Country: Rwanda

Number of People Groups


People Groups Unreached

3 (25.0%)




Population in Unreached

21,000 (0.2%)

Literacy Rate

71 %

Largest Religion

% Professing Christian


% Evangelical

Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Indigenous Primary Language Progress
Primary Religion % Christian
 Arab 2,500 793,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 2.00 % 0.30 %
Deaf Unknown Unknown Language unknown Christianity 89.00 % 26.90 %
Fleming 3,600 6,590,000 Vlaams Christianity 65.00 % 8.00 %
 French 600 49,762,000 French Christianity 69.00 % 1.00 %
 Gujarati, Indians 1,200 2,266,000 Gujarati Hinduism 0.60 % 0.10 %
Hima 12,000 3,626,000 Nyankore Christianity 96.00 % 4.00 %
Hutu, Rundi 555,000 11,351,000 Rundi Christianity 92.00 % 24.00 %
 Hutu, Rwandese 9,996,000 11,519,000 Kinyarwanda Christianity 90.00 % 28.00 %
 Lingala, Congolese 62,000 4,330,000 Lingala Christianity 96.00 % 18.00 %
 Pygmy, Twa 224,000 395,000 Kinyarwanda Ethnic Religions 9.00 % 6.00 %
 Swahili 17,000 930,000 Swahili Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Tutsi 1,168,000 3,704,000 Kinyarwanda Christianity 95.00 % 20.00 %
  Totals:  12 12,044,000       3   88.94 % 26.50 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 116,000              
  UN Country Population (2017) 12,160,000              
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Language Code # Peoples
# Unreached
NT Text
NT Audio
Jesus Film
Arabic, North Levantine Spoken apc 1 1 Bible Portions
French fra 1 0 Complete Bible
Gujarati guj 1 1 Complete Bible
Kinyarwanda kin 3 0 Complete Bible
Lingala lin 1 0 Complete Bible
Nyankore nyn 1 0 Complete Bible
Rundi run 1 0 Complete Bible
Swahili swh 1 1 Complete Bible
Unknown xxx 1 0
Vlaams vls 1 0 Bible Portions
Totals: 10 12 3   3 7 7 9 4

0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 26.5 %)
88.9 %
Ethnic Religions
4.5 %
0.0 %
4.9 %
1.7 %
Other / Small Religions
0.0 %
0.0 %

12.1 %
1.9 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
32.8 %
Roman Catholic
53.1 %

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 Rwanda. 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 Rwanda
  • Christian ministry in Rwanda
  • 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 Rwanda 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
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
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
Rwanda Statistics
People Groups 12
Unreached People Groups 3  (25.0%)
Population 12,044,000
Population in Unreached 21,000  (0.2%)
Pioneer Workers Needed * 3 to 6
Urbanization 28%
Continent Africa
Region East and Southern Africa
10/40 Window No
Country Code RW
Official National Language Kinyarwanda
Secondary National Language French
Literacy Rate 71%
Estimated Illiterate Population 3,493,000
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Christian Adherent 88.9%
Percent Evangelical 26.5%
Country Progress Level 5
Persecution Ranking Not ranked
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