Finally, when we could stand it no longer, we decided that I should stay alone in Athens,
and we sent Timothy to visit you. He is our co-worker for God and our brother in proclaiming the Good News of Christ. We sent him to strengthen you, to encourage you in your faith,
It gives us new life, knowing you remain strong in the Lord.
How we thank God for you! Because of you we have great joy in the presence of God.
Night and day we pray earnestly for you, asking God to let us see you again to fill up anything that may still be missing in your faith.
May God himself, our Father, and our Lord Jesus make it possible for us to come to you very soon.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)