Country: Malawi

Number of People Groups

25

People Groups Unreached

4 (16.0%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

21,362,000

Population in Unreached

2,683,000 (12.6%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent

74.08%

% Evangelical

16.95%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

2.9%
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 4,100 4,760,000 Afrikaans Christianity 95.00 % 9.00 % -
 British 12,000 54,161,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 8.00 % -
 Deaf 214,000 50,266,000 Malawian Sign Language Christianity 76.00 % -
 French 2,000 50,635,000 French Christianity 62.00 % 1.00 % -
 Greek 6,100 10,384,000 Greek Christianity 92.00 % 0.40 % -
 Gujarati 60,000 3,518,000 Gujarati Hinduism 0.50 % 0.10 % 1
 Kachchi 15,000 178,000 Kacchi Islam 2.00 % 0.30 % 1
Kokola 358,000 534,000 Kokola Christianity 60.00 % 7.00 % -
 Lambya 81,000 231,000 Lambya Christianity 65.00 % 8.00 % -
Lomwe, Nguru 1,148,000 1,148,000 Lomwe, Malawi Christianity 85.00 % 14.00 % -
 Ndali 115,000 599,000 Ndali Christianity 65.00 % 7.00 % -
 Ngoni, Malawi 2,203,000 2,203,000 Chichewa Christianity 64.00 % 5.00 % -
 Nyakyusa, Ngonde 220,000 1,888,000 Nyakyusa-Ngonde Christianity 92.00 % 13.00 % -
 Nyanja, Chewa 9,900,000 14,352,000 Chichewa Christianity 88.00 % 27.00 % -
Nyiha, Malawi 14,000 14,000 Nyiha, Malawi Christianity 60.00 % 4.00 % -
Nyika 6,900 18,000 Nyika Christianity 75.00 % 4.00 % -
 Portuguese 20,000 17,337,000 Portuguese Christianity 94.00 % 3.00 % -
 Sena, Malawi 692,000 692,000 Sena, Malawi Christianity 58.00 % 12.00 % -
Senga 37,000 206,000 Tumbuka Christianity 75.00 % 12.00 % -
 Shona 101,000 1,436,000 Shona Christianity 75.00 % 5.00 % -
 Swahili 4,200 1,208,000 Swahili Islam ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Tonga 401,000 401,000 Tonga (Malawi) Christianity 97.00 % 15.00 % -
 Tumbuka 3,066,000 3,691,000 Tumbuka Christianity 97.00 % 14.00 % -
 Yao 2,604,000 3,753,000 Yao Islam 1.00 % 0.50 % 52
 Zulu 78,000 14,390,000 Zulu Christianity 96.00 % 15.00 % -
  Totals:  25 21,362,000         4 74.08 % 16.95 % 55 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 114,000                
  UN Country Population (2024) 21,476,000                

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Province Estimated
Population
Balaka 520,000
Blantyre 1,484,000
Chikwawa 669,000
Chiradzulu 423,000
Chitipa 278,000
Dedza 985,000
Dowa 916,000
Karonga 433,000
Kasungu 999,000
Likoma 17,000
Lilongwe 3,114,000
Machinga 872,000
Mangochi 1,362,000
Mchinji 714,000
Mulanje 811,000
Mwanza 155,000
Mzimba 1,372,000
Neno 164,000
Nkhata Bay 339,000
Nkhotakota 469,000
Nsanje 355,000
Ntcheu 782,000
Ntchisi 376,000
Phalombe 509,000
Rumphi 272,000
Salima 567,000
Thyolo 855,000
Zomba 1,010,000
Provinces:  28 20,822,000
UN Country Population 21,476,000
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Language Code # Peoples
w/ this Primary
Language
# Unreached
w/ this Primary
Language
Scripture
Status
YouVersion
Bible
Resources
Faith Comes
By Hearing
Bible Resources
Jesus Film
Online
Global
Recordings
Resources
Gospel
Tract
Online
Afrikaans afr 1 0 Complete Bible
Chichewa nya 2 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
Kacchi kfr 1 1 New Testament
Kokola kzn 1 0 New Testament
Lambya lai 1 0 New Testament
Lomwe, Malawi lon 1 0 Complete Bible
Malawian Sign Language lws 1 0 Translation Started
Ndali ndh 1 0 New Testament
Nyakyusa-Ngonde nyy 1 0 Complete Bible
Nyiha, Malawi nyr 1 0 Bible Portions
Nyika nkv 1 0 Bible Portions
Portuguese por 1 0 Complete Bible
Sena, Malawi swk 1 0 Complete Bible
Shona sna 1 0 Complete Bible
Swahili swh 1 1 Complete Bible
Tonga (Malawi) tog 1 0 Complete Bible
Tumbuka tum 2 0 Complete Bible
Yao yao 1 1 Complete Bible
Zulu zul 1 0 Complete Bible
Totals: 23 25 4   18 17 20 18 10
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 Malawi. 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 Malawi
  • Christian ministry in Malawi
  • Business as mission
  • Christian literature distribution
  • Evangelism agencies
  • Christian discipleship
  • Short term Christian missions
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  • Urban ministries
  • Christian media opportunities
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  • Relief and development agencies
  • Clean water projects
  • Christian medical outreaches

Malawi Statistics
People Groups 25
Unreached People Groups 4  (16.0%)
Population 21,362,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 3.1%
Population in Unreached 2,683,000  (12.6%)
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Christian Adherent 74.1%
Percent Evangelical 17.0%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 2.9%
Pioneer Workers Needed * 55
Country Progress Level 5
Urbanization 17%
Continent Africa
Region Africa, East and Southern
10/40 Window No
Country Code MI
Official Language(s) EnglishChichewa
Literacy Rate 62%
Estimated Illiterate Population 8,118,000
Persecution Ranking Not ranked
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