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Yoruk in Turkey


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
463,000 Balkan Gagauz Turkish Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % No No   

Yoruk in Turkey

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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 to summer in the cool prairies and grassy highlands of the western Toros Mountains. But today they have largely become settled. They are made up of a large number of patrilineal tribes, which are often subdivided into clans. The Yoruk have retained their skill in weaving wool into colorful clothing. Their religion "has deep Shamanistic roots", but today most are Sunni or Alevi Muslims.

Ministry Obstacles
Turkey is generally hostile to overt Christian witness.

Outreach Ideas
There are a few Yoruk people in the Balkan countries, and these may have easier access to the gospel than those in Turkey.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There may be no followers of Jesus Christ among the Yoruk people of Turkey at this time. If there are a few, they need our prayers. And we need to pray for the many Yoruk who in the future will become disciples of Jesus. It's not too early to pray for them to become zealous, deeply committed disciples.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Yoruk, especially the young people, will be able to adjust to the Turkish society around them. They have a long history of being nomadic shepherds and have their own manner of life.

Scripture Focus
You already know these things, dear friends. So be on guard; then you will not be carried away by the errors of these wicked people and lose your own secure footing.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2015-11-06
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-06-07
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Country: Turkey
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Central
Persecution Rank:25 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Surguch dialect in Edirne Province.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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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: Yes
Population in Country: 463,000
Population all Countries: 468,000
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
Language Code (ISO): bgx    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Yuruk
Dialect Code:7617
Secondary Languages:
Turkish (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 % 
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
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
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 (GRN)
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Yoruk in Turkey

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People Cluster
    Turkish     Asia, Central    
      Yoruk Turkey    
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      Religion Language  
      Islam     Balkan Gagauz Turkish  
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