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"I am so happy, I am just speechless. I can’t even describe my emotions." These are the words of Siham Qandah as she spoke to Compass Direct following a court decision giving her guardianship of her children.

Since Siham's brother first attempted to remove her children from her custody in 1998, Siham has been fighting in the courts in an attempt to retain custody of her children: Rawan (16) and Fadi (15). In an April 12 court decision, Judge Mahmud Zghl ruled that Siham's brother, Abdullah al-Muhtadi, had misused the children's trust fund when he repeatedly failed to prove that he had spent 750 Jordanian dinars ($1,300 CDN) on a refrigerator for the children. Al-Muhtadi has thirty days to appeal the judge's decision.

Praise God that this decision has been made. Pray that any appeals will be unsuccessful and that the children will be able to stay with their mother and be raised as Christians. Pray that Siham's brother will understand the grace and love of Jesus Christ.

More details on this case and the situation facing Christians in Jordan are available (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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