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Turk, Meskhetian in Kazakhstan

Turk, Meskhetian

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
46,000 Turkish Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Turk, Meskhetian in Kazakhstan

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Introduction / History
Until Soviet Dictator Josef Stalin deported the Meskhetian Turks in the 1940s, most were living in Georgia. He deported them to Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Kirghizstan. They were labeled "enemies of the state" during WWII with very little or no evidence. They experienced discrimination and civil rights abuses in Central Asia. When they were finally permitted to return to their homeland, Georgia did not allow them to resettle there.

Where are they located?
Today these people live in several countries, with the largest population in Russia. One of the countries they live in is Kazakhstan. In Kazakhstan, they live in the southern part of the country, especially Almaty, Chimkent, Kyzylorda, and Zhambyl.

What are their lives like?
Since they arrived in Kazakhstan in 1944, the Meskhetian Turks have lived in closely-knit, rural communities. They are largely integrated into Kazakh society. Turkish businessmen are investing in this country, and the Meskhetian Turks are acting as a bridge between Turkish and the Kazakh businessmen.

What are their beliefs?
They are Sunni Muslim, but many of their traditions contain a mixture of Muslim, Caucasian, and Russian elements.

What are their needs?
The Meskhetian Turks need to be accepted and valued as a people. They can find this through a relationship with Jesus Christ if they would turn to Him.

Prayer Points
* Pray for the Meskhetian Turks in Kazakhstan to listen to the voice of the Lord, heed His call, and follow Him.
* Pray for ambassadors of Christ to be thrust out from Russia and Georgia to these Muslims.
* Pray for a disciple making movement to emerge among the Meskhetian Turks that will spread to all their communities in Russia and Central Asia.


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Country: Kazakhstan
Continent: Asia
Region: Central Asia
Persecution Rank:28 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
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Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Turk, Meskhetian
People Name General: Turk, Meskhetian
ROP3 Code: 115687
Joshua Project People ID: 20631
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 46,000
Population all Countries: 178,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Turkic Peoples
People Cluster: Turkish
People Name General: Turk, Meskhetian
Ethnic Code: MSY41j
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Turkish
Language Code (ISO): tur    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Kazakh (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam100.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1782-1985
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1827-2006
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoBir Ibadet Toplantisi (
Film / VideoFathers Love Letter
Film / VideoFollowers of Isa (
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Turkish
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMore Than Dreams-Ali (
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoRivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Prophets Story (
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Text / Printed MatterBible: Turkish, Kutsal Kitap Yeni Ceviri
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Turk, Meskhetian in Kazakhstan

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      Turk, Meskhetian Kazakhstan    
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