Malawi is one of the world's most densely populated and least developed countries. Malawians suffer from extreme poverty, high unemployment, and severe inflation (26% annually).  Ten percent of the adult population is infected with AIDS, and for 20–49 year olds, AIDS is the leading cause of death.

Literacy is only 64% and there are no scripture translations for half of Malawi's sixteen indigenous languages. As a result, most Bible teaching must be taught orally.

Although Malawi is Christianized and Muslims account for only 17% of the population, funds from Arab nations are pouring into the country for the construction of mosques, Muslim schools, and humanitarian projects. Furthermore, the Qur’an has been translated in Chichewa, the language of the most Malawians. Clearly, Malawi is a priority in Muslim evangelistic efforts.