Latvia: Prayerful Unity and Resistance
Updated: Mar 16, 2022
Latvia is a beautiful nation of two million persons, sparkling like a jewel on the Baltic Sea. Like Lithuania, Latvia belonged to the Russian Empire then Soviet Union until 1990 when she proudly declared her democratic statehood. She is unique in her spirituality: a blend of Lutheran (Latvia is not far from Germany), Roman Catholic, and Orthodox traditions. For over 20 years, Living Waters has renewed and helped unify these ‘streams’ by offering healing for relational brokenness (often related to past war-wounds). She now trembles as Russia pummels nearby Ukraine. Please pray for this diverse yet remarkably unified Christian nation as Latvia prays for the Church to shine in a dark hour. Living Waters group leader Marite writes:
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
People in Latvia feel scared and even hopeless. Elders still remember WWII and the Soviet regime. Many people tend to find escape and kill their fear with alcohol and other substances. Antidepressants have become like a daily bread for too many. We need Christ and faith more than ever. Matthew 10:32 says: “So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven” Dear Lord, we thank you that 2000 years ago you won the war over sin and death. We thank you that you promised to be with us until the end of time. We bring to Your presence all our fears and ask you to wake up Christians: give us courage to witness and to serve our neighbor. We ask for forgiveness of the sins of our nation. We rebuke the spirit of fear, hate, and every idolatry. Please, unify Latvians, Ukrainians, Russians and Belorussians into prayerful nations that acknowledge Christ as their Savior. May we win the battle on our knees.
In the name of Jesus Christ.