A. THE COUNTRY
The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, in Asia, has agriculture and population
near the eastern bank of the Jordan river. Most of the country is
desert. This constitutional monarchy is affected by turmoil in the
Middle East, with loss of land, massive influx of refugees and economic
disruption, making poverty and unemployment issues. Main income sources
are tourism, phosphates and agriculture. Jordan has no oil and little
water. The economy has been growing steadily and Jordan has more free
trade agreements than any other Arab country.
B. THE PEOPLE
The population is ~6,473,000 and the official language is Arabic.
With the mass relocation of Palestinians, Kuwaitis and Iraqis in the
past decades, no precise figures exist: ~95.4% are Arab (33.2%
Palestinian, 31.3% East Bank Jordanian, 13.8% Iraqi, 4% Bedouin),
~2.4% Non-Jordanian (Assyrian, Greek, Western, Pakistani, others),
~2.2% Jordanian minorities (Adygei, Armenian, Kurd, Turkmen, Chechen).
C. RELIGIONS AND CHRISTIANITY/PENTECOSTALISM
Islam (Sunni) is the state religion, but the constitution prohibits
discrimination and promotes the free exercise of religious belief and
worship. Christians have a visible public presence,relative freedom,
and are often in positions of influence, including in Parliament.
~96.47% are Muslim, ~2.24% claim Christianity, ~1% Non-religious, ~0.28%
Other, ~0.01% Baha’i.
In the Christian category:
~1.46% are Orthodox, ~0.4% Catholic, ~0.23% Protestant, ~0.09%
Independent, ~0.06% Anglican, <0.01% Other groups.
Evangelicals represent ~0.3% of the population.
Charismatics are ~0.1% and of those <0.1% are Pentecostals.
Operation World, Jason Mandryk. Colorado Springs: Biblica Publishing, 2010.