Pontic Greek in Greece


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
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Introduction / History

Pontic Greeks are ethnically Greek. They traditionally lived in the region of Pontus, on the southern shores of the Black Sea. They traditionally speak Pontic, which is a distinct dialect from the modern Greek language. The language is used for folklore. Pontic songs are particularly popular in Greece. The Pontic Greeks suffered widespread massacres and what is now usually termed "ethnic cleansing" at the beginning of the 20th century. Many found refuge by hiding in the mountains, and others migrated to other countries. The surviving Pontic Greeks converted to Islam which allowed some of them to escape Muslim Turk persecution. There are currently no Christian resources in the Pontic Greek language.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most Pontic Greeks make their living by agriculture. They cultivate grapes, olives, wheat and different varieties of fruit. Pontic Greeks also raise goats and sheep. Some fish on the Black Sea or are involved in transporting goods on the sea. The Pontic Greeks try to maintain their Greek culture surrounded by other ethnic groups. The Greeks have a strong tradition of songs, poetry, dancing and festive clothing. The Pontic Greeks want to marry within their group so as to preserve their culture and distinct language.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Outside of Turkey, the vast majority of the Pontic Greeks claim to be Christian. They adhere to the doctrines of the Greek Orthodox Church. However, most put their identity in their ethnicity and their Greek heritage ahead of a relationship with Jesus Christ.


What Are Their Needs?

There is a need for Christ-centered discipleship. The Pontic Greeks need to put Christ ahead of all else no matter where they live.


Prayer Points

Ask the Lord to send workers to the Pontic Greeks of Greece.

Pray for many Pontic Greeks to be led to investigate the scriptures and find their way to the cross.

Pray this small ethnic minority will thrive in Greece and give God the glory.


Scripture Prayers for the Pontic Greek in Greece.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pontic_Greeks

http://www.geocurrents.info/blog/2012/01/19/the-turkic-speaking-greek-community-of-georgia-and-its-demise/


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Pontic
People Name in Country Pontic Greek
Alternate Names
Population this Country 369,000
Population all Countries 386,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 3
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 14444
ROP3 Code 108121
ROP25 Code 306790
ROP25 Name Pontic
Country Greece
Region Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Epirus and Western Macedonia, and Macedonia and Thrace administrative units: all of Serrai, Kilkis, and Pella; Thessaloniki except for portion south of Kalamaria borough; fringe enclaves in Drama and Imathia.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Greece
Region Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Epirus and Western Macedonia, and Macedonia and Thrace administrative units: all of Serrai, Kilkis, and Pella; Thessaloniki except for portion south of Kalamaria borough; fringe enclaves in Drama and Imathia..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.50 %)
90.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
10.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Pontic (369,000 speakers)
Language Code pnt   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Pontic (369,000 speakers)
Language Code pnt   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Pontic

Primary Language:  Pontic

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Needed

Resource Type Resource Name Source
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Photo Source Anna Diamantopoulou - Flickr  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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