Country: Zimbabwe

Number of People Groups

41

People Groups Unreached

2 (4.9%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

15,665,000

Population in Unreached

27,000 (0.2%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent

76.83%

% Evangelical

25.22%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

2.2%
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 102,000 4,668,000 Afrikaans Christianity 96.00 % 30.00 % -
 Bemba 36,000 6,010,000 Bemba Christianity 95.00 % 12.00 % -
Birwa 127,000 160,000 Birwa Ethnic Religions 35.00 % 6.00 % -
 British 8,000 53,789,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 8.80 % -
 Deaf 158,000 49,091,000 Zimbabwe Sign Language Christianity 77.99 % -
 Doma, Vadoma 20,000 20,000 Shona Ethnic Religions 0.30 % 0.30 % 1
Dombe 7,500 7,500 Dombe Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 0.50 % -
 Greek 8,600 10,503,000 Greek Christianity 92.00 % 0.40 % -
 Gujarati 33,000 3,412,000 Gujarati Hinduism 8.00 % 5.00 % -
 Han Chinese, Mandarin 1,700 925,789,000 Chinese, Mandarin Non-Religious 9.00 % 5.70 % -
 Kalanga 233,000 417,000 Kalanga Christianity 68.00 % 17.00 % -
Kunda 200,000 275,000 Kunda Christianity 55.00 % 9.00 % -
 Lembaa 109,000 1,493,000 Venda Ethnic Religions 42.00 % 5.00 % -
 Lozi 159,000 1,482,000 Lozi Christianity 91.00 % 18.00 % -
 Makua, Makhuwa-Meetto 18,000 2,035,000 Makhuwa-Meetto Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 0.50 % -
Manyika 482,000 643,000 Manyika Christianity 75.00 % 29.00 % -
 Marathi 7,300 111,000 Marathi Hinduism 1.00 % 0.10 % 1
Nambya 124,000 146,000 Nambya Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 10.00 % -
 Ndau 1,127,000 1,934,000 Ndau Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 1.20 % -
 Ndebele, Tabele 1,946,000 1,983,000 Ndebele Christianity 79.00 % 27.00 % -
 Nsenga 57,000 1,100,000 Nsenga Christianity 72.00 % 14.00 % -
 Nyanja 482,000 13,404,000 Chichewa Christianity 80.00 % 29.00 % -
 Nyungwe 36,000 459,000 Nyungwe Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 8.00 % -
 Pedi, North Sotho 200,000 5,546,000 Sotho, Northern Christianity 90.00 % 12.00 % -
 Portuguese 18,000 19,699,000 Portuguese Christianity 94.00 % 3.00 % -
 Sena 164,000 2,407,000 Sena Christianity 82.00 % 10.00 % -
 Shona 1,053,000 1,309,000 Shona Christianity 82.75 % 36.00 % -
 Shona-Karanga 3,716,000 3,721,000 Shona Christianity 85.00 % 34.00 % -
 Shona-Korekore 1,392,000 1,392,000 Shona Christianity 74.00 % 14.00 % -
 Shona-Zezuru 2,651,000 2,699,000 Shona Christianity 83.00 % 35.00 % -
 Swazi 91,000 2,591,000 Swati Christianity 85.00 % 25.00 % -
Tawara 50,000 171,000 Tawara Christianity 59.00 % 4.00 % -
 Tonga, Zambezi 295,000 2,944,000 Tonga Christianity 63.00 % 7.00 % -
 Tshara-Tshao 4,900 7,600 Tshuwau Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 5.00 % -
 Tsonga 147,000 7,461,000 Tsonga Christianity 90.00 % 8.00 % -
Tswa, Hlengwe 4,100 1,150,000 Tswa Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 8.00 % -
 Tswana 104,000 400,000 Setswana Christianity 80.00 % 16.00 % -
Tswana-Tawana 36,000 194,000 Setswana Christianity 68.00 % 12.00 % -
 Tumbuka 18,000 3,505,000 Tumbuka Christianity 89.00 % 5.00 % -
 Xhosa 36,000 8,577,000 Xhosa Christianity 90.00 % 11.00 % -
 Zulu 203,000 14,116,000 Zulu Christianity 85.00 % 22.00 % -
  Totals:  41 15,665,000         2 76.83 % 25.22 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 656,000                
  UN Country Population (2022) 16,321,000                

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Province Estimated
Population
Bulawayo 728,000
Harare 2,367,000
Manicaland 1,955,000
Mashonaland Central 1,286,000
Mashonaland East 1,500,000
Mashonaland West 1,675,000
Masvingo 1,656,000
Matabeleland North 835,000
Matabeleland South 763,000
Midlands 1,801,000
Provinces:  10 14,566,000
UN Country Population 16,321,000
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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
Bemba bem 1 0 Complete Bible
Birwa brl 1 0 Translation Needed
Chichewa nya 1 0 Complete Bible
Chinese, Mandarin cmn 1 0 Complete Bible
Dombe dov 1 0 Translation Needed
English eng 1 0 Complete Bible
Greek ell 1 0 Complete Bible
Gujarati guj 1 0 Complete Bible
Kalanga kck 1 0 Complete Bible
Kunda kdn 1 0 New Testament
Lozi loz 1 0 Complete Bible
Makhuwa-Meetto mgh 1 0 New Testament
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 New Testament
Portuguese por 1 0 Complete Bible
Sena seh 1 0 New Testament
Setswana tsn 2 0 Complete Bible
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
Tshuwau hio 1 0 Bible Portions
Tsonga tso 1 0 Complete Bible
Tswa tsc 1 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 Translation Needed
Zulu zul 1 0 Complete Bible
Totals: 36 41 2   26 25 30 30 0
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

Zimbabwe Statistics
People Groups 41
Unreached People Groups 2  (4.9%)
Population 15,665,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 2.3%
Population in Unreached 27,000  (0.2%)
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Christian Adherent 76.8%
Percent Evangelical 25.2%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 2.2%
Pioneer Workers Needed * 2
Country Progress Level 5
Urbanization 32%
Continent Africa
Region Africa, East and Southern
10/40 Window No
Country Code ZI
Official Language(s) EnglishShona
Literacy Rate 89%
Estimated Illiterate Population 1,723,000
Persecution Ranking Not ranked
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