After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia. We decided that God had called us to preach the good news there.
At Troas we got into a boat. We sailed straight for Samothrace. The next day we went on to Neapolis.
From there we traveled to Philippi, a Roman colony. It is an important city in that part of Macedonia. We stayed there several days.
On the Sabbath day we went outside the city gate. We walked down to the river. There we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered together.
One of those listening was a woman named Lydia. She was from the city of Thyatira. Her business was selling purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to accept Paul's message.
She and her family were baptized. Then she invited us to her home. "Do you consider me a believer in the Lord?" she asked. "If you do, come and stay at my house." She succeeded in getting us to go home with her.
One day we were going to the place of prayer. On the way we were met by a female slave. She had a spirit that helped her to tell ahead of time what was going to happen. She earned a lot of money for her owners by telling fortunes.
The woman followed Paul and the rest of us around. She shouted, "These men serve the Most High God. They are telling you how to be saved."