Cypriots, Greek in Canada

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People Name: Cypriots, Greek
Country: Canada
10/40 Window: No
Population: 1,300
World Population: 905,000
Primary Language: Greek
Primary Religion: Christianity
Christian Adherents: 89.00 %
Evangelicals: 1.50 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Greek
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
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Introduction / History

In 1400 BC, the island of Cyprus was controlled by Greece. Though the centuries, Cyprus was controlled by various powers. These powers seldom interfered with the Greek culture, though they had their influence. Though the long-lasting influence of the Ottoman Empire (300 years) added Islam to Cyprus, the island was culturally a variation of what we call “Greek.” After WWI, Cyprus came under the control of the UK, so there is also a British influence in their culture.

In the 1950s, many Greek Cypriots migrated outside the country for better jobs. More joined them in 1974 when Turkey invaded Cyprus. Most of these Greek Cypriots went to the UK, the US, Canada or Australia. A small number are in Greece.

What Are Their Lives Like?

It has been a couple of generations since Greek Cypriots migrated outside the country. They are largely assimilated, especially the younger generation. They speak English, and their families are becoming weaker, but more egalitarian. In order to maintain their cultural identity and language, they usually have cultural associations. These associations help them maintain ties with Cyprus and stay abreast of issues on that island.

Wherever they live the Greek Cypriots have their own cuisine, which is based on that of Greece. They have added spiced and ingredients from other cultures, especially those of Turkey and England.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Greek Cypriots adhere to the Greek Orthodox Church. Some are secularized while a small number are Evangelical.

What Are Their Needs?

The Greek Cypriots need to put all their trust in Jesus Christ. This doesn’t mean that they need to abandon their culture or their church, but they need to keep Christ supreme in their hearts.

Prayer Points

Pray for a Christ-centered spiritual revival among Greek Cypriots.

Pray for Greek Cypriot disciplers to disciple others, including Muslim Turks.

Pray for spiritual hunger and a willingness to embrace the truth of Jesus Christ.

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