Area: 65,301 sq km
The southernmost of the three Baltic states. Flat, arable land with many forests and lakes.
Population: 3,255,324 Annual Growth: -0.96%
Official language: Lithuanian Languages: 12 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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The shortage of trained Christian leaders is a result of rapid growth in the newer churches and difficulty in establishing denominations. Religious freedom has also yielded an increase of cults and theological error. Solid biblical foundations must be established, but leaders trained abroad too frequently do not return. Catholics have four seminaries and three faculties in universities; Lutherans have one. The Pentecostals founded a pastoral, mission-oriented training institute, Vilnius College; the Baptist Union has a training institute (NEBIM). The non-denominational Evangelical Bible Institute (EBI) is in the process of accrediting a bachelor of theology degree. LCC International University is an inter-denominational and inter-confessional institution with a vision to train future leaders with a Christian worldview. Pray that these institutions might raise up godly, well-educated and visionary leaders for the nation.
Expatriate missions. About 30 missionaries minister long-term in the country, plus around 35 Western faculty and staff of the Lithuania Christian College. YWAM has a team serving alongside local parishes, working with families, youth, orphanages, summer camps and humanitarian aid distribution. Pray for more missionaries to serve in this land; there are still many opportunities for foreigners called of God to have a Kingdom influence here.
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