Cypriots, Greek in United States

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People Name: Cypriots, Greek
Country: United States
10/40 Window: No
Population: 9,600
World Population: 899,900
Primary Language: Greek
Primary Religion: Christianity
Christian Adherents: 90.00 %
Evangelicals: 1.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: Yes
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.

A small number of Greek Cypriots arrived in the US in the 1930s. In the 1950s, many Greek Cypriots migrated outside the country for better jobs and to escape domestic problems in Cyprus. More joined them in 1974 when Turkey invaded Cyprus. Most of these Greek Cypriots went to the UK, the US, Canada or Australia. A small number are in Greece.

What Are Their Lives Like?

It has been a couple of generations since Greek Cypriots migrated to the United States. They are largely assimilated, especially the younger generation. They speak English, and their families are becoming weaker, but more egalitarian. Greek Cypriot women usually work outside the home. 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. They keep close contact with the greater Greek community, often intermarrying with them.

The Greek Cypriots in the US value getting higher education. As a result, many hold positions as teachers, academics, scientists, engineers and doctors.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Greek Cypriots adhere to the Greek Orthodox Church. 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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