The Corinthians had heard Titus tell about the difficult, harsh and dangerous conditions faced by the believers in Jerusalem. Also, a famine was on the way because of widespread drought in the region. The church in Corinth felt great compassion for their spiritual siblings, although they had never met them. The Lord moved their hearts and they wanted to help. Practically, it had to be a gift of money which Titus could take back to Paul for onwards transit to Jerusalem.