[W]e sent Timothy to visit you. He is our brother and God’s co-worker in proclaiming the Good News of Christ. We sent him to strengthen you, to encourage you in your faith – 1 Thessalonians 3:2 (NLT)
As workers in the field of God, we long to see the harvest, the evidence of God’s blessing on our service for Him. God provides encouragement in a variety of ways, and in both directions. Leaders can encourage their flock to endure hard times, and the flock can encourage the leaders by their faithfulness. Who will you seek encouragement from, and who might be encouraged by your witness?