Hemshin in Turkey

Joshua Project has identified the Hemshin only in Turkey






Largest Religion

Main Language



The Hemshin are reported to have been ethnic Armenians whose ancestors converted to Islam in the 1890s through 1920's 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 the man Isa (Jesus) as they read the Koran, and will seek to learn more. Perhaps the Lord will visit some in dreams and visions.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2015-11-14
Video Links:
The Followers of Isa
People Name General Hemshin
People Name in Country Hemshin
Population in Turkey 20,000
World Population 20,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster Armenian
People Name General Hemshin
Ethnic Code CEW14
People ID 18997
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 Higher areas near the Laz people (NE Black Sea region).   Source: 
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Turkish (20,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Turkish 20,000
For Primary Language: Turkish

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1782-1985)
New Testament Yes   (1819-1993)
Complete Bible Yes   (1827-2006)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Turkish, Kutsal Kitap Yeni Ceviri Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Film / Video
Four Spiritual Laws General
God's Story Video Film / Video
GoodSeed General
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Turkish Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Rivka (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project) Film / Video
Turkish Language Film Film / Video
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
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 %
Photo Source: Anonymous  
Map Source: Bryan Nicholson / cartoMission  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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