Acts 21: After we had torn ourselves away from them, [at Ephesus] we put out to sea and sailed straight to Kos. The next day we went to Rhodes and from there to Patara. 2 We found a ship crossing over to Phoenicia, went on board and set sail. 3 After sighting Cyprus and passing to the south of it, we sailed on to Syria. We landed at Tyre, where our ship was to unload its cargo. 4 We sought out the disciples there and stayed with them seven days. Through the Spirit they urged Paul not to go on to Jerusalem. 5 When it was time to leave, we left and continued on our way. All of them, including wives and children, accompanied us out of the city, and there on the beach we knelt to pray. 6 After saying goodbye to each other, we went aboard the ship, and they returned home. 7 We continued our voyage from Tyre and landed at Ptolemais, where we greeted the brothers and sisters and stayed with them for a day. 8 Leaving the next day, we reached Caesarea and stayed at the house of Philip the evangelist, one of the Seven.
Ephesus, Tyre, Ptolemais, Caesarea.
Did you note that there were believers in each of these major cities where Paul and his companions started and stopped on their way to Jerusalem? Keeping in mind that this voyage occurred only roughly 20-25 years following Christ ascension I find the speed of the spread of the Gospel incredible – no printing press, no radio, no television and no Internet. To me this is yet another example of the power of the Holy Spirit’s work through the apostles.