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The ongoing case of Siham Qandah, a Jordanian widow who is fighting to retain custody of her children, may be nearing an end. In a hearing on October 21, Siham gave testimony that she had not received any money from her brother, contradicting his earlier testimony. According to Compass Direct, Siham testified that her brother, Abdullah al-Muhtadi, who is trying to gain full custody of her children, had not seen the children for the past ten years. The brother, who failed to appear for the hearing, is accused of fraudulently using the children's trust fund, set up after the death of Siham's husband in 1994. The judge has set November 9 for the final hearing in the case.

Pray that Siham will retain custody of her children, Rawan (16) and Fadi (15). Pray for continued encouragement for the family, as they continue to face the emotional turmoil of this long running situation. Pray that Abdullah come to understand the grace of God and trust in Jesus Christ.

For more details on the history of this case and for information on Jordan and the difficulties facing Christians there, click here.

Country Information

10,909,567 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Jordanian (69.3), Syrian (13.3), Palestinian (6.7), Egyptian (6.7), Iraqi (1.4), Other (2.6)

Religion (%)
Muslim (97.1), Christian (2.1), Buddhist (0.4), Hindu (0.1), Jewish (<.1), Other (0.3)

King Abdallah II (1999)

Government type
Parliamentary constitutional monarchy

Legal system
Mixed system developed from codes instituted by the Ottoman Empire (based on French law), British common law, and Islamic law

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Jordan

Pray that Christians who face opposition from those around them will remain faithful to Christ.

Pray that the Jordanian government will recognize the religious rights of all citizens.

Ask God to bring forth more church leaders and other servants of the Lord in Jordan to continue His work in the nation (Matthew 9:36-38).


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