Sharon Wilharm Bible Storyteller

Women of Tyre

In Acts 21 we meet a group of unsung heroes, the women of Tyre. Paul and his missionary companions were on their way from Ephasus and landed in Tyre. They found disciples there and stayed for a week. During that time, the disciples told Paul through the Spirit to not go on to Jerusalem.  

But at the end of the week, Paul and his companions continued on their way.

“When our days there were ended, we departed and went on our journey, and they all, with wives and children, accompanied us until we were outside the city. And kneeling down on the beach, we prayed and said farewell to one another. Then we went on board the ship, and they returned home.” (Acts 21:5-6)

For a week these local believers had accommodated the missionaries, spending much time together, sharing, worshiping, encouraging each other. They’d opened up their homes and their schedules in order to provide for strangers passing through. They formed close bonds with each other.

When it came time for the missionaries to continue on their way, the entire congregation — husbands, wives, and children — all dropped what they were doing in order to escort the missionaries back to the ship.

Imagine how it must have encouraged Paul to see the women leave their household chores, pack up the kids, and travel through the city and to the shore in order to spend time praying over them?

May we be women of prayer and hospitality to encourage those who pass our way.

Read about the women of Tyre: Acts 21:1-6

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