Country: Zambia

Number of People Groups

73

People Groups Unreached

4 (5.5%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

17,167,000

Population in Unreached

92,000 (0.5%)

Largest Religion

% Professing Christian

87.0%

% Evangelical

25.34%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

3.2%
(Global Rate = 2.6%)
Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Progress
Scale
Primary Religion % Christian
Adherent
%
Evangelical
Est. Workers
Needed *
 Afrikaner 96,000 4,214,000 Afrikaans Christianity 94.00 % 20.00 % -
Ambo 4,300 4,300 Lala-Bisa Christianity 90.00 % 5.00 % -
 Arab, Lebanese 3,600 11,648,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 32.00 % 0.50 % -
 Aushi 175,000 555,000 Aushi Christianity 90.00 % 24.00 % -
 Bemba 4,630,000 5,183,000 Bemba Christianity 97.00 % 35.00 % -
Bisa 346,000 346,000 Lala-Bisa Christianity 95.00 % 22.00 % -
 British 12,000 51,606,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 8.80 % -
Bwile 97,000 117,000 Bwile Christianity 95.00 % 19.00 % -
Chokwe 108,000 2,725,000 Cokwe Christianity 60.00 % 12.00 % -
Cishinga 112,000 112,000 Bemba Christianity 80.00 % 12.00 % -
Deaf Unknown Unknown Zambian Sign Language Christianity 87.00 % 25.70 % -
 French 7,200 49,832,000 French Christianity 61.00 % 1.00 % -
 Greek 9,700 10,656,000 Greek Christianity 91.00 % 0.40 % -
 Gujarati 41,000 2,276,000 Gujarati Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Han Chinese, Mandarin 48,000 858,335,000 Chinese, Mandarin Non-Religious 9.00 % 5.70 % -
 Ila 170,000 170,000 Ila Christianity 60.00 % 17.00 % -
 Italian 12,000 37,690,000 Italian Christianity 82.00 % 1.10 % -
Iwa 7,400 7,400 Nyamwanga Christianity 80.00 % 13.00 % -
 Jew, English Speaking 3,300 5,926,000 English Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
Kabende 79,000 79,000 Bemba Christianity 95.00 % 16.00 % -
Kaonde 360,000 427,000 Kaonde Christianity 90.00 % 28.00 % -
Kunda 55,000 254,000 Kunda Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 13.00 % -
 Kxoe, Xun 600 8,300 Khwedam Ethnic Religions 8.00 % 3.00 % -
 Lala-Bisa 685,000 768,000 Lala-Bisa Christianity 95.00 % 22.00 % -
 Lamba 346,000 379,000 Lamba Christianity 94.00 % 22.00 % -
Lamba-Lima 3,900 3,900 Lamba Christianity 95.00 % 22.00 % -
 Lambya, Rambia 17,000 194,000 Lambya Christianity 97.00 % 13.00 % -
Lenje 224,000 224,000 Lenje Christianity 70.00 % 17.00 % -
Leya 17,000 17,000 Tonga Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 4.00 % -
 Lozi 1,089,000 1,340,000 Lozi Christianity 83.00 % 19.00 % -
Luano 2,800 2,800 Lala-Bisa Christianity 80.00 % 8.00 % -
 Luchazi 52,000 577,000 Lucazi Christianity 80.00 % 40.00 % -
Lunda, Luapula 208,000 208,000 Bemba Christianity 93.00 % 18.00 % -
 Lunda, Northwest 393,000 874,000 Lunda Christianity 88.00 % 21.00 % -
 Luvale 299,000 1,419,000 Luvale Christianity 60.00 % 26.00 % -
Luyana 4,500 4,500 Luyana Christianity 80.00 % 18.00 % -
 Mambwe-Lungu 362,000 895,000 Mambwe-Lungu Christianity 75.00 % 21.00 % -
 Masi 33,000 37,000 Mashi Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 13.00 % -
Mbowe 800 800 Mbowe Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 8.00 % -
 Mbukushu 10,000 69,000 Mbukushu Christianity 90.00 % 20.00 % -
 Mbunda 145,000 407,000 Mbunda Christianity 50.00 % 27.00 % -
Mukulu 9,000 9,000 Bemba Christianity 80.00 % 13.00 % -
 Ndebele 13,000 2,049,000 Ndebele Christianity 60.00 % 4.00 % -
 Nkoya, Lambya 61,000 61,000 Nkoya Christianity 60.00 % 25.00 % -
 Nsenga 707,000 967,000 Nsenga Christianity 89.00 % 18.00 % -
 Nyamwanga 236,000 469,000 Nyamwanga Christianity 90.00 % 20.00 % -
 Nyanja, Chewa 1,758,000 12,459,000 Chichewa Christianity 97.00 % 30.00 % -
Nyiha, Nyasa Nyika 714,000 1,128,000 Nyiha, Tanzania Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 9.00 % -
Nyika 9,300 15,000 Nyika Christianity 75.00 % 4.00 % -
 Portuguese 5,000 17,561,000 Portuguese Christianity 94.00 % 3.00 % -
Sala 41,000 41,000 Sala Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 11.00 % -
Senga 139,000 171,000 Tumbuka Christianity 75.00 % 12.00 % -
 Serb 4,800 8,906,000 Serbian Christianity 80.00 % 0.60 % -
Shasha, Mashasha 2,100 2,100 Nkoya Christianity 60.00 % 6.00 % -
 Shona 38,000 1,194,000 Shona Christianity 60.00 % 12.00 % -
Simaa 8,700 8,700 Simaa Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 9.00 % -
Simaa-Imilangu, Mdundulu 6,300 6,300 Simaa Christianity 75.00 % 14.00 % -
Simaa-Makoma 25,000 25,000 Simaa Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 10.00 % -
Simaa-Mwenyi 8,000 8,000 Simaa Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 12.00 % -
 Soli 60,000 60,000 Soli Christianity 55.00 % 18.00 % -
Subia 2,400 44,000 Kuhane Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 7.00 % -
 Swahili 43,000 1,659,000 Swahili Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Swaka 66,000 66,000 Lala-Bisa Christianity 84.00 % 18.00 % -
 Tabwa 48,000 1,052,000 Taabwa Christianity 63.00 % 14.00 % -
Tabwa, Shila 7,200 7,200 Taabwa Christianity 90.00 % 12.00 % -
 Toka 27,000 27,000 Tonga Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 7.00 % -
 Tonga, Zambezi 2,299,000 2,476,000 Tonga Christianity 94.00 % 27.00 % -
Totela 2,000 2,000 Totela Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 6.00 % -
 Tumbuka 498,000 3,163,000 Tumbuka Christianity 87.00 % 20.00 % -
Unga 43,000 43,000 Bemba Christianity 95.00 % 21.00 % -
 Yao, Muslim 4,700 2,723,000 Yao Islam 3.00 % 1.00 %
Yauma 12,000 46,000 Yauma Christianity 80.00 % 7.00 % -
Yombe 3,500 3,500 Tumbuka Christianity 90.00 % 3.00 % -
  Totals:  73 17,167,000       4   86.99 % 25.34 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 71,000                
  UN Country Population (2017) 17,238,000                

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State Population People Groups Unreached
Groups
% Unreached
Peoples
Population
in Unreached
% Population
Unreached
Districts
Country:   17,167,000 73 4 5.5 % 92,000 0.5 % 0
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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
Afrikaans afr 1 0 Complete Bible
Arabic, North Levantine Spoken apc 1 0 Bible Portions
Aushi auh 1 0
Bemba bem 6 0 Complete Bible
Bwile bwc 1 0
Chichewa nya 1 0 Complete Bible
Chinese, Mandarin cmn 1 0 Complete Bible
Cokwe cjk 1 0 Complete Bible
English eng 2 1 Complete Bible
French fra 1 0 Complete Bible
Greek ell 1 0 Complete Bible
Gujarati guj 1 1 Complete Bible
Ila ilb 1 0 New Testament
Italian ita 1 0 Complete Bible
Kaonde kqn 1 0 Complete Bible
Khwedam xuu 1 0 Bible Portions
Kuhane sbs 1 0
Kunda kdn 1 0 New Testament
Lala-Bisa leb 5 0 New Testament
Lamba lam 2 0 Complete Bible
Lambya lai 1 0 New Testament
Lenje leh 1 0 Complete Bible
Lozi loz 1 0 Complete Bible
Lucazi lch 1 0 Complete Bible
Lunda lun 1 0 Complete Bible
Luvale lue 1 0 Complete Bible
Luyana lyn 1 0
Mambwe-Lungu mgr 1 0 Complete Bible
Mashi mho 1 0 Bible Portions
Mbowe mxo 1 0
Mbukushu mhw 1 0 New Testament
Mbunda mck 1 0 Complete Bible
Ndebele nde 1 0 Complete Bible
Nkoya nka 2 0 New Testament
Nsenga nse 1 0 New Testament
Nyamwanga mwn 2 0 Complete Bible
Nyiha, Tanzania nih 1 0 New Testament
Nyika nkv 1 0
Portuguese por 1 0 Complete Bible
Sala shq 1 0
Serbian srp 1 0 Complete Bible
Shona sna 1 0 Complete Bible
Simaa sie 4 0
Soli sby 1 0 Bible Portions
Swahili swh 1 1 Complete Bible
Taabwa tap 2 0 New Testament
Tonga toi 3 0 Complete Bible
Totela ttl 1 0
Tumbuka tum 3 0 Complete Bible
Yao yao 1 1 Complete Bible
Yauma yax 1 0 Bible Portions
Zambian Sign Language zsl 1 0
Totals: 52 73 4   19 23 39 43 15

RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 25.3 %)
87.0 %
Ethnic Religions
10.0 %
Hinduism
0.2 %
Islam
1.3 %
Non-Religious
0.2 %
Other / Small Religions
1.2 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
0.1 %
Independent
19.3 %
Orthodox
0.1 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
44.1 %
Roman Catholic
36.3 %
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 73
Unreached People Groups 4  (5.5%)
Population 17,167,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 3.1%
Population in Unreached 92,000  (0.5%)
Pioneer Workers Needed * 4
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Christian Adherent 87.0%
Percent Evangelical 25.3%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 3.2%
Country Progress Level 5
Urbanization 40%
Continent Africa
Region East and Southern Africa
10/40 Window No
Country Code ZA
Official Language(s) English
Literacy Rate 83%
Estimated Illiterate Population 2,918,000
Persecution Ranking Not ranked
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