Turk, Meskhetian in Kazakhstan


Population
45,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Until Soviet Dictator Josef Stalin deported the Meskhetian Turks in the 1940s, most were living in Georgia. He deported them to Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Kirghizstan. They were labeled "enemies of the state" during WWII with very little or no evidence. They experienced discrimination and civil rights abuses in Central Asia. When they were finally permitted to return to their homeland, Georgia did not allow them to resettle there.


Where Are they Located?

Today these people live in several countries, with the largest population in Russia. One of the countries they live in is Kazakhstan. In Kazakhstan, they live in the southern part of the country, especially Almaty, Chimkent, Kyzylorda, and Zhambyl.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Since they arrived in Kazakhstan in 1944, the Meskhetian Turks have lived in closely-knit, rural communities. They are largely integrated into Kazakh society. Turkish businessmen are investing in this country, and the Meskhetian Turks are acting as a bridge between Turkish and the Kazakh businessmen.


What Are Their Beliefs?

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


What Are Their Needs?

The Meskhetian Turks need to be accepted and valued as a people. They can find this through a relationship with Jesus Christ if they would turn to Him.


Prayer Points

* Pray for the Meskhetian Turks in Kazakhstan to listen to the voice of the Lord, heed His call, and follow Him.
* Pray for ambassadors of Christ to be thrust out from Russia and Georgia to these Muslims.
* Pray for a disciple making movement to emerge among the Meskhetian Turks that will spread to all their communities in Russia and Central Asia.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/20631/KZ
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/20631/GG
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meskhetian_Turks
http://www.encyclopedia.com/places/africa/zimbabwe-political-geography/meskhetian-turks
http://minorityrights.org/minorities/meskhetian-turks/
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/meskhetian-turks-find-shelter-after-decades-of-persecution-1.2918694


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  
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People Name General Turk, Meskhetian
People Name in Country Turk, Meskhetian
Population in Kazakhstan 45,000
World Population 175,800
Total Countries 9
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names
People ID 20631
ROP3 Code 115687
Country Kazakhstan
Region Central Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 43  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Kazakhstan
Region Central Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 43  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)

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Primary Language Kazakh (45,000 speakers)
Language Code kaz   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Kazakh
Primary Language Kazakh (45,000 speakers)
Language Code kaz   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Kazakh

Primary Language:  Kazakh

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1818-1989)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1820-2011)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1820-2010)
Bible-NT Audio Online
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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 Jesus Film: view in Kazakh
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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