WHO IS THE LEADER OF JORDAN?
King Abdullah II is the leader of Jordan.
HOW MANY CHRISTIANS LIVE IN JORDAN?
130,000 Christians live in Jordan, making up just over one per cent of the total population of 9.9 million. Most Christians in Jordan belong to the Orthodox or Roman Catholic denominations.
WHY ARE CHRISTIANS PERSECUTED IN JORDAN?
Jordan is a strongly Islamic society, and Christians from Muslim backgrounds face the worst persecution. Leaving Islam is seen as a source of shame to their families and communities.
WHAT IS LIFE LIKE FOR CHRISTIANS IN JORDAN?
Christians from Muslim backgrounds often keep their faith a secret, and meet together in underground churches. However, these churches are often monitored by the government. If discovered, they face pressure from their families and communities – they may be physically attacked, arrested, or lose custody of their children. Conversion from Islam is not officially recognised. And yet, the small number of believers from Muslim backgrounds is growing.
Most Christians in Jordan are from Orthodox or Roman Catholic churches, and they have greater freedom but can still face discrimination, particularly at work. Churches involved in evangelism are monitored by the government and pressured to stop.
"I felt the Holy Spirit being poured out into me. That moment changed my life. I used to be a bully, a trouble maker. I am a new creation now in Jesus Christ. I look more and more like Him. "
21-year-old Christian who attends an Open Doors-supported Bible study group
HOW CAN I HELP CHRISTIANS IN JORDAN?
You can give to provide vital support
In cooperation with local partners and churches, Open Doors supports the church in Jordan through training programmes and relief and rehabilitation projects.
Give to support persecuted Christians in the Middle East.
You can SPEAK OUT
Sign up for advocacy alerts for updates on how you can be a voice for our persecuted church family.
You can pray
Brother Andrew, the founder of Open Doors, says, “Our prayers can go where we cannot... There are no borders, no prison walls, no doors that are closed to us when we pray.”
A PRAYER FOR JORDAN
Father God, thank you that your church in Jordan is growing, despite the persecution faced by our brothers and sisters. Please protect Christians from Muslim backgrounds, and help them to find safe ways to meet with other believers. Give your people boldness in sharing your love with those around them.