Jordan acknowledges deporting Christians
“Some churches have been shut down. Some church workers have been summoned to the police station for interrogation. We almost see the writing on the wall as far as our involvement there.”
February 26, 2008 Jordan (MNN) ― Christians in predominately-Muslim Jordan are facing a bit of uncertainty following Jordan ‘s acknowledgement that they’re expelling foreign Christians for preaching the Gospel. This action is a surprise to many evangelicals, including Partners International.
“Carlos” works with Partners International. “They have been trying over the years to really strike a balance between their internal security and everything else that’s happening around the world. And, I think, in this particular case they are taking a measure that is taking them to extremes that we haven’t seen before.”
Carlos gives some examples. “Some churches have been shut down. Some church workers have been summoned to the police station for interrogation. We almost see the writing on the wall as far as our involvement there.”
Partners International has been helping to support the church in Jordan , which has been very open to Christians until now. Is it intended to be blatant persecution against Christians? “I wouldn’t call it blatant persecution,” says Carlos. “I would just call it a desperate measure by a well-intended but ill-informed government.”
Pray for the Christians who remain in Jordan . Also, “pray for the Jordanian government and his majesty,” says Carlos, “that the Lord will allow him to have the freedom to see how to best move as he’s trying to keep stability in a country that’s really in the middle of a lot of problems.”