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Turk, Meskhetian in Kyrgyzstan

Turk, Meskhetian

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
23,000 Kyrgyz Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Turk, Meskhetian in Kyrgyzstan

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Introduction / History
The Meskhetian Turks are a Turkish people originally from a part of southern Georgia that borders Turkey. They are named after a Georgian province called Meskheti. Though nomadic Turkic tribes had long since settled in Meskheti, it was the Turkish military expedition of 1578 that led to these people being thought of as a separate people group.

Under Josef Stalin's policies during the time of the Soviet Union, the Meskhetian Turks were forcefully deported to Central Asia, where they experienced discrimination and civil rights abuses. When they were finally permitted to return to their homeland, Georgia did not allow them to resettle there, so many are still scattered.

Where are they located?
Today these people live in several countries, including Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, with the largest population in Russia. A few live in Ohio, a state in the US.

What are their lives like?
Meskhetian Turks in Kyrgyzstan are often farmers, herders; those who live in cities tend to be shop owners. There have been pogroms in Kyrgyzstan against the Meskhetian Turks; the most recent one being in 2010. When Kyrgyz nationalism is stirred up and jealousies arise, sometimes there is violence against the Meskhetian Turks, who tend to be relatively prosperous because of their strong work ethic. They stay in Kyrgyzstan to remain with their close-knit communities. They have high respect for the elderly.

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

What are their needs?
If ever a people have needed the powerful love of Jesus to encourage, comfort, and bless, it would be the Meskhetian nation.

Prayer Points
* Pray that representatives of Jesus' love and grace would recognize the 'people of peace' (Luke 10:6) among the Meskhetian Turks and build many relationships into culture through them.
* Pray for breakthroughs for Jesus in whole family circles and clans.
* Pray for a huge disciple making movement to break out among the Meskhetian Turks wherever they live.

References
http://www.eurasianet.org/node/65802
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/index.php/issue/day/ahishka-turks-in-dayton-oh/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meskhetian_Turks
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/20631/TU
http://minorityrights.org/minorities/meskhetian-turks/

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Country: Kyrgyzstan
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Central
10/40 Window: Yes
   
 
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  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: 23,000
Population all Countries: 270,000
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
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Kyrgyz (23,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): kir    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
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1982-2016
New Testament:
1991-2005Audio
Complete Bible: 1995-2011
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 RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoGreater Grace
Film / VideoGreater Grace (EngSub)
Film / VideoIndigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Kyrgyz
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 Prophets' Story
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Text / Printed MatterBible: Comic Book Version (SuperBible)
 
 
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Turk, Meskhetian in Kyrgyzstan

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