Azeri Turks in Turkey

Unreached of the Day  2/27/2021

Azeri Turks in Turkey

The Azeri Turks in Turkey straddle the Turkish and Persian worlds! Their language is Turkish-based, but their religion is Shi 'ite Islam. Most speak Azerbaijani and Turkish, two similar languages. The Azeri Turks feel at home in Turkish society. They live mainly in Igdir, where they are the largest people group and also in Kars, where they are the second largest group. Most Azeri Turks came to Turkey in the first half of the twentieth century. Since the early 1990s many more came for financial reasons.

Ministry Obstacles

The Azeri Turks have very little contact with any Christian believers.

Outreach Ideas

There are believers in nearby Iran, some of whom are Azeri Turks, who can be Christ bearers. Pray for them to make contact with the Azeri Turks in Turkey and begin to plant churches among them.

Scripture Focus

"The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him."  Psalm 28:7

Scripture Prayer

May this be the attitude of many from today’s people group.

Prayer Focus

Pray for the Holy Spirit to penetrate and enlighten their hearts with the knowledge of Christ. Pray that God would give Azeri Turk elders dreams and visions, leading them to Jesus Christ. Pray they would open the door for Christ to permeate Azeri Turk communities. Pray for a full Bible translation, and for it to be widely distributed and read.



People Name Azeri Turks
Pronunciationuh-ZARE-ee terks
Country Turkey
10/40 Window Yes
Population 595,000
World Population 17,687,100
Language Azerbaijani, South
Primary Religion Islam
Bible Complete
Online Audio NT No
Jesus Film Yes
Audio Recordings Yes
Christ Followers Few, less than 2%
Status Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image