Pontic Greek in Turkey



Population

321,000

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Introduction

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.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Pontic
People Name in Country Pontic Greek
Population in Turkey 321,000
World Population 732,000
Countries 3
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster Greek
People Name General Pontic
Ethnic Code CEW20
People ID 14444
Country Turkey
Region Central Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Northeast, easternmost area.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
People Group Map Pontic Greek in Turkey PDF Version



Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Pontic (321,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Pontic 321,000
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Format Resource
None reported  

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
5.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
95.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
100.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Map Source: Joshua Project  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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