OVERVIEW: Jordan has experienced an influx of refugees from neighboring countries over the past 70 years, with nearly half the current population composed of refugees. Syrians began arriving in large numbers during their civil war, which began in 2011. The majority of Christian activity among Jordanian Christians in recent years has been focused on serving these refugees. Having seen God work so powerfully among Arab Muslim refugees, Jordanian Christians are emboldened as never before to reach out to their Muslim neighbors.
MAJOR RELIGIONS: Most Jordanians practice Sunni Islam.
PERSECUTOR: Christian converts from Islam are persecuted, sometimes violently in rural and tribal areas, by their families and extended clan.
WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CHRISTIAN IN JORDAN: Those born into Christian families are allowed to worship openly and dress differently. However, evangelism and conversion to Christianity are met with retaliation by Muslim neighbors, friends and family members. In some cases, the Mukhabarat will get involved and side with the Muslims. Christian converts from Islam face the greatest problems; they struggle to keep a job and sometimes their children are taken away. Tribal authorities often discipline those considered guilty of religious infractions. Jordanian Christians are constantly aware that the government could be monitoring their activities through technology or spies. When Christians are imprisoned in Jordan for apostasy, it is rarely made known to the public.
ACCESS TO BIBLES: A variety of Bibles are available through Bible societies and book stores.
VOM WORK: VOM helps respond to the needs of Christian refugees. We also provide training for evangelical pastors.