EBF support for Jordan

EBF support for Jordan

EBF news - December 23, 2015

In a letter to King Abdullah II of Jordan the EBF General Secretary, Tony Peck, has praised the efforts of the Jordanian government and royal family in seeking to promote religious tolerance in the Middle East region.

‘As Baptists we support Your Majesty’s relentless efforts to enhance a culture of coexistence between Muslims and Christians, and deter terrorist groups who now threaten World peace’. He went on to refer to the Common Word initiative of some years ago that originated in Jordan at the instigation of HRH Prince Ghazi, and sought to promote this co-existence on the basis of ‘love of God and love of neighbour’. The Baptist World Alliance made a much-praised response that went alongside the granting by King Abdullah of part of the site of the Baptism of Christ in Jordan to Baptists worldwide.

The letter also highlights Jordan’s role in the current Syrian refugee crisis: ‘Faced with so many refugees and displaced people since its inception, we as Baptists call upon the world community to support Jordan as it continues to shoulder the challenging task of hosting hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria, Iraq and elsewhere.’

Tony Peck commented on his initiative in sending the letter. ‘Jordan is an oasis of relative stability moderation and a commitment to religious pluralism in the Middle East region that has become increasingly volatile with the war in Syria and the rise of ISIS/Daesh spreading violence and terror. We want to join our Jordanian Baptist brothers and sisters in assuring King Abdullah and his government of our support and prayers as they continue to strive for peace in the region. We know that they recognise the contribution made to this by the Christian communities in Jordan, including the Baptists.’

It is hoped that an EBF delegation will visit Jordan in 2016.