Cypriots, Turkish in United States


Population
1,500
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Turkish Cypriot live on the northern section of the Island of Cyprus, an island located in the Mediterranean Sea, just south of Turkey. As the descendants of Turkish Ottoman invaders who conquered Cyprus in the 16th century, the Turkish Cypriot proudly maintain Turkish customs, traditions, and language (Turkish). Today, the Turkish Cypriot make up about one-fifth of the island's total population. Various estimates point out that at least half of the Turks in Northern Cyprus are settlers from Turkey who emigrated in the last 30 or 40 years.

The Greeks, who inhabit the remainder of the Island, have been enemies of the Turks since the Ottoman invasion. Cyprus became an independent republic in 1960, a move that was supposed to end warfare between the Greeks and the Turks. However, the bitterness continued, and when war erupted again in 1963, the Greeks won economic control of the Island. Turkey invaded in 1974 and took control of the northern third of the island. Today, a border separates the two peoples, whose animosity has never allowed them to come to terms with one another. Some have moved to less stressful places like the US.


Where Are they Located?

The Muslim Turkish Cypriots in the US are are greatly outnumbered by those of Greek descent. They live in New York, New Jersey, California, Maryland, Virginia, Florida, and Texas.


What Are Their Lives Like?

It is common for Turkish Cypriots to consume alcohol, a practice banned in Islam. They seldom have their own Islamic schools, and weddings are usually civil, not religious.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Turkish Cypriot are Sunni Muslims, but they are more secular than most.


What Are Their Needs?

The Turkish Cypriots in the US need to have the chance to respond to Jesus' plea to come to him. They do not have that chance when they are in Cyprus living among Muslims.


Prayer Points

* Ask God to strengthen, encourage, and protect the small number of Turkish Cypriots who follow Christ.
* Ask the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers to live and work among the Turkish Cypriots in the US.
* Pray for effectiveness of the JESUS Film among the Turkish Cypriots in the US.
* Ask the Lord to bring forth a triumphant Turkish Cypriot church for the glory of His name!


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/11457/CY
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cypriot_Americans


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Cypriots, Turkish
People Name in Country Cypriots, Turkish
Population in United States 1,500
World Population 220,700
Total Countries 3
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names
People ID 11457
ROP3 Code 102345
Country United States
Region North America and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country United States
Region North America and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Turkish (1,500 speakers)
Language Code tur   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Turkish
Primary Language Turkish (1,500 speakers)
Language Code tur   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Turkish

Primary Language:  Turkish

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1782-1985)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1819-1993)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1827-2006)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Bir Ibadet Toplantisi (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Fathers Love Letter
Film / Video Followers of Isa (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Turkish
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video More Than Dreams-Ali (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General GoodSeed
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Turkish, Kutsal Kitap Yeni Ceviri
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source COMIBAM / Sepal 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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