As Paul begins his letter, he does so in his very customary way of naming himself as the author and stating Timothy as the recipient. Then, he launches into a thanksgiving. In this particular case, his thanksgiving brings him to the time when he first met Timothy. According to Acts 16, Paul met Timothy in the town of Lystra on his second missionary journey. Paul, by his own impression, we assume, as well as the testimony of the other believers there took Timothy with him on the remaining part of the journey. In Acts 16, we learn a little about Timothy’s family background. We learn that he has a believing mother, but his father was Greek. From that mention of his father and no subsequent mention of his father, we can only assume that he was raised in a home with a believing mother and unbelieving father. In our text today, we pick up the nugget that his grandmother was also a believer. From these two places, we are learning about the foundation of his faith.