The people held them in high esteem

Scripture reference

Acts 5:13 (ASV)

13But of the rest durst no man join himself to them: howbeit the people magnified them;


For his selflessness, Pastor Louis Talbot was loved and earned the respect of not only his congregation but the general public. When he suffered a terrible accident, even the police were eager to help him.
At a wedding breakfast, a Mohammedan (a Muslim) who highly regarded Mary Slessor declared, "Only God can make you such a mother and helper to everybody".