Country: Zambia

Number of People Groups

83

People Groups Unreached

3

Total Population

15,210,000

Unreached Population

55,000

% Professing Christian

82.9%

% Evangelical

21.0 %

Largest Religion

Official Language

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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Progress
Scale
Primary Language Primary Religion % Professing
Christian
%
Evangelical
Indigenous
 Afrikaner 61,000 3,749,000 Afrikaans Christianity 94.0 % 20.0 %
Ambo 3,800 3,800 Lala-Bisa Christianity 90.0 % 5.0 %
 Arab, Lebanese 2,300 10,561,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 32.0 % 0.5 %
 Bemba 3,297,000 4,058,000 Bemba Christianity 97.0 % 28.0 %
Bisa 184,000 184,000 Lala-Bisa Christianity 95.0 % 22.0 %
 British 7,500 49,252,000 English Christianity 60.0 % 8.8 %
Buka-Khwe 300 300 Bukwen E Ethnic Religions 8.0 % 3.0 %
Bwile 46,000 64,000 Bwile Christianity 95.0 % 19.0 %
Chokwe 92,000 2,217,000 Cokwe Christianity 60.0 % 12.0 %
Cishinga 63,000 63,000 Bemba Christianity 80.0 % 12.0 %
 Coloured 7,600 5,935,000 Bemba Christianity 80.0 % 3.0 %
Deaf Unknown 0 Zambian Sign Language Christianity 87.0 % 25.7 %
 French 4,600 41,867,000 French Christianity 61.0 % 1.0 %
 Greek 6,100 10,824,000 Greek Christianity 91.0 % 0.4 %
 Gujarati 26,000 1,721,000 Gujarati Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Han Chinese, Mandarin 30,000 860,021,000 Chinese, Mandarin Non-Religious 9.0 % 5.7 %
 Ila 91,000 91,000 Ila Christianity 60.0 % 17.0 %
 Italian 7,700 39,354,000 Italian Christianity 82.0 % 1.1 %
Iwa 55,000 55,000 Nyamwanga Christianity 80.0 % 13.0 %
 Jew 2,100 5,994,000 English E Ethnic Religions 0.0 % 0.0 %
Kabende 105,000 105,000 Bemba Christianity 95.0 % 16.0 %
Kaonde 264,000 322,000 Kaonde Christianity 90.0 % 28.0 %
Kunda 63,000 237,000 Kunda E Ethnic Religions 45.0 % 13.0 %
Kwandi 30,000 30,000 Luyana E Ethnic Religions 45.0 % 6.0 %
Kwanga 61,000 61,000 Luyana E Ethnic Religions 45.0 % 10.0 %
 Kxoe, Khwe, Xun 400 7,800 Khwe E Ethnic Religions 8.0 % 3.0 %
 Lala 456,000 528,000 Lala-Bisa Christianity 95.0 % 22.0 %
 Lamba 244,000 273,000 Lamba Christianity 94.0 % 22.0 %
Lamba-Lima 44,000 44,000 Lamba Christianity 95.0 % 22.0 %
 Lambya, Rambia 11,000 165,000 Lambya Christianity 97.0 % 13.0 %
Lenje 199,000 199,000 Lenje Christianity 70.0 % 17.0 %
Leya 11,000 11,000 Tonga E Ethnic Religions 30.0 % 4.0 %
 Lozi, Rotse 778,000 1,002,000 Lozi Christianity 83.0 % 19.0 %
Luano 11,000 11,000 Lala-Bisa Christianity 80.0 % 8.0 %
 Luchazi 113,000 621,000 Lucazi Christianity 80.0 % 40.0 %
Lukolwe 74,000 74,000 Nkoya Christianity 55.0 % 18.0 %
Lunda, Luapula 120,000 120,000 Bemba Christianity 93.0 % 18.0 %
 Lunda, Northwest 643,000 1,086,000 Lunda Christianity 88.0 % 21.0 %
 Luvale 214,000 1,138,000 Luvale Christianity 60.0 % 26.0 %
Luyana, Lui 131,000 213,000 Luyana Christianity 80.0 % 18.0 %
 Mambwe 483,000 921,000 Mambwe-Lungu Christianity 75.0 % 21.0 %
Mashi, Shi 800 1,214,000 Shi E Ethnic Religions 10.0 % 4.0 %
 Masi, Mashi 78,000 81,000 Mashi E Ethnic Religions 40.0 % 13.0 %
Mbowe 10,000 10,000 Mbowe E Ethnic Religions 45.0 % 8.0 %
 Mbukushu 6,600 58,000 Mbukushu Christianity 90.0 % 20.0 %
Mbunda 207,000 427,000 Mbunda Christianity 50.0 % 27.0 %
Mukulu 25,000 25,000 Bemba Christianity 80.0 % 13.0 %
 Namwanga 223,000 414,000 Nyamwanga Christianity 90.0 % 20.0 %
 Ndebele 8,500 1,855,000 Ndebele Christianity 60.0 % 4.0 %
Ng'umbo 158,000 158,000 Bemba Christianity 99.0 % 25.0 %
Ngoni 739,000 1,182,000 Chichewa E Ethnic Religions 40.0 % 5.0 %
 Nkoya, Lambya 100,000 100,000 Nkoya Christianity 60.0 % 25.0 %
Nsenga 720,000 1,035,000 Nsenga Christianity 89.0 % 18.0 %
 Nyanja 1,039,000 12,314,000 Chichewa Christianity 97.0 % 25.0 %
Nyiha, Nyasa Nyika 454,000 1,127,000 Nyiha, Tanzania E Ethnic Religions 40.0 % 9.0 %
Nyika 5,900 12,000 Nyika Christianity 75.0 % 4.0 %
 Portuguese 3,200 15,392,000 Portuguese Christianity 94.0 % 3.0 %
Sala 43,000 43,000 Sala E Ethnic Religions 45.0 % 11.0 %
Senga 76,000 106,000 Tumbuka Christianity 75.0 % 12.0 %
 Serb 3,000 10,776,000 Serbian Christianity 80.0 % 0.6 %
Shasha, Mashasha 7,400 7,400 Nkoya Christianity 60.0 % 6.0 %
 Shona 43,000 3,131,000 Shona Christianity 60.0 % 12.0 %
Simaa 40,000 40,000 Simaa E Ethnic Religions 45.0 % 9.0 %
Simaa-Imilangu, Mdundulu 22,000 22,000 Simaa Christianity 75.0 % 14.0 %
Simaa-Makoma 46,000 46,000 Simaa E Ethnic Religions 40.0 % 10.0 %
Simaa-Mwenyi 22,000 22,000 Simaa E Ethnic Religions 45.0 % 12.0 %
Simaa-Nyengo 38,000 38,000 Simaa Christianity 55.0 % 10.0 %
 Soli 114,000 114,000 Soli Christianity 55.0 % 18.0 %
Subia 20,000 55,000 Kuhane E Ethnic Religions 45.0 % 7.0 %
 Swahili 27,000 6,986,000 Swahili Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
Swaka 91,000 91,000 Lala-Bisa Christianity 84.0 % 18.0 %
Tabwa 99,000 968,000 Taabwa Christianity 63.0 % 14.0 %
Tabwa, Shila, Sila 19,000 19,000 Taabwa Christianity 90.0 % 12.0 %
Tambo 26,000 55,000 Mbula-Bwazza Christianity 60.0 % 6.0 %
 Toka 17,000 17,000 Tonga E Ethnic Religions 45.0 % 7.0 %
Tonga, Plateau 737,000 737,000 Tonga Christianity 95.0 % 17.0 %
 Tonga, Zambezi 997,000 1,154,000 Tonga Christianity 94.0 % 27.0 %
Totela 49,000 49,000 Totela E Ethnic Religions 45.0 % 6.0 %
 Tumbuka 649,000 3,176,000 Tumbuka Christianity 87.0 % 20.0 %
Unga 52,000 52,000 Bemba Christianity 95.0 % 21.0 %
 Ushi, Aushi 139,000 468,000 Aushi Christianity 90.0 % 24.0 %
Yauma 7,500 36,000 Yauma Christianity 80.0 % 7.0 %
Yombe 4,700 4,700 Tumbuka Christianity 90.0 % 3.0 %
  Totals:  83 15,210,000 3       82.9 % 21.0 %  
  Unclassified / Other Individuals: 119,000  
  UN Country Population (2015) 15,329,000  

RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 21.0 %)
82.9 %
Ethnic Religions
14.7 %
Hinduism
0.0 %
Islam
1.2 %
Non-Religious
0.2 %
Other / Small Religions
1.0 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
0.2 %
Independent
20.8 %
Orthodox
0.1 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
43.0 %
Roman Catholic
35.9 %
Notes:

Major Religions: Religion percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all people groups who live in each country. The number of individuals who practice each religion, by people group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total population to derive the religion's percentage.

Christianity Segments: Christian segment percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all the People Group who lives in each country. The number of individuals who practice each segment of Christianity, by People Group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total population to derive the Christian segment's percentage.

Networking Possibilities

Search the Web
There are many agencies and churches looking for additional staff to help them in their mission and calling in Zambia. Internet searches are probably the best way to find these organizations. The following are some example search topics you might try:

  • Church planting agencies in Zambia
  • Christian ministry in Zambia
  • Business as mission
  • Christian literature distribution
  • Evangelism agencies
  • Christian discipleship
  • Short term Christian missions
  • Long term Christian missions
  • Urban ministries
  • Christian media opportunities
  • Bible translation opportunities
  • Relief and development agencies
  • Clean water projects
  • Christian medical outreaches

Ministry Listing
Below is a partial list of ministries that may work in Zambia or East and Southern Africa. The lists below do not include all ministries at work in this country or region. This data is from circa 2006-2008 and is not being maintained by Joshua Project. There are likely many excellent ministries not listed here. Inclusion here is not an endorsement by Joshua Project.
In East and Southern Africa Size
ABWE (Association of Baptists for World Evangelism) Large
Advancing Renewal Ministries, Inc. Medium
Anglican Frontier Missions Small
Assemblies of God World Missions Large
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, World Missions Medium
Awana Clubs, International Medium
Baptist Bible Fellowship, International Medium
Baptist International Missions, Inc. (BIMI) Medium
Baptist Mid-Missions Medium
BCM International Medium
Bible League Medium
Campus Crusade for Christ, International Large
Child Evangelism Fellowship Medium
Church of God of Prophecy Medium
Church of the Nazarene World Mission Department Medium
Church World Service Medium
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Medium
EFCA International Mission Medium
EQUIP Foundation Small
Evangelical Covenant Church Medium
Every Home for Christ Medium
Final Frontiers Foundation Large
Free Methodist World Missions Medium
Friends in Action, International Small
Galcom International Small
Globe International Medium
GO International Small
Go Ye Fellowship Medium
Good News Productions Medium
Heart of God Ministries Medium
Hope for the Hungry Medium
InterComm Small
Iris Ministries, Inc. Medium
Josue Yrion World Evangelism and Missions Small
Mailbox Club International Small
Middle East Media Medium
Open Bible Churches Small
Overland Missions Small
Pentecostal Church of God World Missions Small
Scripture Union Medium
Seventh-day Adventists General Conference Medium
Silent Word Ministries Small
Southern Baptist Convention - International Mission Board Large
Talking Bibles International Small
Team Expansion Medium
Tentmakers International Small
United Methodist Church Medium
United Pentecostal Church Foreign Missions Medium
United World Mission Medium
Worldwide Tentmakers, Incorporated Small
Young Life Medium
Youth with a Mission Large


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