Growing Up Yanomamö Today: By Faith, Not by Sight

Growing Up Yanomamö Today: By Faith, Not by Sight

by Mike Dawson

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Following in his parents’ footsteps, Mike Dawson continues missionary work in the jungles of Venezuela despite the hardships presented under a socialistic dictator.


Dawson’s love for the Yanomamö people is clearly seen through the many stories in this sequel to Growing Up Yanomamö. Whether hunting and fishing together or sending out evangelistic teams of indigenous believers to remote parts of the rainforest, Dawson descriptions will provide a front-row seat to this work without the mosquitos or fear of malaria. The medical aspect of the work has been crippled by the lack of air support which was taken away by the government. Indeed, Dawson’s first wife and daughter died from malaria as has too many of the Yanomamö people when being able to get to medical support might have saved them.


Ex-witchdoctors and other tribal members also share stories in their own words. Readers will be surprised to find a dark connection between shamen’s demons and Pokémon, and should take heed. Haunted houses, also addressed by an ex-witchdoctor, will be a cause for concern after reading his insight. Readers will gain knowledge of what it must be liked to be indwelt with demons controlling one’s life. But the good news is that there have been more conversions to the gospel of Jesus Christ in the last ten years than in the previous fifty years. “This is a message of hope, with a future. The demons offer me neither hope nor a future.” – witchdoctor


Insects and wild animals are part of the daily life of a missionary in the jungle, as is travelling by river in all sorts of weather. Dawson shares how God provides safety, food, and even fuel which is scarce in this oil rich county. “God has a plan for this country, this ministry, and our precious Yanomamö and the many other tribes in Amazonas State that have been abandoned,” says Dawson.


Filled with drama and humor, Growing Up Yanomamö Today is inspiring and a book not to be missed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781602650633
Publisher: Grace Acres, Inc.
Publication date: 07/15/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 354
Sales rank: 1,052,007
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Born in a small missionary base, TamaTama, on the Orinoco River, Mike is the fifth of ten children of Joe and Millie Dawson, who were among the first missionaries to the Yanomamö tribe. His first language was Yanomamö

Table of Contents

Introduction...... 1

  1. Jungle Plagues and Other Scary Moments in the Home............... 5
  2. The Finality of Death and the Comfort of the Gospel .... 17
  3. Embarrassing Moments............. 33
  4. Theology Yanomamö Style 47
  5. Bautista and Pokémon............. 67
  6. Shock and Live     83
  7. Jemoshawä   95
  8. Yanomamö Humor............... 111
  9. “Vacation” in the Jungle..... 125
  10. Letters Home................ 141
  11. Our God Is an Awesome God!.................. 159
  12. Medical Problems........... 173
  13. Trying to Reestablish Air Support............. 183
  14. Bible Seminars........... 207
  15. Prayer of Jabez, Yanomamö Style     221
  16. Stymied in La Esmeralda 235
  17. Travels and Travails...... 249
  18. Hunting and Fishing Stories     267
  19. Outreach Trips.................. 285
  20. Keila's Path to Citizenship     307
  21. A Tale of Two Shamans and an Argument for Eternal

Security........ 323

Epilogue............ 335

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