The believers in Antioch send Saul and Barnabas to Cyprus
1 There were some prophets among the group of believers in Antioch. They also taught the other believers more about Jesus. Barnabas and Simeon were two of these men. (People also called Simeon ‘the black man’.) There was also Lucius who had lived in Cyrene. There was also Manaen who had lived together with the ruler Herod when they were children. And there was Saul.
2 One day, the believers were meeting together. They were praising the Lord God and they were praying. They also stopped eating food for a time. During that time, the Holy Spirit said to them, ‘I have chosen Barnabas and Saul to do a special work for me. Let them go now and do it.’
3 The believers continued to pray and they ate no food. Then the leaders put their hands on Barnabas and Saul and they prayed for them. They sent them away to start this new work.