Tag: Greek Cypriots
Adapting to a new culture without losing ethnic identity is a challenging issue for immigrants. Greek Cypriots in the United Kingdom believe they have successfully achieved this delicate balance. English is the preferred language for most of their children and many of them consider it their mother tongue. One’s Orthodox religious heritage, however, is seen as equal to a person’s ethnic identity and pressure to remain in the Greek Orthodox Church is strong. Miracles, dreams, release from bondage, and the casting out of evil spirits have brought some to faith. Petition the Father to speak to Greek Cypriots in attention-getting ways. Intercede that they will have the courage to turn from their cultural beliefs and find a new identity in the Son.
UNREACHED UNENGAGED PEOPLE GROUP: An estimated 208,400 Greek Cypriots have settled in the major cities of England, including London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, and Liverpool. For the most part, they have successfully maintained their culture, even while integrating into the local society. English is the preferred language for nearly 70% of the Greek Cypriot children in the U.K. and many of them even consider it their mother tongue. However, cultural pressure to remain in the Greek Orthodox Church is strong and anyone who leaves and becomes an evangelical believer is ostracized. Those who have come to faith have usually done so through miracles, dreams, release from bondage, and the casting out of evil spirits. Petition the Lord to speak to Greek Cypriots in ways that will get their attention. Intercede that they will have the courage to turn from their traditional, cultural beliefs and find a new identity in Christ.