Pray for: Malawi

Flag for Malawi

Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Africa
Capital: Lilongwe
Population: 21,475,962
% Urban: 17.7 %
Population Under 15 Yrs: 43.5 %
Official Language: English, but Chewa is common.
Languages: 24
Literacy Rate: 66 %
Life Expectancy: 62.9 yrs (203/236)
HDI Ranking: 169 / 189
% Christian: 76 %
% Evangelical: 19.6 %
Largest Religion: Christian
% Largest Religion: 76 %
People Groups: 25
Least Reached People Groups: 4
% Unevangelized: 3 %


Title: Malawi

Tier: 1

Type: country

Malawi faces serious challenges in the future, such as the combination of poverty, high population growth and increasing pressure on agricultural land. High levels of national debt, AIDS and unemployment, when added to the aforementioned economic factors, produce challenges that will require wisdom, long-term planning and proactive policies by the government. The grip of poverty hampers development not only in the financial sense but also in terms of education, AIDS prevention, family life and even effective ministry and discipleship. Pray for leaders in Malawi, most of whom are church members, to act with wisdom, humility and long-term planning on biblical principles.

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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.