YWAM Middle East

 

Jordan is a country rich in history, home to many Biblical and religious sites. There are also beautiful natural areas to explore, villages and cities to visit, and amazing places to discover. The YWAM Jordan team welcomes you.

PEOPLE:

Population: 7.9 million
This figure includes refugees from Palestine, Iraq and now Syria (half a million in the north). Arabs are 98% of the population.

83% urbanized, others live in country areas and some are nomadic.
Jordanians are 95% literate but face 29% unemployment among youth.

The majority of Jordanians are Muslim - 97%, predominantly Sunni.
The Christian population of 2.2% is majority Greek Orthodox, but some Greek and Roman Catholics, Syrian Orthodox, Coptic Orthodox, Armenian Orthodox, and Protestant denominations.

Jordan

Jordan is a small nation that plays a significant role in the Middle East region. It often serves as a political bridge between East and West; it serves as a safe haven for refugees forced to leave their homes, as well as international governments and organizations looking to work in the region; and it works hard to remain one of the only stable countries in the region.

Jordan has approximately 7 million people, the majority of whom are Muslim. It is ruled by King Abdullah, with a government in place under him to help with the day-to-day governing of the country. The population is a mixture of Jordanians, Palestinians, and now Syrians.

PLACE:

Jordan borders 5 nations: Iraq, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Syria & the West Bank.
From Jordan you can see the lights of Jericho or other towns along the Jordan River on a clear night.

Jordan is mostly desert with highlands in the west, along the Jordan River. Only 2% of the country is productive agricultural land while 93% is home to Bedouin shepherds with their herds of goats, sheep and camels.

Jordan's economy is among the smallest in the Middle East, and they face major issues of insufficient supplies of water, oil, and other natural resources. Therefore the country is heavily reliant on foreign assistance.

Since assuming the throne in 1999, King ABDALLAH has implemented significant economic reforms, such as opening the trade regime, privatizing state-owned companies, and eliminating some fuel subsidies, which in the last decade spurred economic growth by attracting foreign investment and creating some jobs.

Long Term Opportunities

There are long-term staff opportunities with YWAM in Jordan. These include 

  • Making Disciples
  • English teaching,
  • King’s Kids,
  • Community development teams and projects,
  • Backbone (support) ministries, sports ministry,
  • Prayer and worship,
  • and more. 

Successful completion of a DTS is a requirement to joining staff, and we may ask applicants to get further training before coming out.

RANDOM FACTS:

It is widely believed that Mount Nebo in Jordan is the place where Moses looked across to the Promised Land.

Ammon, Edom and Moab were the ancient kingdoms of the Jordan region.

The Kings' Highway, running from Amman to Aqaba, has many historic sites along the route.

One of the New Seven Wonders of the World, the city of Petra was literally carved into rock 2000 years ago and remained unknown to the western world until the 19th century. This city has to be entered through a narrow gorge called a Siq.

John the Baptist is known to have been imprisoned in a palace named Mukawir, which is located just south of Madaba in Jordan.

Almost every single building in Amman is made of stone or concrete and clad with thin, white limestone slabs. By law you can only paint your building white and you have to use limestone facing. Thus there really are no landmarks and every building looks almost identical.

Language Learning

The Kelsey Arabic Program has been training foreigners in the Arabic language and local culture for more than 50 years. It is directed at equipping people to be able to fulfill their calling to the Arab world. Learn more at www.kelseyarabicprogram.org

There are also many other Arabic language centers in Jordan. Some use the GPA method of learning a second language, while others have developed their own curriculum. Though none of them have the success rate and track record of the Kelsey Arabic Program, they are quickly becoming established as viable alternatives.

 "Till All Have Heard" - DTS Jordan

"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose" - Jim Elliot

Visas

Jordan welcomes most nationalities at the airport, and offers tourist visas upon arrival. The cost is 40 Jordanian Dinar (approximately $56 USD or 42 Euros) and last for 1-3 months.

To see if you need to apply for a visa before arrival, please visit the Jordan Tourism Board website

 

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Cost of Living

Jordan is slightly more expensive than many imagine due to the strength of its currency. The costs of daily living vary widely within the country based on where you are located. To find out more information about costs please email us.

YWAM Jordan is running a Frontier Nations focused DTS and we are looking for people who have a calling and a heart to reach unreached people in the Arab Muslim World. If you have a calling for the nations, a desire to reach some of the toughest places and people groups on earth, if you’re up for the challenge of a lifetime – this could be a DTS for you.

Short Term

We accept visiting teams for outreaches lasting from less than two weeks up to three months. These teams plug into long-term work with our YWAM teams or strategic partners. The opportunities and locations where teams can serve is pretty wide open. If you would like more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

One area we are always looking for short-term volunteers, either individuals or groups, is to help staff our English Language Center. This is a 9 week commitment (minimum), and provides one of the greatest possible short-term experiences anywhere. You don’t need the local language, and you plug into a strong existing work that will ensure that whatever you see happen in your short time is carried forward to bear long-term fruit.

 

Location: Jordan

Language: Arabic/English

Dates: September 10th  till February 28th  .

Tracks: DTS or DTS+. (write to get more information on the DTS + track)

Costs: Lecture phase: $2,800 USD for non-Arabs, $1,400 USD for Arabs

Outreach: not decided but approximately $1,200- $2,000


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Security Situation

Jordan is one of the most secure and stable nations in the region. Many foreign businesses, embassies, UN agencies and other non-government organizations use Amman as their regional headquarters. Many Christian organizations have teams here.

 

Who to talk to

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