“On the second day we came to Puteoli. There we found brothers [and sisters] and were invited to stay with them for seven days. And so we came to Rome” (v13-15). Paul’s ministry to the Gentiles was powerful, and his teaching guided all the churches. However, everywhere he and his companions went, from isolated islands to Rome, a few Christians were already present, due to the witness of unnamed believers and the scattering of the Jerusalem church.
“The brothers [and sisters] there, when they heard about us …came to meet us” (v15). Witness and mission are not solitary heroic acts, but the activity of all the Body together.