During this time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. One of them, named Agabus, stood up and through the Spirit predicted that a severe famine would spread over the entire Roman world. (This happened during the reign of Claudius.) The disciples, each according to his ability, decided to provide help for the brothers living in Judea. This they did, sending their gift to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.
What a beautiful picture we have here of the church in action. In this passage, the Christians in Antioch learned of a famine in the land of their brothers. They immediately banded together to provide help for their brothers in need. They sent their help to the elders in Jerusalem to minister to the church. That, my friends, is the way the body of Christ is meant to function. It seems that today many of the "leaders" in the church get caught up in their own little denomination or local body and are oblivious to the church as a whole.