Yoruk, Balkan Gagauz Turkish in Turkey






Largest Religion

Main Language



The Yoruks have traditionally been semi-nomadic shepherds. For hundreds of years, at the beginning of every summer the Yoruks made the long trek from the hot coastal plains to summer in the cool prairies and grassy highlands of the western Toros Mountains. But today they have largely become settled. They are made up of a large number of patrilineal tribes, which are often subdivided into clans. The Yoruk have retained their skill in weaving wool into colorful clothing. Their religion "has deep Shamanistic roots", but today most are Sunni or Alevi Muslims.

Ministry Obstacles

Turkey is generally hostile to overt Christian witness.

Outreach Ideas

There are a few Yoruk people in the Balkan countries, and these may have easier access to the gospel than those in Turkey.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There may be no followers of Jesus Christ among the Yoruk people of Turkey at this time. If there are a few, they need our prayers. And we need to pray for the many Yoruk who in the future will become disciples of Jesus. It's not too early to pray for them to become zealous, deeply committed disciples.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray the Yoruk, especially the young people, will be able to adjust to the Turkish society around them. They have a long history of being nomadic shepherds and have their own manner of life.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2015-11-06
People Name General Yoruk, Balkan Gagauz Turkish
People Name in Country Yoruk, Balkan Gagauz Turkish
Population in Turkey 423,000
World Population 426,000
Countries 3
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Anatolian Gagauz, Anatolian Gagauzi, Balkan Gagauz Turk, Rumelian Turk
Affinity Bloc Turkic Peoples
People Cluster Turkish
People Name General Yoruk, Balkan Gagauz Turkish
Ethnic Code MSY41j
People ID 16058
Country Turkey
Region Central Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 41  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Surguch dialect in Edirne Province..   Source:  Ethnologue 18
Languages & Dialects on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Balkan Gagauz Turkish: Yuruk Turkish
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Balkan Gagauz Turkish: Yuruk Turkish
For Primary Language: Balkan Gagauz Turkish

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
99.00 %
1.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Map Source: Nomad Place  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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