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Paul and Barnabas sail to Cyprus

Paul and Barnabas travel to Cyprus on their first trip.
Contributed by Sue Bentley
Story also available on our translated websites: Portuguese, Hindi
In the church at Antioch there were some Christian leaders named Barnabas, Niger, Lucius, Manaen and Paul (who had his named changed from Saul). As they met to pray and fast, the Holy Spirit told them God had a special job for Paul and Barnabas to do. They were to set off on a trip to tell other people about Jesus. And the first place they were to go to share the good news was the island of Cyprus. – Slide 1
The two men travelled from Antioch to the nearby port of Seleucia and set sail for the island of Cyprus. Another disciple, John Mark, came to help them. They landed at the port of Salamis and went ashore. – Slide 2
They started telling people at the local synagogue about Jesus and how God had sent His son to save them. Then they travelled across the island sharing the good news of Jesus with others. – Slide 3
When they got to Paphos, the Roman ruler Sergius Paulus, who was a very clever man, sent for Barnabas and Saul because he wanted to hear what they were saying. Also at the meeting was a Jewish false prophet named Bar-Jesus who was involved with evil practices that God had forbidden. – Slide 4
As Paul started telling the Roman ruler about Jesus, Elymas did not like what he heard and interrupted, opposed the good news Paul was sharing. Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked straight at Elymas and said, ‘You are a child of the devil and an enemy of everything that is right! You are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery. The Lord is against you. You are going to be blind for a time, not even able to see the light of the sun.’ – Slide 5
Immediately mist and darkness came over Elymas, and he groped about, looking for someone to lead him by the hand. When the Roman ruler, Sergius Paulus, saw what had happened, he believed in Jesus, and was amazed at the teaching about the Lord. – Slide 6
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