The country of Jordan boasts over 9.4 million citizens. But only around 8,000 of them are evangelical Christians. Of those, 20 percent fall between the ages of 15-24: that’s almost 1,600 young believers.
Young Jordanian Christians are vastly outnumbered among their peers. When they have faith questions, it’s easy to feel alone.
The Program for Theological Education by Extension (PTEE) operates as a para-church ministry, providing evangelical education for Christians throughout the Arab world. They recently launched a youth initiative in response to the need they saw in Jordan.
Victor Sadek, executive director of PTEE says, “We realize that many different young people have questions and they have problems. So we thought about receiving them in our building of the Bible school and try to make for them a night [showing] a movie film or a night for discussing their ideas and their problems from different backgrounds.”
A Christian youth program like this is timely. “There are many questions in the mind of young people in the area here about the truth of the Bible, about the difficulty of coronavirus here, and what will be in the future,” Sadek says. “There are many, many difficult questions to young people and they need the Church to answer.”
Additionally, because of COVID-19 shutdowns and social distancing, many young people in Jordan don’t have many outlets.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Lyndsey Koh