Country: Zambia

Number of People Groups

83

People Groups Unreached

3

Total Population

14,763,000

Unreached Population

54,000

% Christian Adherent

82.9%

% Evangelical

21.0 %

Largest Religion

Official Language

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Photo People Group Population Progress
Scale
Primary Language Primary Religion %
Christian
%
Evangelical
Indigenous
 Afrikaner 59,000 Afrikaans Christianity 94.0 % 20.0 %
Ambo 3,700 Lala-Bisa Christianity 90.0 % 5.0 %
 Arab, Lebanese 2,200 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 32.0 % 0.5 %
 Bemba 3,200,000 Bemba Christianity 97.0 % 28.0 %
Bisa 179,000 Lala-Bisa Christianity 95.0 % 22.0 %
 British 7,300 English Christianity 60.0 % 8.8 %
Buka-Khwe 300 Bukwen E Ethnic Religions 8.0 % 3.0 %
Bwile 45,000 Bwile Christianity 95.0 % 19.0 %
Chokwe 90,000 Cokwe Christianity 60.0 % 12.0 %
Cishinga 61,000 Bemba Christianity 80.0 % 12.0 %
 Coloured 7,400 Bemba Christianity 80.0 % 3.0 %
Deaf Unknown Zambian Sign Language Christianity 87.0 % 0.0 %
 French 4,400 French Christianity 61.0 % 1.0 %
 Greek 6,000 Greek Christianity 91.0 % 0.4 %
 Gujarati 25,000 Gujarati Hinduism 1.0 % 0.1 %
 Han Chinese, Mandarin 30,000 Chinese, Mandarin Non-Religious 9.0 % 5.7 %
 Ila 88,000 Ila Christianity 60.0 % 17.0 %
 Italian 7,500 Italian Christianity 82.0 % 1.1 %
Iwa 53,000 Nyamwanga Christianity 80.0 % 13.0 %
 Jew 2,000 English E Ethnic Religions 0.0 % 0.0 %
Kabende 102,000 Bemba Christianity 95.0 % 16.0 %
Kaonde 256,000 Kaonde Christianity 90.0 % 28.0 %
Kunda 61,000 Kunda E Ethnic Religions 45.0 % 13.0 %
Kwandi 30,000 Luyana E Ethnic Religions 45.0 % 6.0 %
Kwanga 59,000 Luyana E Ethnic Religions 45.0 % 10.0 %
 Kxoe, Khwe, Xun 400 Khwe E Ethnic Religions 8.0 % 3.0 %
 Lala 443,000 Lala-Bisa Christianity 95.0 % 22.0 %
 Lamba 237,000 Lamba Christianity 94.0 % 22.0 %
Lamba-Lima 43,000 Lamba Christianity 95.0 % 22.0 %
 Lambya, Rambia 11,000 Lambya Christianity 97.0 % 13.0 %
Lenje 193,000 Lenje Christianity 70.0 % 17.0 %
Leya 11,000 Tonga E Ethnic Religions 30.0 % 4.0 %
 Lozi, Rotse 755,000 Lozi Christianity 83.0 % 19.0 %
Luano 10,000 Lala-Bisa Christianity 80.0 % 8.0 %
 Luchazi 110,000 Lucazi Christianity 80.0 % 40.0 %
Lukolwe 72,000 Nkoya Christianity 55.0 % 18.0 %
Lunda, Luapula 116,000 Bemba Christianity 93.0 % 18.0 %
 Lunda, Northwest 624,000 Lunda Christianity 88.0 % 21.0 %
 Luvale 208,000 Luvale Christianity 60.0 % 26.0 %
Luyana, Lui 127,000 Luyana Christianity 80.0 % 18.0 %
 Mambwe 469,000 Mambwe-Lungu Christianity 75.0 % 21.0 %
Mashi, Shi 700 Shi E Ethnic Religions 10.0 % 4.0 %
 Masi, Mashi 75,000 Mashi E Ethnic Religions 40.0 % 13.0 %
Mbowe 9,700 Mbowe E Ethnic Religions 45.0 % 8.0 %
 Mbukushu 6,400 Mbukushu Christianity 90.0 % 20.0 %
Mbunda 201,000 Mbunda Christianity 50.0 % 27.0 %
Mukulu 24,000 Bemba Christianity 80.0 % 13.0 %
 Namwanga 217,000 Nyamwanga Christianity 90.0 % 20.0 %
 Ndebele 8,300 Ndebele Christianity 60.0 % 4.0 %
Ng'umbo 153,000 Bemba Christianity 99.0 % 25.0 %
Ngoni 717,000 Chichewa E Ethnic Religions 40.0 % 5.0 %
 Nkoya, Lambya 97,000 Nkoya Christianity 60.0 % 25.0 %
Nsenga 699,000 Nsenga Christianity 89.0 % 18.0 %
 Nyanja 1,009,000 Chichewa Christianity 97.0 % 25.0 %
Nyiha, Nyasa Nyika 440,000 Nyiha, Tanzania E Ethnic Religions 40.0 % 9.0 %
Nyika 5,800 Nyika Christianity 75.0 % 4.0 %
 Portuguese 3,100 Portuguese Christianity 94.0 % 3.0 %
Sala 41,000 Sala E Ethnic Religions 45.0 % 11.0 %
Senga 74,000 Tumbuka Christianity 75.0 % 12.0 %
 Serb 3,000 Serbian Christianity 80.0 % 0.6 %
Shasha, Mashasha 7,200 Nkoya Christianity 60.0 % 6.0 %
 Shona 42,000 Shona Christianity 60.0 % 12.0 %
Simaa 39,000 Simaa E Ethnic Religions 45.0 % 9.0 %
Simaa-Imilangu, Mdundulu 21,000 Simaa Christianity 75.0 % 14.0 %
Simaa-Makoma 44,000 Simaa E Ethnic Religions 40.0 % 10.0 %
Simaa-Mwenyi 21,000 Simaa E Ethnic Religions 45.0 % 12.0 %
Simaa-Nyengo 37,000 Simaa Christianity 55.0 % 10.0 %
 Soli 110,000 Soli Christianity 55.0 % 18.0 %
Subia 20,000 Kuhane E Ethnic Religions 45.0 % 7.0 %
 Swahili 27,000 Swahili Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
Swaka 89,000 Lala-Bisa Christianity 84.0 % 18.0 %
Tabwa 96,000 Taabwa Christianity 63.0 % 14.0 %
Tabwa, Shila, Sila 19,000 Taabwa Christianity 90.0 % 12.0 %
Tambo, Tembo 25,000 Mbula-Bwazza Christianity 60.0 % 6.0 %
 Toka 16,000 Tonga E Ethnic Religions 45.0 % 7.0 %
Tonga, Plateau 715,000 Tonga Christianity 95.0 % 17.0 %
 Tonga, Zambezi 967,000 Tonga Christianity 94.0 % 27.0 %
Totela 48,000 Totela E Ethnic Religions 45.0 % 6.0 %
 Tumbuka 630,000 Tumbuka Christianity 87.0 % 20.0 %
Unga 51,000 Bemba Christianity 95.0 % 21.0 %
 Ushi, Aushi 135,000 Aushi Christianity 90.0 % 24.0 %
Yauma 7,300 Yauma Christianity 80.0 % 7.0 %
Yombe 4,500 Tumbuka Christianity 90.0 % 3.0 %
  Totals:  83 14,763,000 3     82.9 % 21.0 %  

RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 21.0 %)
82.9 %
Ethnic Religions
14.7 %
Hinduism
0.1 %
Islam
1.1 %
Non-Religious
0.2 %
Other / Small Religions
1.1 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
0.2 %
Independent
20.8 %
Orthodox
0.1 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
43.0 %
Roman Catholic
35.9 %
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 Group who lives 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 population 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

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