Turkmen, Middle-Eastern in Iraq

The Turkmen in Iraq are the descendants of Central Asian people who migrated to Mesopotamia (Iraq is within that ancient region) starting in the 7th century. They are divided partly by religious adherence, Sunni or Shia Islam, and by clan affiliation. Many of the Turkmen clans are violently hostile to one another, both in Central Asia’s Turkmenistan, and in Iraq. In Iraq, the situation is exacerbated by ISIS, which draws on some Turkmen Sunnis, while others fight against ISIS. Some of the Turkmen have migrated to Turkey hoping to find a more peaceful life among the more culturally near Turks. News articles in 2017 indicate that they are not always finding acceptance in Turkey.

Ministry Obstacles
Turkmen people usually identity with either Shia or Sunni Islam, but they can also be secular. Others put their hope in superstitions regarding the evil eye, etc. A small number are Christians who usually put their trust in traditions rather than the person of Christ.

Outreach Ideas
Iraq is a dangerous country, and most people, including the Turkmen, would love to have valuable work. Anyone who could teach them useful work skills or help them make an honest living would be welcome in their communities.

Pray for the followers of Christ
* Pray that Turkmen believers in Iraq will give themselves over to the loving ways of Jesus Christ and draw their Muslim neighbors to the cross. * Pray for boldness and protection of Turkmen believers.

Pray for the entire people group
* Pray for translation and distribution efforts for both the New Testament and the JESUS Film. Pray that these tools will be widely available to speakers of all Turkmen dialects spoken in Iraq. * Pray for a disciple making movement in the 2020s among every Turkmen subgroup in Iraq.

Scripture Focus
"Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed." Acts 17:30-31



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