Country: Zambia

Number of People Groups

74

People Groups Unreached

3 (4.1%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

19,407,000

Population in Unreached

99,000 (0.5%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent

86.48%

% Evangelical

24.93%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

3.2%
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 107,000 4,742,000 Afrikaans Christianity 94.00 % 20.00 % -
Ambo 4,800 4,800 Lala-Bisa Christianity 90.00 % 5.00 % -
 Arab, Lebanese 4,000 7,253,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 32.00 % 0.50 % -
 Aushi 196,000 632,000 Aushi Christianity 90.00 % 24.00 % -
 Bemba 5,210,000 5,839,000 Bemba Christianity 97.00 % 35.00 % -
Bisa 388,000 388,000 Lala-Bisa Christianity 95.00 % 22.00 % -
 British 13,000 54,472,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 8.80 % -
Bwile 109,000 132,000 Bwile Christianity 95.00 % 19.00 % -
Chokwe 121,000 3,652,000 Chokwe Christianity 60.00 % 12.00 % -
Cishinga 126,000 126,000 Bemba Christianity 80.00 % 12.00 % -
 Deaf 146,000 48,824,000 Zambian Sign Language Christianity 86.95 % -
 French 8,000 50,956,000 French Christianity 61.00 % 1.00 % -
 Greek 11,000 10,318,000 Greek Christianity 91.00 % 0.40 % -
 Gujarati 46,000 3,424,000 Gujarati Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Han Chinese, Mandarin 54,000 940,265,000 Chinese, Mandarin Non-Religious 9.00 % 5.70 % -
 Ila 191,000 191,000 Ila Christianity 60.00 % 17.00 % -
 Italian 14,000 38,313,000 Italian Christianity 82.00 % 1.10 % -
Iwa 8,300 8,300 Nyamwanga Christianity 70.00 % 4.00 % -
Kabende 88,000 88,000 Bemba Christianity 95.00 % 16.00 % -
Kaonde 403,000 480,000 Kaonde Christianity 90.00 % 28.00 % -
Kunda 61,000 261,000 Kunda Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 13.00 % -
 Kxoe, Xun 200 8,200 Khwedam Ethnic Religions 8.00 % 3.00 % -
 Lala-Bisa 767,000 862,000 Lala-Bisa Christianity 95.00 % 22.00 % -
 Lamba 388,000 426,000 Lamba Christianity 94.00 % 22.00 % -
Lamba-Lima 4,400 4,400 Lamba Christianity 95.00 % 22.00 % -
 Lambya, Rambia 19,000 213,000 Lambya Christianity 97.00 % 13.00 % -
 Lenje 251,000 251,000 Lenje Christianity 70.00 % 17.00 % -
Leya 20,000 20,000 Tonga Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 2.00 % -
 Lozi 1,220,000 1,437,000 Lozi Christianity 83.00 % 19.00 % -
Luano 3,200 3,200 Lala-Bisa Christianity 80.00 % 8.00 % -
 Luchazi 58,000 741,000 Luchazi Christianity 80.00 % 40.00 % -
Lunda, Luapula 233,000 233,000 Bemba Christianity 93.00 % 18.00 % -
 Lunda, Northwest 440,000 1,036,000 Lunda Christianity 88.00 % 21.00 % -
 Luvale 335,000 917,000 Luvale Christianity 60.00 % 26.00 % -
Luyana 5,100 5,100 Luyana Christianity 80.00 % 18.00 % -
 Mambwe-Lungu 405,000 991,000 Mambwe-Lungu Christianity 75.00 % 21.00 % -
 Masi 37,000 43,000 Mashi Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 13.00 % -
Mbowe 900 900 Mbowe Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 8.00 % -
 Mbukushu 12,000 113,000 Mbukushu Christianity 90.00 % 20.00 % -
 Mbunda 162,000 503,000 Mbunda Christianity 50.00 % 27.00 % -
Mukulu 10,000 10,000 Bemba Christianity 80.00 % 13.00 % -
 Ndebele 15,000 1,864,000 Ndebele Christianity 60.00 % 4.00 % -
 Nkoya, Lambya 69,000 69,000 Nkoya Christianity 60.00 % 25.00 % -
 Nsenga 793,000 1,075,000 Nsenga Christianity 89.00 % 18.00 % -
 Nyamwanga 193,000 449,000 Nyamwanga Christianity 65.00 % 3.00 % -
 Nyanja, Chewa 1,970,000 13,220,000 Chichewa Christianity 97.00 % 30.00 % -
 Nyiha, Tanzania 801,000 1,256,000 Nyiha, Tanzania Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 9.00 % -
Nyika 10,000 17,000 Nyika Christianity 75.00 % 4.00 % -
 Portuguese 5,600 19,569,000 Portuguese Christianity 94.00 % 3.00 % -
Sala 46,000 46,000 Sala Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 11.00 % -
Senga 156,000 191,000 Tumbuka Christianity 75.00 % 12.00 % -
 Serb 5,400 9,867,000 Serbian Christianity 80.00 % 0.60 % -
Shasha, Mashasha 2,300 2,300 Nkoya Christianity 60.00 % 6.00 % -
 Shona 43,000 1,240,000 Shona Christianity 60.00 % 12.00 % -
Simaa 9,800 9,800 Simaa Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 9.00 % -
Simaa-Imilangu, Mdundulu 7,100 7,100 Simaa Christianity 75.00 % 14.00 % -
Simaa-Makoma 28,000 32,000 Simaa Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 10.00 % -
Simaa-Mwenyi 9,000 9,000 Simaa Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 12.00 % -
 Soli 67,000 67,000 Soli Christianity 55.00 % 18.00 % -
Subia 2,600 44,000 Kuhane Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 7.00 % -
 Swahili 48,000 1,131,000 Swahili Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Swahili, Congo 47,000 50,000 Swahili, Congo Islam 16.00 % 3.00 % -
Swaka 74,000 74,000 Lala-Bisa Christianity 84.00 % 18.00 % -
 Tabwa 54,000 1,205,000 Taabwa Christianity 63.00 % 14.00 % -
Tabwa, Shila 8,100 8,100 Taabwa Christianity 90.00 % 12.00 % -
Tambo 25,000 25,000 Nyamwanga Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 1.00 % -
 Toka 30,000 30,000 Tonga Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 7.00 % -
 Tonga, Zambezi 2,577,000 2,854,000 Tonga Christianity 94.00 % 27.00 % -
Totela 2,200 2,200 Totela Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 6.00 % -
 Tumbuka 558,000 3,456,000 Tumbuka Christianity 87.00 % 20.00 % -
Tumbuka, Yombe 3,900 3,900 Tumbuka Christianity 90.00 % 3.00 % -
Unga 49,000 49,000 Bemba Christianity 95.00 % 21.00 % -
 Yao, Muslim 5,300 2,973,000 Yao Islam 3.00 % 1.00 % 1
Yauma 13,000 58,000 Yauma Christianity 80.00 % 7.00 % -
  Totals:  74 19,407,000         3 86.48 % 24.93 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 63,000                
  UN Country Population (2022) 19,470,000                

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Province Estimated
Population
Central 1,795,000
Copperbelt 2,719,000
Eastern 2,018,000
Luapula 1,251,000
Lusaka 3,279,000
Muchinga 1,042,000
North-Western 929,000
Northern 1,473,000
Southern 1,906,000
Western 1,073,000
Provinces:  10 17,485,000
UN Country Population 19,470,000
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Language Code # Peoples
w/ this Primary
Language
# Unreached
w/ this 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
Arabic, North Levantine Spoken apc 1 0 Bible Portions
Aushi auh 1 0 Translation Started
Bemba bem 6 0 Complete Bible
Bwile bwc 1 0 Translation Started
Chichewa nya 1 0 Complete Bible
Chinese, Mandarin cmn 1 0 Complete Bible
Chokwe cjk 1 0 Complete Bible
English eng 1 0 Complete Bible
French fra 1 0 Complete Bible
Greek ell 1 0 Complete Bible
Gujarati guj 1 1 Complete Bible
Ila ilb 1 0 New Testament
Italian ita 1 0 Complete Bible
Kaonde kqn 1 0 Complete Bible
Khwedam xuu 1 0 Bible Portions
Kuhane sbs 1 0 Translation Needed
Kunda kdn 1 0 New Testament
Lala-Bisa leb 5 0 New Testament
Lamba lam 2 0 Complete Bible
Lambya lai 1 0 New Testament
Lenje leh 1 0 Complete Bible
Lozi loz 1 0 Complete Bible
Luchazi lch 1 0 Complete Bible
Lunda lun 1 0 Complete Bible
Luvale lue 1 0 Complete Bible
Luyana lyn 1 0 Bible Portions
Mambwe-Lungu mgr 1 0 Complete Bible
Mashi mho 1 0 Bible Portions
Mbowe mxo 1 0 Translation Needed
Mbukushu mhw 1 0 New Testament
Mbunda mck 1 0 Complete Bible
Ndebele nde 1 0 Complete Bible
Nkoya nka 2 0 Complete Bible
Nsenga nse 1 0 New Testament
Nyamwanga mwn 3 0 Complete Bible
Nyiha, Tanzania nih 1 0 New Testament
Nyika nkv 1 0 Translation Needed
Portuguese por 1 0 Complete Bible
Sala shq 1 0 Translation Started
Serbian srp 1 0 Complete Bible
Shona sna 1 0 Complete Bible
Simaa sie 4 0 Bible Portions
Soli sby 1 0 New Testament
Swahili swh 1 1 Complete Bible
Swahili, Congo swc 1 0 Complete Bible
Taabwa tap 2 0 New Testament
Tonga toi 3 0 Complete Bible
Totela ttl 1 0 Translation Started
Tumbuka tum 3 0 Complete Bible
Yao yao 1 1 Complete Bible
Yauma yax 1 0 Bible Portions
Zambian Sign Language zsl 1 0 Translation Needed
Totals: 53 74 3   24 30 41 44 0
Networking Possibilities

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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

Zambia Statistics
People Groups 74
Unreached People Groups 3  (4.1%)
Population 19,407,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 3.1%
Population in Unreached 99,000  (0.5%)
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Christian Adherent 86.5%
Percent Evangelical 24.9%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 3.2%
Pioneer Workers Needed * 3
Country Progress Level 5
Urbanization 44%
Continent Africa
Region Africa, East and Southern
10/40 Window No
Country Code ZA
Official Language(s) English
Literacy Rate 87%
Estimated Illiterate Population 2,523,000
Persecution Ranking Not ranked
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