Official Country Name:The Republic of Zimbabwe
Region:East and Southern Africa
Religious Demographics:Christian ±78%, Evangelical ±30%, Muslim ±1%, Ethnoreligious ±21%
Number of Evangelicals
The "House of Stone" Rests on the Cornerstone
A landlocked country in southern Africa, Zimbabwe lies wholly within the tropics. The land was initially populated by the Bantu people, who utilized the clay and dirt in the region to develop ceramic and brick production. Because of this, some of the oldest structures in the nation are brick and stone buildings, a lasting memoir of the craftsmanship of the early inhabitants. This history of stone masonry gave the nation the nickname ""The House of Stone.""
Zimbabwe, then called Rhodesia, was colonized by the British in 1898. Source: Zimbabwe History Soon after, railroads were built, churches were established, and increased colonization of the area was encouraged. British colonists found the nation to be rich in minerals such as iron ore, gold, and cole. In 1965, white apartheid settlers declared the independent nation of Rhodesia; however, it was not until 1980 that the nation gained its independence under Robert Mugabe's violent revolutionary movement that achieved universal suffrage.
In a predominantly Christian nation today, only 30% of the population identifies as evangelical. Though the country is religiously free according to its constitution, there are still social hostilities toward various religious groups, most often happening in the form of abduction and physical abuse.
The nation has a low prosperity rank but holds a moderate rank in its region of Sub-Saharan Africa. The Zimbabwean church lives in poverty and must fully rely on the providence of God to protect and provide for their needs. This is especially true in situations of support raising and launching missionaries abroad. When considering all of these things, we Praise God for the work He has done and will do in Zimbabwe!