The Miracle Textbooks in Yap – By David Steward

lightstock_63251_small_bhpWhile serving as a missionary in Yap, Micronesia in 2002, I had the privilege of teaching Bible to high school students.

However, one day, the school principal asked me if I would be willing to teach an elective class for the second semester on law, given my background as an attorney.  I was very enthusiastic about the idea but wondered what I would use for a curriculum and textbook.  I had a couple of mock trial problems we could use, but they were not anything that would do justice to the subject (no pun intended). Much more would be needed to give an adequate introduction to law and it’s general facets if I was to keep the students busy for five classes a week for a whole semester.

I prayed about finding a textbook and then looked in the school library for something. Maybe they’d at least have something like “The Law for Dummies.” However, there was nothing there.

I had already forgotten about my prayer when later that same day the principal asked me if I could go with a couple of other teachers to the airport to pick up a shipment of used textbooks that were being donated to our Yap Seventh-day Adventist School.

At the airport, we found a large U.S. Coastguard helicopter from Guam.  Box after box was unloaded containing many used textbooks on elective subjects such as French and Spanish.

Imagine my amazement when I discovered several boxes containing a textbook titled “Street Law: A Course in Practical Law 5th Edition.”  Wow! I could hardly believe it. What an incredible answer to prayer!

As it turned out, it was a great book, well written and with a great overview of the various aspects of the law.  It came complete with great case studies such as “The Case of the Missing Peanut Butter,” and more. Although a lawyer, I had no idea such excellent resources even existed for high school students. Also, even if I had known about the book, we did not have a budget to buy such textbooks or pay for the very high cost of shipping. But God took care of everything.

Not only did God send me the exact books that I needed, but He delivered them straight to our tiny island in the middle of nowhere in the vast Pacific Ocean via a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter. And beyond that, He sent so many books, that the principle would not even let us keep them all, but shipped the extras to the outer islands so others could have the resources as well.

While it’s been almost 14 years since this miracle, it’s something I’ve never forgotten, for it showed me that God cares about the little details of our lives and needs. He is a big God, yet He still cares about our little prayers! What an amazing God we serve.

David Steward, a prosecuting attorney for 15 years, is an evangelist with Amazing Facts. Now instead of putting people in jail, he’s setting the captives free as he teaches the everlasting gospel and the three angel’s messages of Revelation 14.

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  • khethiwe

    Amen my brother God is indeed listening to all that we ask for even if it seems small and He is actually waiting to answer us.

    • Victoria

      Amen. Glory to God

  • Sharon

    Oh yes He cares I know He cares. Praise God we have a father who is very attentive to our prayers and needs. Amen!

    • Victoria


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  • Gloria Mosha-Onchiri

    Amen what a powerful testimony. !Thank you for sharing. I need a miracle we are planning to go home back in Africa for holidays in December we have no financial resources but we are believing God to provide money for the air tickets.Please pray for us.Thank you.

    • Kayreen kufa

      Hey sis Gloria
      Am praying for you
      I know He will provide

    • Erpidia Mercado

      Praying God will provide. All is His and God is faithful to his childre. Trust and serve Him and God will provide. Have a blessed day and week.

      • Gloria Mosha-Onchiri

        Amen Erpidia thank you.

    • Eunice Downer

      I am praying Sis. Gloria. God is able.

      • Gloria Mosha-Onchiri

        Amen Sis Eunice.

    • Viveen McLeary

      Will pray Sis Gloria. Gid is able to great things for us. His promise are sure.

    • PNB

      I am joining with you in prayer that the resources would be provided to facilitate the tickets purchase. May God so move someone who is able, to be His hands and feet to pray and provide the resources. Jehovah-jireh. Blessings. – Peter Nigel

      • Gloria Mosha-Onchiri

        Amen Bro Peter.Thank you.

  • Beverley Orr

    Amen, we serve an awesome God. He promise to supply our needs.
    I am also requesting prayer that God will grant to me wisdom, knowledge and understanding with my studies,
    in order for me to maintain a good GPA.

    • Viveen McLeary

      Will keep you in prayer Beverley.

      • Beverley Orr

        Thank you sis, I receive the blessing in Jesus name.

    • Gloria Mosha-Onchiri

      Amen.The Lord will give you wisdom like Solomon.

      • Beverley Orr

        Thank you sis.

    • Evelyn Walcott

      I join you in prayer sis His promises are sure

  • Viveen McLeary

    Thank God for taking care of our needs. He is still answering prayers as He did long ago. All we have to do is ask in faith believing and He hears and answers according to His will.

  • Ellis Cobbie Acheampong

    I’m also not well at all and I need prayers from you all that if it is God’s will he should heal me

  • June Pike Rickard

    Please Lord give us your clear direction as we know you arrange things only in our best interest. Bless us your family in Christ. We come to you with humble hearts and seek your will with children, job/career for husband and our soul winning efforts. Amen!🙏💒

  • Margaret Major

    Amen! Praise God! My prayer in response is “Please dear Lord help me to remember to flee to you in prayer when difficulties arise and seemingly insurmountable objects come to me instead of becoming anxious and worrying, trying to solve impossible difficulties in my own weak strength when all the power of the universe is just a prayer away to break down strongholds and change even the most discouraging circumstances.” Thank you for this testimony that reveals again the truth of that wonderful promise ‘before they call I will answer.’ Thank you for sharing.

    • Gloria Mosha-Onchiri


      • Jacqueline Bernard Armstrong

        Prayer does move the hands of the Lord!
        Thanks for that uplifting testimony. This morning in family devotion, my 9 year old foster daughter had us reading from Psalms 141. She then gave her admonition to my husband and myself. She said God is able to come through for us in all our circumstances. She invited us to create a motto for the family. Mine was “My family hoping in God for all things”. My husband’s motto was ” God, supplying the needs of this family ” and my foster daughter’s motto was ” Nothing is impossible for God to do for this family”. We prayed earnestly about our family requests which are posted all over the house so that when we see it, we whisper a prayer about them. Our family is going through a severe financial crisis but we know that God will come through in His own way and time.
        Please pray for us to be faithful and wait patiently on Him.
        God bless you!

    • Evelyn Walcott

      Amen praise God

  • Lois Lawrence

    Amen.What profound testimony; we do serve an awesome God.

  • Natasha

    Praise the Lord of Hosts! Jehovah is His name! He is worthy! Wonderful testimony!

  • Evelyn Walcott

    My Brothers and Sisters I’m encouraged by these testimonies I’m in desperate and urgent need of prayer I’m facing a crisis in my family with one of my daughters please pray that we will have the victory and God will be glorified

  • osoro kepha

    I thank God for His provisions that are timely. Am a student-parent pursuing theology at university of Eastern Africa Baraton- Kenya. I request for your prayers for God to provide me with school fees so that Imay complete my studies the coming year and find aplace to work and earn money to support my family especially my first born who is joining high school in 2018.

  • Derek C Bowe

    Thanks for sharing this toughing story. It inspired my faith, and I will share it with others, praying for the same effect on their lives, too.

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  • Dike Emmanuel

    May the Lord provide for you and your family to make the trip back home to Africa cos there is no place like home. Pls Lord hear the prayer of your daughter to the glory and honor of your name . Amen

  • Dike Emmanuel

    Great testimony
    Our God works in mysterious way His wonder to perform . What a testimony of God’s providence even in an unexpected areas .

  • anderson

    bah, bring macronesia a peanut butter, catch lot of fishes in paradise

  • Scott Morton

    Thanks, David. There are no statistics of probability that would explain THAT. You say it is small, but I am hugely impressed with God’s logistical ability and how He interfaces with our prayers. Hope to see you guys at some point in the near future. Again, this story is appreciated and came at a critical time.