The Second Missionary Journey
Strengthening & Evangelizing
It is early spring in the year A.D. 51. Barnabas and Mark have sailed to Cyprus. Paul and Silas are commended by the brothers to the grace of the Lord. Scripture is silent as to whether the church funded Paul’s first or second missionary journeys. Possibly, Paul used his own funds. He might have inherited wealth from his family or gained wealth during the silent years. Intelligent men, like Paul, usually were successful in their endeavors. He might have sold his tent-making business when Barnabas found him in Antioch. At this point, there is no need to work.
The two missionaries made their way through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches. The trip would have taken between five to ten weeks. Along the way, it would have been only natural for Paul to be looking for a young man to take Mark’s place and more partners for the venture. It would not take long before Paul added three partners. After Derbe, the two missionaries came to Lystra, where Paul welcomes a new member to his team.