A. THE COUNTRY
The Republic of Uganda, is a landlocked country in East Africa with a
multi-party democratic government. With good soil, regular rainfall and
three growing seasons, agriculture accounts for 80% of the work force.
Poverty is widespread. The Rwanda-Burundi wars, subsequent Central
African War and the terrorism of the Lord’s Resistance Army have
involved Uganda in military adventures in Congo, Sudan and Rwanda.
B. THE PEOPLE
The population is ~33,797,000 and the official languages are English and
Swahili. The numbers of those who perished from Amin’s dictatorship,
civil wars, famines and tribal killings are unknown, but estimates vary
from 800,000 to 2 million. AIDS has significantly impacted the rate of
population growth. There are over 60 ethnic groups; four major
divisions. ~65.6% are Bantu, ~24.1% Nilotic, ~6.8% Sudanic, ~3.5% Other
(other Africans, South Asians, Westerners).
C. RELIGIONS AND CHRISTIANITY/PENTECOSTALISM
Uganda is one of the most truly Christian nations in the world. The
fastest growing churches are almost all from Pentecostal and charismatic
background. Muslim numbers are growing. It appears that animistic
tribal religious practices are increasing as well.
~84.74% claim to be Christian, ~11.49% Muslim, ~2.65% Ethnoreligionist,
~0.47% Non-religious, ~0.35% Hindu, ~0.3% Baha’i.
In the Christian category:
~39.35% are Catholic, ~36.1% Anglican, ~6.6% Protestant, ~3.28%
Independent, ~0.08% Orthodox, ~0.07% Other groups.
Evangelicals represent ~37% of the population.
Charismatics represent ~19% and of those ~5.7% are Pentecostals.
Operation World, Jason Mandryk. Colorado Springs: Biblica Publishing, 2010.