Jeffrey McCall was living as “Scarlett” but secretly listening to Jentezen Franklin. McCall was ready to go through gender-reassignment surgery when he had a supernatural moment. Now, he leads two ministries, including the Freedom March. Listen as McCall talks about spiritual warfare, speaking with truth and grace, and how to pray for your LGBTQ friends.
As a Catholic charismatic, Kimberly Zember knew her desires were wrong. But still, she followed her heart. She hooked up with women, cheated on her husband and refused to make God her top priority. Yet God persisted. He sought her out. He led her to Ethiopia and beyond. Listen to how Kimberly came to a point of surrender and chose God above everything and everyone else.
How did a pastor’s kid become a gay adult film star and “meth addict”?
What happened when the prodigal returned home? Jonathan Hacker’s breakthrough testimony will blow your mind.
When his best friend revealed he was HIV-positive, Joshua Reyes knew if something didn’t change, he would be next. That same night, he overdosed on pills. In the hospital, he had a supernatural encounter in which he saw the presence of God stop a demon from claiming his life. In this interview, Joshua reveals how he went from go-go dancing to the pastorate and everything in between.
Ronald McCray was drunk, dancing in a club when he felt the Lord speak to him. But the homosexual life he embraced was not his real identity. Through a series of supernatural encounters, McCray found his way back to church and was baptized in the Holy Spirit. When he met his wife, he was shocked to learn just how much the two had in common. Now, they share their testimonies so others can experience freedom. Listen to hear this story.
You never know what happens in a person’s home when you start judging their outside. Janet Boynes was raised in a family of seven children with various fathers and a home full of strife. She was molested as a child living with this secret for years. It was rare for her to hear she had the potential to succeed. When she was engaged to be married to a man, she met a woman who became more than friendship. Listen to Janet’s story and how God healed her from the inside out.
Shortly before one of the deadliest modern massacres in U.S. history, Wanda Barrios Ruiz was sick to her stomach. She felt like someone had died, and her soul was in mourning. Then, Wanda discovered her brother, Luis Javier Ruiz, had been shot at Pulse Nightclub. Acting on faith, Wanda flew to Orlando to nurse her brother back to health, eventually moving her family with her. Listen to her interview, where she talks about loving without limits.
You would never think a night out with friends would change a life through the forgiveness of Christ. Luis Javier Ruiz found himself in the middle of a terrorist attack at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Listen as Luis shares his story from preacher’s kid to living the LGBT lifestyle, and surviving one of the worst shootings in U.S. history. Find out how his life has changed for Christ.
Overcomer Series: Leaving LGBT with Edward Byrd and Joshua Buchanan
March 13, 2019
Edward Byrd and Joshua Buchanan emanate light and joy. They laugh easily, encourage freely and share what God has done for them without hesitation. They’re friends now, bonded over how Christ set them free from homosexuality. In the last episode of Overcomer’s: Leaving LGBT, the duo joined Charisma News to share their testimonies.
“From the time I was 13, I got physically abused by a close family member,” Byrd says. “And I will always wonder, like, why was I the target of his anger, like, he would lash out on me? … All those things just created this, like sadness, this brokenness, this emptiness, this abandonment. And so I totally started to create a whole other person. I changed my name, I lost a lot of weight, I started dressing more feminine or becoming more gender fluid. My name was Remy at the time. I started wearing makeup, my hair was long eyelashes, I was doing the whole thing. And I was just out here having this whole persona, being very promiscuous in the clubs, like going to the club like Sunday to Sunday, like partying.”
But God has a way of shining High light into the darkest places.
“While I was in this club, and this lady had comes in the club and she touched me, prophesies to me while I’m in the club. And she says, ‘You know that there’s a light inside of you. And God has a purpose and a plan for you,'” Byrd recalls.
Buchanan’s story started out a little bit differently.
“When I was 10 years old, my parents ended up splitting up and getting a divorce,” Buchanan says. “And coming from a broken home, it really takes a toll on you, even at a young age. Because I felt like I couldn’t do anything. There was nothing that I could do, and was just a part of life. And it kind of hit me really quick. And so in the process of all of this, not growing up in church, and not having a relationship with God, and not really knowing who He was, I turned to so many things to try to find love.
“So my journey kind of started out with experimenting with drugs,” he continues. “At that point in time in my house. I grew up with my dad and I was exposed to marijuana at a young age. And so I kind of saw that, and there was something inside of me that wanted to try it. And so I ended up starting with, you know, smoking marijuana and taking pills and snorting pills. And just getting into this whole place of trying to fill these voids in my life.”
Buchanan was diagnosed with HIV in his early 20s, which led him to the altar and an incredible experience with the One who made him.
Listen to the pod cast to hear what God did next for each of these men.