The First Journey of St. Paul:
Paul went on three main missionary journeys. The first missionary journey took place from 45-49 A.D. He traveled with Barnabus and a young boy named John Mark. John Mark did not stay with them for very long. He returned to his home in Jerusalem and left Paul and Barnabus without a helper. Paul and Barnabus were worshiping at the church at Antioch, Syria and the holy Spirit came forth and sent them on their journey to convert and evangelize both Jews and Gentiles to believe the word of the Lord. They began in Cypress from the towns of Salamis to Paphos. They first proclaimed the word of God in the Jewish synagogues. They tried to lead the Jews to accept Jesus as the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophesies that said He is the Savior or the Messiah. Many Jews turned against them, so they also spread the Good News to Gentiles (Non-Jews). Paul was invited to visit a high-ranking Roman official named proconsul Sergius Paulus who wanted to hear the word of God. His adviser, Elymas the magician, tried unsuccessfully to turn Sergius Paulus away from the faith. Filled with the holy Spirit, Paul temporarily blinded Elymas, and the proconsul as a result, became a believer. Next, Paul went to Perga and continued on to Antioch in Pisidia. There he addressed the Jews in the synagogue and was invited to return again. The following week the crowd was so huge that some of the Jews were filled with jealousy and they stirred up a persecution against Paul and expelled him from their territory. Next, Paul went to Iconium where he and Barnabus evangelized to both Jews and Greeks and converted many of them. The disbelieving Jews poisoned the minds of the Gentiles against the apostles. There was an attempt to stone Paul and Barnabus, so they fled to the Lycaonian city of Lystra. In Lystra, filled with the holy Spirit again, Paul healed a crippled man and the crowds were so astonished that they started adoring them as gods. The crowds offered sacrifices to them, but the apostles refused the sacrifices and successfully converted many to the Gospel. Some disbelieving Jews again cam and turned the crowds against the apostles. They stoned Paul, dragged him out of the city and left him for dead. He was not dead, however, and he got up and went back into the city. Next they went to Derbe where they made many disciples. From there they decided to go back into the places they had already visited so they could strengthen the faith of the new believers. Finally, they returned to the church in Antioch of Syria, the place where they began their journey.
The Second Journey of St. Paul: (Part 1)
Paul leaves for his second missionary journey from Jerusalem, in late Autumn 49, after the meeting of the Council of Jerusalem where the circumcision question was debated. On their trip around the Mediterranean Sea, Paul and his companion Barnabas stopped in Antioch where they had a sharp argument about taking John Mark with them on their trips. The book of Acts said that John Mark had left them in a previous trip and gone home. Unable to resolve the dispute, Paul and Barnabas decided to separate; Barnabas took John Mark with him, while Silas, a Roman citizen like himself joined Paul, and embarked on a journey that began by revisiting the places Paul had worked on during his 1st journey.
Paul and Silas initially visited Tarsus (Paul's birthplace), Derbe and Lystra. In Lystra, they met Timothy, a disciple who was spoken well of, and decided to take him with them. They worked in Derbe, Lystra, Iconium and the regions of Phrygia and Galatia, then on to Troas, where Paul received a vision calling him to Macedonia. The Church kept growing, adding believers, and strengthening their faith daily. In Philippi, certain men were not happy about the liberation of their medium servant girl, who had been possessed with a spirit of divination, and they turned the city against the...