Northern Kurds in Germany

Unreached of the Day  8/21/2021

Northern Kurds in Germany

It may be surprising, but there are unreached people groups in Germany. The Northern Kurds migrated from Turkey and Iran, fleeing the wars between Ottoman Turkey and Tsarist Russia. In the early 1950s, Germany had a labor shortage, and they allowed temporary "guest workers" from Turkey to enter. Among the peoples from Turkey, there were Kurmanji-speaking Kurds, otherwise known as the Northern Kurds. Although some Northern Kurds farm, most live in German cities and have access to houses, medical facilities, schools and political opportunities.

Ministry Obstacles

Conforming to their strong Muslim traditions conditions, Kurds are resistant to religious confrontation and change. To them, Islam is one of their cultural anchors that they can keep in marginally Christian Germany. They also view Islam as the religion that brings about social justice.

Outreach Ideas

As many Kurds are urbanized, Christ's ambassadors can become schoolteachers and health workers in Kurdish neighborhoods. This can be a platform for reaching these unreached Kurds.

Scripture Focus

"For behold, he who forms the mountains and creates the wind, and declares to man what is his thought, who makes the morning darkness, and treads on the heights of the earth— the Lord, the God of hosts, is his name!"  Amos 4:13

Scripture Prayer

Pray that this people group seeks and finds the Creator and Sustainer of the universe. Pray that God’s Word become available to those who are seeking Him.

Prayer Focus

Very few follow Christ. Pray for these few believers to reach out because of love for those without a gospel witness. Pray that the Holy Spirit would stir the hearts of Kurmanji-speaking Kurds in Germany so that the Lord can show them the limitations of man-made traditions and religious customs. Pray that God would convict their hearts of the true prophet, priest, and King, leading to a movement to Christ. Pray for workers to reach out for Christ.



People Name Northern Kurds
Pronunciationkerds
Country Germany
10/40 Window No
Population 547,000
World Population 15,959,800
Language Kurdish, Northern
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