Introduction / History Turkey is considered to be a "link" between the Orient (Chinese and Mongols) and the Occidental (Anglo-Saxons, Slavs, Goths, and Latins). The Turk, therefore, has a knowledge and mixture of both Eastern and Western cultures. The Turks represent a great opportunity to create a "fulcrum" church movement that could reach many other Muslim people groups, especially since their language is similar to many unreached people groups throughout Central Asia.
The Turks also have a lasting legacy in the Muslim world from the days of the massive Ottoman Empire. This empire, however, did not encompass Morocco.
Where are they located? Though the vast majority of Turks live in Turkey, there is a Turkish diaspora in dozens of countries throughout the world. One of these countries is Morocco, where there is a small number of Turks, mainly in Casablanca.
What are their lives like? Relaxation is of the utmost importance to the Turk. Coffee houses are places where men meet to visit and talk politics or business. In general, the Turks are courteous, gentle people who readily show hospitality to strangers. They are also very patriotic and have a deep sense of nationalistic pride and love for their country.
What are their beliefs? Like the Moroccan majority, the Turks are Sunni Muslims. They share a belief in the supremacy of the Koran and the Hadith (a commentary of the Koran) for spiritual guidance. They believe that Allah is the God who created the heavens and the earth, so all our allegiance should be given to him. They fast from sunup to sundown during the month of Ramadan, give alms to the poor, and those who are dedicated will pray five times a day since that is what the Koran teaches. Those with the means to do so go on a pilgrimage to Mecca during their lifetime.
What are their needs? There are negative attributes of modern urban life in Europe such as drunkenness, drug use, and prostitution. Such an atmosphere can lead to an identity crises among Muslim Turks that could lead them to despair, to fundamentalist Islam, or to Christ's answers.
Prayer Points * Pray for a "Book of Acts" type of movement to Christ among the Turks in Morocco
* Pray for the Turkish people to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and neighborhoods.
* Pray for Holy Spirit anointed believers from the Turkish people in Morocco to change their society from within.
* Pray for a movement in which the Holy Spirit leads and empowers Turkish disciples to make more disciples until the Turkish diaspora is reached.
* Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen Turkish communities in North Africa.