A. THE COUNTRY
The Republic of Lithuania is the southernmost of the three Baltic states
in Europe. The government is a parliamentary democracy. An industrial
and agricultural economy has progressed significantly since inclusion in
the EU. However, there has been significant emigration into more
affluent EU countries.
B. THE PEOPLE
The population is ~3,255,000 and official language Lithuanian.
~83.6% are Baltic (Lithuanian), ~14.8% Slavic (Polish, Russian,
Belarusian, Ukranian),~1.6% Other (Jews, Tatars, other European Asians).
There is increased materialism, living for pleasure and rejection of
customary beliefs and institutions. Substance abuse, suicide and
trafficking women for prostitution in the West all disintegrate the
C. RELIGIONS AND CHRISTIANITY/PENTECOSTALISM
There is religious freedom, but preference is shown to Catholics and
other traditional groups. Evangelicals and other new religious groups
have faced some opposition and negative bias.
~85.36% claim to be Christian, ~14.2% Non-religious, ~0.16% Jewish,
~0.14% Muslim, ~0.12% Ethnoreligionist, ~0.02% Other.
In the Christian category:
~73.11% are Catholic, ~4.85% Orthodox, ~4.7% Unaffiliated, ~1.51%
Independent, ~0.95% Protestant.
Evangelicals represent ~1.1% of the population.
Charismatics represent ~1.1% and of those ~0.1% are Pentecostals.
Operation World, Jason Mandryk. Colorado Springs: Biblica Publishing, 2010.