Hemshin in Turkey

Joshua Project has identified the Hemshin only in Turkey







Largest Religion

Main Language


Profile Source: Joshua Project


The Hemshin peoples 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. Hamshenis are well-known for the clever jokes, riddles, and stories they tell. The traditional occupations are cultivating tea and maize, breeding livestock, and beekeeping.

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 on 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

People Name General Hemshin
People Name in Country Hemshin
Population in Turkey 20,200
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
Country Turkey
Continent Asia
Region Central Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country Higher areas near the Laz people (NE Black Sea region)
People Group Map Hemshin in Turkey PDF Version

Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Turkish (20,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Turkish 20,000
Largest Religion Islam
0.00%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
Other / Small
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Map Source: Bryan Nicholson / cartoMission
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