Yoruk, Balkan Gagauz Turkish in Turkey


Population
444,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction

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 to summer in the cool prairies and grassy highlands of the western Toros Mountains. But today they have largely become settled. They are made up of a large number of patrilineal tribes, which are often subdivided into clans. The Yoruk have retained their skill in weaving wool into colorful clothing. Their religion "has deep Shamanistic roots", but today most are Sunni or Alevi Muslims.


Ministry Obstacles

Turkey is generally hostile to overt Christian witness.


Outreach Ideas

There are a few Yoruk people in the Balkan countries, and these may have easier access to the gospel than those in Turkey.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

There may be no followers of Jesus Christ among the Yoruk people of Turkey at this time. If there are a few, they need our prayers. And we need to pray for the many Yoruk who in the future will become disciples of Jesus. It's not too early to pray for them to become zealous, deeply committed disciples.


Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray the Yoruk, especially the young people, will be able to adjust to the Turkish society around them. They have a long history of being nomadic shepherds and have their own manner of life.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2015-11-06
People Name General Yoruk, Balkan Gagauz Turkish
People Name in Country Yoruk, Balkan Gagauz Turkish
Population in Turkey 444,000
World Population 449,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 9 to 11
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Anatolian Gagauz, Anatolian Gagauzi, Balkan Gagauz Turk, Rumelian Turk
People ID 16058
ROP3 Code 111096
Country Turkey
Region Central Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 37  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Surguch dialect in Edirne Province.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Turkey
Region Central Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 37  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Surguch dialect in Edirne Province..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Balkan Gagauz Turkish
Language Code bgx   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Yuruk
Dialect Code 7617   Global Recordings Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Turkish
People Groups Speaking Balkan Gagauz Turkish
Primary Language Balkan Gagauz Turkish
Language Code bgx   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Yuruk
Dialect Code 7617   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Turkish
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
99.00 %
Non-Religious
1.00 %
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 Nomad Place 
Map Source Nomad Place  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
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