Demonstrations against high fuel prices have spread across Jordan in recent weeks. The government banned the social media app TikTok after videos of the protests appeared on the site.
Samuel with Redemptive Stories says, “There have been various unions like the trucker’s union, as well as the taxi union, that have been frustrated by rising gas prices and the lack of response by the government to help stave off some of the economic issues that we’re facing. Most of this is occurring in the South of Jordan.”
Things could get worse, Samuel says. Police initially believed small ISIS cells were involved in the shootings. “But there could be more of an organized plot to continue to try to effect change at the top, even so far as the king. If you remember, there was a coup attempt, even just a little over a year ago. Some people believe that may be connected or intertwined with this.”
Samuel says churches across Jordan have decided to forego Christmas services, mourning the violence. Join them in a prayer for peace and healing.
Samuel says, “This country is, in many ways, a Switzerland for the rest of this region. And it must stay well cared for and at peace. It is our prayer that will continue. But in terms of continued partnership, the southern cities are in most cases unreached with the Gospel.”
Ask God to reach many people across Jordan with the good news of Jesus.
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