6th-13th October 2018
Jordan has a population of 7.9 million, including 169,000 Christians. It 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 putting increasing pressure on Christians, resulting in it sitting at number 27 on the World Watch list this year.
In cooperation with local partners and churches, Open Doors is supporting the church in Jordan through training programmes, relief and rehabilitation projects and research. The 2018 Muskathlon will be taking place in Amman, the capital and most populous city of Jordan. Muskathletes will have the opportunity to meet refugees from Syria and Iraq as well as to visit the historical and archaeological city of Petra in southern Jordan.