Turk, Meskhetian in Georgia






Largest Religion

Main Language



The Meskhetian Turks are a Turkish people originally from a part of southern Georgia that borders Turkey. However, under Stalin's policies during the Soviet Union, the Meskhetian Turks were forcefully deported to Central Asia, where they experienced discrimination and civil rights abuses. When they were finally permitted to return to their homeland, Georgia did not allow them to resettle there. Today these people live in several countries, with the largest population in Russia. They are Muslim, but many of their traditions contain a mixture of Muslim, Caucasian and Russian elements.

Ministry Obstacles

Lack of prayer and lack of obedience to the command of Christ to preach the good news to all creation continues to slow the advance of the gospel.

Outreach Ideas

Georgia has many Christians, mostly Orthodox but some are evangelicals. Please pray that some of these Christians will gain an interest in carrying the gospel message to the Meskhetians in their own country.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are no known Christians among the Meskhetians in any country of residence.

Pray for the Entire People Group

The Meskhtians have been a persecuted people. Please pray for their well-being as a people, wherever they may live. Pray the Lord will awaken an interest among them to know Jesus in a personal way.

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People Name General Turk, Meskhetian
People Name in Country Turk, Meskhetian
Population in Georgia 800
World Population 163,000
Countries 9
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Turkic Peoples
People Cluster Turkish
People Name General Turk, Meskhetian
Ethnic Code MSY41j
People ID 20631

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Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Georgian (800)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Georgian 800
For Primary Language: Georgian

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1709-1982)
New Testament Yes   (1709-1993)
Complete Bible Yes   (1743-2002)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Georgian Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project) Film / Video
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
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Ethnic Religions
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100.00 %
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Other / Small
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Christian Segments Percent
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0.0 %
Other Christian
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0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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