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Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan


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Area: 89,206 sq km

Lies on the eastern bank of the Jordan River. Agriculture and population are concentrated near the river. Most of the country is desert.

Population: 6,472,392    Annual Growth: 3.06%

Capital: Amman

Urbanites: 78.5%

HDI Rank: 96 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)


Peoples: 21 (67% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: Arabic    Languages: 16 All languages


Largest Religion: Muslim

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr


Challenges for Prayer

King Abdullah’s rule began with promise and hope. But war in Iraq and the resulting turmoil have placed great pressure on the nation. Over a million immigrants fleeing from the two wars in Iraq have intensified Jordan’s economic and political stresses. Half of them still remain. The tourist industry is a bright spot, but Islamist suicide bombings in 2005 demonstrated Jordan’s fragility. Rising tensions between moderate and Islamist sentiments portend further difficulties. Pray for the peace of this land and for the king and government.

Christians are a community under pressure. Since Jordan’s independence, lower birth rates and high emigration rates have contributed to the Church’s numerical decline. Additionally, a huge influx of Muslim refugees and the rise of politicized Islam place increasing pressure on Christians, especially evangelicals. From 1980-2010, Jordan’s Christian population dropped from 6.5% to 2.2% of the population. Yet, Christians are found in all walks of life, including in Parliament, and often in positions of influence. Christianity needs to be seen as an important component of Jordanian society and history. Pray that Christians may be salt and light in Jordanian society and find ways to witness to nominal Christians as well as non-Christians.

     For an additional 8 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.

More Information

The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Jordan.