Country: Zambia

Number of People Groups

79

People Groups Unreached

4 (5.1%)

Total Population

16,615,000

Unreached Population

63,000 (0.4%)

% Professing Christian

83.5%

% Evangelical

23.29 %

Largest Religion

Literacy Rate

71 %

10/40 Window

Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Progress
Scale
Primary Religion % Professing
Christian
%
Evangelical
 Afrikaner 66,000 4,090,000 Afrikaans Christianity 94.00 % 20.00 %
Ambo 4,100 4,100 Lala-Bisa Christianity 90.00 % 5.00 %
 Arab, Lebanese 2,500 11,260,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 32.00 % 0.50 %
 Bemba 3,890,000 4,716,000 Bemba Christianity 97.00 % 35.00 %
Bisa 199,000 199,000 Lala-Bisa Christianity 95.00 % 22.00 %
 British 8,100 51,662,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 8.80 %
Bwile 50,000 69,000 Bwile Christianity 95.00 % 19.00 %
Chokwe 100,000 2,467,000 Cokwe Christianity 60.00 % 12.00 %
Cishinga 68,000 68,000 Bemba Christianity 80.00 % 12.00 %
 Coloured 8,200 6,288,000 Bemba Christianity 80.00 % 3.00 %
Deaf Unknown Unknown Zambian Sign Language Christianity 87.00 % 25.70 %
 French 4,900 49,469,000 French Christianity 61.00 % 1.00 %
 Greek 6,600 10,772,000 Greek Christianity 91.00 % 0.40 %
 Gujarati 28,000 1,639,000 Gujarati Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Han Chinese, Mandarin 33,000 854,535,000 Chinese, Mandarin Non-Religious 9.00 % 5.70 %
 Ila 98,000 98,000 Ila Christianity 60.00 % 17.00 %
 Italian 8,400 38,042,000 Italian Christianity 82.00 % 1.10 %
Iwa 59,000 59,000 Nyamwanga Christianity 80.00 % 13.00 %
 Jew, English Speaking 2,200 6,095,000 English Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
Kabende 114,000 114,000 Bemba Christianity 95.00 % 16.00 %
Kaonde 286,000 351,000 Kaonde Christianity 90.00 % 28.00 %
Kunda 68,000 260,000 Kunda Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 13.00 %
 Kxoe, Khwe, Xun 400 9,200 Khwe Ethnic Religions 8.00 % 3.00 %
 Lala 494,000 574,000 Lala-Bisa Christianity 95.00 % 22.00 %
 Lamba 264,000 296,000 Lamba Christianity 94.00 % 22.00 %
Lamba-Lima 48,000 48,000 Lamba Christianity 95.00 % 22.00 %
 Lambya, Rambia 12,000 172,000 Lambya Christianity 97.00 % 13.00 %
Lenje 215,000 215,000 Lenje Christianity 70.00 % 17.00 %
Leya 12,000 12,000 Tonga Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 4.00 %
 Lozi, Rotse 843,000 1,088,000 Lozi Christianity 83.00 % 19.00 %
Luano 12,000 12,000 Lala-Bisa Christianity 80.00 % 8.00 %
 Luchazi 123,000 353,000 Lucazi Christianity 80.00 % 40.00 %
Lukolwe 81,000 81,000 Nkoya Christianity 55.00 % 18.00 %
Lunda, Luapula 129,000 129,000 Bemba Christianity 93.00 % 18.00 %
 Lunda, Northwest 697,000 1,190,000 Lunda Christianity 88.00 % 21.00 %
 Luvale 232,000 1,259,000 Luvale Christianity 60.00 % 26.00 %
Luyana 3,100 3,100 Luyana Christianity 80.00 % 18.00 %
 Mambwe 524,000 984,000 Mambwe-Lungu Christianity 75.00 % 21.00 %
 Masi, Mashi 84,000 88,000 Mashi Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 13.00 %
Mbowe 11,000 11,000 Mbowe Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 8.00 %
 Mbukushu 7,200 64,000 Mbukushu Christianity 90.00 % 20.00 %
Mbunda 224,000 468,000 Mbunda Christianity 50.00 % 27.00 %
Mukulu 27,000 27,000 Bemba Christianity 80.00 % 13.00 %
 Namwanga 242,000 443,000 Nyamwanga Christianity 90.00 % 20.00 %
 Ndebele 9,200 1,988,000 Ndebele Christianity 60.00 % 4.00 %
Ng'umbo 171,000 171,000 Bemba Christianity 99.00 % 25.00 %
Ngoni 800,000 1,271,000 Chichewa Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 5.00 %
 Nkoya, Lambya 109,000 109,000 Nkoya Christianity 60.00 % 25.00 %
 Nsenga 780,000 1,133,000 Nsenga Christianity 89.00 % 18.00 %
 Nyanja 1,180,000 12,857,000 Chichewa Christianity 97.00 % 30.00 %
Nyiha, Nyasa Nyika 491,000 1,198,000 Nyiha, Tanzania Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 9.00 %
Nyika 6,400 12,000 Nyika Christianity 75.00 % 4.00 %
 Portuguese 3,400 15,076,000 Portuguese Christianity 94.00 % 3.00 %
Sala 46,000 46,000 Sala Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 11.00 %
Senga 82,000 113,000 Tumbuka Christianity 75.00 % 12.00 %
 Serb 3,300 7,848,000 Serbian Christianity 80.00 % 0.60 %
Shasha, Mashasha 8,100 8,100 Nkoya Christianity 60.00 % 6.00 %
 Shona 47,000 1,167,000 Shona Christianity 60.00 % 12.00 %
Simaa 43,000 43,000 Simaa Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 9.00 %
Simaa-Imilangu, Mdundulu 24,000 24,000 Simaa Christianity 75.00 % 14.00 %
Simaa-Makoma 49,000 49,000 Simaa Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 10.00 %
Simaa-Mwenyi 23,000 23,000 Simaa Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 12.00 %
Simaa-Nyengo 41,000 41,000 Simaa Christianity 55.00 % 10.00 %
 Soli 123,000 123,000 Soli Christianity 55.00 % 18.00 %
Subia 22,000 59,000 Kuhane Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 7.00 %
 Swahili 30,000 7,333,000 Swahili Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Swaka 99,000 99,000 Lala-Bisa Christianity 84.00 % 18.00 %
Tabwa 107,000 1,080,000 Taabwa Christianity 63.00 % 14.00 %
Tabwa, Shila, Sila 21,000 21,000 Taabwa Christianity 90.00 % 12.00 %
 Toka 18,000 18,000 Tonga Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 7.00 %
Tonga, Plateau 798,000 798,000 Tonga Christianity 95.00 % 17.00 %
 Tonga, Zambezi 1,111,000 1,284,000 Tonga Christianity 94.00 % 27.00 %
Totela 53,000 53,000 Totela Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 6.00 %
 Tumbuka 703,000 3,288,000 Tumbuka Christianity 87.00 % 20.00 %
Unga 57,000 57,000 Bemba Christianity 95.00 % 21.00 %
 Ushi, Aushi 151,000 519,000 Aushi Christianity 90.00 % 24.00 %
 Yao, Muslim 3,200 3,165,000 Yao Islam 3.00 % 1.00 %
Yauma 8,100 40,000 Yauma Christianity 80.00 % 7.00 %
Yombe 5,100 5,100 Tumbuka Christianity 90.00 % 3.00 %
  Totals:  79 16,615,000       4   83.53 % 23.29 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 102,000              
  UN Country Population (2016) 16,717,000              
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RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 23.3 %)
83.5 %
Ethnic Religions
14.0 %
Hinduism
0.2 %
Islam
1.0 %
Non-Religious
0.2 %
Other / Small Religions
1.1 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
0.2 %
Independent
20.5 %
Orthodox
0.1 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
43.3 %
Roman Catholic
35.8 %
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 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
Zambia Statistics
People Groups 79
Unreached People Groups 4  (5.1%)
Population 16,615,000
Population in Unreached 63,000  (0.4%)
Urbanization 40%
Continent Africa
Region East and Southern Africa
10/40 Window No
Country Code ZA
Official National Language English
Literacy Rate 71%
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Professing Christian 83.5%
Percent Evangelical 23.3%
Country Progress Level 5
Persecution Ranking Not ranked
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