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. From Troas we put out to sea and sailed straight for Samothrace, and the next day we went on to Neapolis. From there we traveled to Philippi.
Acts 16:9-12

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Macedonian Call

In Acts 16, the Holy Spirit prevented Paul from preaching the gospel message to the region of Asia Minor (present-day Turkey). Then, Paul saw a vision of a man from Macedonia begging him to come. As a result, Paul set out from Troas with Silas, Timothy, and Luke to preach the gospel to the people in Macedonia (present-day Greece).

Via Egnatia

Constructed in 130 BC by the Romans, the Via Egnatia (Egnatian Way) spanned 450 miles east to west across the Balkan Peninsula. The Egnatian Way connected Rome to the continent of Asia. It is no surprise that Paul followed the main trade route of the area to preach the gospel message to the larger cities in the region. Paul and his companions landed in Neapolis and followed the Egnatian Way to Philippi and Thessalonica.


Neapolis means “new city" and was located along the Via Egnatia. Neapolis (modern Kavala) is located about 10 miles from Philippi in northeastern Macedonia. The city sits on a stretch of land between two bays, each of which serve as harbors.

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