So the churches were strengthened in their faith and grew daily in numbers.
Next Paul and Silas traveled through the area of Phrygia and Galatia, because the Holy Spirit had told them not to go into the province of Asia at that time.
Then coming to the borders of Mysia, they headed for the province of Bithynia, a but again the Spirit of Jesus did not let them go.
So instead, they went on through Mysia to the city of Troas.
That night Paul had a vision. He saw a man from Macedonia in northern Greece, pleading with him, "Come over here and help us."
So we b decided to leave for Macedonia at once, for we could only conclude that God was calling us to preach the Good News there.
We boarded a boat at Troas and sailed straight across to the island of Samothrace, and the next day we landed at Neapolis.
From there we reached Philippi, a major city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony; we stayed there several days.
On the Sabbath we went a little way outside the city to a riverbank, where we supposed that some people met for prayer, and we sat down to speak with some women who had come together.
One of them was Lydia from Thyatira, a merchant of expensive purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. As she listened to us, the Lord opened her heart, and she accepted what Paul was saying.
She was baptized along with other members of her household, and she asked us to be her guests. "If you agree that I am faithful to the Lord," she said, "come and stay at my home." And she urged us until we did.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)