Evangelical Philadelphia Nazaraene Marka Church
When Iraqis fleeing war started turning up in a poor neighborhood in Amman, this church wanted to help. Jordan welcomed refugees, but very few lived in classic refugee camps. They moved into cities, but couldn’t take traditional employment and couldn’t enroll their kids in public schools.
The church started The Good Shepherd School, a Christian school for children of Iraqi refugees, many of whom had been out of school for years. It has a Montessori pre-school and Arabic and English curriculum through elementary school. After the persecutions of ISIS forced many Christians to flee Northern Iraq, it also started a social enterprise to help Christian refugees make and sell art to support their families. The ن (Nun) Project reclaims the Arabic letter N (for “Nazarane” or Christian), which was spray-painted on many Christian homes as a warning that ISIS would loot the home and kill its inhabitants if they remained. As Syrians began entering Jordan as well, the ministry expanded. The church now has medical, sports, and prayer outreach ministries, and serves as a welcoming committee to new arrivals in the Marka neighborhood.
National’s investment in this ministry will support the school and the church as they witness to Christ among neighbors in desperate need of love and connection. The church welcomes medical, dental, and English teaching volunteers, and asks for prayers for the poor in their midst.