Turk in United Kingdom

Turk
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People Name: Turk
Country: United Kingdom
10/40 Window: No
Population: 71,000
World Population: 65,298,300
Primary Language: Turkish
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Turkish
Affinity Bloc: Turkic Peoples
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Introduction / History

The ancestors of the Turks founded the powerful Ottoman Empire which lasted from the 14th through the early 20th century. This 600-year empire began with raids by Turkish warriors and ended with the defeat of the Axis powers at the end of WWI. It was the last Muslim empire. Turks are proud of their history.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Turks have a knowledge and mixture of both Eastern and Western cultures. Turks lives a secularized, modern urban life in UK, with all the material advantages and temptations that go with it. Some Turkish men and women are doctors, lawyers, architects, or engineers. Some Turks are employed in agricultural sectors, living in villages and using natural resources to earn a living. Relaxation is of the utmost importance to Turkish men. Coffee houses are places where men meet to visit and talk politics or business. In general, the Turks are courteous, gentle people who readily show hospitality to strangers.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Turks are nominally Sunni Muslim, believing in one god (Allah), and an eternal heaven and hell. "Sunni," is derived from the Islamic term, sunnah, which means "well-trodden path." Sunnis believe that the correct path is that of the majority. Therefore, the tradition of the Sunni is political conformism, though the Turks have been more flexible than many of their Muslim neighbors. Other Turks are more secular in their beliefs, though they visit the mosque for special events. Some also hold to pre-Islamic beliefs as well.

What Are Their Needs?

Turkish people in UK need disciples to share the truth of God's Word with them. Although they live in the country where the Bible used to be foundational, they have no knowledge of its contents. They need people whom they will trust to tell them the truth. They need the opportunity to hear about Jesus, the Son of God who loves them, wants to forgive them from their sins. Turkish families need to learn the truth together and follow Christ's ways.

Prayer Points

Pray for the fervent believers to reach out in faith and love to the Muslim Turks among them. Pray for a spiritual hunger among Turks that will be satisfied by none other than the only Savior, Jesus Christ. Pray for a Disciple Making Movement among Turks to spread far and wide throughout Europe.

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