World Watch List Rank: 21
Leader: King Abdullah II
Population: 7.9 million (169,000 Christians)
Main Religion: Islam
Government: Constitutional monarchy
Source of Persecution: Islamic extremism
"Lord, where Your people in Jordan are downtrodden, displaced or at risk of violence, would You comfort them and give them the spiritual nourishment they need to stand strong. And as Islamist extremism rises in the country, would You enable Your church to act as a witness to Your truth, power and love. "
Make some noise
Tell the stories of persecuted believers from Jordan by visiting the Open Doors website and sharing the latest news from believers in Jordan with your church family and friends; or on social media:
Get more involved
TAKE ON AN EXTREME CHALLENGE FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH:
Travel with Open Doors to Jordan in October 2018 and take part in the Muskathlon – an extreme endurance and fundraising challenge that will push you to the limit, as well as make a real difference to your persecuted family!
BASED IN THE UK?
Hear from a Jordanian church leader at Open Doors’ celebration, Standing Strong, this October in Belfast and Birmingham, and invite your church and friends: www.opendoorsuk.org/standingstrong
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Jordan has long been one of the Middle East's more liberal countries for religious freedom, but the tide is turning for Christians.
Expat Christians and historical Christian communities are relatively free - as long as they do not evangelise Muslims. But believers from Muslim backgrounds face serious oppression from local authorities, non-Christian religious leaders, even their own families. The large number of Muslim refugees from Syria and Iraq, combined with the rise of radical Islam, is also putting increasing pressure on Christians.
In cooperation with local partners and churches, Open Doors is supporting the church in Jordan through:
- Training programmes
- Relief and rehabilitation projects