Where We Work
Malawi is a landlocked country in southeast Africa, bordered by Zambia, Tanzania, and Mozambique. It enjoys a temperate climate but lacks abundant and accessible natural resources. The Shire River is Malawi’s major river and joins the Zambezi River in Mozambique. Approximately 20% of Malawi is covered by water.
Population and Demographics
Malawi has a population of approximately 18 million people (2019) of many ethnic groups, including the Chewa, Nyanja, Yao, Tumbuka, Lomwe, Sena, Tonga, Ngoni, and Ngonde.
The official language of Malawi is Chichewa, spoken by over 50% of the population, although English, Chinyanja, Chiyao, and Chitumbuka are also spoken by a large percentage of people.
Despite being one of the poorest countries in the world today, Malawi is known as the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’, because of its kind people and friendly faces.
Economy and Religion
Malawi is one of the least developed countries in the world with 70% of Malawians living in rural or village settings as subsistence farmers. In Zomba, Malawi nearly 74% of people live below the poverty line of $1.90 per day.
The main religions in Malawi are Christianity and Islam. 20-25% of the population identifies as Muslim primarily from the Yao tribe, 60-65% identify with Christianity (Protestant and Catholicism), while 10-20% adhere to elements of African Tradition Religion (ATR), spiritualism, and ancestral veneration.
Passion Center for Children is located in Zomba, Malawi, the former capital of the country. Through our various ministries, the Passion Center for Children serves over 150 villages, cares for over 350 orphans, Child-Headed Households (CHH), infants, special needs children, and provides biblical training to over 700 pastors in over a thousand rural villages. The first Passion Center site, launched in 2004, is based at Mulunguzi Community Church in Zomba and coordinates all ministries in-country. The second Passion Center site was launched in 2017 at Jali Community Church in Jali.
Passion Center Jali
Jali Community Church sits near the township of Jali not far from the Likangala river, where public baptisms for new Jali Community Church believers are frequently held.