Meskhetian Turk in Kazakhstan


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Main Language
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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.


Lack of prayer and lack of obedience to the command of Christ to preach the good news to all creation continue to slow the advance of the gospel among Muslim Meskhetian Turks in Kazakhstan and elsewhere.
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.


Scripture Prayers for the Turk, Meskhetian in Kazakhstan.


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
Natural Name Meskhetian Turk
Pronunciation mes-KEH-tee-un turk
Population this Country 49,000
Population all Countries 306,000
Total Countries 9
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Ahiska Turks
People ID 20631
ROP3 Code 115687
Country Kazakhstan
Region Asia, Central
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 47  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Kazakhstan
Region Asia, Central
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 47  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Map of Turk, Meskhetian in Kazakhstan Ethnolinguistic map or other map

Primary Language Russian
Language Code rus   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Turkish
Primary Language Russian
Language Code rus   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Turkish
People Groups Speaking Russian

Primary Language:  Russian

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1815-1993)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1821-1991)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1875-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Russian 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 Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Hope Video Mars Hill Media
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Four Spiritual Laws Campus Crusade for Christ
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 Cem Ahiska - Wikimedia  Creative Commons 
Map Source People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more