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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Freedom has brought progress. Doors for the gospel remain open, and evangelical positions can have a hearing in society. However, with freedom came many dangers increased materialism, hedonism and nihilism. Substance abuse, suicide and, most sinister, trafficking women for prostitution in the West all disintegrate the nations foundations. Often, the most gifted leave Lithuania for more lucrative positions elsewhere. Economic growth must be paired with real social and spiritual transformation; pray that God would bring massive societal change through His people.
Specialized ministries need prayer. These include:
a) Radio. TWR broadcasts 30 minutes/day. More radio programmes in Lithuanian are needed. Good News Center was formed by a wide range of Protestant denominations to facilitate spreading the gospel by radio in Lithuania.
b) Internet. The widespread use of Russian and English give Lithuanians good access to Christian resources. Some churches or unions have excellent websites. Pray for the full potential of the Internet to be utilized with the younger generation.
c) Christian literature. A growing but still very small ministry. Two modern Lithuanian versions of the Bible and over 100 Christian books are published in Lithuanian. Word of Faith produces a bi-monthly newspaper. Good books are desperately needed; The Bible Society serves well, but also struggles. Pray for the seven Christian publishing organizations and their vital role in building up Christians and spreading the Christian worldview into society.
d) Student ministries. LKSB(IFES) operates in four cities at eight universities. CCCI began ministry work in 1993. SU camps have been running since 1997. Summer camps are popular and highly strategic for evangelizing and discipling young people.
For an additional 4 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 Lithuania.