Chapter 11 introduces us to the church in Antioch. It is a port city in modern-day NW Syria. It would also become a central church in Paul's missionary work. After Stephen's death the church was scattered (8:4) and Philip was sent to Samaria. At the same time other men traveled to Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch (11:19) "and the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number who believed turned to the Lord" (11:21). In response to this news the church in Jerusalem sends Barnabas to Antioch. He affirms their faith and for a second time we're told that "a great many people were added to the Lord" (11:24). So, once again we pray for the Lord to send us to a particular place in Houston where the hand of the Lord would be with us and a great number would believe in the Lord.
Barnabas made the short trip to Tarsus from Antioch in order to retrieve Saul and bring him back to Antioch. Together they spent a whole year in Antioch to help establish the church by discipling the people. Sometime after this a famine was prophesied in Judea (Luke then reminds us that this did take place in the days of Claudius). The church in Antioch determined "to send relief to the brothers living in Judea" (11:27-30). They became a generous church determined to meet the physical and social needs of those around them. So, we pray that the Lord would make us a generous church committed to social justice in our neighborhood.