Turk in Austria


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Introduction / History

Turkey is a "link" between Asian and European cultures. The Turks represent a great opportunity to create a "fulcrum" church movement that could reach many other Muslim people groups, especially those who speak a related language in Central Asia.
Most Turks live in their home country, but significant numbers live elsewhere. Several million Turks live in Germany alone as either guest workers or German citizens. Many more live throughout North America and European countries like Austria.
Turks first arrived in Austria as temporary construction and industrial workers in 1964. More arrived in 1971 as political refugees. The Austrian government soon passed laws to restrict the number of Turks from arriving and settling in their country. More laws were passed in 1997 and 2006. During this time Austria’s Turkish community has tried to reunite their families in Austria and gain Austrian citizenship. According to Austrian law, one must be a resident for at least 10 years to apply for citizenship.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Relaxation is of the utmost importance to the Turk. Coffee houses are places where men meet to visit and talk politics or business. In general, the Turks are courteous, gentle people who readily show hospitality to strangers. They are also very patriotic and have a deep sense of nationalistic pride and love for their country.
Though traditional ways continue to exist in some areas, the typical Turks lives a secularized, modern urban life, with all the materialistic advantages and temptations that go with it. This is especially true in European cities like Vienna.
Turks in Austria have not always been accepted, especially after Islamic-based terrorist attacks. Turkish women find it difficult to find work, especially those who wear the Muslim headscarf. Within the Turkish family there is often pressure for a woman to stay at home rather than work outside.
Second generation Turks in Austria are underrepresented in universities. The stands in the way of them rising above low paying jobs. Acceptance is coming, but at a slow pace. Turkish Muslims in Austria sometimes face violent attacks, which the majority of Austrians strongly disapprove of.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Turks of Austria are predominantly nominally Sunni Muslim, believing in one God (Allah), and an eternal heaven and hell. However, they also have many ethnic beliefs as well. For example, they believe that men have the power to curse others by giving them the "evil eye." They believe that one is protected against such a curse by wearing blue beads, which the evil eye cannot face. Another way to avoid this cursing glare is to spit in a fire and pray to Allah. Some also believe that if a woman puts fish oil around a door and a man walks through it, he will love her for the rest of his life. Most likely, these beliefs are becoming weaker for those who live in Austria and other European countries.


What Are Their Needs?

Although the Turks have Christian resources (both the Bible and the JESUS Film have been translated into Turkish) available to them in their language and mission agencies have worked among them, they remain strongly Muslim. Prayer alone has the power to break through the strongholds of Islam. Intercessors are needed to daily stand in the gap and pray for the salvation of these precious people.
Negative attributes of modern urban life such as drunkenness, drug use, and prostitution exist. Such an atmosphere can lead to identity crises that could lead individuals to fundamentalist Islam as an answer for societal problems. Postmodern values can also potentially draw Turks in Austria to seek and find the one who is Truth. Jesus offers spiritual answers that begin with self-reflection and repentance rather than a law to follow. The changes are within.


Prayer Points

Ask God to give the Turkish believers boldness to share the gospel with their own people in Austria.
Ask the Lord to save key leaders among the Turks who will boldly declare the gospel.
Pray that many Turks living in Austria will be reached with the gospel and will take it back to Turkey.
Pray for Turks in Europe who are disenchanted will find truth and righteousness in Jesus Christ.


Scripture Prayers for the Turk in Austria.


References

Thomas Watch
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turks_in_Austria
https://minorityrights.org/communities/turks/
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/life/austrian-town-shines-out-as-example-of-co-existence/1538314
https://archive.ph/20120722212601/http://www.andreas-moelzer.at/index.php?id=24
https://beyazgazete.com/haber/2011/1/23/avusturya-da-yasayan-kosovalilar-balkanlara-daha-fazla-turk-okulu-istiyor-ozel-445194.html
https://www.thelocal.at/20170301/turkey-angry-after-erdogan-is-told-he-cant-campaign-in-austria


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Turk
People Name in Country Turk
Pronunciation terk
Alternate Names Anatolian; Baharlu Turk; Masakhastian; Meskhetian Turk; Osmanli; Ottomon Turk; Rumelian Turk; Urum; तुर्क
Population this Country 117,000
Population all Countries 67,389,000
Total Countries 68
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
People ID 18274
ROP3 Code 113818
ROP25 Code 308375
ROP25 Name Turk
Country Austria
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Austria
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Religion: Islam
Religion Subdivision: Sunni
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.06 %)
0.10 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
99.90 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Turkish (117,000 speakers)
Language Code tur   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Turkish (117,000 speakers)
Language Code tur   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Turkish

Primary Language:  Turkish

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1782-1985)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1819-1993)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1827-2009)
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Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Love Story General / Other
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Turkish Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Rivka video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Rock International: King of Glory Rock International
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Hope Video Mars Hill Media
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Four Spiritual Laws Campus Crusade for Christ
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General Walk with the Prophets and meet the Messiah Al Massira
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