We need to string together a few texts from Paul’s letter to the Philippians.
2: 22 But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel.
4:2 I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to agree with each other in the Lord. 3 Yes, and I ask you, loyal yokefellow, help these women who have contended at my side in the cause of the
gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose
names are in the book of life.
as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with
the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with
me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; 16 for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid again and again when I was in need.
Clearly one of Paul’s emphases in gospel work is partnership. He found friends and supporters of the gospel he preached. Both men and women — and some simply refuse to acknowledge the equality he gives women in gospel work in this text. This included Lydia, Acts 16:13-15, who was herself a leader in the church at Philippi, and Phoebe (from Romans 16).
And Paul’s gospel work needed — and it still does today (support gospel work) — financial support. That is the point in the last text.