jordan / middle east

Spiritual Climate

With no oil and very little water, Jordan's physical dryness is symbolic of its spiritual dryness. The large majority of the country is Islamic, so there is an immense need for Christians to sensitively witness to them. With religious tensions continuing to grow, the religious freedom that Jordan currently enjoys could be a thing of the past. Such uncertainty about the future of religious freedom, demands immediate action now to share the life-transforming Gospel of Jesus Christ to the people of Jordan.

Ground-Level Perspectives

The Christian population of Jordan is 3%. There are approximately 50 evangelical churches in Jordan, ranging from 30-150 members, with lively music and strong preaching.
— WorldVenture Worker

The unreached comprise the vast majority of Jordan’s population. Upheaval in Iraq and the lethal violence of Islamism open many hearts to examine Isa al-Masih. Pray that every Jordanian may have opportunity to hear the gospel.
— Operation World

More about Jordan

A Couple Raw Facts


From 1980-2010, Jordan’s Christian population dropped from 6.5% to 2.2% of the population.

Islam Woman

Islam (Sunni) is the state religion, but the constitution prohibits discrimination and promotes the free exercise of religious belief and worship.


History & Future


WorldVenture History in Jordan

The WorldVenture team in Jordan works in partnership with the local evangelical Jordanian churches in church planting and development, evangelism, discipling, mentoring, counseling, teaching and preaching, and well as theological education at both a local and regional level. In addition, relief work among Iraqi refugees, Walk Through the Bible in Arabic, medical work with Bedouins and the development of Whitman Academy are other aspects of a multifaceted ministry focus.

Today &

Jordan Team Goals

Jordan’s unique role as a moderate regional hub places the WorldVenture team at the forefront of ministry development for the entire Arab world. Exciting and fruitful days lie ahead. Please contact WorldVenture/Asia for more details and current information.

5 Global

WorldVenture Global Objectives

  1. Evangelizing the Peoples of the World
    • Relationships being cultivated with non-believers
    • Decisions to follow Christ
    • Believers baptized
    • People engaged in intentional discipleship
    • Bible verses translated and Christian resources created or translated
  2. Extending Grace
    • People helped through development assistance
    • People provided with medical and health assistance
    • People helped toward justice who are in illegal, immoral, dangerous, exploited circumstances
    • People helped directly through disaster relief
  3. Establishing Churches
    • New churches established
    • Daughter churches established
  4. Equipping Leaders
    • Leaders being trained for ministry through formal contexts
    • Leaders being trained for ministry through non-formal contexts
    • TCKs (third culture kids) being equipped
    • 360º leaders being equipped
  5. Encouraging Mission Movements
    • National Christians preparing to become cross-cultural missionaries
    • National churches engaged in cross-cultural missions
    • National church groups engaged in cross-cultural missions

Living Here



The 'shawarma' (lamb or chicken wrap sandwiches) in our neighborhood are world class—people come off the plane right into a restaurant. We love the food! Rice, lamb, goat, yogurt, mint, lemon, and garlic make up a lot of what is offered. There are a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, mint tea and strong coffee.
— WorldVenture Worker

The homes in Jordan are built with stone with beautiful marble tile floors. Marble has historically been cheaper than wood!
— WorldVenture Worker


Jordanians have a great sense of humor and are known for their hospitality and friendliness. 'Ahwan wa sahlan' means 'welcome to Jordan' and they really mean it!
— WorldVenture Worker

Arabs are emotional and relational, and friendships are highly valued. Much ministry takes place in homes, so having an 'open heart, open home' mindset is a great asset.
— WorldVenture Worker



Water, water... nowhere. Jordan ranks fourth from the bottom in the world in terms of water resources, while the sun makes a strong statement eight months out of the year.
— WorldVenture Worker



Arabic is the language of the angels, but a devil to learn.
— WorldVenture Worker

Jordan has been a place of refuge for surrounding peoples fleeing wars and upheavals.
— WorldVenture Worker

Local News

The following is a live news feed mirrored from an independent news service, and offers a current stream of headlines coming out of the country. WorldVenture does not control headlines, but only "mirrors" them from other websites.

jordan source:bbc - Google News
Jordan ends death penalty moratorium with 11 executions - BBC News

Jordan ends death penalty moratorium with 11 executions
BBC News
Jordan has executed 11 men convicted of murder, ending an eight-year moratorium on the death penalty in the country. The interior ministry said the men, convicted in different cases, had been hanged at dawn on Sunday. Jordanian authorities gave no ...

Sunday, December 21, 2014 2:16:36 AM

Air Jordans that keep on giving - BBC News

BBC News

Air Jordans that keep on giving
BBC News
Jordan Geller, a lawyer by training, has turned his back on courtrooms. After passing the California bar exam in the early 2000s, he realised the legal life was not for him and decided to follow his passion for another type of court altogether — the ...

Friday, December 19, 2014 2:42:20 AM

Olivia Jordan-Higgins: Jersey golfer aims for LPGA tour card - BBC News

BBC News

Olivia Jordan-Higgins: Jersey golfer aims for LPGA tour card
BBC News
"I started off really slowly and I can only put that down to not having got over the heartbreak of 2013, when I finished 11th," she told BBC Radio Jersey. "I then started to put too much pressure on myself and really lost my love for the game for quite ...

Friday, December 19, 2014 4:58:44 AM

Kobe Bryant: LA Lakers star surpasses Michael Jordan - BBC Sport

BBC Sport

Kobe Bryant: LA Lakers star surpasses Michael Jordan
BBC Sport
Kobe Bryant has passed Michael Jordan to sit third on the National Basketball Association's all-time scoring list. Bryant, 36, achieved the feat as he helped his Los Angeles Lakers side to victory at the Minnesota Timberwolves. "It's a huge honour. It ...

Monday, December 15, 2014 11:08:58 AM

Australian Open: Jordan Spieth wins with 63 as Rory McIlroy falters - BBC News

BBC News

Australian Open: Jordan Spieth wins with 63 as Rory McIlroy falters
BBC News
Jordan Spieth fired a course-record 63 in the final round to win the Australian Open by six shots. The 21-year-old American surged to an aggregate score of 13 under par, comfortably securing his second professional title. "It was the best I've ever ...

Sunday, November 30, 2014 12:13:34 AM

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There are a few countries in which we can't list our entire team publicly. Bringing the Gospel to people has risks, and for some of our work we have to keep things offline.

As a person begins appointment, the make-up and ethos of the field team is discussed as we look for the right fit.

Evangelizing the Peoples of the World

With respect for people and their cultures, we communicate, by word and deed, the full scope of biblical truth and, especially, the gospel. We make disciples of Jesus Christ among all peoples through different kinds of evangelism..

Relationships Being Cultivated with Non-Believers

We seek to build and nurture authentic relationships with people who have no knowledge of Jesus Christ with whom we can share our faith. Paul asks, 'How are they to believe in the one they have not heard of?' Romans 10:14. The answer is that they can't. It is our desire for those who have never heard the gospel or never understood it to have the chance know God. Many times a true opportunity to hear the gospel requires an environment of trust and friendship first.

Scriptures: Matt 28:18-20, Rom 10:14, 1 John 4:19.


Decisions to Follow Christ

We recognize both the internal conversion of the heart and external profession of faith as milestones in the journey of obedience to Jesus Christ. We encourage new believers to identify themselves as Christ-followers in ways that are recognized as authentic in the local context.

Scriptures: Romans 10:10, Matthew 5:14-16, Eph. 4:20-24, Mark 16:15 .


Believers Baptized

Baptism is another external milestone in the journey of obedience for a new believer. We encourage new Christ-followers to further identified themselves with Jesus Christ and the local community of faith through baptism by immersion.

Scriptures: Romans 6:3-6, Galatians 3:27, Matthew 28:19-20.


People Engaged in Intentional Discipleship

We nurture reasonable steps taken to pursue spiritual growth and evangelism from Christians and non-Christians. This often looks like greater depth in comprehending biblical truths and expressing their growing faith in ways meaningfully in their own culture.

Scriptures: Hebrews 10: 24-25, Eph. 4:11-17, Matthew 28: 18-20.


Bible Verses Translated and Christian Resources Created or Translated

We actively invest time and talent into Bible translation and creation of Christian media knowing that these investments will expand and deepen the influence of the gospel in a culture.

Scriptures: Acts 2:8-11, Philippians 2:9-11, Acts 13:47-49, Acts 8:26-39.

Extending Grace

Following the example of Jesus, we address human suffering and practical needs everywhere we share the gospel, whether it be through individual acts of mercy or community-wide programs.

Helping People through Development Assistance

Lasting community development is only achieved by insiders. Meaning, we assisted people in their own development efforts in the areas of acquiring sustainable food, water, shelter, literacy, vocational training, education, and employment. Our explicit goal is empowerment, dignity, and community ownership.

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 10:18, 1 Samuel 2:8, Psalm 145:15-16, Luke 12:33.


People Provided with Medical & Health Assistance

The grace and blessing of medical care where there is no other access to medical help is one of the longest standing outreaches of WorldVenture. Our hospitals and rural clinics dot some of the most difficult locations in the world.

Scriptures: Jeremiah 33:6, Isaiah 40:29, Matt 19:2.


Justice for those in Illegal, Immoral, & Dangerous Circumstances

We seek out those who have become vulnerable and fallen to the advantage of other people. We advocate for them within available legal systems, or we build exits and avenues for them to leave their circumstances.

Scriptures: Isaiah 43:2, Psalm 72:4, Isaiah 51:4-5, Ezekiel 34:15-16, Psalm 82:3-4.


Helping People Directly through Disaster Relief

In large scale disasters which are within locations we have workers and churches, we bring help directly to the people effected by the disaster. Our networks are often the most established in the communities to the point that larger relief organizations will defer to us on the ground. Yet our strategies always extend past the immediate response to include some form of rebuilding and restoration.

Scriptures: 1 Cor 16:1-4, Psalm 145:15-16, Philippians 4:19.


Establishing Churches

Building his church is central to Jesus’ purposes. We strive to establish healthy local churches that will establish other churches, resulting in church planting movements.

New Churches Established

Recognizing that church planting is typically more of a process rather than a one-time event, we speak of a church as being "established" when the local church and its local sister churches recognize it as such. We value real growth of the church, and use milestones like this to give us benchmarks to celebrate.

Scriptures: Matthew 28:18-20, Romans 15:20-21, Matthew 18:20, 1 Timothy 4:13, Acts 16:4-5.


Daughter Churches Established

 Another milestone we encourage as a mark of a maturing church is the multiplication of daughter churches. More than anything this is a sign of the outward growth and maturity of the faith community.

Scriptures: Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 16:4-5, Romans 15:20-21, Ephesians 2:19-22.


Equipping Leaders

We develop leaders who are able to lead others in contextualizing and maximizing their Kingdom impact – locally, regionally, and around the world.

Leaders Being Trained for Ministry through Formal Contexts

Leadership Development

Our workers staff numberous formal seminaries and bible schools as teachers or administrators. We know that people being equipped in and for ministry through formal degree/diploma granting institutions is an investment in the future health and vitality of the church.

Scriptures: Proverbs 2:10-11, Luke 2:45-47, Proverbs 1:1-7.


Leaders being Trained for Ministry through Non-Formal Contexts

Leadership Development

In addition to formal academic training, we encourage leadership development through non-formal ministry training seminars, courses, and programs. These programs are equally as powerful for deepening and establishing churches through informed and mature lay leaders.

Scriptures: Psalm 32:8, Psalm 119:105, John 10:3-4.


TCKs (Third Culture Kids) being Equipped

Experience has taught us that some of the most natural and effective future missionaries come from the children of our current missionaries. Not only does the investment in these children make it possible for their parents to work in remote locations, most of the international schools in which we partner encourage the personal ministry and impact these children can have while on the field.

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 4:9, Matthew 18:2-5, 1 Timothy 4:12.


"360º Leaders" being Equipped

Our 360° vision for impacting societies recognizes that there are a handful of key roads to impacting in any given city or provence or people group. For example, business and media are key influencers in a society, but often fall outside designated leadership tracks like pastors and teachers. We encourage the development of Christian leaders who will influence society through business, politics, medicine, media, social justice, and family and community development.

Scriptures: John 17:15-19, Colossians 3:23-24, 1 Corinthians 14:12, Romans 12:6-8, Matthew 25:23.


Encouraging Mission Movements

We will encourage individuals, churches, and church movements everywhere to connect with each other and other organizations, creating international relationships for networking, collaborating, and partnering to do missions “from everywhere to everywhere.”

National Christians Preparing to Become Missionaries

We encourage the natural progression of a maturing national church by advocating for the training and development of national Christians to become missionaries. Crossing-cultures is always difficult, even for those who are born and raised in multi-lingual, multi-cultural environments, and preparation can be a key element in the succeess of a national missionary.

Scriptures: Psalm 144:1, Galations 3:28, Psalm 32:8, Isaiah 61:1.


National Churches Engaged in Cross-Cultural Missions

In addition to individuals going out as missionaries, we encourage national churches to engage in missions.

Scriptures: Romans 10:15, John 15:1-27, Matthew 9:35-38.


National Church Groups Engaged in Cross-Cultural Missions

From the individual to the church and then finally to the multi-church association, we encourage many national church groups and church associations to engaged in missions. We seek a culture of outward movement and self-sacrifice as a healthy part of a national church.

Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 8:1-7, 2 Corinthians 9:10-12, Romans 10:15.




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