The Turkmen have deep roots in Central Asia, but a small number of them live in Syria. Though most are Sunni Muslims, some are part of the Alawite religion. The Sunnis among them blend in well with the Syrian Arab majority and even marry into their families. The Alawites, by contrast, are sometimes mistaken for Gypsies and rejected by the Syrians.
There is no Christian tradition among the Turkmen, either in Turkmenistan or in Syria. Islam is all they know and all most of them ever want to know. But God has a remnant and we will pray for them to be revealed soon.
It is possible for Turkmen who have internet connection to download and view the JESUS Film and gospel recordings. It might be necessary for anyone who reaches out to them to develop a way to speak to the Alawites among them in a way they can understand.
"Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world." Hebrews 1:1-2
Pray that today’s people group comes to understand that the one, true God has spoken through His Son, Jesus Christ. Pray they would have the wisdom to listen to Jesus.
Pray for the Syrian church to become unified in Christ's purposes so that they can and will go to the Turkmen among them. Pray for the Turkmen people of Syria to respond to the limited witness and grow disenchanted with Islam. Pray that they would see faith in Jesus as an acceptable alternative to the spiritual answers they have embraced for generations.
|People Name||Middle-Eastern Turkmen|
|Online Audio NT||Yes|
|Christ Followers||Few, less than 2%|