From Attalia they sailed back to Antioch, where they had been committed to the grace of God for the work they had now completed. On arriving there, they gathered the church together and reported all that God had done through them and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles. And they stayed there a long time with the disciples. Acts 14:26-28
“From Attalia, the missionaries returned to their home church (to use modern missionary terminology) at Syrian Antioch. This church had commissioned them and thus they were accountable to it. Thus the missionaries gave their report to the whole church at Antioch, not just to the leaders.
The missionaries reported all that God had done through them and how he had opened the door for ministry. The mission had been the work of God, since He was the one who had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles. Now they were in no hurry to leave again, for they were anxious to enjoy fellowship with the disciples.”
Paul Mumo Kisau (Kenya) in “Acts” in Africa Bible Commentary, Tokunboh Adeyemo, General Editor (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2006) 1352.
There nothing better than completing a missionary journey and coming home to enjoy fellowship.
Most people think of God’s generosity as provision. Another way I have experienced it recently is protection. And sometimes it is the ability to enjoy fellowship.
Paul and Barnabas were excited to go home. That’s me today. Traveling from Dakar to Brussels to Newark to Denver.
And I love that they “reported all that God had done” with accountability. At GTP we always do trip reports to recount all God does. This gives God glory and maintains the momentum of the movement of God.
If you want a copy of my trip reports from Benin, Togo, Côte d’Ivoire, and Senegal reply and I will share them.
Excited to make it home just before midnight tonight. Appreciate your prayers.