|Sources of Persecution||Islamic Oppression|
|Leader||King Abdullah II|
Jordan: A Turning Tide.
The tide had turned for Christians living in Jordan. Islam is the religion of the state and with more Muslim refugees arriving, life for believers is changing. Christians are forced to obey Islamic law. Reports of more extremists going to fight with the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq is also a cause for concern.
Those who convert from Islam to Christianity suffer the most. Some are being interrogated by local police, which involves being mentally and physically abused. Many have received death threats whilst others have been sent to mental institutions – just for believing in Jesus. Many more Christians are fleeing the country.
Churches Monitored By Secret Police.
Non-traditional churches are not recognised in Jordan. Many are unable to get their buildings registered. Some decided to worship in secret, others become an underground church. Handing out Bibles or study books is nearly impossible, but they can be sold at recognized places. Pastors who support and teach those who converted from Islam put their lives on the line. Freedom of religion looks like it is beginning to diminish.
Growing in Knowledge.
Local partners and churches are cooperating with Open Doors to support persecuted believers. Teaching Christians can be dangerous in Jordan, especially if they come from a Muslim background. Training helps ensure believers are able to grow in their knowledge of the Bible. With the constant influx of refugees and living conditions changing, local partners provide relief and rehabilitation for those in need.
Pray for believers forced to live in line with Islamic law. Pray that their relationship with God won't be compromised.
Pray for believers who are interrogated or sent to mental institutions for their faith. May they be an example of Christ's love to their persecutors.
Pray that incoming refugees have a chance to hear the gospel and that Christians are bold enough to share it.