Annoor Sanatorium, Mafraq, Jordan


Mission Organization: The Annoor Sanatorium for chest diseases was founded in Mafraq, Jordan, in 1965, by Dr. Eleanor Soltau and Aileen Coleman as an outreach to nomadic Bedouins. “Annoor,” which means “light” in Arabic, has been faithfully proclaiming Jesus Christ, the Light of the world.

Specialties Needed: DGP

Profile: Annoor Sanatorium is primarily a chest disease center and the only site for treatment in the Middle East. The facility has about 40 inpatients. Mafraq Hospital has an active pediatric practice. They have a mobile dental unit that travels out to the Bedouin tribes.

Time Difference: +7 hours Both Eastern Standard Time and Daylight Savings Time. Jordan changes time as we do.

Location: Mafraq is approximately two hours from Amman, Jordan. Mafraq means “crossroads,” and indeed Mafraq is located at the intersection of the road leading from Jerusalem to Damascus and the road from Tel Aviv to Baghdad.

Language: Arabic is the official language of Jordan, but English is used widely in commerce and government.

Religion: Four to eight percent of Jordan’s population is Christian, according to estimates that vary, due to the fact that many believers must keep their faith a secret. The majority of the Bedouins are Muslims, although there is a healthy number of believers in each of the 15 tribes.

Climate: The climate in Jordan is predominantly Mediterranean–hot and dry summers and cool, wet winters. It can be extreme, with temperatures fluctuating by more than 50 F from day to night.

Housing: You will be living in a small apartment. It has two bedrooms and combination kitchen, dining room, and living room. It is fully furnished. Linens (sheets and towels) are provided.

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For More Information: Contact Mary Helen Everett by email or by phone at (828) 278-1177.