Yakoma in Congo, Democratic Republic of

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People Name: Yakoma
Country: Congo, Democratic Republic of
10/40 Window: No
Population: 21,000
World Population: 174,000
Primary Language: Yakoma
Primary Religion: Christianity
Christian Adherents: 70.00 %
Evangelicals: 2.00 %
Scripture: Portions
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: No
People Cluster: Adamawa-Ubangi
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

Yakoma people gave their name to the city of Yakoma at the confluence of the Welle and Mbobou rivers and provided the land for the French post at les Abiras which served as the first capital. Yakoma people are Bantu, but speak a distinct dialect also known as Yakoma. They are part of the Bantu speaking people, and they are related to the Ngbandi People of Central African Republic and D.R. of Congo. Yakoma people are an ethnic group primarily residing in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Today, Yakoma men hunt for animals, fish, grow and harvest crops. Their musical instruments include harps, horns, flutes, whistles, and voice ensembles.

It is strongly believed among Yakoma people that the way one dresses shows his/her status, including one’s character. Consequently, everyone must dress in a manner considered appropriate or proper. This manner of dressing is considered a show of respect to others.

Their natural resources include gold, diamonds, timber and uranium.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Some evidence Christian influence exists among Yakoma people in Democratic Republic of Congo.

Ethnic religious influences also influence Yakoma people in every area of their identity. Conversion is viewed as cultural assimilation or even betrayal. Only Lord Jesus can deal with fear factors involved in considering his love for them, and his provision for eternal life.

There are Bible portions and the JESUS Film in the Yakoma language.

What Are Their Needs?

The most urgent need of Yakoma people is to understand that Lord Jesus Christ laid down his life to pay the full penalty for their sins.

Prayer Points

Pray for spiritual hunger, and discernment that will keep Yakoma people away from spiritual counterfeits.

Pray that the Holy Spirit will revive the Yakoma church, leading them to make disciples and church plants.

Pray that a day will come soon when Yakoma people will send loving workers to the unreached people in their country.

Text Source:   Joshua Project