Pray for Our World: Lithuania

One of three Baltic states, Lithuania is a country of many forests and lakes.  Over their long history, they have been ruled by Poland, Russia and Ukraine, but have swiftly oriented to the West in modern times.  They were the last European nation to be Christianized, and have a strong affiliation with Catholicism due to Polish influence, and therefore still have some opposition to non-traditional evangelical groups.  This puts them in a difficult situation today.  Traditional Catholicism is what held them through the Soviet era and so they still cling to it in name, but just like many other countries are now facing, traditional forms such as Catholicism are on the decline and not as influential with today’s youth.  Pray they will find a balance between the traditional and the evangelical so they may find a real, practicing faith.