Last two months, popular Nigeria pastor and social reformer, Tony Rapu shared the story of a young girl who is getting rehabilitated due to her addiction to hard drugs like cocaine.
Lizzy’s story caught the attention of Nigerians after it was disclosed that she was rescued off the street after a long period of living in the slums and getting high on several substances.
Ahead of the Father’s day celebration, Pastor Tony Rapu took to social media to share new photos and video of rehabilitated Lizzy.
He stated that father’s day is dedicated to the former drug addict who turned 26 in February.
“Father’s Day 2019 is dedicated to my spiritual daughter Lizzy who turned 26 in February.
Even though God is ‘Father’, many do not have a positive association with that word because they were raised in dysfunctional homes. For them, ‘father’ triggers painful memories.
So this Father’s Day, let’s be sensitive to those from difficult and painful backgrounds. Many still yearn for positive memories such as running to greet their dad when he returns home from work. This never happened. Some yearn for the father-daughter dance at their wedding. This may never happen with their natural fathers.
Today, let’s reach out in compassion to the physical and spiritual needs of the fatherless, the neglected, abused and abandoned. Let’s cultivate a sensitivity and compassion for children around us who grapple with instability at home. Let’s cherish especially those women who never experienced a father’s affection, by treating them with genuine love and dignity.
Look out for the Father’s Day series of 4 videos that capture Lizzy’s progress.”
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Part 4 – Lunch with Lizzy. Thanking God for Lizzy's life. Her recovery speaks of freedom. It speaks of hope. It speaks of fresh possibilities. It means we no longer need to remain in the same cycle of sadness, despair, hopelessness, and confusion. It means that the dark nights don't have to be a way of life. It means that in Christ we can find joy – real sustainable joy. And most importantly, we begin to remember why we are here. We remember that life has meaning and purpose. · @freedom_fdn • #FathersDay #SubstanceAbuse #DrugAddiction #TransformALife #MyLagosDiaries #GenesisHouse
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Part 1 – The Story of Lizzy. We first met 26-year-old Lizzy when we went to pick up Prince for his rehab. Lizzy and Prince had been begging together on the streets for many years. Her cry for help was so emotional, we went back for her. This was the beginning of her journey. We need to know the medical realities of drug addiction. Medicine has helped us understand addiction as an illness or disease that must be treated but medicals alone cannot replace the need for Jesus Christ. Some people do change but the transformation is difficult without Jesus. · @freedom_fdn • #FathersDay #SubstanceAbuse #DrugAddiction #TransformALife #MyLagosDiaries #GenesisHouse