"When this had happened, the rest of the sick on the island came and were cured." NIV translation
The rest of the island heard about the healing and brought their sick to be healed. It is obvious that Paul let them know that the healing was from God and not of himself. The result is that, even today, the island of Malta is a "Christian nation".
"They honored us in many ways and when we were ready to sail, they furnished us with the supplies we needed." NIV translation
Once again, we see the favor of God at work with Paul and his companions. This verse reminds us that God's provision may be in unexpected ways through people that we would not normally expect to help.
"After three months we put out to sea in a ship that had wintered in the island. It was an Alexandrian ship with the figurehead of the twin gods Castor and Pollux." NIV translation
In Greek and Roman mythology, Castor and Pollux were twin brothers who were said to watch over sailors on the seas. In Latin, they were known as the Gemini twins and that is where we get the name for the Gemini constellation in the sky. The people with Paul must have known how ridiculous the idea of some false gods watching over the sailors was as they had experienced the protection of the real God.
"We put in at Syracuse and stayed there three days. From there we set sail and arrived at Rhegium. The next day the south wind came up, and on the following day we reached Puteoli. There we found some brothers who invited us to spend a week with them." NIV translation
Syracuse was the capitol of the island of Sicily which is located just to the south of Italy. The next stop was Rhegium which was located on the tip of Italy and the twin gods were worshiped there. The final stop was at Puteoli which is today named Pozzuoli and is located about five miles to the west of Naples. This was the main port for grain ships at this time and so Paul's travel by sea comes to a close. Paul and his friends were taken in and spent a week with fellow Christians there.
"And so we came to Rome. The brothers there had heard that we were coming, and they traveled as far as the Forum of Appius and the Three Taverns to meet us. At the sight of these men Paul thanked God and was encouraged." NIV translation
As Paul went on to Rome, he was met by his fellow Christians and this comforted him and he praised God for them. The same thing can happen to us as we walk in the purpose and plan that God has for our lives. Many times, it will seem that we are alone and headed for the unknown but we find that God has already prepared His workers to meet us and give us comfort.