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Jordan has experienced an influx of refugees from neighboring countries since the 1950s, with nearly half the current population composed of refugees. The refugee situation became especially severe in recent years as Syrians began arriving in large numbers during their country’s civil war, which has been ongoing for more than two decades. Most of the Christian activity among Jordanian Christians has been focused on serving these refugees, and as God works powerfully among Arab Muslim refugees, Jordanian Christians are emboldened as never before to reach out to their Muslim neighbors.
96 percent of Jordanians are Sunni Muslims. 2 percent are Christians.
Christian converts from Islam are persecuted, sometimes violently, by their families, tribes and communities. The Jordanian government restricts open evangelism and sometimes also Bible distribution activities.
What It Means To Follow Christ In Jordan:
Christians are free to meet openly, but they have difficulty getting government approval to open new churches or church facilities. Gatherings of believers are monitored, and Muslims who convert to Christianity often meet privately in homes to avoid drawing extra attention. Family members often create severe hardships for these believers by taking their homes, children, jobs and inheritances.
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- Pray for two refugees who were badly beaten by relatives because of their faith.
- Pray that the Lord will raise new national leaders and pastors.
- Pray that more Jordanian nationals will come to know Christ.
- Pray for a young mother held hostage by relatives for several weeks because of her Christian faith.
- Pray for the wisdom of churches embracing those from a Muslim background.
- Pray that God will equip Jordanian churches as they continue to reach out to Muslim refugees.