Elementary, May 2: Barnabas the Encourager

One of the earliest followers of Jesus was a man named Joseph. Only nobody called him that. He was always building others up, so his friends nicknamed him Barnabas – which means “son of encouragement.” Isn’t that a great nickname to have? When others were in need, Barnabas gave generously. When others were struggling, Barnabas jumped in to help. When others were feeling discourages, Barnabas was ready with an encouraging word. The church needed – and still needs – men and women like Barnabas!