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Jordan Facts

Score: 66 / 100
Region: Middle East
Persecution Type: Islamic Oppression
Persecution Level: Very High
Population: 7,877,000
Christians: 169,000
Main Religion: Islam
Government: Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy
Leader: King Abdullah II

Profile of Persecution Methodology

Violence 25%
Church Life 78%
National Life 65%
Community Life 69%
Family Life 80%
Private Life 79%

Where Persecution Comes From

Former Islamic converts experience a great deal of Christian persecution from all parts of Jordanian society, usually beginning at home. Family members of converts sometimes violently persecute or kill them for leaving Islam. Both families and “friends” report conversions to authorities, resulting in government and tribal pressure to renounce Christianity. Still seen as Muslims, converts to Christianity are constantly persecuted in hopes they will give up and “return to their senses.” Some Christian leaders pressure evangelical believers not to evangelize for fear of the resulting backlash that affects all Christians.

How Christians are Suffering

Christians in Jordan who belong to the Orthodox and Roman Catholic denominations enjoy a relatively high level of religious freedom but still experience discrimination. Muslim Background Believers (MBBs) bear the brunt of the persecution, and their numbers continue to grow. Over the past few years, the situation for these converts has worsened. Any open proclamation of faith in Jesus Christ leads to serious consequences, including beatings, arrests and murders. Evangelical, Baptist and Pentecostal congregations, in particular, face much opposition due to their being involved in evangelism and ministry. The Jordanian government doesn’t recognize these churches, resulted in violence against Christian congregations going unpunished.

Examples

Due to security concerns, examples of Christian persecution in Jordan are not currently available for publishing.

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Pray for Jordan

  • Pray for Christian converts interrogated by police and abused or abducted by family members. Pray that the Lord would provide protection and healing.
  • Pray that Jordan’s refugee crisis would provide opportunities for many to hear and respond to  the gospel.
  • Pray that Muslims would be overwhelmed by the love of their Christian neighbors and begin to ask questions that draw them toward Christ and the cross.

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