Pray for: Zimbabwe

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Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Africa
Capital: Harare
Population: 15,092,171
% Urban: 32.3 %
Population Under 15 Yrs: 42.2 %
Official Language: English. Trade languages Shona spoken widely, Ndebele in the West
Languages: 22
Literacy Rate: 87 %
HDI Ranking: 150 / 189
% Christian: 78 %
% Evangelical: 30.9 %
Largest Religion: Christian
% Largest Religion: 78 %
People Groups: 43
Least Reached People Groups: 2
% Unevangelized: 1 %

Zimbabwe

Title: Zimbabwe

Tier: 1

Type: country

Zimbabwe faced years of seemingly unending national emergencies. It once exported food, and then was no longer able to feed its own people, even with international aid. Rewarding war veterans with formerly white-owned farmland destroyed a once-rich agricultural sector. Hyperinflation was so bad that Zimbabwe’s own currency was rendered worthless, and people only used money from other nations. Millions left the country to seek a better life elsewhere, including many leaders in education, business, healthcare, and the church. Poverty grips millions who remain. The passing of Robert Mugabe and his succession by President Mnangagwa has brought some stability and hope for future growth. Pray for God to restore this once-prosperous land and to use His people to bring relief to the decades of suffering.

Zimbabwe

Title: Zimbabwe

Tier: 1

Type: country

Zimbabwe faces one of the world’s worst AIDS crises. Around 1 million AIDS orphans need care, and, at one point, over 2,000 people died from AIDS-related illness each week. Thank God the rate of infection began to slow in recent years. Life expectancy in Zimbabwe got as low as 40 years. So much death robs the nation of trained professionals and leaders, and devastates the workforce. Pray for wisdom to help the nation cope with this great loss of life. Pray for churches to engage with the moral, spiritual, and economic effects of AIDS.

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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.