|World Watch List Rank||38|
|World Watch List Score||64/100|
|Leader||King Abdullah II|
|Population||10,209,000 | 180,000 Christians|
|WWL Rank in 2020||33|
|Persecution Level||Very High Persecution|
Most Christians in Jordan live a safe and stable life, and enjoy a relatively high level of religious freedom. King Abdullah II and his government appear to tolerate and, to a certain degree, support recognized churches. Most believers in Jordan belong to Orthodox or Roman Catholic churches.
However, Christians still experience discrimination in employment and restrictions against public preaching. Unrecognized churches can face harassment by public authorities, particularly those that actively evangelize.
Radicalized Sunni Muslims and returning jihadists from Syria and Iraq continue to pose a threat to the Christian community. Additionally, open testimony of faith by a Christian who converted from Islam can lead to beatings, arrest and even death. Christians who are active in evangelism and/or helping converts from Islam can face threats and oppression in daily life.
WHAT CHANGED THIS YEAR?
Jordan fell by five rankings on the World Watch List, but its persecution levels have largely remained stable from last year. Violence against Christians remains very low, but pressure in all spheres of life stayed at about the same level. Jordan’s lower ranking this year is primarily attributable to the average rise in persecution among all countries on the World Watch List.
HOW WE HELP
Open Doors works in cooperation with local partners and churches in Jordan. These efforts are dedicated to providing training for Christians, as well as relief, rehabilitation and research for the situation that followers of Jesus face. Open Doors also raises prayer support for Christians in Jordan.
PRAY FOR JORDAN
Pray for Christians who worship in unregistered churches. Pray they would be able to continue to worship and that the religious freedom the government promises would be more than empty words.
Pray for followers of Jesus who left Islam. Pray they wouldn’t be oppressed or ostracized by their families, and that they would be safe from harm.
Pray for leaders in Jordan, that they would be increasingly open to religious freedom, and that the hope of Jesus would transform their hearts and minds to follow Him.