Quick Facts about Jordan

Fast Facts:

  • Over 6 million people live in Jordan
  • Over 50% of the population is under 24 years old. 
  • 83% of people live in cities. 
  • 96% of the country is literate

Climate

Jordan has a hot, dry climate characterized by long, hot, dry summers and short, cool winters. The climate is influenced by Jordan's location between the subtropical aridity of the Arabian desert areas and the subtropical humidity of the eastern Mediterranean area. January is the coldest month, with temperatures from 5°C to 10°C, and August is the hottest month at 20°C to 35°C. Daily temperatures can be very hot, especially in the summer; on some days it can be 40°C or more, especially when the Shirocco, a hot, dry southerly wind blows. These winds can sometimes be very strong and can cause Sandstorms.

Religions

The official and the dominant religion of Jordan is Islam. Almost ninety-two percent of the population is Muslim, primarily adhering to the Sunni branch of Islam. There are also a few Christians in the country belonging to the Greek Orthodox Church of Jerusalem. The other Christian groups include members of the Ancient Church of the East, Syriac Orthodox Church, Latin Rite Catholic Church, Syriac Catholic Church, Chaldean Catholic Church, Assyrian Church of the East, Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Maronite Church, and Anglican Communion. There is a minority group belonging to the Bahai faith.

Official Language

Arabic

Geogrphy:

The Middle East kingdom of Jordan is bordered on the west by Israel and the Dead Sea, on the north by Syria, on the east by Iraq, and on the south by Saudi Arabia. It is comparable in size to Indiana. Arid hills and mountains make up most of the country. The southern section of the Jordan River flows through the country.

Challenges for Prayer

Religious freedom could be a casualty amid rising religious tensions. This nation is a centre for many Christian activities and ministries, and much Christian work in the Middle East would suffer were a setback to occur in Jordan. A number of converts find life difficult – pressure comes from family, work and society. Emigration is often seen as an obvious and safe option. Pray for the freedom to proclaim the gospel and for followers of Jesus to be able to remain in Jordan.

From: http://www.operationworld.org/jord

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