Country: Zambia

Number of People Groups

75

People Groups Unreached

4 (5.3%)

Total Population

16,676,000

Population in Unreached

89,000 (0.5%)

% Professing Christian

86.7%

% Evangelical

25.20 %

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 93,000 4,117,000 Afrikaans Christianity 94.00 % 20.00 %
Ambo 4,100 4,100 Lala-Bisa Christianity 90.00 % 5.00 %
 Arab, Lebanese 3,500 11,261,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 32.00 % 0.50 %
 Bemba 4,454,000 4,990,000 Bemba Christianity 97.00 % 35.00 %
Bisa 335,000 335,000 Lala-Bisa Christianity 95.00 % 22.00 %
 British 11,000 51,653,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 8.80 %
Bwile 94,000 113,000 Bwile Christianity 95.00 % 19.00 %
Chokwe 105,000 2,572,000 Cokwe Christianity 60.00 % 12.00 %
Cishinga 109,000 109,000 Bemba Christianity 80.00 % 12.00 %
 Coloured 12,000 6,063,000 Bemba Christianity 80.00 % 3.00 %
Deaf Unknown Unknown Zambian Sign Language Christianity 87.00 % 25.70 %
 French 7,000 49,462,000 French Christianity 61.00 % 1.00 %
 Greek 9,400 10,778,000 Greek Christianity 91.00 % 0.40 %
 Gujarati 40,000 1,712,000 Gujarati Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Han Chinese, Mandarin 46,000 854,496,000 Chinese, Mandarin Non-Religious 9.00 % 5.70 %
 Ila 165,000 165,000 Ila Christianity 60.00 % 17.00 %
 Italian 12,000 37,093,000 Italian Christianity 82.00 % 1.10 %
Iwa 7,100 7,100 Nyamwanga Christianity 80.00 % 13.00 %
 Jew, English Speaking 3,200 6,096,000 English Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
Kabende 76,000 76,000 Bemba Christianity 95.00 % 16.00 %
Kaonde 349,000 414,000 Kaonde Christianity 90.00 % 28.00 %
Kunda 53,000 248,000 Kunda Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 13.00 %
 Kxoe, Khwe, Xun 600 9,400 Khwe Ethnic Religions 8.00 % 3.00 %
 Lala 664,000 744,000 Lala-Bisa Christianity 95.00 % 22.00 %
 Lamba 335,000 367,000 Lamba Christianity 94.00 % 22.00 %
Lamba-Lima 3,800 3,800 Lamba Christianity 95.00 % 22.00 %
 Lambya, Rambia 17,000 189,000 Lambya Christianity 97.00 % 13.00 %
Lenje 217,000 217,000 Lenje Christianity 70.00 % 17.00 %
Leya 17,000 17,000 Tonga Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 4.00 %
 Lozi, Rotse 1,037,000 1,282,000 Lozi Christianity 83.00 % 19.00 %
Luano 2,700 2,700 Lala-Bisa Christianity 80.00 % 8.00 %
 Luchazi 50,000 280,000 Lucazi Christianity 80.00 % 40.00 %
Lunda, Luapula 202,000 202,000 Bemba Christianity 93.00 % 18.00 %
 Lunda, Northwest 381,000 874,000 Lunda Christianity 88.00 % 21.00 %
 Luvale 290,000 1,337,000 Luvale Christianity 60.00 % 26.00 %
Luyana 4,400 4,400 Luyana Christianity 80.00 % 18.00 %
 Mambwe 351,000 868,000 Mambwe-Lungu Christianity 75.00 % 21.00 %
 Masi, Mashi 32,000 36,000 Mashi Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 13.00 %
Mbowe 800 800 Mbowe Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 8.00 %
 Mbukushu 10,000 66,000 Mbukushu Christianity 90.00 % 20.00 %
Mbunda 141,000 385,000 Mbunda Christianity 50.00 % 27.00 %
Mukulu 8,700 8,700 Bemba Christianity 80.00 % 13.00 %
 Namwanga 229,000 455,000 Nyamwanga Christianity 90.00 % 20.00 %
 Ndebele 13,000 1,992,000 Ndebele Christianity 60.00 % 4.00 %
Ngoni 90,000 636,000 Chichewa Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 5.00 %
 Nkoya, Lambya 59,000 59,000 Nkoya Christianity 60.00 % 25.00 %
 Nsenga 686,000 940,000 Nsenga Christianity 89.00 % 18.00 %
 Nyanja 1,705,000 13,940,000 Chichewa Christianity 97.00 % 30.00 %
Nyiha, Nyasa Nyika 693,000 1,095,000 Nyiha, Tanzania Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 9.00 %
Nyika 9,000 15,000 Nyika Christianity 75.00 % 4.00 %
 Portuguese 4,800 17,271,000 Portuguese Christianity 94.00 % 3.00 %
Sala 40,000 40,000 Sala Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 11.00 %
Senga 135,000 166,000 Tumbuka Christianity 75.00 % 12.00 %
 Serb 4,600 7,732,000 Serbian Christianity 80.00 % 0.60 %
Shasha, Mashasha 2,000 2,000 Nkoya Christianity 60.00 % 6.00 %
 Shona 37,000 1,157,000 Shona Christianity 60.00 % 12.00 %
Simaa 8,500 8,500 Simaa Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 9.00 %
Simaa-Imilangu, Mdundulu 6,100 6,100 Simaa Christianity 75.00 % 14.00 %
Simaa-Makoma 24,000 24,000 Simaa Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 10.00 %
Simaa-Mwenyi 7,800 7,800 Simaa Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 12.00 %
 Soli 58,000 58,000 Soli Christianity 55.00 % 18.00 %
Subia 2,300 44,000 Kuhane Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 7.00 %
 Swahili 42,000 909,000 Swahili Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Swaka 64,000 64,000 Lala-Bisa Christianity 84.00 % 18.00 %
Tabwa 47,000 1,020,000 Taabwa Christianity 63.00 % 14.00 %
Tabwa, Shila, Sila 7,000 7,000 Taabwa Christianity 90.00 % 12.00 %
 Toka 26,000 26,000 Tonga Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 7.00 %
 Tonga, Zambezi 2,210,000 2,383,000 Tonga Christianity 94.00 % 27.00 %
Totela 1,900 1,900 Totela Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 6.00 %
 Tumbuka 483,000 3,068,000 Tumbuka Christianity 87.00 % 20.00 %
Unga 42,000 42,000 Bemba Christianity 95.00 % 21.00 %
 Ushi, Aushi 169,000 537,000 Aushi Christianity 90.00 % 24.00 %
 Yao, Muslim 4,600 2,642,000 Yao Islam 3.00 % 1.00 %
Yauma 11,000 43,000 Yauma Christianity 80.00 % 7.00 %
Yombe 3,400 3,400 Tumbuka Christianity 90.00 % 3.00 %
  Totals:  75 16,676,000       4   86.71 % 25.20 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 41,000              
  UN Country Population (2016) 16,717,000              
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RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 25.2 %)
86.7 %
Ethnic Religions
10.3 %
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 75
Unreached People Groups 4  (5.3%)
Population 16,676,000
Population in Unreached 89,000  (0.5%)
Urbanization 40%
Continent Africa
Region East and Southern Africa
10/40 Window No
Country Code ZA
Official National Language English
Literacy Rate 71%
Estimated Illiterate Population 4,836,000
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Christian Adherent 86.7%
Percent Evangelical 25.2%
Country Progress Level 5
Persecution Ranking Not ranked
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