Romans 15: 25 But now I go unto Jerusalem to minister unto the saints. 26 For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem. 27 It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things. Jerusalem is the only established church, that we have a record of, where it was necessary for other churches to take up an offering to support their poor people. Why wasn't this long established church able to support its own poor people?