The early church was growing so fast that no one really knew how many Christians there were. Besides this, large numbers of priests were now accepting the message of Jesus’ death and resurrection. This was a wonderful blessing. By now, so many people in Judea were filled with the Holy Spirit that the gospel was going everywhere. However, there was a growing problem that needed to be taken care of and soon. Many poor people and widows had joined the church, and they had no one who could look after them.