The Pontic Greek live in the region Pontus, near the Black Sea. They are ethnically Greek and have significant populations in both Greece and Turkey. Many of the Pontic Greek who live near the Black Sea region cultivate tea and live in very close-knit communities. The Pontic Greek in Turkey and the average Greek have linguistic and religious differences. The Pontic language is different from Greek, and the Pontic in Turkey are almost all Muslim, but Pontic in Greece are mostly Christian. During the reign of the Ottoman Empire, many Pontic were killed and forced to flee to the mountain regions or to different countries.
Engagement // What’s Happening Now
Families who are willing to live among Pontic Greeks are needed. Connor a “Third Culture Kid” shares about his experience with making friends in Central Eurasia in the blog post titled “Second Chance”. He is able to make a friend and be a light in a very unlikely place.
To join in reaching Pontic Greeks visit Live Dead.
Sustainability // The Bigger Story
There are no translations of the New or Old Testament in Pontic. Pray that a translation in Pontic will be written so that the word of God would be available to them.
Partnership // Move Beyond
Please spend a few minutes in prayer for:
- Pray Pontic believers from Greece would be compelled to reach their brethren in other nations.
- Pray God sends workers to the mountainous region of the north to minister to the Pontic.
- Pray that women who are believers may have divine appointments with other Pontic Greek women.
- Pray for workers to be inspired to creatively share the gospel with Pontic Greeks.