Pray for: Zambia

Flag for Zambia

Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Africa
Capital: Lusaka
Population: 21,134,695
% Urban: 45.2 %
Population Under 15 Yrs: 44.5 %
Official Language: English. Trade languages Bemba and Nyanja spoken by large segments of the population
Languages: 72
Literacy Rate: 63 %
Life Expectancy: 61.2 yrs (214/236)
HDI Ranking: 154 / 189
% Christian: 87 %
% Evangelical: 25.7 %
Largest Religion: Christian
% Largest Religion: 87 %
People Groups: 74
Least Reached People Groups: 3
% Unevangelized: 2 %


Title: Zambia

Tier: 1

Type: country

Zambians widely accept Christianity, even in public institutions and the media. Evangelicals grew from 3.8% in 1960 to more than 25% today. Former president Chiluba declared Zambia a Christian nation in 1991, and Zambians practise freedom of all religions. Zambia enjoys a legacy as a stable and peaceful nation surrounded by countries troubled by war and unrest. But national transformation along biblical lines still has not come. Too few know the Word of God, or how to live a Christian life. Superstitions and occult practices open the door for the enemy to work evil in people’s lives. Pray for Christians to live pure and holy lives that depend on God alone for spiritual power and blessing. Pray that Zambia will truly be a nation that honours God.

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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.