JORDAN

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Year: 2019
World Watch List: 31
Score: 65
Leader: King Abdullah II
Population: 9.9 million
Christian: 130,000
Main Religion: Islam
Government: Constitutional Monarchy
Source of Persecution: Islamic Oppression
In cooperation with local partners and churches, Open Doors supports the persecuted church in Jordan through:
  • Equipping and training
  • Emergency aid relief
  • Rehabilitation
Source of persecution: Islamic oppression

Modern, but radicalising

The royal Jordanian family promotes Jordan as a modern, multi-religious country that recognises the importance of Christians in the society. Traditional churches in the country are able to function in a secure environment. There are several well-respected humanitarian organisations and schools run by Christians. However, the policies of the government, as well as its officials do not seem to support this view. Proselytising is prohibited – some Christians have had to leave Jordan after allegations of proselytism or for safety reasons. Several churches and ministry centres were also closed because of their outreach activities.

The ideology of Islamic State is gradually influencing more and more Jordanians. There are a large number of Islamist supporters, and many have gone to Syria and Iraq to join radical Islamic groups fighting there.

Honour killings

As in most of the Middle Eastern countries, a person’s tribe is very important, and leaving Islam is tantamount to betraying and dishonouring one’s tribe. To protect the honour of the tribe, family members, ethnic group leaders, and Islamic leaders will try all means to get the convert to recant their new faith, even if it means killing the believer. Sometimes they will inform the authorities so that they will also pressurise the converts to return to Islam. As such, believers from a Muslim background live out their faith in secret. Christians who support converts in any way will be threatened and monitored.

PLEASE PRAY

  • For Christian converts who have been abused by their family members. Pray for physical, spiritual, and emotional healing for them.
  • That believers will show Christ’s love to their Muslim neighbours. Pray also that God will soften the hearts of the Muslims.
  • For youth groups in Jordan’s traditional churches that Open Doors is supporting. Pray that the young people will be engaged in Bible study and prayer.

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