About 750 Christians from the Yao people group gathered recently for fellowship, worship, prayer and mutual encouragement. The Yao believers, who are spread across three different countries, had never gathered for worship in such a large group. “This was a highlight year,” a VOM partner said. “The believers were so encouraged and taught by an excellent African teacher on family.” Though many of the attendees were very poor, they had saved up beans and maize to contribute to meals during the conference. And some of the believers made their own instruments and incorporated traditional dance into the worship. “It was beautiful,” the VOM partner said. A group of believers who had experienced a lot of persecution in their village decided to take their village chief, a Muslim, to the conference. Afterward, he decided that he and the whole village would follow Jesus. The Yao people have been predominantly Muslim since Islam’s introduction by Arabs in the early 1800s. Malawi has the highest percentage of Muslims in southern Africa. Praise God for how He is drawing people to himself.
Yao Believers Gather for Worship and Encouragement
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Praise God for the Release of Four Men and Faithfulness of Seven FamiliesFour Christian men arrested over the past two months were released from jail recently. The first believer to be arrested, "Sanyahak," was detained in early October after 40 people came to know Christ through his witness. The three other men were later arrested, amid ongoing harassment of seven Christian families in the community.
Pray for Arrested Christian Students and Children of Arrested ParentsSixteen Christian students were arrested earlier this month, the latest in a series of arrests since May 2017. The students, who were arrested after being discovered praying together, were held for more than two weeks before being released.
Village Bans Buddhists from Selling Food to ChristiansAuthorities in a Buddhist village recently established a law forbidding Buddhists from hiring Christians for work and from renting or selling anything to Christians. As a result, believers in the village are unable to buy food. Every day, village authorities pressure the Christians to return to Buddhism, promising that if they do they will be able to buy food again. The believers, however, are standing firm. "This is not a game," one Christian replied. "We were baptized. We believe in Christ 100 percent and we will die believing."
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