Sentinelese: The remotest people in the world

Have you ever wondered what people group has the least access to the gospel?

 

 

The Sentinelese may be the greatest missions challenge anywhere! The Sentinelese are considered the remotest people in the world. The Sentinelese are probably the people of the world most cut off from the gospel and hearing the good news of Jesus Christ.

 

They are a Nigrito tribe with a population of 250 and inhabit the remote North Sentinel Island situated to the west of Port Blair on the Andaman Islands. They do not interact with anyone outside of their Sentinelese tribe.

 

No one is permitted to go onto the North Sentinelese Island. Sentinelese speak their own language that is called Sentinelese. This language is not understood by anyone outside the island and they do not understand any other languages. Because of their geographical closeness to other Negritos, their language is considered to be member of the Andamanese family of languages. Very little is known about their life style and culture.

 

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands is Union territory of India, famous for the exotic wildlife, coral reefs and remote tribals which are considered among the most backward tribes in the world. Andaman and Nicobar consist of 572 Islands East of Madras extending north to Burma and South to Indonesia.

 

There are about 30 islands, in Andaman, which are inhabited. During the British rule, convicts (freedom fighters) from the Indian mainland were deported to the islands as a form of punishment. There are at least 26 Main Indian languages and unique tribal languages that have as many as 1,400 distinct dialects.

 

Foreigners require a permit to visit the Andaman. A 30-day permit is granted on arrival at Port Blair (either by air or sea). Much of the archipelago remains off limits to foreigners even with the permit. Jet airways have daily flights to and from Andaman Islands from Chennai during the tourist season, which begins in October and ends in May.

 

Many feared this tribe was wiped out December 26, 2004 during the Tsunami. An Indian coastguard helicopter flew low over Sentinel Island and confirmed the tribe survived. They may have survived the devastation by using age-old early warning systems of noticing changes in the behavior of wildlife and ran to high ground for safety.

 

 

Pray for the Sentinelese to know the Good News of Jesus Christ.

 

Mark 11:17 Jesus taught them, “My house will be called a house of prayer for all peoples” (ethnos).  

 

 

 

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61 Responses to Sentinelese: The remotest people in the world

  1. D.T. says:

    I speak for the whole world when I say Christians are on a mission to destroy other cultures and brain wash them into believe what the Christian beliefs which is ridiculous. If a god wanted the whole world to follow him then he should let those people know not fellow human beings who think that they are right.

    • C.M. says:

      Wow. This site is sickening. What makes you think these people—or other remote tribes—need whatever it is you are attempting to instill upon them? They’ve lived on that island for 60,000 years. Well before whatever drivel you’re spewing was invented. And to be clear, they are not backwards. They’re an ancient tribe. You wouldn’t dare describe Jesus as backwards would you?

      • C.M. says:

        Not directed towards you D.T. Im actually on your side.

      • J.P. says:

        If you think that this site is sick then get off. No one asked you to get on here. Is this the best thing you can do with your time? Get on random websites and bash the people that put them up here?

      • b says:

        At J.P., I was researching this tribe’s culture for a speech and came across this site in Google. I really hope the people who created this site do not try to give them the “good news” about christ. Religion has caused wars and hate throughout all of the mainland’s history and these people have been completely unaffected by the ignorance religion presents. They have been living on that island for approximately 70,000 years which is about 67,950 years before jesus was even born. I don’t understand why you would want this tribe to feel the pain and hate religion has brought upon the rest of the world. If it works for you than great…their way of life obviously works for them, so leave it be.

    • Alejandro says:

      amen

    • vinaypaul says:

      PRAISE THE LORD

    • What if. says:

      could you clarify something for me? How is spreading the gospel brain washing when one of the fundamental principals of Christianity is the freedom to choose Christ? Secondly, In God’s word It says rather plainly that he does want the whole world to follow him and that he wants Christians as his ambasadors. Mathew ch 28 verses 19 and 20 are called the great commission and it is a command from Jesus himself. It states: Go and make disciples of every nation baptizing them in the name of the father son and holy spirit. I can understand the sentiment behind your statement that Christianity has destroyed other cultures, after all the history of the church is full of people who did things in the name of Christ that God did not approve of but, Is that an accurate picture of evangelical Christians today?

      • Trevor claus says:

        yes

      • Maureen Corona says:

        Totally agree with “what if’. As Christians we are told by Jesus to spread His Word to all peoples and nations. God has given man free choice……..hence once you have heard the news of Jesus Christ you have the right to accept or decline. The choice is yours. I look at it this way……. If someone came to me and told me here is a life insurance for free….accept it and you will have life everlasting…..decline it …….no life everlasting. Choice is yours….sounds like a gamble? Well I’d rather take the insurance gamble than be left with no hope. Remember you can take nothing with you when you die. All the wealth and everything you have gained on this earth stays behind. But if I accept the insurance which is His assurance….I have HOPE of the eternal life spoken of in the Bible………no more sickness, death or suffering but a perfect life of love and happiness together with our loved ones who have also accepted the “insurance”. Life forever on this very earth purged of all sin which is the cause of so much evil and suffering. The earth will be made new again …a heaven for Gods people. A huge mistake so many make is to laugh off and deny the existence of satan as some fictionist cartoon character.Satan and his demonic followers who were all cherished angels in heaven at some time tried to take over the throne of God…and there was war in Heaven and they were cast out of Heaven and fell to earth where they spend their time causing havoc,,,,,,,,,,,urging people to take drugs,to war. They smash up marriages and cause mayhem and disaster…..and then make people believe that it is God who did it who augustrated all the terrible things happening. If you don’t believe in God he is elated for he has won you over to his side already and you are set adrift….he couldn’t care what happens to you…drugs suicide? his laughing. The big game he is after is Gods people those that believe in Jesus Christ. His greatest aim is to make followers of Christ, deny Christ and thus follow him. But as followers of Jesus “the rock of salvation” we have Him to cling to,to pray to,to hold fast to. And the ultimate knowledge that we will be united with Him one day and with all our loved ones…yes even our beloved pets will be recreated. The Bible (Gods Word) tells us no man can perceive (imagine in our tiny minds) the treasures God has stored up in heaven for those who believe in Him who believe in His Son Jesus Christ. It is therefore only fitting and right that as followers of Jesus Christ we follow His command to take the Gospel to ALL mankind. These people have a right to be offered the free insurance………which is the assurance that all who believe in Jesus shall not perish but have eternal life.

    • once was lost says:

      Just out of curiousity, what makes you think you are right? How would God let you know? If He appeared to you would you know it, or would you think it is something else, to quote Dickens “there’s more of gravy than the grave in you”. So maybe God would have to come down in human form so we would have a better chance of understanding. But then maybe then we wouldn’t recognize who it was, so maybe something that only God could do, I don’t know like raise people from the dead. But then maybe people would say, “that can’t be God, must be something evil”, because surely God would strike all the bad people dead. But if he did that then people would say, “nah a loving God would find a way to save people without killing them, he would have to do something like sacrifice himself.” But if he did all that then obviously there are those who would say “I didn’t see it myself so what these witnesses say about it is just made up…”
      But if there are those who do believe that God himself came down, became man, offered salvation without killing innocent people or animals, rose from the dead himself, and they dare suggest to others that maybe what they have been looking for has been there and really wants to save you from death…they should just shut up?

  2. mosesonmissions says:

    Jesus said, “if you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.” John 15:19

    • vinaypaul says:

      Thank you

    • Romans 10:14-15 says:

      Hi! I genuinely believe that God has called me to go to the Sentinelese and I was wondering if you could email me at jchau@oru.edu? I have some questions that I’d like to ask you. Thanks and may God bless you in your work for Him!

      • phil evans says:

        you must be mentally ill. leave these people alone.

      • Bill Lesko says:

        Hi, are you still sincere in your call to reach the Sentinelese? I want to encourage you to follow the Lord’s leading daily. He has all authority in heaven and on earth and he wants to reach the Sentinelese more than you do. And he will use you to do it only if you submit to his Lordship and follow him faithfully every day. You can’t do it without him. But you can do all thing through Christ who strengthens you, if you stay connected to him.

    • kk1353 says:

      Are you kidding me? Christians are far and away the most priveleged people in the world. Sure there are some places where you would be killed for being a Christian, but there are many more places where you would be killed for being an atheist.

      The world doesn’t hate Christians, we just hate it when you act like insensitive, inconsiderate children. The Sentinelese cleary don’t want outsiders invading their territory, just let them be. Get Christians in America to act more Christ-like, then you can worry about people on the other side of the planet.

      • J.P. says:

        How can you say Christians as a whole are the most priveleged people in the world? Christians are from all over the world: The United States, Mexico, Brazil, and India just to name a few. No one can deny that these four countrys are vastly different in several ways. So to say that Christians as a whole are the most priveleged people in the world is an ignorant statement.
        And to the insensitive and inconsiderate aspect… you are right to an extent. There are a whole lot of “Christians” that are hypocritical and think that they are better than everyone else; however, that does not go for all Christians.
        As a Christian I have to say that I agree with the mission of this site, simply because it follows the Biblical priciple of preaching to the whole world. i.e. Mark 16:15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.
        Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

    • phil evans says:

      hide behind verses. the truth is. as soon as contact is made the tribe will die of diseases. the truth is, you are hated not for your message, but your clear stupidity.

  3. Knowledge says:

    The Sentenelese are perceptive and smart. It is there resistance to modernization, and western interference that has kept there tribe in existence for 60,000 years.. If the nations of Africa would have adopted this same type of resistance towards the western modernized man.. AIDS and self destruction among there own kind, would be non existent.. The Sentenelese have been impervious to the western modernized man’s attempts to destroy there way of life..

  4. george morales says:

    why is it that these so called christians can t follow christian principles

    Christ doesnt bother me but Christians scare me
    learn to live and let live

  5. bhriguaneja says:

    These people are clearly not J-man’s peeps since they refuse to wear clothes and don’t see anything wrong with their nudity. Your J-man said that the apple of knowledge made Adam and Eve aware of Nudity. These people: CLEARLY NOT AWARE. #!#!# (comment edited) Christianity and its other fellow religions. I really hope someday before I die (and not descend into another world) people open their eyes.

  6. Me says:

    Haha oh whatever, good luck trying to poison their minds and spirits before getting an arrow through you.

    • phil evans says:

      i think god as called me to patrol the island from a distance. picking off poisioness dogooders who approach the island. this is a sickening misguided site. what closed minds. leave them and others alone.

  7. What if. says:

    I would merely like to point out that one of the fundamental concepts of christianity is choice. No one is forced to accept Christ. The job of christians is not to convert tribes, it is to plant the seed of the gospel and let God do the rest. It makes no sense to not share the gospel in order to preserve a culture. After all isn’t it up to the Sentinelese how they preserve their culture? By presenting Christianity we merely offer them a choice. Perhaps they only act the way they do because they do not know anything else. As far as westernization being a threat to tribal populations that is accurate to some degree. In the past and even today many people have forgotten the real purpose of spreading the gospel and done things in the name of Christ that God does not approve of. However, there is more than one side to this. While great harm has been done by people with alterior motives under the guise of missionaries, great good has been acomplished by missionaries with the right intentions.

    • J says:

      People who aren’t born into Christianity only accept Christ in times of weakness and despair. Too bad you didn’t get to “plant the seed” immediately after the tsunami. Perhaps you can have another chance now by contacting them for long enough to expose diseases and disseminate the majority the population. That’ll give you the perfect opportunity to give them the “choice” of Christ. I mean, it worked for all the other non-European civilizations, so it’s worth a college try here.

      • what if. says:

        How did you come to the conclusion that those are the only two scenarios in which one accepts Christianity? secondly could you explain to me why all of modern medical technology and understanding would not be enough to at least set parameters for interaction with this people group that would not be detrimental?

  8. phil evans says:

    i will pray. i will pray that you nevet contact them or any other group. the harm you will cause. leave them alone.

    • phil evans says:

      i am so angry with you idiots that want to mess up lives in lands that have nothing to do with you. you have enough problems within a one mile radius. leave these people alone. if you dare go thereci can only hppecthat the first arrows silence you. go and find non belivers in your area. vile vile vile.

  9. Philip says:

    sickening site, they are not backwawrds, and you need to leave them alone, removing my posts does not change the truth, the truth is, by contacting this tribe you will give them disease and kill them.

  10. Marc says:

    So you think it’s Christian to go and infect these people with all kinds of diseases? To bring them what you think it civilization and salvation? I myself am Christian and I pray to the Lord that you shall realize that threatening innocent people’s lifestyle and possibly their life is not His work – on the contrary. Look into the mirror and recognize all the sins you commit every single day. Don’t add to that by destroying cultures that don’t do you any harm. Leave them in peace – for their and for your own good.

    • Jared says:

      Marc, if you say that spreading the gospel is not christianity then you don’t have a good understanding of what it means to be a christian.

      • Bill Lesko says:

        If you believe in the Risen Christ of the Bible, He is the one who said “Make disciples of all nations.” It’s an issue of obedience to the One who is coming back to judge those who refuse to believe His gospel.

  11. Lancashire Tom says:

    there should be a mission sent to teach the Gospel and also morals as these tribesmen engage in perverse orgys on the beach and are clearly grossly inbred which could lead to violent mental problems in the kids.

    • Richard Rogers says:

      This is directed to Tom Lancashire who seems to be BEYOND saving as far as logic goes but here I go giving it the old college try. As soon as I learned about this tribe several years ago along with other isolated tribes I knew protestant Evangelist Christians were going to do their absolute best to try and convert these poor peoples to Christ.

      First, exposure of missionaries to these people threatens them to disease which would slaughter the entire islands inhabitants similar to what the Spanish missionaries did to all of South America during the Spanish Colonial Era.

      Second, perhaps you aren’t aware that they have been living there for over 60,000 years perfectly fine… LONG before Christ even was on the planet, I promise you they will be fine without intervention.

      Finally regarding your statement
      “these tribesmen engage in perverse orgys on the beach and are clearly grossly inbred which could lead to violent mental problems in the kids.”

      How do you even know that? They have had virtually no contact from the outside world let alone been documented mating with each other, and even if they were engaging in orgys and inbreeding how would you fix it? Mate with them? You are beyond a zealot sir as everyone on this site is. Leave these people and the rest of the uncivilized world alone their primitive nature is their gift.

    • Robin says:

      These tribes people already have morals. They’re not trying to convert you, are they?

  12. Lancashire Tom says:

    Thankyou Mr Rogers for taking part in discussion. Yes the Spanish in S America did alot of wrong but they ended the evil Aztec ways of satanic ritual killing of their own kind. Where Christianity goes better moral values follow. the info about Sentinelese orgys is from secondhand eyewitness accounts which are all we can go on at this time. all previously known non-Christian tribal cultures have revealed high levels of depravity including the Celts here in Britain so it is highly probable that the sentinelese are as perverse as reports suggest. They need to know the Love of God instead of love of lust.

    • Robin says:

      You know nothing about them. They have lived for thousands of years without your “help”.
      All your presence would do is introduce them to western diseases which they have no immunity for.
      The conquistadors brought smallpox to the Americas, killing tens of millions. You want to see that repeated if they’re introduced to polio, malaria, ect?

    • Mark Gruben says:

      Tom, you said that “all previously known non-Christian tribal cultures have revealed high levels of depravity” ? What proof exists that “all” of them have revealed such? And what does “high level of depravity” mean; what, exactly, is a high level, as opposed to a moderate level, or a low level? And what appears to be “depravity” to one culture is not necessarily so to all others, which would include the “orgies” purported by the second-hand accounts you mention, but conveniently, fail to cite by name. Furthermore, you state that “it is highly probable” that the Sentinelese are “perverse,” which is unreasonably subjective and offensive, and like the term “depravity,” is based on culture and is therefore not universally definable. Apparently, you disapprove of the Sentinelese…..and you have that right…..but that doesn’t give you the right to judge them or to try to impose your rather narrow version of “the Love of God” on their culture.

  13. TRIALNERROR says:

    I believe it is my personal mission to visit the Sentinelese and warn them about the various religions queueing up to have them converted to their own particular brand of Man in the Skyism. I think they should be warned in particular about Christians and taught to shoot on sight.any one bearing a cross

    I hope they already have their own religion, which has stood them in good stead for over 50 millenia, and show no inclination whatsoever to forego it.

    • Mark Gruben says:

      If you were actually to go to North Sentinel Island, you need not worry about warning them of anything…..you probably would not even be afforded the opportunity. They ALREADY shoot on sight anyone who does not belong on the island, regardless of their intent.

  14. Francis says:

    Leave this tribe alone. All religions are man-made so I’m sure these people have their own set of silly beliefs, and they certainly don’t need to trade them for your Christian set of silly beliefs. Back off.

  15. jopp says:

    You’re all sick if you think what they need is your religion instilled upon them.

  16. Becky Evans says:

    Yeah. You xtians just go there and try to convert these people to your rubbish. You’ll get what you deserve for trying to destroy yet another indigenous culture.

  17. Robin says:

    Why can’t you just leave them alone?

  18. Christians are a cult. Spreading the word of your leader is Cultist behaviour. Evangelists will invariable start to behave ‘perversely’ once they realise they are just perverting innocent people for the benefit of christian hierarchy. I hope the Sentinelese kick your unenlightened arses.
    If you want to save peoples lives then get your cultist crusaders to stop bombing the world.

  19. Mark Gruben says:

    I agree with those who say to LEAVE THESE PEOPLE ALONE! Those who feel they have a special calling to go to North Sentinel to “bring the good news” are deluded, naive, and outrageously sanctimonious. FIrst, how would they get to the island safely without being attacked by islanders armed with bow-and-arrow? Second, how would they communicate “the good news” to people who cannot understand the words, the symbols, the intentions, or even the way the messengers dress or behave? Third, what could Christianity possibly mean to these people, or what benefit would they derive from it that is tangible and meaningful, and not achievable in any other way? Fourth, if there are those who feel the Sentinelese must be “converted” or “saved” (and why must they?) what makes Christianity preferable to any other world faith? To summarily proclaim that Christianity is superior to other world faiths, smugly using its own dogma as proof, is elitist, narrow-minded, illogical……and endlessly debatable.

    • Bill Lesko says:

      Jesus himself commands all people on earth to repent of their sins and believe in him. He died on the cross as the sacrificing atonement for the sins of the world. John the Baptist said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” Jesus is the promised Messiah and the only Savior. Jesus the risen Lord, not the Pope or the church or religious people, but Jesus himself said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me, therefore go and make disciples of all nations (the original Greek word for nations is ethnos = ethnic group). In modern terms,the risen Lord told his followers to make disciples of all ethnic and language groups on earth. I’m glad the first followers obeyed the Lord because I am a follower of Jesus today because of their obedience. And I intend to obey and finish the job so that all peoples on earth can hear and have the opportunity to be saved before Jesus keep his promise to return to earth and judge the unrepentant and then establish his kingdom of peace and righteousness over all the earth (even over North Sentinel Island). I invite you to repent of your sins and become a disciple of Jesus, the only savior of the world.

      • Anonymous says:

        But what good is evangelizing people if they’re all dead from chickenpox ten years later? What good did you bring about? All you’ve done is bring death to innocent people.

      • Anonymous says:

        How do you KNOW that they WILL die of chickenpox ten years later?

      • mosesonmissions says:

        Listen to this: God publicly endorsed Jesus by doing powerful miracles, wonders, and signs through him. But God knew what would happen, and his prearranged plan was carried out when Jesus was betrayed and (he was) nailed to a cross and killed. But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.

        Acts 2:22-24

      • Nobody says:

        Geee… It is Buda himself! No, Sorry, it is Krishna himself! No, Sorry, it is Joseph himself! No, Sorry, forget about, I AM GOD and I have decided that the people of North Sentinel need to hear the word of the Jesus in order to be saved, because the word of Buda it is not very comprehensible for them. And it is because I AM GOD and I act like it. Let me be with you and we may become one!!

  20. Bill Lesko says:

    Jesus, the risen Lord has all authority in heaven and on earth. He commands all people everywhere to repent of their sins and become his disciples. That included you and me. He created us and then purchased us with his blood in order to deliver us from Satan’s power. Being a disciple of Jesus is not an option. It is a necessity. “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” Jesus is coming back soon to rule and reign over all the peoples on earth and to judge those who refuse to follow him. He is only delaying his coming because he is loving and patient and “not willing that any should parish.” I urge you to turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God by become a true disciple of Jesus the risen Lord. Then pray with me that the Sentinelese will soon hear the good news about Jesus Christ.

  21. bjlesko says:

    The risen Living Savior is coming back soon. He knows how to overcome all diseases and can cure all. He tole us to preach to all creation. I can’t believe anyone would want a part of the human family to be isolated from the rest of us indefinitely. Disease or not disease eternal life is offered in the Gospel. We will all be dead soon anyway. With Christ we live forever!

    • pf says:

      Why dont you research how many times this has been foreseen already. This time is different is it? Grow up. Santa isnt real either.

  22. Leon says:

    Just let these islanders alone… Why would not you instead go and sell your gospel “just so stories” in Afganistan or Iran? Do it, and God will bless you

    • Nikosh says:

      Ur on the wrong site mr Atheist.U dont knw the power of The Risen Lord,Whole world is turning towards Jesus,China n Arab world 4 example.Many miracles take place in India.It is u all(western People),who has spoiled the name of christianity,n induced urself in all immorality.

  23. sagescenery says:

    Great post! Thank you for going and fulfilling The Great Commission!!

  24. pf says:

    One of these comments below asks if we have nothing better to do than criticize this website. Well do you have nothing better to do than to brainwash a people that has lived sustainably for eons.
    The book you follow today is totally different than the original and has been changed many times by the elites and after a few generations its accepted as fact. Leave these people alone and molest your own.
    Keep your fairytale to your own

  25. John says:

    I’m praying for these people to see the light of Christ. Worthy is the Lamb!

  26. Nobody says:

    Try to take the word of Christ, Buda or even mine to them and two things might happen:
    1- They will all DIE before you can even open the holy book because you stupid ASSHOLE brought with you deceases that they were not immune to.
    2- You DIE before you can open the holy book!!
    Pretty simply!!

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