he had not already gone. He told me he was waiting for God to tell him to leave. John was also cared deeply about the tribe. It bothered him that we did not know what they called themselves. He was concerned that their physical needs, like population decline, and social needs, like representation in the local government. Mostly though, we wanted them to have an opportunity to know and follow Jesus.”
“Adam”, All Nations member. Did Church planting Experience and Internship with John.
“My first impression of John was that he seemed like a chill surfer dude from California roaming the earth seeking wild experiences and adventures with Jesus. As I got to know him, I realized that he was an incredibly grounded focused passionate disciple of Christ. John was very intentional with every aspect of his life. He was just as intentional with his death. Whatever would bring his God the most glory, that is what John would do, 100% obedience and commitment.”
Tom Shpakow, All Nations member. Served as John’s supervisor in Church Planting Experience and Internship.
“Even though I only knew John through online conference meetings. During the internship meetings, he always came up with encouraging words for us to obey and love Jesus. He loved to share with us what he read and experienced in following Jesus. He was so courageous and faithful to the calling that Jesus gives. He also cared so much about people. I remember when we were hit by an earthquake, he was the one that reach us the first time. John was possibly the most intelligent, humble, and deliberate person I’ve ever met. Both his words and actions were consistently intentional about sharing the truth of Jesus’s love. While he never shared where he was going, he often spoke of who he was going to with a deep love and hope for them. It is an honor to have known someone who so selflessly followed Jesus.”
“Alex & Vanna”, All Nations member. Did Internship with John.