to Top

Paul's First Missionary Journey

Paul's First Missionary Journey<BR> Enlarge
Other pictures 1 and 2

Listen to the Story

Windows Media Player

Barnabas and Paul were teachers in the church at Antioch (ANT e ock). One day during a worship service the Holy Spirit revealed His special plans for the two men. The church fasted and prayed and sent them on their way.

They sailed to the island of Cyprus (SIE prus). They crossed over the island and came to the town of Paphos (PAY fus). An interesting thing happened in that town.

There was a false prophet named Bar-Jesus (bar JE zus). He was a sorcerer who practiced magic and tricked the people. His master, a government official named Sergius Paulus (SUR jus PAUL us) wanted to learn from Paul and Barnabas. But Bar-Jesus, also known as Elymas (EL imas), didn't want his master to hear their message. He started speaking against them.

Paul called Elymas the "son of the devil and the enemy of everything that was right". He told him that he was going to become blind and not be able to see the light of the sun. Immediately everything became dark to him. He couldn't see a thing! He started trying to find someone to lead him by the hand.

When the official saw what had happened, he believed the words of Paul and Barnabas. He was amazed at the story of Jesus.

The two preachers continued to travel. There were no cars, trains, or buses. They either walked or rode on animals. They traveled miles and miles, and many people believed their teaching and became followers of Jesus. They suffered countless hardships and persecutions, but they considered these things to be trivial compared to the joy and promised reward of obeying the Lord and following the directions of the Holy Spirit. They no longer lived for themselves, but for God.

Read the story in Spanish El Primer Viaje de Pablo como Misionero

Read the story in Amharic Amharic Story Link

What does this story
mean to me?

Elymus opposed Paul and suffered because of it. Jesus said, "He that is not with me is against me".

Maybe we need to think twice before saying unkind things about people who are trying to do good. If they are trying to serve the Lord by helping others, let us refrain from criticizing their efforts. Each one of us has a full time job taking care of our own life.

Map of Paul's First Missionary Journey

You can read about Paul's First Missionary Journey in
Acts 13:1-52

Memory Verse

For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

Take the online test

A frequent question:
"Who wrote this biography
and when was it written?"
Look on this Reference Citations Chart.


Online ActivitiesPrintable Activities
Take the Online Test for this Bible Story Print Test for this Bible Story
Online Jigsaw Puzzle Print Study Sheet
Online Crossword Puzzle Print Crossword Puzzle
  Print Word Search
Online Word Scramble Print Word Scramble
Online Jeopardy Print Alphabetical
Online Who Am I?  
Guess the Word Print Worksheet
Print Fill In The Blank

Garden of Praise Bible Resources Link

Complete Bible Resources at Garden of Praise

Song Paul and Barnabas

Memory Puzzle Paul's First Missionary Journey

Play an Online Game at Quia

Old Testament Printable Flashcards

New Testament Printable Flashcards

Press "Go" to search for books about The Apostle Paul.
Credits and Solutions

Maps and information about The Travels of Paul by Robert Brenchley

Graphic courtesy of The Bread Site public domain clipart collection

Puzzles on these pages courtesy of
Songs of Praise and Armored Penguin

Page Comments
Most Recent Comments
See more comments about this page
2012-06-06 I've just discovered this site and I think it is absolute fantastic. God bless as you continue to spread His word and the God given inspiration.
I've just discovered this web site and I want to send out a huge THANK YOU. I have found this site incredibly helpful and very encouraging. What a great example of how the body of Christ can work together even if we don't know each other. Blessings on you!
thank you much you have been a great help to my life, i have been using this page for more than 2 year now to teach my kids about God.
Carlos G.
Leave a Comment View all Comments

This page displayed 187,014 times.

This is a mobile page of Garden of Praise. You are using a desktop computer. Try viewing the mobile pages on your smart phone.