I thank my God in all my remembrance of you,When Paul thinks of these Philippian Christians, he thanks God.
(Philippians 1:3, ESV)
From the book of Acts, we learn that the first three Christians that we know about in the city of Phillipi are Lydia, a wealthy woman who was a seller of purple. Paul met her in the middle of a prayer meeting she was having with a few other ladies. Second we have a poor Greek slave girl that was caught up in fortune telling. Paul freed her from this demonic control, which in turn destroyed her profitability to her slave owners. This led to a riot in the city and Paul and Silas being thrown into prison. While there they met the jailer. When this guy thinks that Paul and Silas have escaped, he is ready to take his own life, but on realizing that they were still there, the jailer asks what he must do to be saved. This man becomes a Christian, along with his entire household.
So, this hodge-podge group of Christians (the rich lady from mainland Asia minor, the poor Greek slave girl, and the workin'-for-the-man roman soldier) are among those whom Paul thanks God for.
Would Paul thank God for you?
Does your Pastor thank God for you?