Yoruk in Bulgaria


Population
1,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Yoruks have traditionally been semi-nomadic shepherds. For hundreds of years, at the beginning of every summer the Yoruks made the long trek from the hot coastal plains of Turkey to summer in the cool prairies and grassy highlands of the western Toros Mountains. Today they have largely become settled, though there are still nomads among them. The Yoruks are made up of a large number of patrilineal tribes, which are often subdivided into clans. The Yoruk people have retained their skill in weaving wool into colorful clothing. Their language is considered to be a Turkish dialect.


Where Are they Located?

Most of the Balkan Gagauz Yoruks live in Turkey, but some have migrated to Bulgaria or Macedonia.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Shepherds and farmers have times where they must move quickly to bring in a harvest, but they also have much free time after they have put things in place. These are people who are set in traditional ways, but they enjoy good conversation and food. Those who live as nomads must rent grasslands for often high fees from people who consider them to be a nuisance. Those who are settled have a much better chance of having access to modern amenities like running water and the Internet.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Their religion has deep shamanistic roots, though they are officially Sunni or Alevi Muslims.


What Are Their Needs?

Balkan Gagauz Yoruks need skills that will help them adjust to the new challenges of the 21st century. Believers with the right job skills can teach them computer repair skills, etc. so they will be more employable in the years to come.


Prayer Points

* Pray for the Holy Spirit to grant the Balkan Gagauz Yoruk people spiritual hunger leading to salvation and positive transformation in their communities.
* Pray for these people to be in awe of the deeds and the love of Jesus Christ when they hear the good news.
* Pray for a Disciple-Making movement among the Balkan Gagauz Yoruk people in Turkey, Bulgaria and Macedonia.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/16058/TU
http://www.asfar.org.uk/caravans-yoruks-and-the-balkar-mountains/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balkan_Gagauz_Turkish


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Yoruk
People Name in Country Yoruk
Population in Bulgaria 1,000
World Population 449,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Anatolian Gagauz, Anatolian Gagauzi, Balkan Gagauz Turk, Rumelian Turk
People ID 16058
ROP3 Code 111096
Country Bulgaria
Region Eastern Europe and Eurasia
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Silistra province: Dulova municipality, near Isperih town; Gajal dialect: Deli Orman area.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Bulgaria
Region Eastern Europe and Eurasia
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Silistra province: Dulova municipality, near Isperih town; Gajal dialect: Deli Orman area..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Language Balkan Gagauz Turkish (1,000 speakers)
Language Code bgx   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Other People Groups Speaking Balkan Gagauz Turkish
Primary Language Balkan Gagauz Turkish (1,000 speakers)
Language Code bgx   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Balkan Gagauz Turkish

Primary Language:  Balkan Gagauz Turkish

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions No
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
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 Doron  Creative Commons  Used with permission
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more




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