Today's UPG Focus...Iraqi Turkmen
The Iraqi Turkmen began settling in large numbers into Northern Iraq around 1,000 years ago. Their language is considered a transitional dialect between Azeri and Standard Turkish.
Less than 1% Christian
Resources: New Testament, Jesus Film
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The Turkmen are especially known for their brisk trade in the bazaars, where many samples of their handicrafts can be found. Some of these include metal and wooden household utensils, tools, and furniture. Many have also supplemented their income by producing intricately designed carpets. Oil and gas production are the major sources of wealth.
Turkmen tend to be physically strong and easily able to endure the harshness of the environment. They are characterized by their hospitality, sincerity, and trustworthiness; however, they are also known as being hot-headed and revengeful.
Men usually wear baggy trousers, coarse shirts, boots, and wool hats. Women love wearing jewelry, especially anklet and bracelets. They cover their heads with cloth, like turbans that are also adorned with jewelry.
Important Prayer Point:
🙏• The Iraqi Turkmen were persecuted by Saddam, who suppressed their culture and language, and tried to relocate many in order to Arabize them. PRAY that God might use this mistreatment to open their eyes to his unconditional love for them in Jesus Christ.
A Prayer: Heavenly Father, you sovereignly brought the Turkmen to Iraq that they might be saved in this day and hour. May your purpose for them in Christ be fulfilled as we approach His coming. 😥 Each year 18,000 Iraqi Turkmen die without Christ.
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