Cypriots, Greek in Australia

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People Name: Cypriots, Greek
Country: Australia
10/40 Window: No
Population: 27,000
World Population: 899,900
Primary Language: Greek
Primary Religion: Christianity
Christian Adherents: 93.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.70 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Greek
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
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Introduction / History

In 1400 BC, the island of Cyprus was controlled by Greece. Though the centuries, Cyprus was controlled by various powers. These powers seldom interfered with the Greek culture, though they had their influence. Though the long-lasting influence of the Ottoman Empire (300 years) added Islam to Cyprus, the island was culturally a variation of what we call “Greek.” After WWI, Cyprus came under the control of the UK, so there is also a British influence in their culture.

Greek Cypriots began to move to Australia in the 1850s. Many more arrived from Cyprus after WWII when the Australian government encouraged immigration from Europe. Those who have arrived in the 20th century are usually college students.

What Are Their Lives Like?

It has been many generations since Greek Cypriots migrated to Australia. They are largely assimilated, especially the younger generation. They speak English, and their families are becoming weaker, but more egalitarian. In order to maintain their cultural identity and language, they usually have cultural associations. These associations help them maintain ties with Cyprus and stay abreast of issues on that island.

Greek Cypriots in Australia are often blended with other Greek communities, even in marriage.

Australia also has a Turkish Cypriot population, but the two have little contact. Culturally and religiously, they are very different.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Greek Cypriots adhere to the Greek Orthodox Church, and religion is central to their lives. Yet they are more flexible in their Orthodox religious practices than people are in Cyprus. Some are secularized while a small number are Evangelical.

What Are Their Needs?

The Greek Cypriots need to put all their trust in Jesus Christ. This doesn’t mean that they need to abandon their culture or their church, but they need to keep Christ supreme in their hearts.

Prayer Points

Pray for a Christ-centered spiritual revival among Greek Cypriots.

Pray for Greek Cypriot disciplers to disciple others, including Muslim Turks.

Pray for spiritual hunger and a willingness to embrace the truth of Jesus Christ.

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