Laz, Lazuri in Turkey

Unreached of the Day  9/27/2018

Laz, Lazuri in Turkey

In Turkish folklore, the Laz (or Mingrelian) have a reputation for plundering and piracy. They were notorious as kidnappers, and until the 1800s, they engaged in slave hunts focusing on young children. Today, however, they are respected as industrious, educated, adventurous, and trustworthy people.

Ministry Obstacles

Scripture resources are needed in their language.

Outreach Ideas

Georgian believers could be challenged to minister to the Laz in both Georgia and Turkey. Gospel recordings in the language are available.

Pray for the followers of Christ

Pray those who consider themselves to be Christians will in fact place their faith in the finished work of Christ, and joyfully give thanks to the Father who has qualified them to share in the inheritance of the saints.

Pray for the entire people group

Pray the Lord will open the hearts of the Laz people to desire God's blessings through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies. Pray each Laz individual will soon have an opportunity to hear the Gospel of Christ in their language and in an understandable form, which they will both understand and accept.

Scripture Focus

"The people who walk in darkness, will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them." Isaiah 9:2



People Name Laz, Lazuri
Country Turkey
10/40 Window Yes
Population 100,000
World Population 102,000
Language Laz
Primary Religion Islam
Bible None
Online Audio NT No
Jesus Film No
Audio Recordings Yes
Christ Followers Few, less than 2%
Status Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image