Then one night Paul had a vision. A Macedonian stood before him and said, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” After this vision, we immediately made efforts to get across to Macedonia, convinced that God had called us to bring them the Good News. We put out to sea from Troas and set a course straight for Samothrace, and the next day on to Neapolis; from there we went to Philippi, which is one of the bigger cities in Macedonia and a Roman colony, and spent a few days there.
On the Sabbath we went along the river outside the gates, thinking we might find a place of prayer. We sat down and preached to the women who had come to the gathering. One of them was named Lydia, a devout woman from the town of Thyatira who was in the purple-dye trade. As she listened to us, Christ opened her heart to accept what Paul was saying. After she and her household were baptized, she extended us an invitation: “If you are convinced that I am a believer in Christ, please come and stay with us.” We accepted.