The Yawo of Malawi and Mozambique

Population: 3 million
Main Trade: Agriculture
Main Religion: Islam influenced by traditional African and animistic beliefs
Key Challenges: Accessing safe water to drink, food to eat, healthcare and education
Fact: Property is usually passed from a man to his sister's son

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Living among the Yawo people

The Yawo are a resilient people group with spiritual customs dating back thousands of years closely linked to shamanism. Within Yawo culture,  the material and spiritual realms are deeply integrated. Today Yawo Muslims combine Islam with their tribal religion, using traditional medicines and talismans for protection from witchcraft as well as for healing and seeking good fortune. For the Yawo, there is an understanding that what a person believes spiritually will speak into every aspect of their life.

In both Malawi and Mozambique, small but growing groups of Yawo men and women are meeting to explore God’s stories. Some are at the beginning of their journey with Jesus and others have chosen to follow Him. They are a witness to God’s grace and faithfulness.The team is partnering with others  to produce a Ciyawo translation of the Bible and improve adult literacy rates,  as well as establishing other projects and programs that respond to the physical and spiritual needs of the communities. We continuously give thanks for those who serve among the Yawo and for those who partner with the ministry.


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