Country: Madagascar

Number of People Groups

40

People Groups Unreached

10 (25.0%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

26,879,000

Population in Unreached

232,000 (0.9%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent

49.7%

% Evangelical

6.10%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

3.5%
Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Primary Religion Progress
Scale
% Christian
Adherent
% Evangelical Est. Workers
Needed *
Anjatsy 42,000 42,000 Malagasy, Plateau Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 0.50 % -
 Antaifasy 221,000 221,000 Malagasy, Plateau Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 1.69 % -
 Antaimoro 1,153,000 1,153,000 Malagasy, Plateau Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 2.34 % -
Antambahoaka 103,000 103,000 Malagasy, Plateau Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 4.00 % -
 Antandroy 1,188,000 1,188,000 Malagasy, Tandroy-Mahafaly Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 1.97 % -
 Antankarana 192,000 192,000 Malagasy, Antankarana Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 0.74 % -
 Antanosy 793,000 793,000 Malagasy, Tanosy Christianity 53.00 % 0.84 % -
Antemanambondro 78,000 78,000 Malagasy, Plateau Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 11.00 % -
Antesaka 1,710,000 1,710,000 Malagasy, Tesaka Ethnic Religions 28.00 % 2.32 % -
 Arab, Yemeni 54,000 7,164,000 Arabic, Taizzi-Adeni Spoken Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Bara 891,000 903,000 Malagasy, Bara Christianity 55.00 % 1.85 % -
 Betsileo 4,359,000 4,359,000 Malagasy, Plateau Christianity 94.00 % 16.63 % -
 Betsimisaraka, North 1,562,000 1,562,000 Malagasy, Northern Betsimisaraka Ethnic Religions 35.00 % 1.21 % -
 Betsimisaraka, South 3,033,000 3,033,000 Malagasy, Southern Betsimisaraka Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 6.65 % -
Bezanozano 224,000 224,000 Malagasy, Plateau Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 15.00 % -
 Bushi 1,800 69,000 Bushi Islam 4.00 % 1.00 % 1
 Chinese, general 68,000 15,617,000 Chinese, Mandarin Non-Religious 8.00 % 5.70 % -
Comorian, Maore 5,500 179,000 Comorian, Maore Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Comorian, Mwali 1,800 44,000 Comorian, Mwali Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Comorian, Ndzwani 14,000 379,000 Comorian, Ndzwani Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Comorian, Ngazidja 15,000 431,000 Comorian, Ngazidja Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Deaf 270,000 46,963,000 Madagascar Sign Language Christianity 53.53 % -
 French 163,000 50,163,000 French Christianity 61.00 % 1.00 % -
 Gujarati, Karana 87,000 2,347,000 Gujarati Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 2
Karimbola 150,000 150,000 Malagasy, Plateau Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 4.00 % -
 Korean, North 16,000 80,722,000 Korean Non-Religious 1.00 % 1.00 % 1
 Mahafaly 389,000 389,000 Malagasy, Tandroy-Mahafaly Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 1.09 % -
 Malay 32,000 16,968,000 Malay Islam 0.50 % 0.10 % 1
 Masikoro 677,000 677,000 Malagasy, Masikoro Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 0.48 % -
Mauritian 3,500 1,077,000 Morisyen Christianity 55.00 % 1.20 % -
 Merina-Vakinankaratra 2,687,000 2,687,000 Malagasy, Plateau Christianity 90.00 % 14.41 % -
Reunionese Creole 108,000 627,000 Reunion Creole French Christianity 87.00 % 5.90 % -
Sahafatra 112,000 112,000 Malagasy, Plateau Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 2.00 % -
 Sakalava 1,849,000 1,849,000 Malagasy, Sakalava Ethnic Religions 35.00 % 1.81 % -
 Sihanaka 671,000 671,000 Malagasy, Plateau Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 1.94 % -
 Swahili 5,400 1,759,000 Swahili Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Tanala 1,350,000 1,350,000 Malagasy, Plateau Ethnic Religions 22.00 % 1.04 % -
 Tsimihety 2,149,000 2,149,000 Malagasy, Tsimihety Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 1.93 % -
 Vezo 335,000 336,000 Malagasy, Sakalava Ethnic Religions 35.00 % 1.80 % -
Zafisoro 120,000 120,000 Malagasy, Plateau Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 0.50 % -
  Totals:  40 26,879,000         10 49.73 % 6.10 % 11 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 90,000                
  UN Country Population (2019) 26,969,000                

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State Population People Groups Unreached
Groups
% Unreached
Peoples
Population
in Unreached
% Population
Unreached
Districts
Country:   26,879,000 40 10 25.0 % 232,000 0.9 % 0

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Class Population % Popl % Hindu % Muslim % Christian % Buddhist % Sikh % Other
 
Forward Caste (FC) 289,167,000 1,075.8 % 97.4 % 0.0 % 1.1 % 0.0 % 0.0 % 1.5 %
 
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 753,926,000 2,804.9 % 70.9 % 24.0 % 1.7 % 0.2 % 2.5 % 0.8 %
 
Scheduled Caste (SC) 200,921,000 747.5 % 94.4 % 0.0 % 0.5 % 2.8 % 2.3 % 0.0 %
 
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 116,285,000 432.6 % 81.8 % 1.5 % 9.2 % 0.8 % 0.0 % 6.7 %
26,879,000
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Language Code # Peoples
Primary
Language
# Unreached
Primary
Language
Scripture
Status
NT Text
Online
NT Audio
Online
Jesus Film
Online
Audio
Recordings
Online
Gospel
Tract
Online
Arabic, Taizzi-Adeni Spoken acq 1 1 Bible Portions
Bushi buc 1 1 Translation Started
Chinese, Mandarin cmn 1 0 Complete Bible
Comorian, Maore swb 1 1 New Testament
Comorian, Mwali wlc 1 1 Translation Started
Comorian, Ndzwani wni 1 1 Bible Portions
Comorian, Ngazidja zdj 1 1 Bible Portions
French fra 1 0 Complete Bible
Gujarati guj 1 1 Complete Bible
Korean kor 1 1 Complete Bible
Madagascar Sign Language mzc 1 0 Translation Needed
Malagasy, Antankarana xmv 1 0 Bible Portions
Malagasy, Bara bhr 1 0 Bible Portions
Malagasy, Masikoro msh 1 0 Bible Portions
Malagasy, Northern Betsimisaraka bmm 1 0 Bible Portions
Malagasy, Plateau plt 13 0 Complete Bible
Malagasy, Sakalava skg 2 0 Bible Portions
Malagasy, Southern Betsimisaraka bzc 1 0 Bible Portions
Malagasy, Tandroy-Mahafaly tdx 2 0 Bible Portions
Malagasy, Tanosy txy 1 0 Bible Portions
Malagasy, Tesaka tkg 1 0 Bible Portions
Malagasy, Tsimihety xmw 1 0 Bible Portions
Malay zlm 1 1 Complete Bible
Morisyen mfe 1 0 New Testament
Reunion Creole French rcf 1 0 Bible Portions
Swahili swh 1 1 Complete Bible
Totals: 26 40 10   8 8 22 19 7

MAJOR RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 6.1 %)
49.7 %
Ethnic Religions
43.0 %
Hinduism
0.1 %
Islam
6.5 %
Non-Religious
0.4 %
Other / Small Religions
0.2 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
0.9 %
Independent
11.1 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
42.5 %
Roman Catholic
44.4 %
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 groups who live 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 number of Christians 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 Madagascar. 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 Madagascar
  • Christian ministry in Madagascar
  • 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 Madagascar or Africa, East and Southern. 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 Africa, East and Southern Size
ABWE (Association of Baptists for World Evangelism) Large
Action International Ministries Medium
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
Global Partners / Wesleyan World Missions Medium
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
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
Madagascar Statistics
People Groups 40
Unreached People Groups 10  (25.0%)
Population 26,879,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 2.8%
Population in Unreached 232,000  (0.9%)
Pioneer Workers Needed * 11
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Christian Adherent 49.7%
Percent Evangelical 6.1%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 3.5%
Country Progress Level 4
Urbanization 37%
Continent Africa
Region Africa, East and Southern
10/40 Window No
Country Code MA
Official Language(s) Malagasy, PlateauFrench
Literacy Rate 65%
Estimated Illiterate Population 9,408,000
Persecution Ranking Not ranked
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* An estimate of the number of pioneer workers needed for initial church planting among unreached people groups. Estimates are calculated only for unreached people groups and are based on ratio of 1 worker for every 50,000 individuals living in an unreached people group. Some workers may already be onsite. The country estimate is a summation of the unreached people group estimates. Many more workers are needed beyond this initial estimate.