Official Country Name:Republic of Burundi
Region:East and Southern Africa
Government:Presidential Representative Democratic Republic
Religious Demographics:Christian ±90%, Evangelical ±27%, Muslim ±3%, Ethnoreligious ±2%
Number of Evangelicals
A Nation Poised to Spread Hope to East Africa
The nation of Burundi was originally formed as a small kingdom in the African Great Lakes region in the 16th century. After European settlement, the nation was united with what was then called the Kingdom of Rwanda, becoming the colony of Ruanda-Urundi. Ruanda-Urundi was first colonized by Germany, later by Belgium, and then gained its independence in 1962. The two kingdoms were then split back into individual nations.
Having heard the gospel from the English settlers, Christianity took root and began to grow rapidly. The nation is now predominantly Catholic, with a 27% evangelical population. Though the country is religiously free according to its constitution, and many religious groups are able to coexist in harmony, the nation still experiences religious discrimination and ranks low in safety and security, and personal freedom.
Because of the country's proximity to Muslim-dominated East Africa, it is surprising that only 3% of the population is Muslim. Burundi's access to unreached is ranked as low because the nation is majority Christian and does not house any significant Muslim population.
The nation ranks low in Legatum Prosperity Index, scoring 157 out of 167 nations. However, though there are social tensions, the nation is religiously free, and the church is permitted to practice their faith and openly worship, which is a great asset in mobilization. When considering all of these things, we Praise God for the work He has done and will do in Burundi. We rank their mobilization potential as moderate.