Country: Zambia

Number of People Groups

73

People Groups Unreached

4 (5.5%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

17,784,000

Population in Unreached

94,000 (0.5%)

Largest Religion

% Professing Christian

87.0%

% Evangelical

25.15%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

3.2%
Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Progress
Scale
Primary Religion % Professing
Christian
%
Evangelical
Est. Workers
Needed *
 Afrikaner 99,000 4,349,000 Afrikaans Christianity 94.00 % 20.00 % -
Ambo 4,400 4,400 Lala-Bisa Christianity 90.00 % 5.00 % -
 Arab, Lebanese 3,700 8,992,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 32.00 % 0.50 % -
 Aushi 180,000 577,000 Aushi Christianity 90.00 % 24.00 % -
 Bemba 4,760,000 5,335,000 Bemba Christianity 97.00 % 35.00 % -
Bisa 356,000 356,000 Lala-Bisa Christianity 95.00 % 22.00 % -
 British 12,000 53,604,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 8.80 % -
Bwile 100,000 121,000 Bwile Christianity 95.00 % 19.00 % -
Chokwe 111,000 3,050,000 Cokwe Christianity 60.00 % 12.00 % -
Cishinga 116,000 116,000 Bemba Christianity 80.00 % 12.00 % -
Deaf 134,000 46,963,000 Zambian Sign Language Christianity 86.95 % -
 French 7,400 50,053,000 French Christianity 61.00 % 1.00 % -
 Greek 9,900 10,265,000 Greek Christianity 91.00 % 0.40 % -
 Gujarati 42,000 2,347,000 Gujarati Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Han Chinese, Mandarin 49,000 878,417,000 Chinese, Mandarin Non-Religious 9.00 % 5.70 % -
 Ila 175,000 175,000 Ila Christianity 60.00 % 17.00 % -
 Italian 12,000 38,273,000 Italian Christianity 82.00 % 1.10 % -
Iwa 7,600 7,600 Nyamwanga Christianity 80.00 % 13.00 % -
 Jew, English Speaking 3,300 6,236,000 English Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Kabende 81,000 81,000 Bemba Christianity 95.00 % 16.00 % -
Kaonde 370,000 440,000 Kaonde Christianity 90.00 % 28.00 % -
Kunda 56,000 246,000 Kunda Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 13.00 % -
 Kxoe, Xun 200 7,800 Khwedam Ethnic Religions 8.00 % 3.00 % -
 Lala-Bisa 704,000 791,000 Lala-Bisa Christianity 95.00 % 22.00 % -
 Lamba 356,000 391,000 Lamba Christianity 94.00 % 22.00 % -
Lamba-Lima 4,000 4,000 Lamba Christianity 95.00 % 22.00 % -
 Lambya, Rambia 18,000 196,000 Lambya Christianity 97.00 % 13.00 % -
 Lenje 230,000 230,000 Lenje Christianity 70.00 % 17.00 % -
 Leya 18,000 18,000 Tonga Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 2.00 % -
 Lozi 1,119,000 1,321,000 Lozi Christianity 83.00 % 19.00 % -
Luano 2,900 2,900 Lala-Bisa Christianity 80.00 % 8.00 % -
 Luchazi 53,000 673,000 Lucazi Christianity 80.00 % 40.00 % -
Lunda, Luapula 214,000 214,000 Bemba Christianity 93.00 % 18.00 % -
 Lunda, Northwest 404,000 945,000 Lunda Christianity 88.00 % 21.00 % -
 Luvale 307,000 1,603,000 Luvale Christianity 60.00 % 26.00 % -
Luyana 4,700 4,700 Luyana Christianity 80.00 % 18.00 % -
 Mambwe-Lungu 372,000 909,000 Mambwe-Lungu Christianity 75.00 % 21.00 % -
 Masi 34,000 39,000 Mashi Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 13.00 % -
Mbowe 800 800 Mbowe Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 8.00 % -
 Mbukushu 11,000 70,000 Mbukushu Christianity 90.00 % 20.00 % -
 Mbunda 149,000 459,000 Mbunda Christianity 50.00 % 27.00 % -
Mukulu 9,200 9,200 Bemba Christianity 80.00 % 13.00 % -
 Ndebele 14,000 1,780,000 Ndebele Christianity 60.00 % 4.00 % -
 Nkoya, Lambya 63,000 63,000 Nkoya Christianity 60.00 % 25.00 % -
 Nsenga 727,000 988,000 Nsenga Christianity 89.00 % 18.00 % -
 Nyamwanga 242,000 477,000 Nyamwanga Christianity 90.00 % 20.00 % -
 Nyanja, Chewa 1,807,000 12,161,000 Chichewa Christianity 97.00 % 30.00 % -
 Nyiha, Tanzania 735,000 1,152,000 Nyiha, Tanzania Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 9.00 % -
Nyika 9,600 16,000 Nyika Christianity 75.00 % 4.00 % -
 Portuguese 5,100 17,644,000 Portuguese Christianity 94.00 % 3.00 % -
Sala 42,000 42,000 Sala Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 11.00 % -
Senga 143,000 175,000 Tumbuka Christianity 75.00 % 12.00 % -
 Serb 4,900 8,274,000 Serbian Christianity 80.00 % 0.60 % -
Shasha, Mashasha 2,100 2,100 Nkoya Christianity 60.00 % 6.00 % -
 Shona 39,000 1,147,000 Shona Christianity 60.00 % 12.00 % -
Simaa 9,000 9,000 Simaa Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 9.00 % -
Simaa-Imilangu, Mdundulu 6,500 6,500 Simaa Christianity 75.00 % 14.00 % -
Simaa-Makoma 26,000 30,000 Simaa Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 10.00 % -
Simaa-Mwenyi 8,300 8,300 Simaa Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 12.00 % -
 Soli 61,000 61,000 Soli Christianity 55.00 % 18.00 % -
Subia 2,400 41,000 Kuhane Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 7.00 % -
 Swahili 44,000 1,759,000 Swahili Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Swaka 68,000 68,000 Lala-Bisa Christianity 84.00 % 18.00 % -
 Tabwa 49,000 1,098,000 Taabwa Christianity 63.00 % 14.00 % -
Tabwa, Shila 7,400 7,400 Taabwa Christianity 90.00 % 12.00 % -
 Toka 27,000 27,000 Tonga Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 7.00 % -
 Tonga, Zambezi 2,364,000 2,628,000 Tonga Christianity 94.00 % 27.00 % -
Totela 2,000 2,000 Totela Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 6.00 % -
 Tumbuka 512,000 3,187,000 Tumbuka Christianity 87.00 % 20.00 % -
Tumbuka, Yombe 3,600 3,600 Tumbuka Christianity 90.00 % 3.00 % -
Unga 45,000 45,000 Bemba Christianity 95.00 % 21.00 % -
 Yao, Muslim 4,900 2,739,000 Yao Islam 3.00 % 1.00 % 1
Yauma 12,000 53,000 Yauma Christianity 80.00 % 7.00 % -
  Totals:  73 17,784,000       4   86.98 % 25.15 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 77,000                
  UN Country Population (2019) 17,861,000                

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% Unreached
Peoples
Population
in Unreached
% Population
Unreached
Districts
Country:   17,784,000 73 4 5.5 % 94,000 0.5 % 0

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Class Population % Popl % Hindu % Muslim % Christian % Buddhist % Sikh % Other
 
Forward Caste (FC) 288,797,000 1,623.9 % 97.4 % 0.0 % 1.1 % 0.0 % 0.0 % 1.5 %
 
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 754,434,000 4,242.2 % 70.7 % 24.0 % 1.7 % 0.2 % 2.7 % 0.8 %
 
Scheduled Caste (SC) 200,901,000 1,129.7 % 94.9 % 0.0 % 0.7 % 2.8 % 1.5 % 0.0 %
 
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 116,167,000 653.2 % 81.8 % 1.5 % 9.3 % 0.8 % 0.0 % 6.7 %
17,784,000
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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
Afrikaans afr 1 0 Complete Bible
Arabic, North Levantine Spoken apc 1 0 Bible Portions
Aushi auh 1 0 Translation Needed
Bemba bem 6 0 Complete Bible
Bwile bwc 1 0 Translation Needed
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 Translation Needed
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 Bible Portions
Mambwe-Lungu mgr 1 0 Complete Bible
Mashi mho 1 0 New Testament
Mbowe mxo 1 0 Translation Needed
Mbukushu mhw 1 0 New Testament
Mbunda mck 1 0 Complete Bible
Ndebele nde 1 0 Complete Bible
Nkoya nka 2 0 Complete Bible
Nsenga nse 1 0 New Testament
Nyamwanga mwn 2 0 Complete Bible
Nyiha, Tanzania nih 1 0 New Testament
Nyika nkv 1 0 Translation Needed
Portuguese por 1 0 Complete Bible
Sala shq 1 0 Translation Needed
Serbian srp 1 0 Complete Bible
Shona sna 1 0 Complete Bible
Simaa sie 4 0 Bible Portions
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 Translation Needed
Tumbuka tum 3 0 Complete Bible
Yao yao 1 1 Complete Bible
Yauma yax 1 0 Bible Portions
Zambian Sign Language zsl 1 0 Translation Needed
Totals: 52 73 4   25 24 39 43 15

RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 25.2 %)
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
19.1 %
Orthodox
0.1 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
43.8 %
Roman Catholic
36.0 %
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 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
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 17,784,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 3.1%
Population in Unreached 94,000  (0.5%)
Pioneer Workers Needed * 4
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Christian Adherent 87.0%
Percent Evangelical 25.2%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 3.2%
Country Progress Level 5
Urbanization 44%
Continent Africa
Region Africa, East and Southern
10/40 Window No
Country Code ZA
Official Language(s) English
Literacy Rate 63%
Estimated Illiterate Population 6,580,000
Persecution Ranking Not ranked
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