When I say “40 days” to you what comes to mind? Some of you might say it’s one month and ten days; others might of the Book of Genesis and how it rained for 40 days. “For in seven days I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and every living thing that I have made I will blot out from the face of the ground.” (Genesis 7:4) Or Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. (Matthew 4:2) Jesus also appeared 40 days after the resurrection. He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. (Acts 1:3) This is just a few scriptures that reference the time frame of 40 days. In the Bible it can be literal and symbolic. Bottom line it is represented as a period of trial and testing.
As of today, Jenn and I have 40 days left until we leave for India! When we had returned in February, we thought we would have ample time to get things in order. But here we are! Will you help send us well? How do you do that? It’s simple, pray for us: pray for strength, courage, endurance, perseverance. Also pray for Grace Christian Ministry in the same way.
In 40 days Jenn and I will embark on the mission that Jesus commanded his disciples and commands all of us in Mathew 28. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)