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Pontic Greek in Turkey

Pontic Greek

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
352,000 Pontic Islam 5.00 % 0.00 % No No   

Pontic Greek in Turkey

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Pontic Greeks are an ethnically Greek group who traditionally lived in the region of Pontus, on the shores of Turkey's Black Sea. They traditionally speak Pontic, which is distinct from the Greek language. The language has a rich oral tradition and folklore and Pontic songs are particularly popular in Greece. The Pontic Greeks suffered widespread massacre and what is now usually termed ethnic cleansing at the beginning of the 20th century. Many found refuge by hiding in the mountains, and others migrated to other countries.

Ministry Obstacles
Turkey is difficult for Christian workers to access and no Christian resources are reported as available in their primary language.

Outreach Ideas
Perhaps believers within the larger Pontic Greek population in Greece will be prompted by the Lord's Spirit to carry the Gospel message to their brethren in Turkey.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There may be a few followers of Christ today within this group which was largely Christian long ago. Pray the prayers of Pontic Christians expressed generations ago for their descendants will be heard and honored by the Lord today.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray this small ethnic minority in Turkey will not be ostracized and will have opportunities to pursue education and employment.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2015-11-13
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Country: Turkey
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Central
Persecution Rank:26 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Northeast, Trabzon Province, near southeast Black Sea coast.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Pontic Greek
People Name General: Pontic
ROP3 Code: 108121
Joshua Project People ID: 14444
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 352,000
Population all Countries: 739,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster: Greek
People Name General: Pontic
Ethnic Code: CEW20
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Pontic (352,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): pnt    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity5.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam95.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox100.00 %
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]
None Reported
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Pontic Greek in Turkey

Global                 Global
  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    Greek     Asia, Central    
      Pontic Turkey    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Pontic Greek in Turkey          
      Religion Language  
      Islam     Pontic  
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