Pontic Greek in Georgia

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People Name: Pontic Greek
Country: Georgia
10/40 Window: No
Population: 12,000
World Population: 386,100
Primary Language: Pontic
Primary Religion: Christianity
Christian Adherents: 90.00 %
Evangelicals: 1.00 %
Scripture: Translation Needed
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
People Cluster: Greek
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
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Introduction / History

Pontic Greeks are ethnically Greek. They traditionally lived in the region of Pontus, on the southern shores of the Black Sea. They speak Pontic, which is a distinct dialect from the modern Greek language. The language is used for folklore. Pontic songs are particularly popular in Greece. The Pontic Greeks suffered widespread massacres and what is now usually termed "ethnic cleansing" at the beginning of the 20th century. Many found refuge by hiding in the mountains, and others migrated to other countries, especially Georgia. There are currently no Christian resources in the Pontic Greek language.
Many of the Pontic Greeks fled to Georgia from the Ottoman Empire.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Most Pontic Greeks make their living by agriculture. They cultivate grapes, olives, wheat and different varieties of fruit. Pontic Greeks also raise goats and sheep. Some Pontic Greeks fish on the Black Sea or are involved in transporting goods on the sea. The Pontic Greeks try to maintain their Greek culture. The Greeks have a strong tradition of songs, poetry, dancing and festive clothing. The Pontic Greeks want to marry within their group so as to preserve their culture and distinct language.
There have been incidents of violence against Pontic Greeks in Georgia.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The vast majority of the Pontic Greeks are Greek Orthodox Christians. For some, there is a vibrant faith; for others, church is a social club. Some are secularized, but they prefer to be married and buried by their church.

What Are Their Needs?

Like people everywhere, the Pontic Greeks need to put all their faith in the person of Jesus Christ.

Prayer Points

Pray that Pontic Greeks would be led to investigate the claims of Jesus in the Bible and fall in love with the only savior.
Pray for Pontic Greek disciples to make more disciples.
Pray for a Holy Spirit generated revival in the Greek Orthodox Church, bringing joy and spiritual refreshment to this ancient church tradition.

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