Sister Across the Sea

 By Janet Yap   
seems fitting that, just as it was my son Jesse’s school experience that led me
to Moms in Prayer 13 years ago, it also played a part as we searched for a
university for him.  We have lived in
Singapore for the last 21 years and were not familiar with the universities in
the United States. Our only criteria for a university for Jesse were that they
have a reputable engineering program and a golf team that he could play on.  
Jesse applied to and was accepted by Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA, I
believed it was God working through our prayers for a divine appointment. Through
the website at, I was sent Shannon Kessler’s contact
information as an area coordinator and a praying mom from San Luis Obispo
County.  She proved to be a blessing to
me in many ways.
I read about Cal Poly through its school newspaper, forums, etc. I became
disturbed by reports of negative behaviour by the students.  I began to question whether this school was a
good idea after all.  Had we heard God
correctly?  I expressed my concerns to
Shannon and another friend in Southern California through email.
after that I was reading Numbers 13 and 14 about the ten spies that went into
the promised land and returned with various reports. Yes, it was a land flowing
with milk and honey, but there were giants, walled cities and many enemies.
Only two of the spies, Joshua and Caleb, said the land is exceedingly  good,  if
the Lord is pleased with us, He will lead us into that land, a land flowing
with milk and honey, and will give it to us… do not be afraid of
the people of the land.. the LORD  is with us. Numbers 14:7-9 (NIV) It seemed that Cal Poly was like that promised
land, filled with good things, but also enemies. Yet, I felt the Lord would be
with Jesse. But could I be sure?
the next couple of days Shannon and my friend  replied to my email, and described the Holy
Spirit’s moving in the area, creating  fertile ground for churches, Christian concerts,
and all kinds of Spirit-led ministry! 
These were my two good reports! What encouragement they were that we had
heard God correctly! 
provision for us was evident. As I looked for accommodations for our visit in
August, I found a place that happened to be in the same town as Shannon, and
she was friends with the owners!
also graciously agreed to be our emergency contact and adopted family for
Jesse, since his closest relative would be on the East Coast.
my stay Jesse and I were supported by the prayers of Shannon’s Moms in Prayer
group. It was a critical time of golf try outs, and this verse gave us
His pleasure is not in the strength
of the horse nor his delight in the legs of the warrior;  the LORD  delights in those who fear Him, who put their
hope in His unfailing love.
Psalms 147:10-11 (NIV)  
understood that it was not purely by his own ability but by the grace of God that
he made the team! And Yes, God works through the power of united prayer.  
last Sunday Jesse and I attended Calvary Chapel San Luis Obispo. The first song
we sang, “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) ” by Matt Redman, has been my favourite
this year!
Bless the Lord, O my soul, O my soul,
worship His holy name
           Sing like never before, O my soul, I’ll
worship Your holy name

Janet Yap is an American married to a Singaporean
and has been living in Singapore for 21 years.

They have three “arrows” Jesse, Jared, and Joshua.

(From Psalm

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