Zambia is a landlocked country in southern Africa, which has remained generally stable in its post-colonial history – unlike many of the struggling nations that surround it. The economy has grown rapidly over the last decade, largely due to the expanding copper industry, and China has invested heavily in Zambia. Yet two-thirds of Zambians still live in poverty.

Chris and Helen Hawthorne serve in Zambia, where Chris is Principal of the Proclamation Institute

Christianity is widespread and its influence can be seen in many aspects of daily life. Yet there remains a great need for more clear, biblical preaching and teaching in the churches. Few pastors have had the benefit of formal theological and ministry training, which is why colleges like the Proclamation Institute are so important.

How can you pray for Zambia?

  • For church leaders to grow in their knowledge of the gospel and its implications for daily living.
  • For preaching that is increasingly rooted in the text of Scripture.
  • For training institutions like Proclamation Institute to help raise up a new generation of faithful and well-taught pastors and leaders.

Opportunities to serve in Zambia

  • Bible teaching
  • Training indigenous leaders
  • Compassion ministries

GBM stories from Zambia


Zambia – key facts

  • Population 17.4 million (July 2020 est.)
  • Population Growth 2.89% (2020 est.)
  • Ethnicity Bemba 21%, Tonga 13.6%, Chewa 7.4%, Lozi 5.7%, Nsenga 5.3%, Tumbuka 4.4%, Ngoni 4%, other 38.2%, unspecified 0.4% (2010 est.)
  • Language Bemba 33.4%, Nyanja 14.7%, Tonga 11.4%, Lozi 5.5%, Chewa 4.5%, other 30.2%, unspecified 0.2% (2010 est.)
  • Religion Protestant 75.3%, Roman Catholic 20.2%, other 2.7% (includes Muslim Buddhist, Hindu, and Baha’i), none 1.8% (2010 est.)
  • Urbanization urban population: 44.6% of total population (2020) rate of urbanization: 4.23% annual rate of change (2015-20 est.)
  • Literacy 86.7% (2018)

(Data from the CIA World Factbook, August 2020)