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Pray for Latvia

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Prayer Points

  1. Pray for a vibrant Church that proclaims hope and righteousness.
  2. Pray for deliverance and restoration for addicts and trafficked girls and women.
  3. Pray for united missions vision and prayer across all Latvian churches.

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About Latvia

Latvia’s national anthem, God Bless Latvia, is very telling of the history of this Baltic European country. Themed around song and dance, the anthem shows how central music and family are to Latvians’ cultural identity. Indeed, singing and community played a key role in the three Baltic states’ independence in the 1990s, the peaceful Singing Revolution. Despite the name of the anthem, Latvia was one of the last European states to receive the Gospel. Historically taken advantage of due to its location between two Baltic republics and Russia, Latvia has been ruled by various countries for centuries, including Russia, Nazi Germany, and the Soviet Union.

Home to the world’s fourth highest suicide rate, Latvia paints a landscape of hopelessness across a backdrop of beautiful natural scenery and strong and centered family life. The hope and optimism of emerging from Soviet rule were met with the emptiness and equally bleak colors of many social problems. Alcohol, drugs, a rapidly growing sex trade, and high abortion rates rushed to fill the void of the moral vacuum left by their new found freedom. Latvians desperately need healing and light as they continue to stumble along in the darkness.

The burst of religious activity Latvians experienced when they finally gained freedom as an independent nation in the 1990s has since died out and been replaced with nominalism. Latvia has pagan roots; cults – both pagan and Christian – are on the rise and are a barrier to authentic faith in Christ. Sixty percent identify themselves as Christians, but only a small minority actually practice their faith. The Russian minority, mostly non-religious or Orthodox, remains a struggle for relationships because of a dark and painful history between them and the Latvians. The rural population lacks consistent access to the Christian church. It is crucial to reach the youth of the nation before they adopt the spiritual apathy or the atheism of their forefathers. More workers are desperately needed to advance the Gospel.

Population

1,801,246

Population In Unreached People Groups

0.7%

Population

1,801,246

Major People Groups
  • Latvian
  • Russian
  • Belarusian
  • Unspecified
  • Ukrainian
  • Polish
  • Other
  • Lithuanian
Population In Unreached People Groups

0.7%

Religion
  • Lutheran
  • Unspecified/none
  • Roman Catholic
  • Orthodox
  • Other Christian
  • Other

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  • Capital City

    Riga

  • Government

    Parliamentary Republic

  • Language

    Latvian, Russian, Other, Unspecified; Note - Data Represent Language Usually Spoken At Home

  • GDP Per Capita

    $33,000

  • Literacy Rate

    99.9%

Data sources.

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