A mob of Muslim extremists recently destroyed a church in Malawi in response to the growing number of those leaving Islam to follow Christ.
A mob of Muslim extremists recently destroyed a church in Malawi in response to the growing number of those leaving Islam to follow Christ.
Dec. 23, 2021 | Malawi

Christians Targeted in Response to Gospel Revival Among the Yao People

[166] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Yao Christians.

Many members of the Yao people group have come to faith in Christ over the past 18 months, leading to a rise in Islamist attacks on Christians in the region. “Tensions have reached a new level over the last part of this year,” a front-line worker shared. “Christian converts from Islam are being physically attacked and hunted.” The Islamic reaction to the spread of the gospel is occurring in other parts of Malawi as well, where Muslims are permitting access to water sources only to those who convert to Islam. In one area, a mob of Muslim extremists attacked and destroyed a church and the home of a local pastor after discovering outreach materials intended to share Christ with Muslims; that pastor is now in hiding. Pray for peace for this pastor and others in his community who are being targeted for advancing the gospel among Muslims. Pray for the Yao believers to continue to reach their people with the good news about Jesus Christ despite the increase in opposition, and pray that the oppressors will find faith in Christ.

Write your own prayer for Yao Christians

  • In the loving name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Jehovah Raah, our Shepherd, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we adore You for faithfulness of Yao Christians. We ask that they continue to call upon the Lord, for a hedge of protection on them and angels directly from heaven to minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Lord, will you bless and provide for the Yao believers in Jesus, and please continue to bring more and more people to Christ in this area. May they not lose their enthusiasm for reaching others because of the persecution, but may they be all the more emboldened, remembering that the One who is in them is greater than the one that is in the world.
    Jackie V - USA
  • What I pray for the Yao Christians and I thank you for the great harvest! I ask that you would protect them from the opposition of the enemy And give them supernatural power from heaven to rise up and preach the gospel with great peace and love. I pray those attacking them would repent and turn to Jesus. In Jesus name I pray amen.
    Nancy G - USA
  • Dear Jesus, thank you for each of the new Yao Christians. Send Your Holy Spirit to give them wisdom and to bring more people to love and serve You. Convict the people opposed to the gospel. Raise up more Pauls from among this people. Help those suffering from fear and loss to be comforted and provided for by others in the church.
    Patrecia J - USA
  • Lord send the Holy Spirit to the Yao Christians to give them courage, strength, wisdom, hope, wisdom, peace, joy & love. Send people & resources to help them grow in Your Word. Provide for their every day needs. Help them to forgive those who try to hurt them & threaten them. Use them to bring others to salvation.
    Angie E - USA
  • Dear Lord Jesus, we praise you that you have revealed yourself to many of the Yao people group. Give them the assurance that their brothers and sisters around the world are praying for them. Give them confidence in your leading of what their next steps are and how they can keep growing in their faith. Provide water for them to show your power.
    Margaret H - USA
  • Father, deliver your people from evil and accomplish your will among the Yao. Draw many more to faith in Christ. Please protect your children. May they trust Jesus fully and not live by fear. Give them wisdom and guidance to know how to live in these difficult times. Thank you for loving them deeply. Amen.
    Vicki Y - USA
  • Dear Father, thank you for bringing members of the Yao community to you. Please protect them from harm, keep them strong against threats from the non-believers, and let their faith grow daily like mustard seeds. Please change the hearts and minds of their Muslim attackers to turn away from violence and follow you.
    Bob D - USA
  • Lord, we ask you to equip these believers with ready feet and tongue and protect them from the evil one. Let your Holy Spirit rest upon the Yao believers.
    Margaret D - USA
  • In the great name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, our great God and guide, as brothers and sisters in Christ we praise You for faithfulness of Yao Christians. We ask that You will continue to be their guide, for a hedge of protection on them along with angels directly from heaven to minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Thank you Lord for moving among these people! Oh that they would all be won for You, and that You would be their identity! Please disarm their attackers, please show Yourself to be so attractive that many Muslim extremists are drawn to you, or either flee in fear. That You would establish Your church here and that the gates of hell would not prevail!
    Margaret M - USA
  • Thank You for the great increase of the gospel among the Yao, and for the many who have come to trust You. May these believers be strengthened in their faith, and have their hope firmly planted in Your word. May they have wisdom and courage as they interact with these persecutors, and may their witness bring many more into Your kingdom.
    Danielle H - USA
  • Yahweh Tsuri, you are our rock, the firm foundation of our faith. Grant strength to your saints in Yao & all of Malawi. May those who oppose Jesus, be turned to his forgiveness & mercy. Open their eyes & heart to the truth, & make them free. Protect & provide for your saints. Guide their path, & lead them in your way. We pray in Jesus holy Name, Amen.
    SM D - USA
  • Lord thank you for this tremendous movement of you word among the Yao people. Cover them with your safety to allow the movement of your word to continue. Please provide for their daily needs of food and water. May their oppressors find salvation in you Lord. Hold back the attacks of the enemy as your word spreads throughout the country.
    Joyce A - USA
  • Thank you for Christians in Yao, pls God,protect them as they place their faith in you,arise and let all the enemies of the gospel of our Lord be scattered unto desolation. Pls make the believers salt and light,protect the Pastors that are in hiding and all the Christians in Yao. Increase their faith,make a way for them and let more souls be won to you
    funke a - Nigeria
  • Lord Jesus, please bring peace to this pastor among the Yao believers in Malawi who is hiding and grant wisdom as to how to re-emerge and provide the leadership of his flock and grant boldness among these Yao believers to share the love of Jesus with their attackers and bring many of them to faith among these Muslim extremists for them to follow You.
    Forrest B - USA
  • Help our brothers and sisters grown in numbers, strength, faith, courage, and wisdom.
    Debbie V - USA
  • In the loving name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Jehovah Nissi, our Banner, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for faithfulness and revival of Yao Christians. We ask for deliverance, sustaining, a hedge of protection on them and angels directly from heaven to minister to them. Amen.
    Gary F - USA
  • Father, please protect this pastor and all the believers in Yao and Malawi in general, and please grant your children the spirit of revelation in the knowledge of your word that they may stand steadfast in you in Jesus name.
    Adekola A - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Father I amen these previous prayers. I remember these people; You're still reaching them. Put a Hedge of Protection around them from the enemy; may he not be able to take their faith in you or their desire to know more of You. Provide for them Jehovah-jireh that they know God is for them & not against them. In Jesus' Gracious Name amen.
    Johnathan K - USA
  • Jesus, keep Your Yao people safe. Protect this pastor who dared to plan to reach his Muslim neighbors. Bring Your good news of salvation to all the Yao, and beyond that out into all the people of Malawi.
    Elizabeth M - USA
  • Father, thank You for the movement of Your Holy Spirit amongst the Yao people group in Malawi. Thank You that many are responding to You through repentance and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Please protect this pastor and the other Yao believers who faithfully proclaim the good news. Bless and encourage them and help them to forgive their persecutors.
    Patrick V - USA
  • Thank you, Lord, for the good news that your gospel is spreading in this region of Malawi! We lift up our brothers and sisters who are being threatened, asking you to provide for their needs for food, water, shelter, and peace. Help them stand strong in their faith and remember the joy of the Lord.
    Brenda M - USA
  • Father God, I pray for my brothers and sisters of the Yao. I ask that You be with the believers in the community and give them strength as they face persecution. I ask that despite persecution that they may be light to muslims in the area. I ask that their persecutors will see their faith and come to Jesus through them. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
    Spencer B - USA
  • Father, I pray for these Christian people in Yao to be empowered by your Holy Spirit to continue sharing the gospel despite the risks & I ask You to meet all their needs for your Glory. I pray that the darkness in the extremist Muslim people be pierced by the light of your love & forgiveness so they may learn of Your great Salvation & freedom in Christ
    Tracey B - USA
  • Dear Lord Jesus, Thank You for the new Yao believers who have come to faith in Jesus Christ. May they grow in their faith and reach others with the Gospel as well. I pray You would strengthen and protect the persecuted and for the salvation of their oppressors. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
    Dara W - USA
  • What can separate the YAO believers from Christ! Not tribulation, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril, or sword. In all of these things, they are more than conquerors through Christ who has loved them.
    William H - USA
  • O Father God, please grant courage for the Yao believers to continue to reach their neighbors with the gospel. May their oppressors find faith in Christ as well. Bring peace to the area in time as more receive Christ. Yet, even if oppression continues, grant the believers perseverance to the end as they keep their eyes on the example of Jesus. Amen.
    Diana F - USA
  • Father God, I lift up my Yao brothers and sisters who live in Malawi. I pray that you would show Your favor and grace upon them as the persevere in their faith. Please fill these believers with Your Spirit, peace and joy and please comfort and protect the pastor and his family in hiding. Please make him invisible to those persecuting him. Amen
    Sarah H - USA
  • Father God we pray for this dear pastor and his safety. May God keep him safe and allow him to continue his service in the name of Jesus, Amen
    jeff h - USA
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