For churches to be a demonstration of the gospel, bridging the divide between Latvian
For those who reach out to Latvia’s poorest with the love of Jesus.
For outreach to the many students from across Asia who come to study in Riga.
How you can pray
Latvia joined the EU in 2004 and enjoyed an economic boom, but the credit crunch
destroyed this, and the economy shrank by 20%. Life has been tough for many people,
and though the economy is now growing fast (5.6% in 2012), outside Riga many peoples’
lives remain unaffected. There is a prevalent attitude of spiritual apathy and hopelessness
among many. Latvia is also divided by its Soviet dominated past, with a large minority
speaking only Russian, which was recently rejected as an official language in a referendum.
Work among young people is vital, as they often have a different outlook to those
who lived through Communism, and may be more open to the gospel.
Median age: 41.4 years
Language: Latvian (official) 56.3%, Russian 33.8%
Adult literacy: 99.8%
GDP per capita: $19,100
(Country comparison to
the world - 74 out of 229)
Country Information and Images from CIA World Factbook