Pontic Greek in Turkey


Population
341,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction

Pontic Greeks are an ethnically Greek group who traditionally lived in the region of Pontus, on the shores of Turkey's Black Sea. They traditionally speak Pontic, which is distinct from the Greek language. The language has a rich oral tradition and folklore and Pontic songs are particularly popular in Greece. The Pontic Greeks suffered widespread massacre 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.


Ministry Obstacles

Turkey is difficult for Christian workers to access and no Christian resources are reported as available in their primary language.


Outreach Ideas

Perhaps believers within the larger Pontic Greek population in Greece will be prompted by the Lord's Spirit to carry the Gospel message to their brethren in Turkey.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

There may be a few followers of Christ today within this group which was largely Christian long ago. Pray the prayers of Pontic Christians expressed generations ago for their descendants will be heard and honored by the Lord today.


Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray this small ethnic minority in Turkey will not be ostracized and will have opportunities to pursue education and employment.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2015-11-13
People Name General Pontic
People Name in Country Pontic Greek
Population in Turkey 341,000
World Population 745,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 7 to 9
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names
People ID 14444
ROP3 Code 108121
Country Turkey
Region Central Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 37  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Northeast, Trabzon Province, near southeast Black Sea coast.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Turkey
Region Central Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 37  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Northeast, Trabzon Province, near southeast Black Sea coast..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Pontic (341,000 speakers)
Language Code pnt   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Pontic
Primary Language Pontic (341,000 speakers)
Language Code pnt   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Pontic

Primary Language:  Pontic

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions No
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Resource Type Resource Name
None reported  
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
5.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
95.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
100.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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