Turk in Ireland


Population
1,500
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Turks originated in Turan, a region that lies between the Caspian Sea and the Mongolian Desert. They arrived in Anatolia, Turkey (Asia Minor) in the 11th century as conquering warriors. By the year 1299, the Ottoman Dynasty began ruling over what would become a vast region, greater in area than the Roman Empire. Over 20 states fell under Ottoman rule, including southern Russia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Libya, and Saudi Arabia. This huge Muslim empire lasted until Turkey became a republic in 1923.

Turkey is considered to be a "link" between the Orient (Chinese and Mongols) and the Occidental (Anglo-Saxons, Slavs, Goths, and Latins). The Turk, therefore, have experienced a mixture of both Eastern and Western cultures.


Where Are they Located?

The majority of Turks live in their home country, but significant numbers live elsewhere. Several million Turks live in Germany as either guest workers or German citizens. More live in other European countries like Ireland.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Though small in number, the Turks in Ireland have produced soccer players and models. At this point in time, unfortunately, they have not yet produced a follower of Christ in that country.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Turks of Turkey 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.

Memories of conflict with Christians, and a desire to join the European Union while remaining Islamic may stand as barriers to the gospel.


What Are Their Needs?

Although the Turks of Turkey 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.


Prayer Points

* Pray that many Turks living in Ireland will be reached with the gospel and will take it back to Turkey.
* Pray that the JESUS Film will find its way into many Turkish homes in Ireland.
* Pray that churches and mission organizations will accept the challenge of adopting and reaching the Turks in Ireland.
* Pray for the Holy Spirit to birth a cascading discipleship movement among the Turks in Europe for God's glory.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/18274/EI
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/18274/TU
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/18274/GM
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turks_in_Ireland
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkish_diaspora


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Turk
People Name in Country Turk
Population in Ireland 1,500
World Population 59,374,700
Total Countries 70
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Anatolian, Baharlu Turk, Masakhastian, Meskhetian Turk, Osmanli, Ottomon Turk, Rumelian Turk, Urum, तुर्क
People ID 18274
ROP3 Code 113818
Country Ireland
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Ireland
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Turkish (1,500 speakers)
Language Code tur   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Turkish
Primary Language Turkish (1,500 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   (1827-2006)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Bir Ibadet Toplantisi (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Fathers Love Letter
Film / Video Followers of Isa (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Turkish
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video More Than Dreams-Ali (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General GoodSeed
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Turkish, Kutsal Kitap Yeni Ceviri
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 Garry Knight   Creative Commons   Used with permission
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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