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Republic of Uganda


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Area: 241,551 sq km

Much of the land is fertile and well watered. The climate is temperate in the highlands. Long known as the "Pearl of Africa".

Population: 33,796,461    Annual Growth: 3.32%

Capital: Kampala

Urbanites: 13.3%

HDI Rank: 157 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)


Peoples: 66 (9% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: English, Swahili    Languages: 45 All languages


Largest Religion: Christian

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr


Challenges for Prayer

Expatriate workers are appreciated. Social, economic and educational needs make for many ministry opportunities. In today’s climate, close fellowship and effective partnership between expatriates and Ugandans is essential. Areas of greatest potential service include reconstruction, development, counselling, Bible and vocational training, youth and children’s ministry. Some of the larger missions include IMB, AIM, GGWO, BIM, YWAM, GMS.

The growing challenges of other religions.

a) Muslim numbers and influence are quickly growing. Politicized Islam is increasingly common in the Islamic population, and Arab states have poured large sums of money into education and Islamic infrastructure. Muslims are a minority in many peoples, but the Kakwa, Aringa and Madi peoples in the northwest and the Soga in the southeast have significant numbers of Muslims. Relatively little has been done to sensitively reach out specifically to Muslims. Converts are few and have been persecuted.

b) Animistic tribal religious practices, previously in decline, may be increasing as well as infiltrating and polluting Christian faith and practice. In some dioceses, the number of pagan shrines is double that of church buildings.

     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 Uganda.