Africa Mission
Church planting and growth | Supporting

church communities in Malawi and Mozambique
JAM works with the Free Baptist Church of South Africa in their mission to Africa. There’s currently 10 Free Baptist Churches in Malawi and another 7 in Mozambique. We visit these churches and communities annually and supply them with the necessary tools and training to grow their churches and better their communities. We also plant new churches, help with material to build their buildings and supply the necessary material to repair the old ones.

Religious Beliefs In Malawi

Malawi is a Christian majority nation with a sizable Muslim population centered in the areas near the border with Mozambique.

Malawi, officially the Republic of Malawi, is a landlocked country in Southeastern Africa bordered by Tanzania, Zambia, and Mozambique. It is one of the smallest countries in Africa with an area of 45,460 square miles and an estimated population of 16.8 million. Lilongwe is the country’s capital and largest city. It is under the leadership of the president who is elected democratically. English is the country’s official language, but other ethnic languages are used. The people of Malawi are mainly Bantus divided into several ethnic groups with different religious beliefs.

Protestant Christianity

44% of the entire population in Malawi are Christian Protestants. There is a rapid growth rate in Protestants in Malawi due to the errors of the Roman Catholic Church. These high numbers have been attributed to the prayers and unity among these churches. The main aim of the churches is to bring out holistic growth in which Christians are committed to both the church and making a difference in their country and society. Though several issues regarding other denominations have been on the rise, Christianity was promoted by the first president of Malawi and flourishing of the churches was witnessed.

Sunni Islam

Sunni Islam is the second largest religion in Malawi. It was introduced in Malawi by the Arabs and the Swahili traders during the barter trade of ivory, gold, and slaves. Traders from the Kilwa Sultanate and two other Muslim teachers played a significant role in its spread before the 19th century. During the colonial era, Muslim was seen to pose a greater resistance to their rule because it could unite the Africans in hostility. Over the years, missionary work by Muslim groups has been done to promote the religion in Malawi. Mosques have been built in every town, Islamic schools and learning centers, and a Muslim broadcasting station. 19% of the country’s population adhere to this religion

Roman Catholic Christianity

The Roman Catholic Church in Malawi is part of the worldwide Catholic Church in Rome under the leadership of the pope. It was introduced in Malawi by the first Catholic missionaries in 1889. After five years upon their arrival, three mission stations were permanently set up to enhance its spread. The first Malawian priest was ordained in 1938 by the white fathers. 18% of Malawian population are Roman Catholics.

Other Christians

Apart from Protestants and the Roman Catholics, there are other small denominations like Baptists, seven-day Adventists, Jehovah’s witnesses, and Anglicans forming 13% of the population. Several missionaries like bishops encouraged the spread of other forms of Christianity and translated the Bible into the Chichewa language. Under the rule of the Malawi’s first president, Christianity was favored and several churches built.

Other Religious Beliefs Prevalent In Malawi

Despite influences from the missionaries and Arab traders, 6% of the Malawian population still hold on to the traditional African beliefs like the belief in a supreme, belief in spirits, veneration of the death, use of magic and various folk beliefs, as well as traditional witchcraft, is wide spread. These beliefs are for the sole purpose of harmonizing nature with the supernatural.

Religious Beliefs In Malawi

Rank

Belief System

Share of Population in Malawi

1

Protestant Christianity

44%

2

Sunni Islam

19%

3

Roman Catholic Christianity

18%

4

Other Christians

13%

 

Other Beliefs or Irreligion

6%

 

 

 

Information from World Atlas

 Malawi
Mission

Malawi

The Free Baptist Church has 10 churches in Central and Southern Malawi.
Malawi Churches
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Mozam
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The Free Baptist Church has 7 churches in Southern Mozambique .
Mozambique Churches

Latest Mission Rapport

Our last visit to Malawi was in December 2018. Here is the latest on what we are doing there and how you can contribute or get involved.

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General Information

Malawi
Malawi
Malawi is a Christian majority nation with a sizable Muslim population centered in the areas near the border with Mozambique.

Malawi, officially the Republic of Malawi, is a landlocked country in Southeastern Africa bordered by Tanzania, Zambia, and Mozambique. It is one of the smallest countries in Africa with an area of 45,460 square miles and an estimated population of 16.8 million. Lilongwe is the country’s capital and largest city. It is under the leadership of the president who is elected democratically. English is the country’s official language, but other ethnic languages are used.

Religions - Protestant Christianity 44%, Islam 19%, Roman Catholic Christianity 18%, Other Christians 13% and Other Beliefs or Irreligion 6%.

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Mozambique
Mozambique
According to the most recent national census, more than half of Mozambicans are Christian, though a significant Muslim presence is also felt.

The South African nation Mozambique gives its people full rights to practice any religion of their choice. However, no official religious holidays are there, but it allows its people to take leave on their respective religious days of observance. In this respect, it would be interesting to explore the religious beliefs in Mozambique.

Roman Catholic Christianity 28.4%, Atheist or Agnostic 18.7%, Islam (predominately Sunni) 17.9%, Zionist Protestant Christianity15.5%, Evangelical Protestant Christianity 10.9%, Other Beliefs 7.3%, Anglican Protestant Christianity 1.3%.

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2019 Mission Tour

The next Mission Tour will commence on the 6th of December.

Pastors Testimonies

These are short interviews with some of the pastors from Malawi, telling us about their salvation and their work in the ministry.

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