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Yoruk in North Macedonia


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
4,000 Balkan Gagauz Turkish Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % No No   

Yoruk in North Macedonia

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Introduction / History
The Yoruks have traditionally been semi-nomadic shepherds. For hundreds of years, at the beginning of every summer the Yoruks made the long trek from the hot coastal plains of Turkey to summer in the cool prairies and grassy highlands of the western Toros Mountains. Today they have largely become settled, though there are still nomads among them. The Yoruks are made up of a large number of patrilineal tribes, which are often subdivided into clans. The Yoruk people have retained their skill in weaving wool into colorful clothing. Their language is considered to be a Turkish dialect.

Where are they located?
Most of the Balkan Gagauz Yoruks live in Turkey, but some have migrated to Bulgaria or North Macedonia.

What are their lives like?
Shepherds and farmers have times where they must move quickly to bring in a harvest, but they also have much free time after they have put things in place. These are people who are set in traditional ways, but they enjoy good conversation and food. Those who live as nomads must rent grasslands for often high fees from people who consider them to be a nuisance. Those who are settled have a much better chance of having access to modern amenities like running water and the Internet.

What are their beliefs?
Their religion has deep shamanistic roots, though they are officially Sunni or Alevi Muslims.

What are their needs?
Balkan Gagauz Yoruks need skills that will help them adjust to the new challenges of the 21st century. Believers with the right job skills can teach them computer repair skills, etc. so they will be more employable in the years to come.

Prayer Points
Pray for the Holy Spirit to grant the Balkan Gagauz Yoruk people spiritual hunger leading to salvation and positive transformation in their communities.
Pray for these people to be in awe of the deeds and the love of Jesus Christ when they hear the good news.
Pray for a Disciple-Making movement among the Balkan Gagauz Yoruk people in Turkey, Bulgaria and North Macedonia.
* Pray for translation of the Bible to begin in this people group's primary language.
* Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.


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Global Prayer Digest: 2007-02-26
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Country: North Macedonia
Continent: Europe
Region: Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Bitola and Kumanovo municipalities; Gagauz dialect in Kumanovo area, Yuruk dialect in Bitola area.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Yoruk
People Name General: Yoruk
Alternate People Names:
Anatolian GagauzAnatolian Gagauzi
Balkan Gagauz TurkRumelian Turk
ROP3 Code: 111096
Joshua Project People ID: 16058
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 4,000
Population all Countries: 478,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Turkic Peoples
People Cluster: Turkish
People Name General: Yoruk
Ethnic Code: MSY41j
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Balkan Gagauz Turkish (4,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): bgx    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Yuruk
Dialect Code:7617
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam99.00 % 
Non-Religious1.00 % 
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: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
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Yoruk in North Macedonia

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    Turkish     Europe, Eastern and Eurasia    
      Yoruk North Macedonia    
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            Yoruk in North Macedonia          
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      Islam     Balkan Gagauz Turkish  
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