It's a great story. In Acts 16:9-10: "During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, 'Come over to Macedonia and help us.' After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them."
What I find humorous about this is that as Paul made his way to Europe, he landed by the river in Macedonia with a bunch of women (not men), Lydia included. I like to think this unlikely set of events is a mark of The Way, an example of how Jesus changed things: women started the church in Philippi and Lydia becomes the first European convert. And Paul will eventually write to these women in Philippians—"because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now" (Phil. 1:5) A blessed alliance, indeed.
These videos are made possible through the good work of videographer Ryan Schnurr. These two-minute video shorts work for individual viewing or for discussion in small groups, and they provide encouragement for girls and women about their identity and calling in the kingdom of God. Enjoy! And for the sake of setting God's daughters free, let's share these with our friends. See the share buttons below, and don't forget to sign up to receive the blog via email in the right column so you don't miss even one.
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