Lithuanian in United States

Main Language
Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

The ancestors of the Lithuanians came from Asia between 5,000 and 10,000 years ago. Lithuania was united with Poland between the 1600s-1700s. In the late 1700s Russia took over this small country. Germany occupied Lithuania during both WWI and WWII. Russia made it part of the USSR after the war, and it remained a "Soviet Socialist Republic" until the USSR dissolved in 1991.

They have their own language by the same name, Lithuanian. It is neither Germanic nor Slavic.

Lithuanians have been migrating to other countries for work since the end of the communist era. Though the bulk of the Lithuanian population is in Lithuania, there are small numbers of them in other countries including the United States.

The first Lithuanian came to the American colonies in the 1600s. There has been a Lithuanian community in the US from the late 1800s till 1918. They came to evade a poor economy, religious and political persecution, and conscription in the Russian military. Many heard glowing reports about opportunities in the US.

After their country was overrun first by the German Nazis and then by the Russian communists, Lithuanians came to the US as refugees. Some took on common jobs as factory workers while those with a good education became doctors and engineers. They have climbed up the social ladder as they became Americanized. Ethnic Lithuanians are most likely to be found in Illinois and Pennsylvania, though they live in many other states as well.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Lithuanians have made their mark in America on a number of fronts. There have been professional athletes, entertainers, artists and medical professionals.

Lithuanians have many dishes with sour cream. One of their favorites is saltibarsciai, a cold soup with sour cream and buttermilk as its base. Saltibarsciai includes sliced cucumber, green onions and hard boiled eggs. They also like mildly spiced roasted meats.

In their spare time, Lithuanians enjoy basketball. They love saunas so much that they consider them a necessity.

What Are Their Beliefs?

They are mainly cultural Roman Catholics. Many are secular, partly because of their communist past. Yet many came to the US to escape religious persecution from the Soviets.

What Are Their Needs?

Like people everywhere, the Lithuanians need to put Jesus Christ central in their lives so they can enjoy his perfect guidance and mercy.

Prayer Points

Pray that God will show the best ways to evangelize the Lithuanians.

Pray that when Lithuanians face troubles, they will turn to Jesus Christ for answers.

Pray for spiritual hunger and a desire for truth among the Lithuanians in the US.

Pray for Lithuanian disciples to make more disciples, especially among family leaders.

Scripture Prayers for the Lithuanian in United States.



Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Lithuanian
People Name in Country Lithuanian
Alternate Names Samogit
Population this Country 40,000
Population all Countries 2,777,000
Total Countries 25
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 3
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 13077
ROP3 Code 105803
ROP25 Code 304748
ROP25 Name Lithuanian
Country United States
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country United States
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.10 %)
85.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
15.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Lithuanian (40,000 speakers)
Language Code lit   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Lithuanian (40,000 speakers)
Language Code lit   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Lithuanian

Primary Language:  Lithuanian

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1625-2016)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1701-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1735-1999)
FCBH NT ( Online
YouVersion NT ( Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Lithuanian Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Four Spiritual Laws Campus Crusade for Christ
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Android Bible app: Lithuanian YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App iOS Bible app: Lithuanian YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations Campus Crusade for Christ
Text / Printed Matter Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies World Missionary Press
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