Turk, Meskhetian in Kyrgyzstan


Population
22,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Meskhetian Turks are a Turkish people originally from a part of southern Georgia that borders Turkey. They are named after a Georgian province called Meskheti. Though nomadic Turkic tribes had long since settled in Meskheti, it was the Turkish military expedition of 1578 that led to these people being thought of as a separate people group.

Under Josef Stalin's policies during the time of the Soviet Union, the Meskhetian Turks were forcefully deported to Central Asia, where they experienced discrimination and civil rights abuses. When they were finally permitted to return to their homeland, Georgia did not allow them to resettle there, so many are still scattered.


Where Are they Located?

Today these people live in several countries, including Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, with the largest population in Russia. A few live in Ohio, a state in the US.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Meskhetian Turks in Kyrgyzstan are often farmers, herders; those who live in cities tend to be shop owners. There have been pogroms in Kyrgyzstan against the Meskhetian Turks; the most recent one being in 2010. When Kyrgyz nationalism is stirred up and jealousies arise, sometimes there is violence against the Meskhetian Turks, who tend to be relatively prosperous because of their strong work ethic. They stay in Kyrgyzstan to remain with their close-knit communities. They have high respect for the elderly.


What Are Their Beliefs?

They are Muslim, but many of their traditions contain a mixture of Muslim, Caucasian, and Russian elements.


What Are Their Needs?

If ever a people have needed the powerful love of Jesus to encourage, comfort, and bless, it would be the Meskhetian nation.


Prayer Points

* Pray that representatives of Jesus' love and grace would recognize the 'people of peace' (Luke 10:6) among the Meskhetian Turks and build many relationships into culture through them.
* Pray for breakthroughs for Jesus in whole family circles and clans.
* Pray for a huge disciple making movement to break out among the Meskhetian Turks wherever they live.


References

http://www.eurasianet.org/node/65802
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/index.php/issue/day/ahishka-turks-in-dayton-oh/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meskhetian_Turks
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/20631/TU
http://minorityrights.org/minorities/meskhetian-turks/


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  
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People Name General Turk, Meskhetian
People Name in Country Turk, Meskhetian
Population in Kyrgyzstan 22,000
World Population 177,700
Total Countries 9
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names
People ID 20631
ROP3 Code 115687
Country Kyrgyzstan
Region Central Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Kyrgyzstan
Region Central Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language Kyrgyz (22,000 speakers)
Language Code kir   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Kyrgyz
Primary Language Kyrgyz (22,000 speakers)
Language Code kir   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Kyrgyz

Primary Language:  Kyrgyz

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1982-2016)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1991-2005)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1995-2004)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
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Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Greater Grace (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Kyrgyz
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
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)
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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
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Profile Source Keith Carey  
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