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Hemshin in Turkey


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
22,000 Turkish Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Hemshin in Turkey

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The Hemshin are reported to have been ethnic Armenians whose ancestors converted to Islam in the 1890s through 1920s to save themselves from death. They presently are made up of a number of diverse groups of Muslim (Sunni) and Christian people who originally settled in the Hemsin district in the province of Rize, Turkey. The present community of Hemsinli is exclusively Islamic and are Turkish speaking. Some of the Hemshinlis still speak the ancient Anatolian (western) Armenian dialect in the northeast. Hemshenis are well-known for the clever jokes, riddles, and stories they tell. The traditional occupations are cultivating tea and maize, raising livestock, and beekeeping. There are also Hemshin people living in the Caucasus region and in Central Asia.

Ministry Obstacles
The country of Turkey is hostile to Christian witness. Overt ministry to the Hemshin people will be difficult.

Outreach Ideas
These Turkish-speaking people have many resources available in the Turkish language. The Bible is available, and the Jesus film, and others. Workers are needed to take these resources to the Hemshin people.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are no known Christian believers among the Hemshin people at present, but pray for those the Lord will soon call to himself. Pray that teachers will be sent to help them become firmly established in the truth of scripture, and help them learn to walk in the power of the Lord's Spirit.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Hemshin people will increasingly be drawn to Jesus (whom Muslims call Isa al-Masih) as they read the Koran, and will seek to learn more. Perhaps the Lord will visit some in dreams and visions.

Scripture Focus
Then all the people gathered as one man at the open space in front of the Water Gate. They asked Ezra the writer to bring the book of the Law of Moses which the Lord had given to Israel.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2015-11-14
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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:Higher areas near the Laz people (NE Black Sea region)
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People Name in Country: Hemshin
People Name General: Hemshin
ROP3 Code: 115399
Joshua Project People ID: 18997
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 22,000
Population all Countries: 25,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster: Armenian
People Name General: Hemshin
Ethnic Code: CEW14
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Turkish (22,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tur    Ethnologue Listing
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 % 
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
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: 1782-1985
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1827-2008
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
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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 / VideoFather's Love Letter
Film / VideoGod's Love Story
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Turkish
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoRivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story
Film / VideoThe Savior 2 - Jesus' Baptism
Film / VideoThe Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Mobile AppDownload Audio Bible app as APK File fro ...
Mobile AppDownload Audio Bible app from Google Pla ...
Text / Printed MatterBible: Comic Book Version (SuperBible)
Text / Printed MatterBible: Turkish, Kutsal Kitap Yeni Ceviri
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path (Turkish)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Hemshin in Turkey

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    Armenian     Asia, Central    
      Hemshin Turkey    
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