Jody Miller, pastor of Grace Church in Amman, was deported back to the United States in November. His wife remains in Jordan. He is appealing the decision to the Jordanian Royal Court.
Miller was called in to the GID, Jordan’s General Intelligence Department, for an interview with security officials. According to his account, no interview took place. He sat for several hours, and then officials came and handcuffed and blindfolded him, taking him to a jail cell.
Two days later, he was deported from Jordan at his own expense.
Grace Church has provided humanitarian aid for the flood of Iraqi and Syrian refugees fleeing the Islamic State. Approximately 620,000 Syrian refugees and 30,000 Iraqis currently reside in Jordan.
King Abdullah II of Jordan, who has made the continued presence of non-Muslim religions in the Middle East a talking point in recent years, has also welcomed Iraq’s Christians. Thousands fled Mosul in July when the Islamic State gave them the choice of conversion, paying a tax or death.
Please pray for all the Christians who are in Jordan, whether they are native to Jordan, missionaries or have had to seek refuge there.