The return of the lost sheep. 

It was only three weeks after Duterte won as a President of the Philippines when my sister surrendered and returned to our hometown from the city.

I interviewed her and she jokingly answered me that because of her fear of Duterte’s fight against drugs, she had to surrender.

It has been three years since she started using the substance ‘shabu’or they call it crystal meth. Many times we have convinced her to stop as it worsen her condition but she was stubborn, hopeless and difficult to deal with.

I remember those times when we’re chatting and she told me that she usually spend the whole afternoon crying, desperate for a change, struggled in frustration but couldn’t help herself because of such substance that is working in her body.

No drugs means, peace in our family. But can you imagine how stressful it is if one member in your family is addicted to drugs?

Her situation reminds me of the story of the lost sheep in the Bible from Luke 15;

 4-7 “Suppose one of you had a hundred sheep and lost one. Wouldn’t you leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the lost one until you found it? When found, you can be sure you would put it across your shoulders, rejoicing, and when you got home call in your friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Celebrate with me! I’ve found my lost sheep!’ Count on it—there’s more joy in heaven over one sinner’s rescued life than over ninety-nine good people in no need of rescue.

We, my family, rejoices because God had saved and found here.

I am just so grateful that our new President Duterte have caused her to finally stop using the substance.
When she told me that she returned to our home, I felt so much peace, thankful and hopeful. According to her, she went straight to the police station and surrendered. The following week the policemen visited our house and asked her to sign the affidavit and agreed to allow the police to monitor her in the future.

I am sharing her story as a testimony of God’s intervention and favor in my family especially to my sister’s life.

I wonder how many families were blessed to have their family member, relatives and friends returned to their homes and surrendered.

This is just one of the greatest gift or should I say ‘answered prayer’ that my family received this year.

Our sister won the war on drugs!

As Senator Alan Cayetano quoted,  “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked rule, the people mourn.” – Proverbs 29:2

Yes, we do rejoice and we will always support your good administration Mr. President.

To our dear sister, I trust that God is in work with you, to heal you, to restore  your health and strengthen your relationship with Him, and help you so that you can be a blessing and an inspiration to others.

I hope that her story somehow reminded you of these three God’s promises.

1. Prayer works. Never give up praying for someone you love. As it is written,

“Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear.” -Isaiah 59:1

2. Hope in the Lord. As you pray for your loved ones, declare this powerful prayer.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a future and a hope.”-Jeremaiah 29:11

3. God is in control. We need not to worry. Only God can change people.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”-Philippians 4:6


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