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.
Turkey is generally hostile to overt Christian witness.
There are a few Yoruk people in the Balkan countries, and these may have easier access to the gospel than those in Turkey.
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 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|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2015-11-06|
|People Name General||Yoruk, Balkan Gagauz Turkish|
|People Name in Country||Yoruk, Balkan Gagauz Turkish|
|Population in Turkey||440,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Alternate Names||Anatolian Gagauz, Anatolian Gagauzi, Balkan Gagauz Turk, Rumelian Turk|
|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|
|Dialect Code||7617 Global Recordings Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Balkan Gagauz Turkish|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent *|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.00 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|