Country: Malawi

Number of People Groups

26

People Groups Unreached

4 (15.4%)

Official
Language

Total
Population

18,226,000

Population in Unreached

2,007,000 (11.0%)

Literacy Rate

66 %

Largest Religion

% Professing Christian

69.5%

% Evangelical

17.17%
Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Progress
Scale
Primary Religion % Christian
Adherent
%
Evangelical
 Afrikaner 3,500 4,146,000 Afrikaans Christianity 95.00 % 9.00 %
 British 10,000 51,834,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 8.00 %
Deaf Unknown Unknown Language unknown Christianity 76.00 % 19.60 %
 French 1,700 49,762,000 French Christianity 62.00 % 1.00 %
 Greek 5,300 10,798,000 Greek Christianity 92.00 % 0.40 %
 Gujarati 52,000 2,266,000 Gujarati Hinduism 0.50 % 0.10 %
 Kachchi, Asian 13,000 152,000 Kacchi Islam 2.00 % 0.30 %
Kokola 309,000 472,000 Kokola Christianity 60.00 % 7.00 %
 Lambya 70,000 194,000 Lambya Christianity 65.00 % 8.00 %
Lomwe, Nguru 991,000 991,000 Lomwe, Malawi Christianity 85.00 % 14.00 %
Ndali 99,000 501,000 Ndali Christianity 75.00 % 7.00 %
 Ngoni, Malawi 1,903,000 1,903,000 Chichewa Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 5.00 %
 Nyakyusa, Ngonde 190,000 1,564,000 Nyakyusa-Ngonde Christianity 92.00 % 13.00 %
 Nyanja, Chewa 8,512,000 12,459,000 Chichewa Christianity 80.00 % 27.00 %
Nyiha 12,000 12,000 Nyiha, Malawi Christianity 60.00 % 4.00 %
Nyika 6,000 15,000 Nyika Christianity 75.00 % 4.00 %
 Portuguese 18,000 17,301,000 Portuguese Christianity 94.00 % 3.00 %
 Sena 598,000 598,000 Sena, Malawi Christianity 58.00 % 12.00 %
Senga 32,000 171,000 Tumbuka Christianity 75.00 % 12.00 %
 Shona 88,000 1,184,000 Shona Christianity 75.00 % 5.00 %
 Swahili 3,600 930,000 Swahili Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Tonga 346,000 346,000 Tonga Christianity 97.00 % 15.00 %
 Tumbuka, Phoka 2,648,000 3,163,000 Tumbuka Christianity 97.00 % 14.00 %
Yao, Christian 310,000 510,000 Yao Christianity 98.00 % 4.00 %
 Yao, Muslim 1,938,000 2,723,000 Yao Islam 1.00 % 0.50 %
 Zulu 68,000 13,350,000 Zulu Christianity 96.00 % 15.00 %
  Totals:  26 18,226,000       4   69.52 % 17.17 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 73,000              
  UN Country Population (2017) 18,299,000              
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Language Code # Peoples
Primary
Language
# Unreached
Primary
Language
Bible
Status
NT Text
Online
NT Audio
Online
Jesus Film
Online
Audio
Recordings
Online
Gospel
Tract
Online
Afrikaans afr 1 0 Complete
Chichewa nya 2 0 Complete
English eng 1 0 Complete
French fra 1 0 Complete
Greek ell 1 0 Complete
Gujarati guj 1 1 Complete
Kacchi kfr 1 1 NT
Kokola kzn 1 0
Lambya lai 1 0 NT
Lomwe, Malawi lon 1 0 NT
Ndali ndh 1 0 Portions
Nyakyusa-Ngonde nyy 1 0 Complete
Nyiha, Malawi nyr 1 0
Nyika nkv 1 0
Portuguese por 1 0 Complete
Sena, Malawi swk 1 0 Complete
Shona sna 1 0 Complete
Swahili swh 1 1 Complete
Tonga tog 1 0 Complete
Tumbuka tum 2 0 Complete
Unknown xxx 1 0
Yao yao 2 1 Complete
Zulu zul 1 0 Complete
Totals: 23 26 4   9 14 18 18 10

RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 17.2 %)
69.5 %
Ethnic Religions
10.7 %
Hinduism
0.2 %
Islam
19.1 %
Non-Religious
0.5 %
Other / Small Religions
0.0 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
1.7 %
Independent
9.2 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
41.8 %
Roman Catholic
47.2 %
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 Malawi. 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 Malawi
  • Christian ministry in Malawi
  • 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 Malawi 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
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
Malawi Statistics
People Groups 26
Unreached People Groups 4  (15.4%)
Population 18,226,000
Population in Unreached 2,007,000  (11.0%)
Pioneer Workers Needed * 43 to 51
Urbanization 16%
Continent Africa
Region East and Southern Africa
10/40 Window No
Country Code MI
Official National Language English
Secondary National Language Chichewa
Literacy Rate 66%
Estimated Illiterate Population 6,197,000
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Christian Adherent 69.5%
Percent Evangelical 17.2%
Country Progress Level 5
Persecution Ranking Not ranked
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