The challenges confronting Jordan’s Christian Bedouin are not new. For decades, the leadership of the Christian community in the kingdom has tried to stabilize village life and beef up catechesis; when young Bedouin leave their native Christian village for Amman, where they encounter an Islamic society, their tribal and cultural Christianity is challenged.
CNEWA’s efforts in these Bedouin villages of Jordan date to the 1950’s, and over the ensuing decades have included a plethora of projects, including the renovation and restoration of the parish churches; the installation of parish playgrounds and parish centers; improvements to village water distribution systems; agricultural programs designed to develop new crops and improve the breeding of sheep; and programs such as the one profiled in these pages. While the pressure to migrate for jobs remains, better planning, formation and education has better prepared those who have migrated to Amman or further afield.
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