Turkmen, Middle-Eastern in Jordan

Turkmen, Middle-Eastern
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People Name: Turkmen, Middle-Eastern
Country: Jordan
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 68,000
World Population: 3,124,000
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

In Jordan, the Turkmen are a marginalized people group that live in impoverished conditions. Few have access to public school - although they are welcome to enroll as they are Jordanian citizens -because they live nomadic lifestyles traveling from city to city, pitching tents to sleep in, and selling simple goods like prayer beads, sunglasses and watches. Men are mostly bilingual as they brush shoulders with Arabic speakers for their work, but women mostly speak Turkmani exclusively. Many also scrap metal and other disposed of valuable materials for small profit.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Most Jordanian Turkmen are Alawites. As the majority are illiterate, they rely on their elders and non-Turkmani sheikh to pass down traditions and rituals via storytelling. Peacekeeping is a core value which is most likely the reason that so much syncretism has entered their worldview in an attempt to appease all the different types of peoples around them. They are often married off around the age of 14, whether male or female and divorce rates are very high.

What Are Their Needs?

They lack engagement with believers. Education is needed for literacy and financial advice. Believers could bless them with small business start-up ideas and advice.

Prayer Points

Pray for God to shower his abundant mercy on these suffering people in Jordan.
Pray that God would pour out his blessings on the Turkmen in Jordan as they seek to know God's truth.
Pray for Christ's ambassadors to go to the Turkmen in Jordan.
Ask the Lord to open the spiritual eyes of the Turkmen living in Jordan to the wonders of Christ.

Text Source:   Anonymous