When I read Paul’s letter to the Thessalonian church, I hear a resounding theme of Paul’s harvest for the Kingdom of God. Typically, Paul would stay quite a while with a new community of believers, personally discipling them in the ways of Jesus. He was not able to do that with the people of Thessalonica, yet he continued to pray for them, for their growth and maturing in the Holy Spirit. As Paul got reports about them from a distance, he learned that not only had they produced a harvest of souls in their own community, they had also shared the Gospel and brought many people to Jesus in cities far beyond their own! Clearly Paul receives this news with joy and great thanks to God for a bountiful harvest.