Barnabas, the name given by the apostles to Joseph, a Levite born in Cyprus, means “son of encouragement.” What an appropriate name! Barnabas encouraged Saul after his conversion and was the instrument God used to reconcile Paul with the leaders of the church that he had persecuted. He took young Saul/Paul under his wing and invited him to Antioch to lead the church in that city with him. He was the leader on Paul’s first missionary journey. When Mark, also traveling with them, had a fall-out with Paul and left the trip, Barnabas took young Mark and encouraged him back into service. Barnabas modeled the gift of encouragement—much needed in the church of God.