Daily Topic for January 10, 2017

Acts 16:34, NET
The jailer brought them into his house and set food before them, and he rejoiced greatly that he had come to believe in God, together with his entire household.

Pray that the Yao “household” will have the chance to joyfully respond to the gospel message this very year. Pray for a Yao people movement to Christ.

Yao People of Tanzania

by GO

Would you prefer to live in the mountains, or near a lake? The Yao people once lived on a mountain called Yao, where they were given their name. They later moved to Lake Malawi. They once sold slaves and ivory, but today most are subsistence farmers or fisherman on the shores of Lake Malawi. Others are traders and traveling businessmen.
These 3,165,000 people live in four East African countries including Tanzania.
The heart of Yao life is the village with 75 to 100 people. The village chief has a lot of power, though they are a matriarchal society where descent comes from the mother’s line.
Their main language is Yao also called Chiyao. One-fourth are pre-literate, so it will take primarily oral tools to reach them effectively. Radio broadcasts are available to them via FEBC and TWR. There are also digital recordings in hand-held devices available. The Bible Society released the Bible in Chiyao in 2014, which will open the door for more oral tools.
Years ago the Yao were exposed to Islam through Muslim traders. When their chiefs became Muslim, their subjects did it as well. They are 93 percent Muslim and two percent Christian of any form.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that Yao chiefs will turn their hearts to Jesus, and encourage others to do the same. Pray that current efforts to train Yao believers to reach others will result in a church planting movement.

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