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.
Turkey is difficult for Christian workers to access and no Christian resources are reported as available in their primary language.
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.
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 this small ethnic minority in Turkey will not be ostracized and will have opportunities to pursue education and employment.
Scripture Prayers for the Pontic Greek in Turkey.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2015-11-13|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2020-06-06|
|People Name General||Pontic|
|People Name in Country||Pontic Greek|
|Population this Country||5,000|
|Population all Countries||390,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||36 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Location in Country||Northeast, Trabzon Province, near southeast Black Sea coast. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.00 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|