Even though they occupy land up to heights of 12,000 feet, the Yao have ingeniously adapted to their landscape by carefully constructing terraced rice paddies that hang off the sides of steep cliffs. The family unit is very important to the Yao, and divorce is a rare occurrence among them. The Yao religion is a combination of ancestor worship and exorcism of ghosts. They are a people living in gross spiritual darkness, crying out to a host of gods who can neither hear them nor help them. More than half of the Yao have never once heard the name of Jesus.
The Yao reside in mountainous areas, making access somewhat difficult. More importantly, they have a worldview that is different from the scriptural worldview. Their worldview can be viewed as "pre-scriptural", however, a preparation.
Pray that Han Chinese believers in Christ will be burdened to carry the Gospel to the Yao peoples. Pray that ethnic hostilities will be overcome.
The Yao are a large people group, and there are some Christian believers among them. Pray for these believers to faithfully fellowship together, and come to an accurate understanding of the Gospel of grace. Pray they will be zealous to learn of Christ, and follow him.
Pray that the Yao people will be set free from the spiritual bondage they have been in for generations. Pray for the light of the Gospel of Christ to deeply penetrate the darkness.
"And those who lead many to righteousness [will shine] like the stars for ever and ever." Daniel 12:3