And Saul approved of his murder. That very day the church in Jerusalem began to suffer cruel persecution. All the believers, except the apostles, were scattered throughout the provinces of Judea and Samaria.
Some devout men buried Stephen, mourning for him with loud cries.
But Saul tried to destroy the church; going from house to house, he dragged out the believers, both men and women, and threw them into jail. 1
References for Acts 8:3
8.3 Ac 22.4, 5; 26.9-11.
The believers who were scattered went everywhere, preaching the message.
Philip went to the principal city in Samaria and preached the Messiah to the people there.
The crowds paid close attention to what Philip said, as they listened to him and saw the miracles that he performed.