Our friends, we want you to know what God's grace has accomplished in the churches in Macedonia. 1
References for 2 Corinthians 8:1
They have been severely tested by the troubles they went through; but their joy was so great that they were extremely generous in their giving, even though they are very poor.
I can assure you that they gave as much as they could, and even more than they could. Of their own free will
they begged us and pleaded for the privilege of having a part in helping God's people in Judea.
It was more than we could have hoped for! First they gave themselves to the Lord; and then, by God's will they gave themselves to us as well.
So we urged Titus, who began this work, to continue it and help you complete this special service of love.