Peter travels to Lydda, also called Ludd, a town not too far from Jerusalem. A small church group has started there, and Peter goes to teach them. A man there Aeneas has been paralyzed and bedridden for eight years. Peter goes to him and prays over him, then says, “In the Name of Jesus Christ the Messiah, you are healed. Get up and walk!” Aeneas rises up in astonishment and begins to jump around joyously. Seeing this miracle, many of the people of both Lydda and neighboring Sharon put their trust in Jesus as their Messiah. Peter remains in town long enough to baptize the new believers and teach them a bit about what it means to be a follower of Jesus. Philip set up the church here before Peter’s arrival, and Peter is confident that the men Philip chose to be the leaders of the church will be faithful to the true message of Jesus. Peter is in the midst of the morning’s teaching when two messengers rush up to him with a letter. “Are you Peter?” the first man asks. “I am.” “Urgent message from the church at Joppa,” the one of the messengers replies, handing Peter the letter. This is another church set up by Philip in his travels. Peter reads the message quietly while the messenger waits to see if there will be a reply. Peter looks up at the group gathered around him. They are watching him closely, wondering what the message says. “My brothers and sisters,” Peter says to them, “I have received word that our sister in Joppa, Tabitha, or Dorcas, as she is knows by our Greek brothers and sisters, fell ill and has passed into Heaven. The church is requesting that I go there as quickly as I can to see her. I believe they are hoping that Jesus may heal her through me. Please, be in prayer for the church there, for the dear woman herself, and for me, that I may do God’s will. I will return to you when I am able.” Peter gathers a few things and sets out for the seaside town of Joppa. Upon his arrival, he is met by several of the church leaders. “She is such a blessing to our whole community. Though a widow herself, her work as a seamstress helps to provide for many of the other widows and orphans in the town. And she is always patient, loving, and cheerful. Her passing is a great loss to us. Will you go to her, please?” Peter nods, and they show him to the upstairs room where Tabitha’s body has been washed and prepared for burial. He looks at her, lying there peacefully, then looks at the people gathered around her. Many of the women there are widows who Tabitha has supported. Through their tears, they beg Peter to pray for her to be sent back to them, showing him some of the clothes she has made for them. “I will pray,” Peter tells them, “But I need you all to wait in another room.” Weeping, they file out of the room, and Peter shuts the door behind them. He kneels before Tabitha’s body and prays for Jesus to send her spirit back. Feeling the leading of the Holy Spirit, he looks into her face and says, “Tabitha, get up.” Color returns to her face as she opens her eyes and smiles. Peter takes her hand, helps her to stand, and together they go to the group of mourners waiting for them. Though they had hoped for this, nobody had dared to believe it could really happen. They are astonished, and word quickly spreads through the whole town. Everyone comes to see the woman who has returned from the dead, and stays to hear the message of Jesus’ forgiveness and love. So many people turn their hearts to God and trust in Jesus to save them from their sins that Peter ends up staying in town for many days. He is given a room at the home of a tanner, a fellow believer who also shares his former name, Simon.