Pray for: Lesotho

Flag for Lesotho

Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Africa
Capital: Maseru
Population: 2,356,083
% Urban: 29.5 %
Population Under 15 Yrs: 32.5 %
Official Language: Sesotho, English
Languages: 6
Literacy Rate: 79 %
Life Expectancy: 53.1 yrs (234/236)
HDI Ranking: 168 / 189
% Christian: 89.3 %
% Evangelical: 12.1 %
Largest Religion: Christian
% Largest Religion: 89.3 %
People Groups: 10
% Unevangelized: 1 %


Title: Lesotho

Tier: 1

Type: country

Lesotho faces great challenges. The HIV infection rate is among the highest in the world (20.9%). Family breakdown, poverty, unemployment, and limited access to water frustrate daily life. The people and the government struggle to cope with these burdens. Pray for wise leadership and creative ways to improve quality of life. Mission Aviation Fellowship planes transport medical supplies and Christian workers in this mountainous country with few roads. The mountain peoples are much less reached because of their isolated location. Christian radio reaches many in the lowlands, even non-churchgoers. Scripture Union shares God’s Word with young people through school groups. Pray for fruitful ministry in this needy land.

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Content taken or adapted from Operation World, 7th Edition (2010) and Pray for the World (2015). Both books are published by InterVarsity Press. All rights reserved.