A former overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Qatar, Sister Rosana Gayas made the bold step nearly two years ago to come home for good and look after her husband and two children.
Although active in her Christian fellowship in the Qatari capital of Doha, Gayas, who was chosen to represent the millions of OFWs in the JIL 40th Anniversary "Grand Homecoming" teaser, decided that caring for her family was far more priceless than the dollars she would earn in that country.
"Umalis ako ng Pilipinas bata pa ang mga anak ko - limang taon si Elizabeth at pitong taon si John Emmanuel," recalled the 53-year-old midwife of her decision to work in a foreign land to support her truck driver husband, Joel, himself a former expat worker in Saudi Arabia.
She said she realized that even with all the modern communications technology at hand such as the Internet, texts and mobile phones, nothing could replace the actual presence, nurture and care of a mother in her family's life.
Gayas admitted that reconnecting with her brood, especially her children, continues to be a challenge.
In these challenges, the ex-OFW was grateful that she has found solid spiritual and moral support in JIL Church Bustos in Bulacan under Ptr. Nancy Teodoro.
"Malaking bagay na member po ako ng JIL Bustos sa ilalim ni Ptra Nancy," said Gayas, who is a member of the church's WIN (Warriors' Intercessors Network).
She stressed that she has no regrets in leaving Qatar, firmly believing that the same God who provided for her and her family there is the same Jehovah Jireh who will look after them in the country.
While her husband Joel is back to driving trucks locally, Gayas now runs a growing drug store owned by her and her sister.
"Nananampalataya po ako na kung anong pagpapala na ibigay sa akin ng Panginoon sa Qatar ay kayang ibigay sa amin kahit na ako'y naririto na," she confidently said.
Amen to that, dearest Sister, amen to that.