Yao in Zambia


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Large Yao kingdoms came into being as mighty Yao chiefs took control of the Niassa province of Mozambique in the 19th century. During that time, the Yao began to move from their traditional home in today's Malawi and Tanzania, which resulted in the Yao populations they now have. The most important result of the great chiefdoms was the turning of the whole nation to Islam around the turn of the 20th century and after the 1st World War.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Yao people are generally agricultural. Growing a good corn crop has everything to do with how a family makes a living. Their level of production is mostly subsistence and therefore they basically eat what they grow. When they produce a good corn crop, they sometimes will sell some of it on the local market in order to buy things that they do not produce themselves such as soap, salt and bicycles.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Islam is a central part of Yao identity, especially in a location where they are surrounded by Christianized peoples. Yao people wear charms in a vein effort to protect themselves from ill health. They often use folk cures rather than modern medicine.


What Are Their Needs?

There are all kinds of Christian materials in the Yao language that can be distributed to their community leaders.


Prayer Points

Pray that Yao people in Zambia will put their full trust in the God of the Bible rather than in the spirit world and charms.
Pray for Yao believers in other countries to take the gospel to the Yao people in Zambia.
Pray for a Disciple Making Movement to emerge among Yao communities in Africa.
Pray for the Lord to give the Yao people a record-breaking crop as proof of his power and love.


Scripture Prayers for the Yao in Zambia.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Yao
People Name in Country Yao
Pronunciation yow
Alternate Names Ajawa; Ayao; Chiyao; Wajao
Population this Country 5,700
Population all Countries 3,753,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 15988
ROP3 Code 110980
ROP25 Code 308950
ROP25 Name Yao (Malawi)
Country Zambia
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Eastern province: Chipata district, Kapata township; Katete district.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Zambia
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Eastern province: Chipata district, Kapata township; Katete district..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
3.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
97.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Yao (5,700 speakers)
Language Code yao   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Yao (5,700 speakers)
Language Code yao   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Yao

Primary Language:  Yao

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1880-2008)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1898-1994)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1920-2015)
FCBH NT (www.bible.is) Online
YouVersion NT (www.bible.com) Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories Story Runners
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Yao Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Rock International: King of Glory Rock International
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General I am Yawo Project General / Other
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Android Bible app: Yao YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file Faith Comes by Hearing
Mobile App Download audio Bible app from Google Play Store Faith Comes by Hearing
Mobile App iOS Bible app: Yao YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Yao Literacy & Evangelism International
Text / Printed Matter Rock International: King of Glory Rock International
Text / Printed Matter Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies World Missionary Press
Photo Source The I Am Yawo Project 
Map Source Anonymous  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Learn more.



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