“We sent Timothy…to strengthen and encourage you…so that no one would be shaken by these persecutions.” Paul’s concern for the Thessalonian Christians was that some might abandon the faith Jesus. In our day it is tempting to see “Strengthening and encouragement” as a pep talk or a bolstering of confidence in the midst of some personal discouragement. How would “strengthen and encourage” take on new meaning in the context of a people who are suffering for their faith? How can we strengthen and encourage those who suffer for their faith in our day? Lord, bring comfort to your suffering children.