lithuania / europe

Spiritual Climate

The nation has religious freedom but in reality, traditional groups are shown preferential treatment. Substance abuse, suicide and sex trafficking threaten to disintegrate the core of the nation. There has been rapid growth of newer churches, which has caused a shortage of trained Christian leaders inside the church to disciple and pastor new believers and to continue to witness to the hurting and lost.

Ground-Level Perspectives

Lithuania has been an independent republic for only ten years, allowing evangelicals to openly practice their faith. With the Catholic influence of 'cultural Christianity,' as well as a legacy of atheistic Communism from Soviet times, it is essential to build relationships and trust before there is freedom to share the gospel.
— Gary & Carol Zupkas

Religious freedom in the post-Soviet era has seen many dynamic new Christian groups emerge, injecting new life into the nation’s spirituality. Unity between different Christian groups and denominations is very good, especially for a former Soviet state.
— Operation World

More about Lithuania

A Couple Raw Facts


Country Illustration

The last European nation to be Christianized.

Catholic Illustration

Catholicism retains a crucial role in Lithuanian society, but has not fully emerged from old ways of thinking to embrace its potential for godly influence in society.

 

History & Future

Entered
1997

WorldVenture History in Lithuania

After a survey trip showed that Lithuanians were a people searching for life’s meaning in the midst of many changes and struggles, WorldVenture determined that this was a field ripe for the harvest. Most national pastors have been Christians for a brief time, in some cases only three or four years. Work in Lithuania has focused on evangelism, church planting and leadership training. Organization of summer camps for youth has proven to be fruitful, and a Lithuanian youth evangelism special project is in place.

Today &
Tomorrow

Lithuania Team Goals

WorldVenture’s Lithuania team will continue to direct their efforts toward Biblical training and discipleship for leaders. Additionally, there are ministry opportunities in evangelism, church planting, women’s ministries, marriage enrichment and alcohol rehabilitation.

5 Global
Objectives

WorldVenture Global Objectives

  1. Evangelizing the Peoples of the World
    • Relationships being cultivated with non-believers
    • Decisions to follow Christ
    • Believers baptized
    • People engaged in intentional discipleship
    • Bible verses translated and Christian resources created or translated
  2. Extending Grace
    • People helped through development assistance
    • People provided with medical and health assistance
    • People helped toward justice who are in illegal, immoral, dangerous, exploited circumstances
    • People helped directly through disaster relief
  3. Establishing Churches
    • New churches established
    • Daughter churches established
  4. Equipping Leaders
    • Leaders being trained for ministry through formal contexts
    • Leaders being trained for ministry through non-formal contexts
    • TCKs (third culture kids) being equipped
    • 360º leaders being equipped
  5. Encouraging Mission Movements
    • National Christians preparing to become cross-cultural missionaries
    • National churches engaged in cross-cultural missions
    • National church groups engaged in cross-cultural missions

Living Here

 

FOOD & HOUSING


COMMUNITY

Lithuanians are a reserved and private people, but are loyal, warm and helpful friends when you get to know them.
— Gary & Carol Zupkas

 

WEATHER & ENVIRONMENT

Lithuania is a beautiful green land of dense forests and gorgeous lakes. Winter is white wonderland. Spring's verdant foliage. Summer is a call to be outdoors. Fall is crisp coolness and colorful changes. Lithuania's four distinct seasons delight the senses.
— Gary & Carol Zupkas

 

LANGUAGE & CULTURE

Lithuanians are hard workers and value family, education and the arts very highly. Their language, though very difficult to learn, has a poetic and musical sound to it.
— Gary & Carol Zupkas


Local News

The following is a live news feed mirrored from an independent news service, and offers a current stream of headlines coming out of the country. WorldVenture does not control headlines, but only "mirrors" them from other websites.

lithuania source:bbc - Google News
Ukraine crisis: Lithuania envoy killed in Luhansk - BBC News

BBC News

Ukraine crisis: Lithuania envoy killed in Luhansk
BBC News
Lithuania says its honorary consul in the rebel-held city of Luhansk in eastern Ukraine has been murdered by "terrorists" there. Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius tweeted with "deep sorrow" that "Mr Mykola Zelenec was kidnapped & brutally ...


Friday, August 22, 2014 12:33:44 PM

Wizz Air to begin flights from Belfast to Lithuania - BBC News

BBC News

Wizz Air to begin flights from Belfast to Lithuania
BBC News
The budget airline Wizz Air is to begin a service from Belfast International Airport to Lithuania in April 2015. It will run two flights a week to the country's capital, Vilnius. Wizz Air describes itself as the largest low-cost airline in central and ...


Wednesday, August 06, 2014 8:40:02 AM

Mogherini and Tusk: New faces at the top of the EU - BBC News

BBC News

Mogherini and Tusk: New faces at the top of the EU
BBC News
Like Catherine Ashton, she was chosen in preference to some veteran foreign policy big-hitters, notably Poland's Radek Sikorski, Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite and Sweden's Carl Bildt. So Europe's foreign ministries will be scrutinising her ...


Saturday, August 30, 2014 1:37:50 PM

Jordan Henderson: England's young players must step up - BBC News

BBC News

Jordan Henderson: England's young players must step up
BBC News
"He gives 100% whether that be in training or in matches and also he will help the younger lads. He has got a lot of respect in the dressing room." England have been drawn in Group E - along with Switzerland, Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania and San Marino ...


Monday, September 01, 2014 8:22:52 AM

How Britain and Poland came to be intertwined - BBC News

BBC News

How Britain and Poland came to be intertwined
BBC News
The rules were relaxed for citizens of seven other European countries too - Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia. In other words, the decision was not about guilt or gratitude but economics, says Paul Lay, editor ...


Sunday, August 31, 2014 5:15:48 PM

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Compassion ministry to the orphans in Lithuania

Evangelizing the Peoples of the World

With respect for people and their cultures, we communicate, by word and deed, the full scope of biblical truth and, especially, the gospel. We make disciples of Jesus Christ among all peoples through different kinds of evangelism..

Relationships Being Cultivated with Non-Believers

We seek to build and nurture authentic relationships with people who have no knowledge of Jesus Christ with whom we can share our faith. Paul asks, 'How are they to believe in the one they have not heard of?' Romans 10:14. The answer is that they can't. It is our desire for those who have never heard the gospel or never understood it to have the chance know God. Many times a true opportunity to hear the gospel requires an environment of trust and friendship first.

Scriptures: Matt 28:18-20, Rom 10:14, 1 John 4:19.

 

Decisions to Follow Christ

We recognize both the internal conversion of the heart and external profession of faith as milestones in the journey of obedience to Jesus Christ. We encourage new believers to identify themselves as Christ-followers in ways that are recognized as authentic in the local context.

Scriptures: Romans 10:10, Matthew 5:14-16, Eph. 4:20-24, Mark 16:15 .

 

Believers Baptized

Baptism is another external milestone in the journey of obedience for a new believer. We encourage new Christ-followers to further identified themselves with Jesus Christ and the local community of faith through baptism by immersion.

Scriptures: Romans 6:3-6, Galatians 3:27, Matthew 28:19-20.

 

People Engaged in Intentional Discipleship

We nurture reasonable steps taken to pursue spiritual growth and evangelism from Christians and non-Christians. This often looks like greater depth in comprehending biblical truths and expressing their growing faith in ways meaningfully in their own culture.

Scriptures: Hebrews 10: 24-25, Eph. 4:11-17, Matthew 28: 18-20.

 

Bible Verses Translated and Christian Resources Created or Translated

We actively invest time and talent into Bible translation and creation of Christian media knowing that these investments will expand and deepen the influence of the gospel in a culture.

Scriptures: Acts 2:8-11, Philippians 2:9-11, Acts 13:47-49, Acts 8:26-39.

Extending Grace

Following the example of Jesus, we address human suffering and practical needs everywhere we share the gospel, whether it be through individual acts of mercy or community-wide programs.

Helping People through Development Assistance

Lasting community development is only achieved by insiders. Meaning, we assisted people in their own development efforts in the areas of acquiring sustainable food, water, shelter, literacy, vocational training, education, and employment. Our explicit goal is empowerment, dignity, and community ownership.

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 10:18, 1 Samuel 2:8, Psalm 145:15-16, Luke 12:33.

 

People Provided with Medical & Health Assistance

The grace and blessing of medical care where there is no other access to medical help is one of the longest standing outreaches of WorldVenture. Our hospitals and rural clinics dot some of the most difficult locations in the world.

Scriptures: Jeremiah 33:6, Isaiah 40:29, Matt 19:2.

 

Justice for those in Illegal, Immoral, & Dangerous Circumstances

We seek out those who have become vulnerable and fallen to the advantage of other people. We advocate for them within available legal systems, or we build exits and avenues for them to leave their circumstances.

Scriptures: Isaiah 43:2, Psalm 72:4, Isaiah 51:4-5, Ezekiel 34:15-16, Psalm 82:3-4.

 

Helping People Directly through Disaster Relief

In large scale disasters which are within locations we have workers and churches, we bring help directly to the people effected by the disaster. Our networks are often the most established in the communities to the point that larger relief organizations will defer to us on the ground. Yet our strategies always extend past the immediate response to include some form of rebuilding and restoration.

Scriptures: 1 Cor 16:1-4, Psalm 145:15-16, Philippians 4:19.

 

Establishing Churches

Building his church is central to Jesus’ purposes. We strive to establish healthy local churches that will establish other churches, resulting in church planting movements.

New Churches Established

Recognizing that church planting is typically more of a process rather than a one-time event, we speak of a church as being "established" when the local church and its local sister churches recognize it as such. We value real growth of the church, and use milestones like this to give us benchmarks to celebrate.

Scriptures: Matthew 28:18-20, Romans 15:20-21, Matthew 18:20, 1 Timothy 4:13, Acts 16:4-5.

 

Daughter Churches Established

 Another milestone we encourage as a mark of a maturing church is the multiplication of daughter churches. More than anything this is a sign of the outward growth and maturity of the faith community.

Scriptures: Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 16:4-5, Romans 15:20-21, Ephesians 2:19-22.

 

Equipping Leaders

We develop leaders who are able to lead others in contextualizing and maximizing their Kingdom impact – locally, regionally, and around the world.

Leaders Being Trained for Ministry through Formal Contexts

Leadership Development

Our workers staff numberous formal seminaries and bible schools as teachers or administrators. We know that people being equipped in and for ministry through formal degree/diploma granting institutions is an investment in the future health and vitality of the church.

Scriptures: Proverbs 2:10-11, Luke 2:45-47, Proverbs 1:1-7.

 

Leaders being Trained for Ministry through Non-Formal Contexts

Leadership Development

In addition to formal academic training, we encourage leadership development through non-formal ministry training seminars, courses, and programs. These programs are equally as powerful for deepening and establishing churches through informed and mature lay leaders.

Scriptures: Psalm 32:8, Psalm 119:105, John 10:3-4.

 

TCKs (Third Culture Kids) being Equipped

Experience has taught us that some of the most natural and effective future missionaries come from the children of our current missionaries. Not only does the investment in these children make it possible for their parents to work in remote locations, most of the international schools in which we partner encourage the personal ministry and impact these children can have while on the field.

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 4:9, Matthew 18:2-5, 1 Timothy 4:12.

 

"360º Leaders" being Equipped

Our 360° vision for impacting societies recognizes that there are a handful of key roads to impacting in any given city or provence or people group. For example, business and media are key influencers in a society, but often fall outside designated leadership tracks like pastors and teachers. We encourage the development of Christian leaders who will influence society through business, politics, medicine, media, social justice, and family and community development.

Scriptures: John 17:15-19, Colossians 3:23-24, 1 Corinthians 14:12, Romans 12:6-8, Matthew 25:23.

 

Encouraging Mission Movements

We will encourage individuals, churches, and church movements everywhere to connect with each other and other organizations, creating international relationships for networking, collaborating, and partnering to do missions “from everywhere to everywhere.”

National Christians Preparing to Become Missionaries

We encourage the natural progression of a maturing national church by advocating for the training and development of national Christians to become missionaries. Crossing-cultures is always difficult, even for those who are born and raised in multi-lingual, multi-cultural environments, and preparation can be a key element in the succeess of a national missionary.

Scriptures: Psalm 144:1, Galations 3:28, Psalm 32:8, Isaiah 61:1.

 

National Churches Engaged in Cross-Cultural Missions

In addition to individuals going out as missionaries, we encourage national churches to engage in missions.

Scriptures: Romans 10:15, John 15:1-27, Matthew 9:35-38.

 

National Church Groups Engaged in Cross-Cultural Missions

From the individual to the church and then finally to the multi-church association, we encourage many national church groups and church associations to engaged in missions. We seek a culture of outward movement and self-sacrifice as a healthy part of a national church.

Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 8:1-7, 2 Corinthians 9:10-12, Romans 10:15.

 

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