Latvia has long and deep pagan roots and is among the last European countries to be Christianized (13th Century). Latvians were early supporters of Luther and much of the population converted to Lutheranism.
The country was in many years a part of the Soviet Union. Since the independence the society has experienced a lot of new challenges such as problems with alcohol, drugs, a rapidly growing sex trade, high abortions rates, corruption and the country has the world’s fourth highest suicide rate.
The churches of Latvia were harshly persecuted under both the Nazis and the Communists. Although 60% belong to a Christian confession, only a small minority actually practice their faith. Since religious freedom in 1988 there hase been a lot of different religious expressions. The spread of cults, both Christian and pagan, is a challenge to Christianity.
Because of challenges to biblical morality in society the different churches have developed a very strong unity. Pray that the leaders of these churches may stay strong together in prayer and worship and that this unity might reverse the moral tide in society.