Area: 338,145 sq km
This northern country is 70% forest, 10% lake, 8% arable land.
Population: 5,345,826 Annual Growth: 0.38%
Official language: Finnish, Swedish, Saami, sign language Languages: 23 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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A new paradigm for the Church is required if it is to grow in Finland. An ultra-modern country such as Finland probably needs some structural reformation in the Church and some new expressions of faith. This is particularly true for the next generation, who are less traditional and more pragmatic about Christian spirituality. Specific issues:
a) The many rootless believers who church-hop and lack commitment to one fellowship. And many disillusioned believers with genuine faith dont engage in any fellowship at all. Pray that the Spirit would convict them to integrate more fully into His body.
b) The widespread growth of house groups. Some of these groups are planted by Lutheran revival movements, some by other denominations and some are independent of churches altogether. Pray for ways for these groups to integrate themselves into the larger faith scene and to have a profound spiritual impact on the unchurched.
Ministry to young people is still valuable. A high proportion of Finnish young people attend confirmation camps; this is an opportunity for them to come to a living faith in Christ. Pray for believing and godly camp leaders. Pray for the student ministries of the Evangelical Lutheran Student Mission (IFES, in 15 of 20 university cities), LEAF and CCCI. Interest and responsiveness are not problems in Finland: good follow-up and discipleship are.
For an additional 5 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.
The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Finland.