Encouraging others to continue
Acts 18:5 When Silas and Timothy came from Macedonia, Paul devoted himself exclusively to preaching, testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Messiah.
Silas and Timothy had been left in Macedonia they have much to tell Paul about the churches there.
They would speak of the work in Thessalonica and how the church was remaining strong. This would be the catalyst for Paul to write his letter of 1 Thessalonians to them.
Importantly for Paul they were also able to bring with them a substantial ministry gift from the church in Philippi (2 Corinthians 11:9; Phil 4:16). It was important for Paul because he could now leave his tent making business and give his whole attention to his preaching.
When visiting do you bring encouraging news? Do you bring a financial gift?
Thanks God for those that do. They may not be able to go or preach the gospel. But they can cause others to be compelled to do just that.
Maybe today you can be challenged to be such a friend. Perhaps you can make that visit real soon?!