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And thence sailed to Antioch, from whence they had been recommended to the grace of God for the work which they fulfilled.
Note 2 at Ac 14:26: This trip had covered over 1,200 miles (500 by sea and 700 by land) and took from one to three years to complete. On this trip, there is only the account of one man's conversion, Sergius Paulus, a Roman governor (Ac 13:7 and 12), although it is clear that many came to faith in the Lord Jesus (Ac 13:43, 48-49; 14:4, and 21-23).
Four instances are listed where Paul and Barnabas preached in the Jewish synagogues (Ac 13:5, 14, 44; and 14:1; see note 2 at Ac 13:14). There is one account of a miraculous healing (Ac 14:8-10) with mention of other signs and wonders being done (Ac 14:3). And the one miraculous instance of God's judgment resulted in the conversion of Sergius Paulus (Ac 13:7-12).
Paul and Barnabas experienced persecution at Antioch in Pisidia (Ac 13:45 and 50), Iconium (Ac 14:2), and Lystra (Ac 14:19-20). They established churches in the places where they had ministered, including the ordaining of elders (Ac 14:23). Paul later rebuked the churches of Galatia (Iconium, Lystra, and Derbe) for falling from grace and going back under the Law (Ga 3:1-3 and 5:1-5).
Certainly the most important thing that happened on this trip, from history's viewpoint, is that it was the first time the Gentiles as a group had the Gospel preached to them (see note 3 at Ac 14:27).