The Yagua are indigenous to Peru and are scattered throughout the northwest Amazon. They originally lived in oval-shaped houses near rivers with a roof that extended to the ground. Because of flooding and western influence, they raise their houses on stilts.
The Yagua believe the supernatural influences all of nature. Spirits animate the natural and supernatural world and can live in natural things on earth, such as trees, water, and earth. These spirits can be either good or bad, and a shaman mediates between them and the people. Though some have accepted Christianity, most still practice and believe the traditional religion.
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- Pray God softens the hearts of the Yagua.
“I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the LORD. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart” (Jeremiah 24:7, NIV).
- Pray God would perform miracles before them.
“You are the God who performs miracles;
you display your power among the peoples” (Psalm 77:14, NIV).
- Pray for workers who will plant churches and minister to the Yagua.
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