The church was founded on the Temple Mount which is the location where more than 3,000 people gathered to hear Peter's sermon on the Jewish holiday of Shavuot (Pentecost). These temporary dwellers in Jerusalem made a pilgrimage to offer the tithe of their wheat harvest. Coming from 16 different locations, they asked: "How hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born" (Acts 2:8). The Galilaeans were speaking in multipe lanauges "the wonderful works of God" (Acts 2:11). They had found the Messiah and nobody wanted to leave until they knew more. They sold their possessions in order to share with each other so they could keep the church together. Stephen's death brought persecution and then they were scattered and went back home.