New believers from the Yao people groups met together for fellowship and encouragement.
New believers from the Yao people groups met together for fellowship and encouragement.
Feb. 27, 2020 | Malawi

Yao Believers Gather for Worship and Encouragement

[212] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Yao Believers.

About 750 Christians from the Yao people group gathered recently for fellowship, worship, prayer and mutual encouragement. The Yao believers, who are spread across three different countries, had never gathered for worship in such a large group. “This was a highlight year,” a VOM partner said. “The believers were so encouraged and taught by an excellent African teacher on family.” Though many of the attendees were very poor, they had saved up beans and maize to contribute to meals during the conference. And some of the believers made their own instruments and incorporated traditional dance into the worship. “It was beautiful,” the VOM partner said. A group of believers who had experienced a lot of persecution in their village decided to take their village chief, a Muslim, to the conference. Afterward, he decided that he and the whole village would follow Jesus. The Yao people have been predominantly Muslim since Islam’s introduction by Arabs in the early 1800s. Malawi has the highest percentage of Muslims in southern Africa. Praise God for how He is drawing people to himself.

Write your own prayer for Yao Believers

  • Lord Jesus, we praise You for saving these believers and for drawing them together in unity. May they continue to be used greatly to proclaim Your gospel and may they find grace and strength in fellowship with one another. May this only be the first of many occasions to grow more like You within community.
    Danielle H - USA
  • Acts 20:32 NLT
    "And now I entrust you (Yao believers) to God and the message of his grace that is able to build you up and give you an inheritance with all those he has set apart for himself.
    Segun M - Nigeria
  • Querido Dios te doy gracias por mis hermanos de malawi y te pido que me los recuerdes para orar cada día por ellos y por los que se van agregar en el nombre de Jesús
    MIRIAM S - Argentina
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Yao Believers: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. I praise You that You are drawing many around them to You! Open the harts of their opponents to You. May the Church keep thriving.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Yao Believers: Protect provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. I praise You for drawing people around them to Christ! May they keep drawing in numbers & maturity. Open the hearts of their opponents to You. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Abba thank you for the reunion of Yao believers.May Your presence indwell in them,set them on fire for Jesus to proclaim His gospel.Bless them with revelation knowledge of the Son of God to set Him high in their life.May the nations around see them as witnesses of Jesus and want to learn about him.Grant peace courage to endure.provide their needs
    BENEDICTA N - USA
  • Heavenly Father, Savior of many, Almighty God, Healer of nations, God of gods, I praise You for the countless Yao people experiencing Your freedom and goodness. I pray Lord for Your peace and provision to be heavy on them. I pray for salt and light and goodness to radiate from them and keep them steadfast in You. I praise You for a brothers and sisters
    Joy H - USA
  • Father, all praise, honor and glory to You for drawing lost and spiritually bankrupt Muslims in Malawi into a saving relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. You are a consuming fire and I pray that You will consume the sin, sadness and sorrow that plagues Muslims in Malawi and elsewhere. Cause them to realize that deliverance, hope and joy are in You.
    Patrick V - USA
  • Praise You Lord for these Yao believers, whose love for You and one another is so encouraging. Thank you oh Lord they were able to reach out to their village chief and that he accepted Jesus as Savior. You are multiplying Your people in this area. Continue to increase Your work in this area and those who would be saved daily!
    margaret m - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Yao Believers: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. I praise You that You are drawing people around them to You! May this continue & may they keep growing in numbers & maturity. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Father, thank You for the Yao believers and how they love You and Your word! I pray that Your Holy Spirit would continue to minister among these people, bringing new converts everyday that this part of the world may experience a radical change for Christ. In Jesus name. Amen.
    Nancy E - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Yao Believers: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. Open the hearts of their opponents to You. I praise You for drawing those around them, to Christ! And so may this Church grow in numbers & maturity. In Jesus' Name. Am
    Lisa D - USA
  • Give believers faith.
    Debbie V - USA
  • Dear Father, we are so glad that these Christians can meet to worship you and learn from the Bible. I pray that this situation would stay open, as it is now. Thank you for the village chief; please keep him and the villagers strong, and growing in you. We love you, and we do love these people whom we have not met. In Jesus' name, Amen.
    Alice D - USA
  • Lord I thank you for the Yao believers in Malawi Africa. I thank you that they are growing in you and that the message of hope through Jesus is spreading throughout this country and Muslims are coming to Christ. I praise you for what you're doing here in Africa and in the world. Thank you for hope and encouragement at this time. In Jesus name amen.
    Nancy G - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Yao Believers: Protect, provide for,, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. Open the hearts of their opponents to You. I praise You for drawing those around these Yao Believers to You, And so may these believers keep growing. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Father, thank You for what You are doing in the Yao people. Please continue. Thank You for the entire village that has repented. I pray that there would be more villages. Thank You for enabling them to gather for worship and teaching. Lord, You are good and Your mercy endures forever.
    Neal G - USA
  • Abba Father we thank you for this encouraging and uplifting report about the people of Malawi. We pray LORD that your truth may continue to direct their paths and your love may encompass their hearts and your peace may lift their spirits. We praise you for their rich hearts and we pray that you may bless them richly. In JESUS name we pray Amen
    Aney A - India
  • Abba Father we thank you for this encouraging and uplifting report about the people of Malawi. We pray LORD that your truth may continue to direct their paths and your love may encompass their hearts and your peace may lift their spirits. We praise you for their rich hearts and we pray that you may bless them richly. In JESUS name we pray Amen
    Aney A - India
  • Abba Father we thank you for this encouraging and uplifting report about the people of Malawi. We pray LORD that your truth may continue to direct their paths and your love may encompass their hearts and your peace may lift their saddened spirits. We praise you for their rich hearts and we pray that you may bless them richly. In JESUS name we pray Amen
    Aney A - India
  • Lord you deserve all the glory and the honour. I am grateful for what you are doing in Malawi for this community of believers who are spreading the gospel. Help them Lord to grow in the relationship with you and fellowship with the Holy Ghost. Let your word direct their ways so as to attract other towards your glory in them. I pray in jesus name.
    Dumezweni M - South Africa
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Yao Believers: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. I praise You that human action don't hinder you! And so may these Yao Believers keep growing in numbers & maturity. Open their opponents' hearts In Jesus' Name. Amen
    Lisa D - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Yao Believers: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. I praise You for drawing many around them to You!. And so they may these Yao Believers keep growing in numbers & maturity. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Lord we love You, praise You & worship You! You are the almighty Hod wh makes the impossible-possible. Heavenly Father, we life up the Yao believers to You and ask that You keep Your hand upon them. They are on fire for the gospel & are willing to spread the good news to their people. Please remove the amamosity toward them & help them to grow in You!
    Donna H - USA
  • Father, how encouraging to hear of so many who are coming together and how you are continuing to draw others to faith in Christ. Let their fellowship be sweet and a big tool in helping them to be encouraged as they continue to follow Christ. Grow them in wisdom and understanding according to your word through the power of your Spirit as you bless.
    Vicki W - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Yao Believers: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. I praise You for drawing many around them to You! May this enable these Yao Believers to keep growing in numbers & maturity. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • We praise you Father for drawing people to yourself. For your saving power that shows the lost who you are and your great love that redeems us from our fallen state into a relationship with you. We pray for the village chief and the people of his village to be taught in your ways and their faith will grow and spread out to the nations. For your glory!
    Paula L - USA
  • Lord Jesus, thank You for the Yao believers who were able to gather and meet from three countries. We ask that the Yao community of believers would mature and that through technology they would be able to stay in touch with one another and encourage each other and raise up individuals to disciple them and bring many more to Jesus among the Yao, amen!
    Matt B - USA
  • Father God, please bless VOM for these testimonies about the power of the gospel and lives transformed through Jesus. Please help each one in their walk with you and to abide in Your word for daily guidance and strength. Let Jesus be the love of each life in their hearts and desire to know Him better. We praise you today.
    Kathy G - USA
  • Father thank you, for these beautiful Yao children. Protect them from evil and let them continue to grow your kingdom. I pray for continued blessings on them to shine your wonderful light in the dark bringing millions of Muslims to you. Give them spiritual, mental, physical and emotional strength so that they can start a wild fire for YOU in Africa.
    Laurie T - USA
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