Country: Zimbabwe

Number of People Groups

41

People Groups Unreached

2 (4.9%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

14,057,000

Population in Unreached

24,000 (0.2%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent

76.8%

% Evangelical

25.22%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

2.2%
Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Primary Religion Progress
Scale
% Christian
Adherent
% Evangelical Est. Workers
Needed *
 Afrikaner 91,000 4,349,000 Afrikaans Christianity 96.00 % 30.00 % -
 Bemba 33,000 5,335,000 Bemba Christianity 95.00 % 12.00 % -
Birwa 114,000 144,000 Birwa Ethnic Religions 35.00 % 6.00 % -
 British 7,200 53,604,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 8.80 % -
Deaf 142,000 46,968,000 Zimbabwe Sign Language Christianity 77.99 % -
 Doma, Vadoma 18,000 18,000 Shona Ethnic Religions 0.30 % 0.30 % 1
Dombe 6,700 6,700 Dombe Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 0.50 % -
 Greek 7,700 10,262,000 Greek Christianity 92.00 % 0.40 % -
 Gujarati 29,000 2,347,000 Gujarati Hinduism 8.00 % 5.00 % -
 Han Chinese, Mandarin 1,500 878,504,000 Chinese, Mandarin Non-Religious 9.00 % 5.70 % -
 Kalanga 209,000 371,000 Kalanga Christianity 68.00 % 17.00 % -
Kunda 179,000 246,000 Kunda Christianity 55.00 % 9.00 % -
 Lembaa 98,000 1,452,000 Venda Ethnic Religions 42.00 % 5.00 % -
 Lozi 143,000 1,321,000 Lozi Christianity 91.00 % 18.00 % -
 Makua, Makhuwa-Meetto 16,000 1,850,000 Makhuwa-Meetto Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 0.50 % -
Manyika 433,000 582,000 Manyika Christianity 75.00 % 29.00 % -
 Marathi 6,500 70,000 Marathi Hinduism 1.00 % 0.10 % 1
Nambya 111,000 130,000 Nambya Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 10.00 % -
 Ndau 1,011,000 1,754,000 Ndau Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 1.20 % -
 Ndebele, Tabele 1,746,000 1,780,000 Ndebele Christianity 79.00 % 27.00 % -
 Nsenga 51,000 988,000 Nsenga Christianity 72.00 % 14.00 % -
 Nyanja 433,000 12,161,000 Chichewa Christianity 80.00 % 29.00 % -
 Nyungwe 33,000 422,000 Nyungwe Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 8.00 % -
 Pedi, North Sotho 179,000 5,404,000 Sotho, Northern Christianity 90.00 % 12.00 % -
 Portuguese 16,000 17,644,000 Portuguese Christianity 94.00 % 3.00 % -
 Sena 147,000 2,213,000 Sena Christianity 82.00 % 10.00 % -
 Shona 944,000 1,147,000 Shona Christianity 82.75 % 36.00 % -
 Shona-Karanga 3,334,000 3,338,000 Shona Christianity 85.00 % 34.00 % -
 Shona-Korekore 1,249,000 1,249,000 Shona Christianity 74.00 % 14.00 % -
 Shona-Zezuru 2,379,000 2,423,000 Shona Christianity 83.00 % 35.00 % -
 Swazi 82,000 2,482,000 Swati Christianity 85.00 % 25.00 % -
Tawara 45,000 157,000 Tawara Christianity 59.00 % 4.00 % -
 Tonga, Zambezi 264,000 2,628,000 Tonga Christianity 63.00 % 7.00 % -
 Tshara-Tshao 4,400 6,700 Tshuwau Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 5.00 % -
 Tsonga 132,000 6,972,000 Tsonga Christianity 90.00 % 8.00 % -
Tswa, Hlengwe 3,700 1,061,000 Tswa Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 8.00 % -
 Tswana 93,000 382,000 Setswana Christianity 80.00 % 16.00 % -
Tswana-Tawana 33,000 171,000 Setswana Christianity 68.00 % 12.00 % -
 Tumbuka 16,000 3,187,000 Tumbuka Christianity 89.00 % 5.00 % -
 Xhosa 33,000 8,381,000 Xhosa Christianity 90.00 % 11.00 % -
 Zulu 182,000 13,759,000 Zulu Christianity 85.00 % 22.00 % -
  Totals:  41 14,057,000         2 76.83 % 25.22 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 588,000                
  UN Country Population (2019) 14,645,000                

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State Population People Groups Unreached
Groups
% Unreached
Peoples
Population
in Unreached
% Population
Unreached
Districts
Country:   14,057,000 41 2 4.9 % 24,000 0.2 % 0

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Class Population % Popl % Hindu % Muslim % Christian % Buddhist % Sikh % Other
 
Forward Caste (FC) 289,167,000 2,057.1 % 97.4 % 0.0 % 1.1 % 0.0 % 0.0 % 1.5 %
 
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 753,926,000 5,363.3 % 70.9 % 24.0 % 1.7 % 0.2 % 2.5 % 0.8 %
 
Scheduled Caste (SC) 200,921,000 1,429.3 % 94.4 % 0.0 % 0.5 % 2.8 % 2.3 % 0.0 %
 
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 116,285,000 827.2 % 81.8 % 1.5 % 9.2 % 0.8 % 0.0 % 6.7 %
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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
Bemba bem 1 0 Complete Bible
Birwa brl 1 0 Translation Needed
Chichewa nya 1 0 Complete Bible
Chinese, Mandarin cmn 1 0 Complete Bible
Dombe dov 1 0 Translation Needed
English eng 1 0 Complete Bible
Greek ell 1 0 Complete Bible
Gujarati guj 1 0 Complete Bible
Kalanga kck 1 0 Complete Bible
Kunda kdn 1 0 New Testament
Lozi loz 1 0 Complete Bible
Makhuwa-Meetto mgh 1 0 New Testament
Manyika mxc 1 0 New Testament
Marathi mar 1 1 Complete Bible
Nambya nmq 1 0 New Testament
Ndau ndc 1 0 Complete Bible
Ndebele nde 1 0 Complete Bible
Nsenga nse 1 0 New Testament
Nyungwe nyu 1 0 Bible Portions
Portuguese por 1 0 Complete Bible
Sena seh 1 0 Complete Bible
Setswana tsn 2 0 Complete Bible
Shona sna 5 1 Complete Bible
Sotho, Northern nso 1 0 Complete Bible
Swati ssw 1 0 Complete Bible
Tawara twl 1 0 New Testament
Tonga toi 1 0 Complete Bible
Tshuwau hio 1 0 Complete Bible
Tsonga tso 1 0 Complete Bible
Tswa tsc 1 0 Complete Bible
Tumbuka tum 1 0 Complete Bible
Venda ven 1 0 Complete Bible
Xhosa xho 1 0 Complete Bible
Zimbabwe Sign Language zib 1 0 Translation Needed
Zulu zul 1 0 Complete Bible
Totals: 36 41 2   26 20 29 30 16

MAJOR RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 25.2 %)
76.8 %
Ethnic Religions
21.7 %
Hinduism
0.2 %
Islam
0.3 %
Non-Religious
0.7 %
Other / Small Religions
0.2 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
52.7 %
Orthodox
0.1 %
Other Christian
0.2 %
Protestant
28.2 %
Roman Catholic
17.7 %
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 Zimbabwe. 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 Zimbabwe
  • Christian ministry in Zimbabwe
  • 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 Zimbabwe 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
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
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
Zimbabwe Statistics
People Groups 41
Unreached People Groups 2  (4.9%)
Population 14,057,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 2.3%
Population in Unreached 24,000  (0.2%)
Pioneer Workers Needed * 2
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Christian Adherent 76.8%
Percent Evangelical 25.2%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 2.2%
Country Progress Level 5
Urbanization 32%
Continent Africa
Region Africa, East and Southern
10/40 Window No
Country Code ZI
Official Language(s) EnglishShona
Literacy Rate 87%
Estimated Illiterate Population 1,827,000
Persecution Ranking Not ranked
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* An estimate of the number of pioneer workers needed for initial church planting among unreached people groups. Estimates are calculated only for unreached people groups and are based on ratio of 1 worker for every 50,000 individuals living in an unreached people group. Some workers may already be onsite. The country estimate is a summation of the unreached people group estimates. Many more workers are needed beyond this initial estimate.