Prayer Monday – Latvia

Today’s Prayer Monday highlights Latvia. For more information on what I am doing every Monday make sure to check out my original Prayer Monday blog.

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Latvia has claimed Lutheranism since the Reformation. Yet after Latvia declared declared independence from Soviet rule in 1991, the new-found religious freedom quickly faded to nominal faith. Unlike many Western Europeans who have given up on the Church, Latvians are spiritual people  and some want God to be a part of their future. Rural Latvians face the social challenges of poverty and alcoholism, and urban Latvians encounter materialism and secularism. Additionally, a cultural clash exists between Latvians and ethnic Russians, who make up 30 percent of the population.

Please pray for:

A new generation of well-equipped church leaders to emerge.

More Latvian young people to feel called to participate in missions work inside and outside Latvia.

A unification of the different ethnic groups.