Turk in United States


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Main Language
Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

The earliest known Turkish settlers in what is now the United States arrived in 1586. "Turks and Moors" were liberated from the Spanish galleys and given a new life in the colony of Roanoke. Turkish immigration saw several booms in the 1800s and 1900s, though earlier immigrants reported other nationalities out of fear that a nation known for Christianity might not accept them. In the early 1900s, however, it was discovered that the U. S. was very accepting, and Turkish immigration increased. In recent years, significant numbers of Turkish immigrants are of the diaspora, relocating from various parts of Europe instead of Turkey itself.


Where Are they Located?

There are strong Turkish communities in the United States, represented by community and political organizations. They have their own networks to help them build community, find spouses and employment. Though they change their country of residence, the Turks bring with them much of their culture – including their national and ancestral pride along with their commitment to Islamic worship at a mosque and celebration of Muslim festivals. The Turkish commitment to their culture is reflected in the fact that Turkish remains the dominant language in the home for Turkish households regardless of proficiency in English.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Turks who are religious and those who are secular are both committed to one degree or another to Islam as a religious system. Few would dare deviate from Sunni Islam.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Turkish people in the US are nominally Muslim. They need to see past their inherited religious customs, and their empty life pursuits of enjoyment and fulfillment. They need to see the emptiness of alcohol, drugs, and immoral sexual relationships, and have their hearts touched so that they will begin to long for something more.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Turk in United States.

* Pray that churches and mission organizations will accept the challenge of adopting and reaching the Turks until there is a movement to Christ among them in the United States. * Ask God to give the Turkish believers boldness to share the gospel with their own people. * Ask the Lord to save key leaders among Turks who will open the door for others to accept the blessings of Jesus Christ. * Pray that Christ followers in the United States will build solid community with their Turkish neighbors, opening their homes in hospitality, and sharing the love of the Christ who washes feet and invites all to come in and dine with Him.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2016-05-06
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-05-22
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-07-14
Turks profile for Children and Family Missions Activities
People Name General Turk
People Name in Country Turk
Pronunciation terk
Population this Country 199,000
Population all Countries 63,833,000
Total Countries 68
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 4
Alternate Names Anatolian; Baharlu Turk; Masakhastian; Meskhetian Turk; Osmanli; Ottomon Turk; Rumelian Turk; Urum; तुर्क
People ID 18274
ROP3 Code 113818
Country United States
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country New York (South Paterson), Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Houston   Source:  Global Gates 2021
Country United States
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country New York (South Paterson), Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Houston.   Source:  Global Gates 2021

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Primary Language Turkish (199,000 speakers)
Language Code tur   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Turkish (199,000 speakers)
Language Code tur   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Turkish

Primary Language:  Turkish

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1782-1985)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1819-1993)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1827-2008)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video God's Love Story
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Turkish
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 2 - Jesus' Baptism
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
General Four Spiritual Laws
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.50 %)
3.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
92.00 %
Non-Religious
5.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
90.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
10.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source Garry Knight  Creative Commons  Used with permission
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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