Pontic Greek in Turkey

Pontic Greek
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Map Source:  Joshua Project
People Name: Pontic Greek
Country: Turkey
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 5,000
World Population: 388,000
Primary Language: Pontic
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 5.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Translation Needed
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
People Cluster: Greek
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
Progress Level:


Pontic Greeks are an ethnically Greek group who traditionally lived in the region of Pontus, on the shores of Turkey's Black Sea. They traditionally speak Pontic, which is distinct from the Greek language. The language has a rich oral tradition and folklore and Pontic songs are particularly popular in Greece. The Pontic Greeks suffered widespread massacre 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.

Ministry Obstacles

Turkey is difficult for Christian workers to access and no Christian resources are reported as available in their primary language.

Outreach Ideas

Perhaps believers within the larger Pontic Greek population in Greece will be prompted by the Lord's Spirit to carry the Gospel message to their brethren in Turkey.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There may be a few followers of Christ today within this group which was largely Christian long ago. Pray the prayers of Pontic Christians expressed generations ago for their descendants will be heard and honored by the Lord today.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray this small ethnic minority in Turkey will not be ostracized and will have opportunities to pursue education and employment.

Text Source:   Joshua Project