PRAYER POINTS

  • Pray for the government of Jordan to be steadfast in combating terrorism and its financing. Pray for Jordan to continue to actively monitor and prosecute terrorist groups.
     
  • Pray that renegade and hostile terrorists groups such as Al Qaeda and Hamas are caught and properly dealt with for their continued violence against innocent people. (Mark 4:22)
     
  • Pray for the salvation of King Abdullah II and his leaders.
     
  • Pray for the peace of Jordan, in the critical role it plays in the Middle East.
     
  • There is a crisis in leadership among many Jordanian churches. Pray that more people would be called and trained for this challenge.
     
  • Most people in Jordan come from a Muslim background, but 35% of the population are interested in finding out more about Jesus. Pray that Christians would be able to find sensitive ways to share the gospel with Muslims.
     

Find ministries and organizations working in Jordan at Joshua Project | Jordan.



 

FACTS
Population:  6,410,000
Total People Groups: 21
Unreached People Groups:13
Region: Middle East/North Africa
Official National Language: Arabic (Standard)
Secondary National Language: Arabic (South Levantine Spoken)
Religions: Islam 96.5%, Christianity 2.1%, Non-Religious 0.9%, Other 0.5%
Persecution Ranking: 40
Percentage of People in Poverty:  30%

LOCATION
Jordan , officially the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, is a country in the Arab World in western Asia, bordered by Syria to the north, Iraq to the north-east, Israel and the West Bank to the west, and Saudi Arabia to the east and south. It shares with Israel the coastlines of the Dead Sea, and the Gulf of Aqaba with Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt. Jordan is a Middle Eastern country, bordered by Syria to the north, Iraq to the northeast, Saudi Arabia to the east and south and Israel and the West Bank to the west. Jordan consists mostly of arid desert plateau in the east, with Highland area in the west. The Great Rift Valley of the Jordan River separates Jordan and Israel.

RELIGION
Jordan is comprised of 96.2% Muslims and only 2.8% of the population are Christians. Shari’a is applied in all matters relating to family law involving Muslims or the children of a Muslim father, and all citizens, including non-Muslims, are subject to Islamic legal provisions regarding inheritance. According to the law, all minor children of male citizens who convert to Islam are considered to be Muslim. Adult children of a male Christian who has converted to Islam become ineligible to inherit from their father if they do not also convert to Islam. In cases in which a Muslim converts to Christianity, the authorities do not recognize the conversion as legal, and the individual continues to be treated as a Muslim in matters of family and property law.

CHALLENGES FOR CHRISTIANS
Jordan is ranked No. 40 among nations that are the worst persecutors of Christians based on Open Doors 2007 “World Watch List.” The state religion is Islam. The government prohibits conversion from Islam and proselytization of Muslims. On April 29, 2007, government authorities reportedly deported Pastor Mazhar Izzat Bishay of the Aqaba Free Evangelical Church, an Egyptian national and long-time resident, to Egypt. It was reported that they had previously interrogated him and that they offered him no reason for his deportation. In November 2006 the authorities deported Wajeeh Besharah, Ibrahim Atta, Raja Welson, Imad Waheeb, four Coptic Egyptians living in Aqaba, to Egypt. It was reported that the authorities questioned them about their affiliation with the Free Evangelical Church in Aqaba prior to their deportation.


Sources: 24-7 Prayer, Operation World, Wikipedia, Country Reports on Terrorism 2007, International Religious Freedom Report 2007, Open Doors