Amid all the teaching, amid all the reproving, rebuking, and exhorting, amid all the preaching in and out of season with complete patience as Paul charged Timothy and certainly practiced himself, he takes time to express some needs he has to Timothy, asking Timothy to come to him soon. Paul desires Timothy to bring a fellow servant by the name of Mark, his cloak, some books but especially the parchments. Paul also gives Timothy some further instructions that Paul quite expects Timothy to carry out, depending upon Timothy to minister to him in this way.
As a missionary myself, on and off the field, I cannot express enough how far an encouraging word can go, a refreshing of the spirit, a lifting up of the soul, all by responding to a few requests to a servant of the gospel in need who has labored and toiled in the vineyard against subtle and outright opposition by the seen and unseen. Surely there are rewards from the Lord when it seems all have forsaken us and others practiced evil against us, but to have someone come alongside you in your toils, just to be in your presence, is balm from Gilead like no other.
Do your best as occasion presents itself to go to a fellow-servant in need, long before the “winter" is to set in, strengthening and encouraging him in the name of the Lord...
Grace be with you, ~russ