Area: 752,614 sq km
Landlocked central/ southern African country; largely savannah grasslands with forested areas.
Population: 13,257,269 Annual Growth: 2.46%
Official language: English. Trade languages Bemba and Nyanja spoken by large segments of the population Languages: 72 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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Churches still vary widely in spiritual quality and vigour. Pray for:
a) The many thriving evangelical congregations in the northwest. This area has a high concentration of evangelical believers, largely as a result of the ministry of the Brethren/CMML, SIM and Baptists. There is still a need for spiritual depth and learning, but enthusiasm is high for ministry and mission.
b) The fruitful work of the Brethren in Christ and Churches of Christ among the Tonga peoples in the south; health care and pastoral training are two key emphases in this area.
c) The Reformed Church among the Nyanja peoples in the east, which is theologically evangelical, large in number and still growing.
d) The Lozi and southwestern peoples and the Bemba and northern peoples, who traditionally have few evangelical congregations. Many have become nominally Christian or have been swept into sectarian or syncretistic indigenous churches. Pray for churches to be planted in these spiritually needy areas. HeartCry, Africa Outreach Ministries and Baptists are church planting among these peoples and among Bemba-speaking peoples in the north, where there is an exciting growth of evangelical congregations.
The Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) is a network of over 200 denominations, churches, missions and parachurch organizations and an important focal point of fellowship and cooperative efforts. It has spearheaded efforts to address the challenges of AIDS, poverty and long-term food security, and works to imbue churches with holistic vision. Pray that the EFZ might be anointed and effective in this crucial work.
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The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Zambia.