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Acts 16:6–15

EVANGELIZATION OF EUROPE

They went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia; they had been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia.n When they came to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesuso did not allow them. Passing by Mysia they went down to Troas.p During the night Paul had a vision in which a Macedonian man was standing and pleading with him, “Cross over to Macedonia and help us!”q 10 Afterr he had seen the vision, we immediately made efforts to set out for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.

LYDIA’S CONVERSION

11 From Troas we put out to sea and sailed straight for Samothrace, the next day to Neapolis, 12 and from there to Philippi,s a Roman colony and a leading city of the district of Macedonia. We stayed in that city for several days. 13 On the Sabbath day we went outside the city gate by the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and spoke to the women gathered there. 14 A God-fearing woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira, was listening. The Lord opened her heart to respond to what Paul was saying.t 15 After she and her household were baptized, she urged us, “If you consider me a believer in the Lord, come and stay at my house.”u And she persuaded us.

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Acts 16:40

40 After leaving the jail, they came to Lydia’s house, where they saw and encouraged the brothers and sisters, and departed.h

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