During the night Paul had a vision1 of a man of Macedonia2 standing and begging him, "Come over to Macedonia and help us."
After Paul had seen the vision, we3 got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel4 to them.
From Troas5 we put out to sea and sailed straight for Samothrace, and the next day on to Neapolis.
From there we traveled to Philippi,6 a Roman colony and the leading city of that district of Macedonia.7 And we stayed there several days.
On the Sabbath8 we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there.
One of those listening was a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira,9 who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart10 to respond to Paul's message.
When she and the members of her household11 were baptized,12 she invited us to her home. "If you consider me a believer in the Lord," she said, "come and stay at my house." And she persuaded us.