Country: Zimbabwe

Number of People Groups

42

People Groups Unreached

2 (4.8%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

16,279,000

Population in Unreached

25,000 (0.2%)

Largest Religion

% Professing Christian

76.6%

% Evangelical

25.47%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

2.2%
(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 96.00 % 30.00 % -
 Bemba 34,000 5,183,000 Bemba Christianity 95.00 % 12.00 % -
Birwa 17,000 47,000 Birwa Ethnic Religions 35.00 % 6.00 % -
 British 7,500 51,606,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 8.80 % -
Deaf Unknown Unknown Zimbabwe Sign Language Christianity 78.00 % 0.01 % -
 Doma, Vadoma 18,000 18,000 Shona Ethnic Religions 0.30 % 0.30 %
Dombe 7,000 7,000 Dombe Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 0.50 % -
 Greek 8,100 10,656,000 Greek Christianity 92.00 % 0.40 % -
 Gujarati 31,000 2,276,000 Gujarati Hinduism 8.00 % 5.00 % -
 Han Chinese, Mandarin 1,600 858,335,000 Chinese, Mandarin Non-Religious 9.00 % 5.70 % -
 Kalanga 920,000 1,168,000 Kalanga Christianity 68.00 % 17.00 % -
Kua 4,800 5,900 Kua Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 1.00 % -
Kunda 188,000 254,000 Kunda Christianity 55.00 % 9.00 % -
 Lembaa 134,000 1,425,000 Venda Ethnic Religions 42.00 % 5.00 % -
 Lozi 192,000 1,340,000 Lozi Christianity 91.00 % 18.00 % -
 Makua, Makhuwa-Meetto 17,000 1,815,000 Makhuwa-Meetto Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 0.50 % -
Manyika 1,118,000 1,264,000 Manyika Christianity 75.00 % 29.00 % -
 Marathi 6,800 69,000 Marathi Hinduism 1.00 % 0.10 %
Nambya 117,000 136,000 Nambya Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 10.00 % -
 Ndau 1,061,000 1,792,000 Ndau Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 1.20 % -
 Ndebele, Tabele 2,015,000 2,049,000 Ndebele Christianity 79.00 % 27.00 % -
 Nsenga 54,000 967,000 Nsenga Christianity 72.00 % 14.00 % -
 Nyanja 838,000 12,459,000 Chichewa Christianity 80.00 % 29.00 % -
 Nyungwe 34,000 417,000 Nyungwe Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 8.00 % -
 Pedi, North Sotho 188,000 5,174,000 Sotho, Northern Christianity 90.00 % 12.00 % -
 Portuguese 17,000 17,561,000 Portuguese Christianity 94.00 % 3.00 % -
 Sena 154,000 2,186,000 Sena Christianity 82.00 % 10.00 % -
 Shona 991,000 1,194,000 Shona Christianity 82.75 % 36.00 % -
 Shona-Karanga 3,500,000 3,504,000 Shona Christianity 85.00 % 34.00 % -
 Shona-Korekore 1,311,000 1,311,000 Shona Christianity 74.00 % 14.00 % -
 Shona-Zezuru 2,497,000 2,541,000 Shona Christianity 83.00 % 35.00 % -
 Swazi 86,000 2,594,000 Swati Christianity 85.00 % 25.00 % -
Tawara 47,000 157,000 Tawara Christianity 59.00 % 4.00 % -
 Tonga, Zambezi 177,000 2,476,000 Tonga Christianity 63.00 % 7.00 % -
 Tshara-Tshao 4,600 7,000 Tsoa Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 5.00 % -
 Tsonga 5,600 6,530,000 Tsonga Christianity 90.00 % 8.00 % -
Tswa, Hlengwe 6,100 1,045,000 Tswa Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 8.00 % -
 Tswana 98,000 371,000 Tswana Christianity 80.00 % 16.00 % -
Tswana-Tawana 34,000 176,000 Tswana Christianity 68.00 % 12.00 % -
 Tumbuka 17,000 3,163,000 Tumbuka Christianity 89.00 % 5.00 % -
 Xhosa 34,000 7,999,000 Xhosa Christianity 90.00 % 11.00 % -
 Zulu 191,000 13,370,000 Zulu Christianity 85.00 % 22.00 % -
  Totals:  42 16,279,000       2   76.61 % 25.47 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 59,000                
  UN Country Population (2017) 16,338,000                

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Groups
% Unreached
Peoples
Population
in Unreached
% Population
Unreached
Districts
Country:   16,279,000 42 2 4.8 % 25,000 0.2 % 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
Bemba bem 1 0 Complete Bible
Birwa brl 1 0
Chichewa nya 1 0 Complete Bible
Chinese, Mandarin cmn 1 0 Complete Bible
Dombe dov 1 0
English eng 1 0 Complete Bible
Greek ell 1 0 Complete Bible
Gujarati guj 1 0 Complete Bible
Kalanga kck 1 0 New Testament
Kua tyu 1 0
Kunda kdn 1 0 New Testament
Lozi loz 1 0 Complete Bible
Makhuwa-Meetto mgh 1 0 Bible Portions
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 New Testament
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
Tsoa hio 1 0
Tsonga tso 1 0 Complete Bible
Tswa tsc 1 0 Complete Bible
Tswana tsn 2 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
Zulu zul 1 0 Complete Bible
Totals: 37 42 2   20 20 29 30 16

RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 25.5 %)
76.6 %
Ethnic Religions
22.0 %
Hinduism
0.2 %
Islam
0.3 %
Non-Religious
0.6 %
Other / Small Religions
0.4 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
53.2 %
Orthodox
0.1 %
Other Christian
0.1 %
Protestant
28.3 %
Roman Catholic
18.2 %
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 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
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 42
Unreached People Groups 2  (4.8%)
Population 16,279,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 2.3%
Population in Unreached 25,000  (0.2%)
Pioneer Workers Needed * 2
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Christian Adherent 76.6%
Percent Evangelical 25.5%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 2.2%
Country Progress Level 5
Urbanization 33%
Continent Africa
Region East and Southern Africa
10/40 Window No
Country Code ZI
Official Language(s) EnglishShona
Literacy Rate 87%
Estimated Illiterate Population 2,116,000
Persecution Ranking Not ranked
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