By Patrick Jaramogi
KAMPALA, Uganda [SHIFTMEDA] There seems something special regarding the number 40. This number shows up more than 20 times in both and old and New Testament. Because 40 appears so often in contexts dealing with judgment or testing, many scholars understand it to be the number of “probation” or “trial.” This doesn’t mean that 40 is entirely symbolic; it still has a literal meaning in Scripture.
In the Old Testament, when God destroyed the earth with water, He caused it to rain 40 days and 40 nights (Genesis 7:12). After Moses killed the Egyptian, he fled to Midian, where he spent 40 years in the desert tending flocks (Acts 7:30). Moses was on Mount Sinai for 40 days and 40 nights (Exodus 24:18). Moses interceded on Israel’s behalf for 40 days and 40 nights (Deuteronomy 9:18, 25). The Law specified a maximum number of lashes a man could receive for a crime, setting the limit at 40 (Deuteronomy 25:3). The Israelite spies took 40 days to spy out Canaan (Numbers 13:25). The Israelites wandered for 40 years (Deuteronomy 8:2-5). Before Samson’s deliverance, Israel served the Philistines for 40 years (Judges 13:1). Goliath taunted Saul’s army for 40 days before David arrived to slay him (1 Samuel 17:16). When Elijah fled from Jezebel, he traveled 40 days and 40 nights to Mt. Horeb (1 Kings 19:8).
40 Days In Kampala
We have read about the 40 days in the Bible, now it is also coming to reality, right here in Kampala Uganda. Dr Robert Kamanda the lead pastor CEO and founder Amen Commission and Christian Ministries in Makerere Kikoni has organized something massive.
“In 2025 we shall host over 5000 missionaries for 40 days; it will be massive. All our soldiers across the 32 nations in Africa will be present,” he said.
Kamanda, a renown missionary trained who began his church way back in 2002, will be hosting missionaries from 40 nations across the globe for 40 days.
‘It will a great 40 days of prayers, thanksgiving, fasting, feasting, fellowship, and praise. Over 5000 Christians will be in attendance,” he said.
So far, the Amen Church has spread its missionary work to 32 countries in the African continent. The journey towards extending the hunt for 2*2 mission is now focused on the United States of America this December.
“Right now, plans are in high gear to fly 72 missionaries to the United States America. In December we shall be flying 72 missionaries to the US for about 18 months.” said Dr. Kamanda.
The one and a half years in the US will be a mission to bring believers into evangelism. ‘When I was last in the US God’s hand worked upon me. I met a family of married lesbians, but after praying for them, they got saved, and abandoned lesbianism. God has a way of shaping the lives of whites using us the African pastors,” he said.
Kamanda has trained thousands of missionaries across the globe for the last 20 years.