Christmas in Malawi

Monday, November 28, 2011
In Malawi Christmas time is a special opportunity for local Christians (about 80% of the population) to share the exciting news of the birth of Jesus with their Yao neighbours. With temperatures around 20-30C, the community enjoys lots of warm weather activities: dancing, swimming in the lake and a nice goat roast.

 

“Christmas is recognised by both Yao Muslims and Christians in the local community,” says Amos, Feba’s Yao programme producer in Malawi. “It’s quite fascinating how local Yao people celebrate Christmas.”

“During this time of year, they buy drinks and biscuits. They buy new clothes. In our community they gather at one place where both Yao Muslims and Christians celebrate Christmas together by dancing.”

Producers Amos and Richard have been hard at work this year in the studio near the southern tip of Lake Malawi*, producing daily programmes in the local Yao language for broadcast on FM and short wave. With the support of the newly accredited Feba Malawi board and recent training, they are planning to develop more local community-based and live programming, especially this Christmas.

The short wave programmes will have the theme: The Prince of Peace has come. “In these programmes we will share with people that they should reflect upon the peace that Jesus brings to the broken world,” says Amos. Pray that Yao listeners will meet the Prince of Peace through these special Christmas programmes.

On FM, they are discussing the theme: What does the birth of Jesus mean to your life? Amos says: “In these programmes we will share how the Son of God came to take away the sins of the world.” Please pray that many Yao listeners will meet the Saviour Jesus, accepting his gift of saving grace during this Christmas season.

 

[* In the summer of 2010 Amos and Richard moved from Blantyre (where they had been producing short wave programmes for years) to the area 200 km north into Feba’s FM Malawi studio, the heart of where the Yao live.]

 

 

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