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%
Official language: Arabic Languages: 16 All languages
Largest Religion: Muslim
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The evangelical Church is experiencing encouraging growth, doubling from 1995 to 2010. Believers meet at more than 50 churches and many more house groups. Most new believers are from the nominal Christian community, but recently more and more Muslims are coming to faith, possibly hundreds every year. This causes some increased pressure on churches from the authorities. Relationships between traditional and evangelical churches and believers from a Muslim background are cautious, but improving. A newly formed evangelical synod balances the diversity of denominations in a small evangelical population. In fact, churches work together rather well. Pray that all in Jordan who call on Christ might cooperate together to make Him known.
The steady loss of leadership potential through emigration is a drain on the body of believers. There is a great shortage of both lay leaders and full-time trained ministers. But, through several agencies and TEE courses, more Arab leaders are being trained for service in Jordan or in the wider Arab world. The work of Jordan Evangelical Theological Seminary is strategic in this regard. Pray for its continued impact in education and leadership development. Youth work, Christian bookstores and Christian camp ministries have been fruitful in recent years. Pray for more Jordanian believers to be called to full-time work.
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