Country: Zimbabwe

Number of People Groups

43

People Groups Unreached

2 (4.7%)

Total Population

15,848,000

Unreached Population

25,000 (0.2%)

% Professing Christian

73.7%

% Evangelical

25.44 %

Largest Religion

Literacy Rate

84 %

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 45,000 4,090,000 Afrikaans Christianity 96.00 % 30.00 %
 Bemba 34,000 4,724,000 Bemba Christianity 95.00 % 12.00 %
Birwa 17,000 47,000 Birwa Ethnic Religions 35.00 % 6.00 %
 British 7,400 51,663,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 8.80 %
 Coloured 84,000 6,277,000 English Christianity 85.00 % 20.00 %
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 6,900 6,900 Dombe Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 0.50 %
 Greek 7,900 10,776,000 Greek Christianity 92.00 % 0.40 %
 Gujarati 30,000 1,688,000 Gujarati Hinduism 8.00 % 5.00 %
 Han Chinese, Mandarin 1,500 854,476,000 Chinese, Mandarin Non-Religious 9.00 % 5.70 %
 Kalanga, Kalana 899,000 1,142,000 Kalanga Christianity 68.00 % 17.00 %
Kua 4,700 5,700 Kua Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 1.00 %
Kunda 184,000 260,000 Kunda Christianity 55.00 % 9.00 %
 Lembaa 131,000 1,412,000 Venda Ethnic Religions 42.00 % 5.00 %
 Lozi, Rozi 187,000 1,088,000 Lozi Christianity 91.00 % 18.00 %
 Makua, Makhuwa-Meetto 17,000 2,042,000 Makhuwa-Meetto Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 0.50 %
Manyika 1,092,000 1,334,000 Manyika Christianity 75.00 % 29.00 %
 Marathi 6,700 69,000 Marathi Hinduism 1.00 % 0.10 %
Nambya, Nanzva 114,000 133,000 Nambya Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 10.00 %
 Ndau 1,027,000 3,336,000 Ndau Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 1.20 %
 Ndebele, Tabele 1,959,000 1,988,000 Ndebele Christianity 75.00 % 27.00 %
 Nsenga 53,000 1,133,000 Nsenga Christianity 72.00 % 14.00 %
 Nyanja 819,000 12,863,000 Chichewa Christianity 80.00 % 29.00 %
 Nyungwe 33,000 680,000 Nyungwe Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 8.00 %
 Pedi, North Sotho 184,000 5,128,000 Sotho, Northern Christianity 90.00 % 12.00 %
 Portuguese 17,000 15,076,000 Portuguese Christianity 94.00 % 3.00 %
 Sena 151,000 2,126,000 Sena Christianity 82.00 % 10.00 %
 Shona, Central 959,000 1,167,000 Shona Christianity 82.75 % 36.00 %
 Shona-Karanga 3,401,000 3,401,000 Shona Christianity 83.00 % 34.00 %
 Shona-Korekore 1,272,000 1,272,000 Shona Christianity 69.00 % 14.00 %
 Shona-Zezuru 2,421,000 2,452,000 Shona Christianity 83.00 % 35.00 %
Swazi 84,000 2,556,000 Swati Christianity 85.00 % 25.00 %
Tawara, Tavara 67,000 155,000 Tawara Christianity 59.00 % 4.00 %
 Tonga, Zambezi 173,000 1,284,000 Tonga Christianity 63.00 % 7.00 %
 Tshara-Tshao 4,500 6,900 Tsoa Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 5.00 %
 Tsonga 5,500 4,878,000 Tsonga Christianity 90.00 % 8.00 %
Tswa, Hlengwe 6,000 1,739,000 Tswa Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 8.00 %
Tswana 95,000 378,000 Tswana Christianity 80.00 % 16.00 %
Tswana-Tawana 34,000 174,000 Tswana Christianity 68.00 % 12.00 %
 Tumbuka 17,000 3,288,000 Tumbuka Christianity 89.00 % 5.00 %
 Xhosa 33,000 7,833,000 Xhosa Christianity 90.00 % 11.00 %
 Zulu 167,000 13,033,000 Zulu Christianity 85.00 % 22.00 %
  Totals:  43 15,848,000       2   73.66 % 25.44 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 119,000              
  UN Country Population (2016) 15,967,000              
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RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 25.4 %)
73.7 %
Ethnic Religions
24.8 %
Hinduism
0.2 %
Islam
0.3 %
Non-Religious
0.6 %
Other / Small Religions
0.5 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
52.9 %
Orthodox
0.1 %
Other Christian
0.2 %
Protestant
28.4 %
Roman Catholic
18.5 %
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 43
Unreached People Groups 2  (4.7%)
Population 15,848,000
Population in Unreached 25,000  (0.2%)
Urbanization 33%
Continent Africa
Region East and Southern Africa
10/40 Window No
Country Code ZI
Official National Language English
Secondary National Language Shona
Literacy Rate 84%
Estimated Illiterate Population 2,536,000
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Professing Christian 73.7%
Percent Evangelical 25.4%
Country Progress Level 5
Persecution Ranking Not ranked
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