March 10, 2015
Located in nine different countries across Europe, North America, and the Middle East, Meskhetian Turks around the globe share a distinct and often painful history. They number around 163,000, with more than 10,000 residing here in the United States.
Originally centralized around the Middle East and Eastern Europe, Joseph Stalin ordered the forced deportation of all Meskhetians from Soviet-controlled territories ahead of his Turkish offensive in 1944. Many were accused of treason and espionage, leading to death, torture, or exile.
There are few, if any, Christians present among Meskhetian communities today. According to the Joshua Project, they are considered unreached in all locations. Without any outreach, missionary, or Christian presence, the vast majority of Meskhetians will die without ever hearing the Gospel. But you can get involved.
Pray. Ask God to raise up missionaries to the region with opportunities to serve the Meskhetian people. Pray for local believers in the surrounding regions that new opportunities will arise to share Christ and cultivate new churches in the area.
Go. You could be the answer to your own prayer. Consider joining an expedition to the Middle East, Europe, or Asia where you can partner with local believers to serve unreached and unengaged people groups with the Gospel. With just one week, you can be a part of a Gospel movement that is taking off across those regions.