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Republic of Malawi


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Area: 118,484 sq km

Central African state extending along Lake Malawi and its outflow river, the Shire. A landlocked nation whose southern half is virtually an enclave within Mozambique.

Population: 15,691,784    Annual Growth: 2.82%

Capital: Lilongwe

Urbanites: 19.8%

HDI Rank: 160 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)


Peoples: 33 (12% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: Chichewa and English    Languages: 24 All languages


Largest Religion: Christian

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr


Challenges for Prayer

The least evangelized. Pray that both Malawian and expatriate workers may effectively share the love of Christ with:

a) The Yawo, mostly Muslim, remain the biggest missional challenge in Malawi. Currently, outreach attempts are made by a partnership of evangelical missions – SIM, Brethren in Christ, AoG, Frontiers, Australian and South African Baptists, FEBA, CAPRO, Deeper Life and others – but few have come to Christ. Bible translation, audio resources and radio broadcasts are all being developed, and a Yawo church is coming to life!

b) The various tribes that still practice traditional ethnic religion. All of these have some Christians among them, but usually a smaller minority. They include the Southern Nyanja (11.6% of the population), the Kokola (1.7%), Nyungwe (0.1%) and a few smaller groups.

c) The Asian peoples, including Gujaratis, Kachis and Tamils. Only sporadic attempts are made to evangelize these predominantly Hindu and Muslim peoples.

Expatriate missionaries primarily support existing denominations and agencies in training, outreach and Christian institutions. Pray for genuine partnerships between foreigners and Malawians that result in fruitful ministries. The largest agencies: SIM, IMB, NGK, Liebenzell Mission, PAoC.

     For an additional 7 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.

More Information

The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Malawi.