Yagwoia in Papua New Guinea

Photo Source:  Robert Westerveld 
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People Name: Yagwoia
Country: Papua New Guinea
10/40 Window: No
Population: 17,000
World Population: 17,000
Primary Language: Yagwoia
Primary Religion: Christianity
Christian Adherents: 85.00 %
Evangelicals: 26.00 %
Scripture: New Testament
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: New Guinea
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Yagwoia live in the highlands of Papua New Guinea, scattered over three provinces, the Morobe Province, the Eastern Highlands Province and the Gulf Province. They do a lot of gardening, but also gathering and hunting.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Traditionally they are animists. Animism effects their whole life. They have been missionized for decades but mainly resulting in syncretism. There are small groups of born again believers now.

What Are Their Needs?

Mainly that more people will understand the message of the Bible and will believe in the Saviour.

Prayer Points

Missionaries have been working with the Yagwoia people for many years.
Pray that the New Testament in their language will be distributed, read and taught.
Pray for the groups of believers being discipling. Some of the believers are reaching out to their own people now. Pray for the villages in the tribe that are not yet reached. Pray that the people in those villages will also be reached.
Pray for the literacy teaching as well, that the new believers will learn to read so they will be able to read God's Word in their language themselves.

Text Source:   Robert Westerveld