The Yawo People 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 cross-cultural teams live among the Yawo villages; shopping at the local market, sitting and chatting in Ciyawo, praying for the sick, attending funerals and initiation celebrations, tending the maize fields and sharing their lives with the people they meet. Individual relationship nurturing is the teams’ highest priority. They are dedicated to learning the local culture and Ciyawo language as well as Portuguese (in Mozambique) in order to build relationships with the people they meet.

The teams work with the local Yawo to improve their quality of life through health and adult education. Working with a group of Yawo men and women, the teams also help facilitate translation of the Bible into Ciyawo so that the Yawo have the opportunity to read God’s story in their own language. They encourage the growing groups of believers through prayer, teaching and leadership training. Our cross-cultural workers continue to see these groups grow into relevant and active communities within their culture.


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